October 07, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tennessee State31402845
Eastern Kentucky0014721
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
TSUTD10:36SMITH 11 Yd Pass From HUGHES (CLARK kick)
TSUTD02:22NEWBOLD 8 Yd Pass From HUGHES (CLARK kick)
3rd Quarter
EKUTD08:45BOYLE 1 Yd Run (WILLIAMS kick)
4th Quarter
TSUTD06:53HUGHES 1 Yd Run (CLARK kick)
Stats at a GlanceTSUEKU
1st Downs2116
3rd Down Conversions7-148-16
4th Down Conversions1-10-2
Passing (Comp-Att)106 (12-23) 246 (21-35)
Rushing (Att)193 (46) 124 (32)
Total Yards299370
Fumbles Lost00
Tigers Look for First OVC Win at Eastern Kentucky
Friday, October 6, 2017
Tigers Look for First OVC Win at Eastern Kentucky

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Game 6: Tennessee State (3-2, 0-2) at Eastern Kentucky (1-3, 1-1)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017
Location: Richmond, Ky.
Stadium: Roy Kidd Stadium (20,000)
Time: 5:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. ET
Audio: 102.1 FM
Live Stats: Sidarm Sports

Series Information: This is the 30th meeting with the Colonels leading the series, 23-6. The Tigers snapped the Colonels three game win streak in the series a year ago with a 35-28 win. The Tigers have won four of the last eight contests. TSU first met the Colonels in the NCAA playoffs, a 13-7 loss in 1982. TSU earned its first win over EKU in 1998, 31-21. The Tigers last defeated EKU in Richmond during the 2008 season, 34-20. The Colonels hold a 14-2 advantage in Richmond, Ky.

Last Meeting: Chris Collins stepped in front of a pass at the TSU nine yard line with 11 seconds on the clock to secure a 35-28 victory. The interception was the fourth of the game for the Tigers and the fifth takeaway. Tennessee State sprinted to a 35-3 halftime lead. Ezra Robinson registered two interceptions, including a 93 yard return for a touchdown to lead the TSU defense. It was the second longest interception in TSU history. Ronald Butler rushed for a pair of touchdowns, gained 81 yards on the ground and 181 through the air as he completed 13-of-24. Andrew Knox and Sabree Curtis, Jr., each added touchdowns. Curtis scored on the final play of the first half. EKU outscored TSU 25-0 in the second half. The Colonels started their final possession with one minute remaining and moved 60 yards to the Tigers 17 before the Collins interception. Collins led all players with 11 tackles, nine solos and two tackles for loss. The linebacker added a forced fumble and registered a quarterback hurry.

Head Coach Rod Reed: Coach Reed is in his eighth season at the helm of the Tigers. During his time at TSU, he has compiled a 46-39 record, including a 38-24 mark since 2012. Reed is 22-32 in OVC play. Reed is the third winningest coach in Tennessee State Football History.  John Merritt claimed 174 victories in his 20 years (1963-83) at TSU for an .806 winning percentage (174-35-7). Harry Kean spent 10 years in charge of TSU from 1944-54 and compiled a 93-15-3 record (.838). Rod Reed is 2-4 versus Eastern Kentucky.

Tennessee State: TSU moved to 3-2, 0-2 in OVC play, after dropping a 19-16 double overtime contest against Eastern Illinois. The Tigers fell out of both the STATS Top 25 poll and the Coaches Poll; TSU is receiving votes in both. Lane Clark drilled a 51-yard field goal with just over two minutes remaining to even the score at 10-10. Clark added a field goal in each extra period before the Panthers claimed the win on a one yard touchdown dive. Clark was named OVC Specialist of the Week going 3-for-3 in field goals (51, 36, 40); his 51-yard field goal was the sixth-longest in TSU history, as well as in the FCS in 2017. Tennessee State outgained UT Martin, 278-237. Patrick Smith caught three passes for 60 yards; moving him past Tyrone Butterfield (1997-98, 2,182 receiving yards) into sixth in career yards at TSU with 2,241. Chris Collins totaled ten stops in the contest and moved to ninth on the TSU career tackle list with 216, passing former Tigers Elliott Pilton (1990-91) and Lee Smith (1987-90) who finished with 210 and 206, respectively. Collins ranks second in the OVC and 30th in the FCS in tackles per game (9.4). Defensive tackle Terrance Summers registered career high in tackles (10) and solo stops (6). Justin North added eight tackles and had an interception. TSU ranks 10th nationally in total defense (263.0 yards/game allowed) and 11th in passing efficiency defense (102.45).

