October 28, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tennessee State7107226
Tennessee Tech1377330
1st Quarter
TSUTD06:32SMITH 16 Yd Pass From HUGHES (CLARK kick)
2nd Quarter
TSUTD05:29SMITH 30 Yd Pass From HUGHES (CLARK kick)
3rd Quarter
TSUTD09:05SMITH 16 Yd Pass From HUGHES (CLARK kick)
4th Quarter
Stats at a GlanceTSUTTU
1st Downs1918
3rd Down Conversions9-161-10
4th Down Conversions1-11-1
Passing (Comp-Att)331 (20-36) 172 (11-24)
Rushing (Att)83 (31) 160 (39)
Total Yards414332
Fumbles Lost20
Tigers Resume Play at Tennessee Tech
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Tigers Resume Play at Tennessee Tech

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Game 8: Tennessee State (4-3, 1-3) at Tennessee Tech (0-7, 0-4)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017
Location: Cookeville, Tenn.
Stadium: Tucker Stadium (16,500)
Time: 1:30 p.m. CT
Audio: 102.1 FM
Live Stats: Statbroadcast

Series Information: This is the 31st meeting with the Tigers holding an 18-12 advantage. The teams first met in 1984, with TSU earning a 33-3 win. The Tigers would grab victory for the first six games of the series, only to see the Golden Eagles reel off five straight wins from 1992-96. TSU would break the streak with three consecutive wins, but Tennessee Tech responded with three wins of their own. The Big Blue have grabbed nine of the last 13 contests, but saw a four game streak halted by TTU in 2015, 30-24 in Cookeville. The Golden Eagles have started a new streak in the series with two wins in a row.

Last Meeting: Tennessee Tech spoiled senior day with a 44-16 win at Hale Stadium. Lane Clark connected on field goals from 55, 47 and 25 yards to produce the only scoring for the Tigers through the first three quarters. TTU built a 37-9 lead before the Tigers entered the end zone. The Tigers used a Ronald Butler to Steven Newbold 22-yard touchdown connection to make the score 37-16. Butler finished with 202 yards passing and 31 yards rushing. Newbold and Patrick Smith each hauled in five receptions. Smith led the receivers with 65 yards, just ahead of Newbold with 59.

Head Coach Rod Reed: Reed is in his eighth season at the helm of the Tigers. During his time at TSU, he has compiled a 47-40 record, including a 38-25 mark since 2012, and is 23-33 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 a .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). Coach Reed has compiled a 12-11 record in Sgt. York Trophy Games and is 4-3 versus TTU; 2-1 in Cookeville.

Tennessee State: The Tigers dropped a homecoming contest to Austin Peay, 21-17, on Oct. 14. Michael Hughes passed for 148 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown to DeVon Johnson. The receiver caught four passes for a career high 91 yards. Patrick Smith threw a two-yard touchdown pass to long snapper Thomas Newberg. Chris Collins had a team-high 12 tackles, and a career high 12 solo’s, against Austin Peay. Collins is ranked 34th nationally in tackles (9.3/game). TSU ranks seventh nationally in total defense (278.4 yards/game), ninth in defensive touchdowns (3), 10th in interceptions thrown (3), 11th in pass defense (164.7 yards/game) and 12th in pass ef­ficiency defense (104.45).

Tennessee Tech: TTU fell to 0-7 after falling to Southeast Missouri, 31-3, on Oct. 14. Adam Browner completed 11 passes for 104 yards. Dontez Byrd finished with six catches for 53 yards. Byrd currently ranks 11th nationally in receptions/game (7.3), 12th in total receiving yards (718), 13th in receiving yards/game (102.6) and 21st in all-purpose yards (127.86). Yeedee Thaenrat rushed for 55 yards, while Andrew Gold­smith added 53 yards. Elliott Normand led the defense with six tackles, including 2.0 for loss and a sack. Normand is 42nd nationally in tackles/game (9.0). The Golden Eagles are fifth nationally in net punting (39.97 yards/punt) and 15th in fewest yards penalized/game (40.57).

Last 10 Results:
2016 - Tennessee Tech 44, Tennessee State 16
2015 - Tennessee Tech 30, Tennessee State 24
2014 - Tennessee State 10, Tennessee Tech 7
2013 - Tennessee State 41, Tennessee Tech 27
2012 - Tennessee State 22, Tennessee Tech 21
2011 - Tennessee State 42, Tennessee Tech 40
2010 - Tennessee Tech 21, Tennessee State 10
2009 - Tennessee Tech 20, Tennessee State 13
2008 - Tennessee State 41, Tennessee Tech 14
2007 - Tennessee State 45, Tennessee Tech 28

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 1:00 p.m. CT

OVCDN: Tim Scruggs will serve as play-by-play along with Sam Brooks who will provide analysis.

