November 11, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tennessee State6701023
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
TSUTD02:14MEDLEY 28 Yd Pass From HUGHES (CLARK kick)
3rd Quarter
4th Quarter
TSUTD13:27HARRIS 9 Yd Pass From HUGHES (CLARK kick)
Stats at a GlanceSEMOTSU
1st Downs914
3rd Down Conversions5-124-12
4th Down Conversions0-20-0
Passing (Comp-Att)83 (12-19) 196 (9-14)
Rushing (Att)148 (28) 147 (45)
Total Yards231343
Fumbles Lost10
Tigers Face Southeast Missouri on Senior Day
Friday, November 10, 2017
Tigers Face Southeast Missouri on Senior Day

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Game 10: Tennessee State (5-4, 1-4) vs Southeast Missouri (2-7, 2-4)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Stadium: William J. Hale Stadium (15,000)
Time: 2:00 p.m. CT
Audio: 102.1 FM
Live Stats: Statbroadcast

Series Information: This is the 25th meeting with the Tigers holding a 13-11 advantage. The teams first met in 1991, with SEMO earning a 37-34 win. The Tigers gained their first win in the series a year later (1992), 37-27. The Redhawks recorded the next three wins, before the Tigers went on a five game win streak. SEMO won the meeting in 2014, 28-21, snapping a three game run by the Tigers. TSU bounced back with a 32-31 victory in Cape Girardeau in 2016. The Big Blue holds an 8-2 advantage in Nashville.

Last Meeting: Ronald Butler found Patrick Smith for a 14-yard touchdown pass with 16 seconds remaining to give Tennessee State a 32-31 victory at Southeast Missouri State. SEMO used a 26 yard field goal to extend its lead to 31-25 with 2:48 left on the clock. Starting from the 12-yard line, Butler opened the drive with a 23 yard strike to Smith. Two plays later the duo teamed up again, this time for 28 yards moving TSU to the SEMO 32. Butler followed with a connection to Steven Newbold for 13 yards to the 14 yard line. Two plays later Butler hit Smith to even the score at 31-31. Lane Clark added the extra point giving TSU the one point advantage. Moments later, Ezra Robinson pulled down his fifth interception of the season to secure the win. Smith finished the game with a career high 11 catches as he went for 166 yards and two touchdowns. Butler closed out his career completing 18-of-34 passes for 279 yards and four touchdowns. Mahlon Medley caught three passes for 53 yards and two touchdowns. Clark converted on field goals of 46 and 49 yards. Defensively, the Tigers were led by Chris Collins who finished with 10 tackles and assisted on a pair of tackles for loss. David Kamara added nine tackles, three for loss. Earl Harrison recorded career highs with 23 attempts and 168 yards.

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 48-41 record. 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). Reed is 4-2 versus the Redhawks; 3-0 in Nashville.

Tennessee State: The Tigers are coming off a 60-0 victory over Virginia University Lynchburg. The 60 points are the most since a 73-6 win over Central State on Sept. 28, 2013. Michael Hughes threw for six touchdown passes becoming the first Tiger to do so since Michael German at Murray State (Nov. 22, 2014). Hughes connected three times with Patrick Smith, twice with Steven Newbold and once to Ronnie Killings. Dante’ Ferguson notched his first career interception and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown. The Tigers secured two picks versus VUL, increasing their season total to 13, ranking them 14th in the country. The defense has also accumulated four touchdowns, ranking them third in FCS play. TSU boasts the sixth best defense allowing 259.9 yards per game. With eight receiving touchdowns, Patrick Smith now ranks 14th in the nation.

Southeast Missouri: The Redhawks are 2-7, 2-4 in the OVC, after falling to UT Martin 16-14. Marquis Terry leads SEMO with 868 yards on 199 carries, averaging 4.4 yards per carry. Terry has crossed the goal line five times to power the Redhawks rushing attack. Jesse Hosket is at the helm of the Southeast Missouri offense, throwing for 1,701 yards on 158 completions in 304 attempts. Hosket has tossed 13 touchdowns, while throwing seven interceptions. Kristian Wilkerson has been the favorite receiver for Hosket, catching 44 passes for 491 yards and three touchdowns. Omar Pierre-Louis and Zach Hall leads the defense in tackles with 60 and 59, respectively. Pierre-Louis tops the unit with three interceptions, while Hall provides the rush threat with seven sacks. Cameron Sanders has 22 returns on kickoff for 573 yards, averaging 26.0 yards and has a 93 yard touchdown.

Last 10 Results:
2016 – Tennessee State 32, Southeast Missouri 31
2014 – Southeast Missouri 28, Tennessee State 21
2013 – Tennessee State 40, Southeast Missouri 16
2012 – Tennessee State 40, Southeast Missouri 28
2011 – Tennessee State 55, Southeast Missouri 3
2010 – Southeast Missouri 19, Tennessee State 17
2009 – Tennessee State 23, Southeast Missouri 17
2008 – Southeast Missouri 27, Tennessee State 20 OT
2006 – Tennessee State 31, Southeast Missouri 0
2005 – Southeast Missouri 32, Tennessee State 24

History Watch: Patrick Smith continues to climb the ranks in the TSU and Ohio Valley Conference record books. With three touchdown receptions versus Virginia University Lynchburg, Smith moved to within one touchdown of second place on both the Tigers and OVC career list. The senior now has 31, one behind C.J. Johnson (2000-03) at TSU. Johnson is tied for second on the conference list with Chris Wright (2009-12) of Eastern Illinois. Smith is now fourth in receiving yards with 2,568, passing Corey Sullivan (1996-99, 2,487).

OVC Receiving Touchdowns - Career
1. Erik Lora, EIU (2009-13) - 35
2. Chris Wright, EIU (2009-12) - 32
    C.J. Johnson, TSU (2000-03) - 32
4. Patrick Smith, TSU (2015-present) - 31
5. Harold Roberts, APSU (1967-70) - 31
6. Paul McRoberts, SEMO (2012-15) - 29
    Walter Powell, MUR (2010-13) - 29
8. Tim Benford, TTU (2008-11) - 27
    Larry Shipp, TTU (2004-07) - 27
10. Quentin Sims, UTM (2011-12) - 26
      Terrance Tillman, MUR (1998-00) - 26
      Willie Ponder, SEMO (2001-02) - 26
      Adam Drake, EIU (2011-14) - 26

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 1:30 p.m. CT

OVCDN: Howard Gentry, Jr. will serve as play-by-play along with Derek Fleming who will provide analysis.