November 04, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
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Scoring
1st Quarter
TSUTD10:31NEWBOLD 4 Yd Pass From HUGHES (CLARK kick)
TSUTD06:07SMITH 43 Yd Pass From HUGHES (CLARK kick)
TSUTD03:03NEWBOLD 51 Yd Pass From HUGHES (CLARK kick)
2nd Quarter
TSUTD07:37SMITH 16 Yd Pass From HUGHES (CLARK kick)
TSUFG04:01CLARK 20 Yd
TSUTD00:28SMITH 52 Yd Pass From HUGHES (CLARK kick)
3rd Quarter
TSUFG08:14CLARK 27 Yd
TSUTD02:44KILLINGS 20 Yd Pass From HUGHES (CLARK kick)
4th Quarter
TSUTD12:21FERGUSON (WEISS kick)
TSUSAF12:07TEAM
TSUFG02:08WEISS 25 Yd
Stats at a GlanceVULTSU
1st Downs523
3rd Down Conversions0-115-12
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Passing (Comp-Att)79 (4-18) 274 (16-23)
Rushing (Att)-21 (27) 174 (41)
Total Yards58448
Penalties12-789-70
Turnovers30
Fumbles Lost10
Interceptions20
Possession26:5933:01
TSU Football Shuts Out Virginia University Lynchburg, 60-0
Saturday, November 4, 2017
TSU Football Shuts Out Virginia University Lynchburg, 60-0
Photo By Sam Jordan - TSU Athletics

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Game 9:
 Tennessee State 60, Virginia University Lynchburg 0 
Records: TSU (5-4), VUL (0-8)
Venue: William J. Hale Stadium
Location: Nashville, Tenn. 
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 75

NASHVILLE --- Playing at Hale Stadium for the first time this season, the Tennessee State football team put on a dominating performance in a 60-0 victory over Virginia University of Lynchburg on Saturday.

TSU (5-4) scored early and often putting up the most since posting a 73-6 win over Central State on Sept. 28, 2013. TSU's defense registered its first shutout since Sept. 3, 2016 – a 44-0 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the 2016 John Merritt Classic.

Sophomore quarterback Michael Hughes passed for six touchdowns and 262 yards. For the second week in a row, senior receiver Patrick Smith caught three touchdown passes, finishing with 118 yards receiving. Steven Newbold caught two touchdowns, while Ronnie Killings added one.

The Tigers finished with 448 yards and held VUL to just 58 yards on the day.

TEAM

  • The offense amassed 448 yards on the day
  • The defense held the Dragons to 58 totals yards
  • TSU stopped VUL for minus-21 yards rushing
  • The Tigers forced three turnovers on the day including two interceptions
  • The Big Blue entered the contest ranked 18th nationally in interceptions and 12th in defensive touchdowns
  • The two picks give TSU 13 on the season, while Dante’ Ferguson’s pick-six was the fourth defensive score
  • Tennessee State recorded 14 tackles for loss, including six sacks
  • TSU did not allow a third down conversion (0-11)
  • The Tigers rushed for 174 yards, while throwing for 262

INDIVIDUAL

  • Michael Hughes threw for a career high six touchdowns
  • Hughes tied Michael German (at Murray State, 11/22/14) and Kenneth Biggles (vs. Mississippi Valley State, 11/13/82) for the second most scoring passes in a game
  • The sophomore signal caller finished one TD pass short of the TSU single record set by Shannon Harris versus Jackson State (11/22/01)
  • The sophomore finished 15-of-20 for 262 yards
  • Arkeem Granger played for the first time in his career
  • Granger served a redshirt season in his first season with the Tigers and missed his second due to a knee injury suffered during the first scrimmage during the spring of his freshman year
  • The redshirt-freshman running back carried 17 times for 35 yards
  • Patrick Smith caught four passes for 118 yards and three touchdowns
  • This marks the second consecutive game with three scoring catches
  • Smith averaged 29.5 yards per catch
  • For the second straight week, Steven Newbold hauled in two scoring passes
  • Newbold caught three balls for 83 yards, averaging 27.7 yards per reception
  • Ronnie Killings caught his first career touchdown pass
  • Kullen Wells earned his first completion with a 12 yard connection to Killings
  • ‘Ebo’ Ogundeko led the defense with five tackles and was a part of two sacks
  • Ogundeko teamed once with Chris Collins and again with Dell Porter
  • Khalil Jones notched his first career sack
  • Jones and Collins each forced fumbles on their sacks
  • Marvin Maddox recovered the fumble forced by Jones
  • Maddox registered a sack of his own
  • Justin Culpepper and Jason Morrow also collected a sack
  • Justin North and Shakur Jackson each earned two pass breakups
  • Dante’ Ferguson secured his first interception at any level
  • Lane Clark finished with 12 points, six extra points and two field goals
  • Clark moved past Eric Benson (2005-08, 232 points) into second for most career scoring points at TSU with 242

FIRST QUARTER

  • The Tigers jumped out to a 21-0 lead behind three touchdown passes by Michael Hughes
  • After the defense opened the game with a three-and-out, Seth Rowland and Sabree Curtis put the Tigers in the red zone
  • Rowland opened with a 16 yard run, while Curtis recorded the longest run of his career with a 42 yard jaunt down to the Dragons four yard line
  • Hughes hit Steven Newbold for four yards and the first touchdown of the day
  • On the Tigers next possession, Hughes found Patrick Smith across the middle for a 43 yard scoring connection on the fourth play of the drive
  • After the defense forced its third consecutive three-and-out, the offense needed just three plays to find the end zone
  • Newbold earned his second receiving pass from Hughes, a 51-yarder, to put the Tigers ahead 21-0
  • The Tigers held the Dragons to minus-four yards on total offense
  • TSU outgained VUL 196 to -4 in the opening quarter 