Head Coach Rod Reed
- On his team
“We’re coming off a much-needed open date. We were able to get some stuff done just as everyone does during an open week. We got back to basic fundamentals, just blocking and tackling and cleaning up some things that we need to be able to do well in order to survive the rest of this season with a positive outcome. We feel like we still have a really good chance to end this season on a high note even with three losses in there. We’re playing a very good Tennessee Tech team this week. Their record doesn’t indicate the kind of football that they’ve played. This is a team that embarrassed us last year at our home field and probably knocked us out of the playoffs to be quite honest with you. We know what they bring to the table, and they’re a very well-coached team. We’ve got to be ready to play.”

- On the team coming off the bye week
“We had great practices the last couple days. Those guys did a really good job of getting their bodies right and just mentally locking in on the things that we have to get accomplished to be successful this week. They’ve got some big play guys over there. Their running back situation is really stable. They’ve got a couple of really good receivers that we’ve got to be conscious of, but our kids have really taken the challenge. They want to finish off with a good record and we’ve got a new season after the bye week and it starts this week with Tennessee Tech.”

- On what the defense worked on during the bye week
“I still don’t think we’ve tackled particularly well at times defensively. Those are the things that we worked on, just basic fundamentals, getting off blocks. I think that we should have a higher sack total than what we have. We haven’t sacked the quarterback at the rate that we could have. Part of that is when you have a guy like (Ebo) Ogundeko who really hasn’t been 100 percent all year long, that’ll hurt your sack count. Those are things we worked on, just polishing up some things. In the secondary, working on your eyes and your breaks – just being disciplined in your coverage.”

Tennessee Tech Head Coach Marcus Satterfield
- On his team entering the week
“We really needed to get healthy and get fresh mentally and physically. Luckily, it hit us on a fall break day, so our kids got a chance to get away from campus for two days and then we got a couple good practices in last week. Overall, I feel good coming out of the bye week with our mindset and rebooting the energy of our team. I’m looking forward to this weekend. Playing Tennessee State, they look like an NFL team. Their offensive line is huge. They’ve got unbelievable receivers, two good quarterbacks. The Rowland kid is really dangerous. Defensively, they’re elite. They’ve got a lot of seniors and upperclassmen. I know that they’ve only won one game in our league, but everybody knows that that can go either way based on the outcomes of the previous games.”

- On both teams coming off a bye week
“I don’t know if I’ve experienced it. We’ve had the issue that we’ve been fighting to get changed. Everybody, I think there were five or six games between last year and this year where they had bye weeks before they played us in the conference. Austin Peay would have had a bye week, but they’re going to play UCF. I don’t know if I’ve ever been where both teams have bye weeks, but I think they came at a great time for both teams to freshen up and reboot. It’s good to come off a bye week and with four games left to have a four-game season. I think it’s something your team can work with – finishing strong in a season.”

- On the health of his team coming off the bye week
“We’re relatively healthy. We’ve got most of our guys back. We’re banged up like anybody would be who is a team trying to build depth, but we’ll hang in there. We don’t have anything catastrophic.

Junior Safety LaQuarius Cook
- On the next step for the team
“We just have to come out, play hard and fight no matter what. We just cannot let down. We have to stay together as a team. We cannot point fingers at anybody, because at the end of the day all of those plays are plays that could have changed the game.”

- On motivation for the remaining games
“The last loss should fuel us enough. I do not believe we should have three conference losses, but we do. Now we just need to stay together and take care of business.”

Sophomore Wide Receiver Chris Rowland
- On being used in various position on offense
“I thought it worked great. We had a plan heading into the game and we executed at a high level. I hope I get to do more to keep teams off balance.”

- On moving on after loss
“The last game hurt. It was homecoming. But that is past us and we are on to the next. We will reset our mindset and set a goal to win out. We have no choice, we have to bow out.”

- On the offensive progression
“We have to have no fear. I feel the offense is starting to find ourselves. We have the playmakers out there, now we just have to make the plays. We just need to keep working hard.”

Senior Fullback Terence Harris
- On what’s next for the team
“We need to stay focused and understand the task at hand. We lost our opportunity to win the OVC, but we still have a chance at the playoffs. We just need to keep moving forward.”

- On closing out the season
“There is no quit in this team, so we need to keep that focus. We will be up for the challenge. We are perfectly capable of beating all teams in the OVC, but you have to be sure you execute every down and every play.”

Sophomore Lineman Jamahl Jelks
- On coming off a loss
“Last week was a bad loss. It was homecoming and we may have been a little distracted by the festivities. It was a hard loss, but we have gotten back into a system and we have been working. We just need to correct the mistakes and push on to look for more wins.”

- On observing an off week
“We definitely needed these two weeks to get some rest and get our bodies back right so we can play a strong game against Tennessee Tech.”

- On preparing for Tennessee Tech
“We are always going to be locked in. We look to come in with more preparation and determination. We will get it right.”