Eastern Kentucky: EKU suffered a 29-10 loss at Southeast Missouri State to move to 1-1 in conference play and 1-3 on the season. Quarterback Tim Boyle threw for 232 yards in the loss. Boyle tops the OVC in total offense (230.0 yards/game) and is 16th nationally in completions/game (22.25). Ryan Markush caught four passes for 122 yards and ranks 19th nationally in receiving yards/game (96.0). Punter Keith Wrzuszczak is fourth nationally in punting (45.2 yards/punt).  Jeffrey Canady and Kobie Grace pace the Colonels defense with 35 and 32 tackles, respectively. Canady has 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and three quarterback hurries.  Grace leads EKU with 21 solo tackles. EKU is sixth nationally in kickoff returns (26.85 yards/return) and 10th in tackles-for-loss/game (4.0).

Last 10 Results:
2016 - Tennessee State 35, Eastern Kentucky 28
2015 - Eastern Kentucky 45, Tennessee State 21
2014 - Eastern Kentucky 56, Tennessee State 42
2013 - Eastern Kentucky 44, Tennessee State 0
2012 - Tennessee State 23, Eastern Kentucky 20
2011 - Eastern Kentucky 33, Tennessee State 22
2009 - Tennessee State 20, Eastern Kentucky 17
2008 - Tennessee State 34, Eastern Kentucky 20
2007 - Eastern Kentucky 49, Tennessee State 7
2006 - Eastern Kentucky 20, Tennessee State 3

Radio: 102.1 FM will carry the game live with Greg Pogue (play-by-play), Albert Dawson (analyst), Craig Ladd (Scoreboard) and Gary Dawson (sideline). Pregame will begin at 4:30 p.m. CT

OVCDN: Greg Stotelmyer will serve as play-by-play along with Jim Tirey who will provide analysis and sideline reporter Wes Chandler.

Head Coach Rod Reed
- On the Challenges of playing on the road at EKU
“We’ve been fortunate enough to win up there as a staff. It can be done. I think our kids are going to prepare well. We’re going to prepare well as coaches. It’s going to be a huge task, but we’re up to it.”

- On the play of the offense
“When you look at us and the way we’ve produced over the last couple games, there’s a concern, but I have the utmost confidence in our offensive staff to try to resolve some issues that we’re having over there. I think you’ll see a different offense come Saturday.”

- On the play of Michael Hughes
“Michael Hughes has come in the game in two games and driven the ball down the field for scores. We have a lot of confidence in Mike to do his job.”

- On Eastern Kentucky
“Up front on the defensive side of the ball, they’ve done a pretty decent job. You see a bunch of rush yards and things of that nature, but they mix it up a lot. They put a lot of people in the box. It’s going to be a challenge to try to run the ball on them. We’ve got to be able to get a hat on a hat, and we have to play some power football with these guys. Defensively, their numbers don’t look all that impressive, but when you look at them play, they get around the football. Offensively, they can throw the ball around. They’ve got some guys that can stretch the field. They’ve got some big tight ends and big wide receivers, and then they’ve got some speed guys.”

EKU Head Coach Mark Elder
- On last week’s game
“First, I want to compliment SEMO. They did a great job. They beat us soundly, and they did a really nice job. I was really disappointed with our performance over the weekend. It was certainly not a good day for us by any stretch of the imagination. Offensively, outside of the first drive, we didn’t really have any type of rhythm. We weren’t able to run the ball at all. They did a tremendous job of stopping our running attack, and then we were not very efficient throwing the ball from the quarterback position. Obviously, the turnovers were a huge deal. We got killed by turnovers. If you’re not finding rhythm and you turn the ball over a bunch, you’re not going to be very successful.”

- On the defense
“Our defense, we gave up some big plays. That was the disappointing part of the game. We gave up some big plays and allowed them to rush for almost 300 yards. We’ve got to do a better job of stopping the run. It’s done and gone and it’s behind us. We’re moving on and we’ve got a great challenge this weekend.”

- On facing TSU
“They’re a really good team. They’re a really talented team. Their defense is really, really good. They’re good on all three levels. They’re stout upfront and they’ve got some guys that are athletic and can move really well. They move their guys around a bunch as well. I think their two inside linebackers (Chris Collins and Justin North) are both really good football players. They’re experienced and really good. Offensively, I think it starts with their quarterback, and I think he’s electric. He’s got a really strong arm and he makes pretty good decisions. He presents the major problem of him as a running threat. If guys are covered, he can really make you pay. This might be the best receiving corps in the conference.”