SECOND QUARTER

  • The Big Blue scored on its second drive of the second quarter as Hughes teamed with Smith for 16 yards
  • The defense gave the offense the ball back as Khalil Jones forced a fumble with a sack of the Dragons quarterback
  • Marvin Maddox picked up the ball and returned it four yards to the seven yard line
  • The Dragon defense held, forcing the Tigers to settle for a Lane Clark 20 yard field goal
  • TSU added to its lead as Hughes once again hit Smith for a long touchdown pass
  • Facing a 3rd and 32, Hughes found the senior wide out down the right sideline to make the score 38-0 with 28 seconds remaining in the quarter
  • TSU outgained VUL 122 to zero in the second stanza
  • The Tigers held a 318 to -4 advantage in yardage at the break

THIRD QUARTER

  • The Tigers opened the second half with a 14 play, 62 yard drive, ending in a 27 yard field goal by Clark
  • Hughes tossed his career high sixth touchdown pass of the game with a 20 yard pass play to Ronnie Killings
  • The Big Blue defense produced three-and-outs on both series of the third
  • Tigers outgained VUL 94-0 in the third
  • TSU held a 412 to -4 yardage advantage

FOURTH QUARTER

  • The defense continued its dominance as Dante’ Ferguson jumped a route and returned the pickoff 36 yards for a touchdown
  • The pick-six upped the score to 55-0 with 12:21 remaining on the clock
  • The defense added a safety on the next play from scrimmage as the Dragons snap sailed through the back of the end zone
  • VUL mounted its lone threat as they moved down to the Tigers six yard line
  • The Big Blue thwarted the Dragons effort for a score when Ladarius Johnson intercepted a pass in the end zone and returned it 64 yards to the VUL 36
  • The Tigers would move down to the five before settling for a Coby Weiss 25 yard field goal

GAME NOTES

  • TSU won the coin toss and deferred the opening kickoff.
  • Captains for TSU Lane Clark, Ebo Ogundeko, Chris Collins and Patrick Smith.
  • Weather at the time of kickoff was 75 degrees and mostly sunny.
  • The 60 points for TSU are the most since putting up 73 in a 73-6 win over Central State on Sept. 28, 2013.
  • Saturday was the first-ever meeting between TSU and Virginia University of Lynchburg.
  • Redshirt sophomore running back Arkeem Granger picked up his first career carry on the afternoon.
  • Redshirt senior wide receiver Patrick Smith now has 31 career receiving touchdowns, moving to a tie for fourth in Ohio Valley Conference history.
  • Smith increased his receiving yards total to 2,568, moving him past Corey Sullivan for third in TSU history.
  • The last time TSU had a quarterback throw for six touchdowns was Nov. 22, 2014 when Michael German tossed four at Murray State.
  • Sophomore wide receiver Ronnie Killings caught his first career touchdown.
  • Redshirt sophomore Dante’ Ferguson, Jr. secured his first career interception and first career pick six.
  • Tennessee State was playing its first game at Hale Stadium this season.
  • TSU’s defense picked up a safety for the second week in a row.
  • The last time TSU’s defense posted a shutout was Sept. 3, 2016 – a 44-0 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the 2016 John Merritt Classic.

WHAT’S NEXT: Tennessee State returns to Ohio Valley Conference for its second consecutive game in Hale Stadium. The Tigers will celebrate Senior Day as they welcome Southeast Missouri State on Saturday, Nov. 11.

QUOTES
Sophomore Quarterback Michael Hughes (Nashville, Tenn.)
-On seeing the field
“I’ve been getting more comfortable with the game. The receivers and I are connecting a little more, so it’s been great.”

-On the game
“It was a great opportunity to get better – that’s what I did, that’s what the whole team did. Hopefully we carry that on next week.”

-On the Ronnie Killings touchdown
“Ronnie is definitely great. He’s a good guy to come off the bench and go to. When he comes in, I feel just as comfortable with him as when Steve and Pat are in. It felt good to give him one.”

Sophomore Wide Receiver Ronnie Killings
-On first touchdown at TSU
It felt great. It felt like a long time coming, but it felt great to finally get into the end zone. I knew I was going to have the opportunity to get into the end zone, it just depended on if I was going to get the ball or not. Once I saw the ball and that I had the right position on the defender, I just went up for the ball and made the play.”

Sophomore Linebacker Dante’ Ferguson, Jr. (Lithonia, Ga.)
-On the game
“Today was a good day for us defensively and offensively as a whole. We ran up the scoreboard, got defensive plays all across the board.”

-On contribution to the 12th ranked defense in the country
“It was my first interception ever, including high school. It feels good to have a pick six. All I’ve been doing is following coaching and doing whatever they’ve said to do since camp, just executing. It was my time to prove myself for the upcoming two years.”

Freshman Running Back Arkeem Granger (Pembroke Pines, Fla.)
-On first carry at TSU
“My first time going out, I was nervous, I had butterflies and I didn’t know what to think, but once I got the first contact I was ready to go. It feels great to be back. Thank you, God.”

-On the game
“This game was a confidence booster. We plan on going out next week and attacking them, taking it one game at a time. Hopefully we’ll end up in the playoffs if we beat SEMO and Jacksonville State.”

Junior Defensive End Marvin Maddox (Jacksonville, Fla.)
-On VUL’s negative rushing yards
“It’s a good [thing], but we have to carry that on to next week. We’re going to enjoy this win, but tomorrow we’ll be back up and running and working hard for the next game.”

-On defense
“It goes back to everybody doing their jobs. Nobody wants to be the big guy to make the plays, everybody sticks to their job and with that more good things will happen.”

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