|September 07, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|TSU||TD||05:34||ROWLAND 96 Yd Pass From ROSENDAHL (ZITA missed kick)|
|MT||FG||11:09||HOLT 30 Yd|
|MT||TD||04:05||ENGLAND-CHISOLM 80 Yd Pass From O'HARA (HOLT kick)|
|MT||TD||12:47||LEE 22 Yd Pass From O'HARA (HOLT kick)|
|TSU||TD||07:27||ROWLAND 60 Yd Pass From HUGHES (ZITA kick)|
|MT||TD||03:48||PIERCE 30 Yd Pass From O'HARA (HOLT kick)|
|TSU||TD||01:00||CORBIN 2 Yd Run|
|MT||TD||14:17||MOBLEY 1 Yd Run (HOLT kick)|
|TSU||TD||10:10||ROBERSON 26 Yd Run (ZITA kick)|
|MT||TD||05:16||WINDHAM 28 Yd Pass From O'HARA (HOLT kick)|
|MT||TD||01:29||MOBLEY 38 Yd Run (HOLT kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||TSU||MT|
|3rd Down Conversions||7-16||4-7|
|4th Down Conversions||1-2||0-0|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||259 (21-33)||367 (22-30)|
|Rushing (Att)||207 (42)||237 (28)|
Game 2: Tennessee State (1-0) at Middle Tennessee (0-1)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019
Location: Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Stadium: Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium (Horace James Field) (30,718)
Time: 6:00 p.m. CT
Audio: 102.1 FM
Live Stats: Sidearm
This is the 20th meeting between Tennessee State and Middle Tennessee. TSU trails 10-9 all-time in the series between the two teams separated by 40 miles. The two squads faced each other 11 times while the Blue Raiders were members of the Ohio Valley Conference. This will be the first meeting since a 28-27 MT victory in 1998. The loss was the lone defeat the Tigers suffered during their first OVC championship season, finishing 6-1. TSU earned a second consecutive OVC title in 1999, finishing 7-0, as MT moved to IA/FBS competing as an Independent. The Tigers claimed the first meeting in the series , 23-0, in 1973. The Blue Raiders won 20-10 in 1974, before TSU went on a five game win streak. MT won the next six games before the Tigers snapped the skid in 1993.
Head Coach Rod Reed:
Coach Reed is in his tenth season at the helm of the Tigers and holds a 54-47 record. Only two coaches have produced more wins at TSU. John Merritt claimed 174 victories in his 20 years (1963-83) for a .806 winning percentage (174-35-7), while Harry Kean spent 10 years in charge of TSU from 1944-54 and compiled a 93-15-3 record (.838). TSU is 9-1 in season openers under Rod Reed, including a 17-10 win at FBS opponent Georgia State in 2017. The lone opening day loss came at the hands of Bethune-Cookman, 12-9, at the John Merritt Classic in 2013.
TSU opened the season with a 26-20 victory over Mississippi Valley State, improving to 15-6 all-time in the John Merritt Classic. Chris Rowland was named Offensive MVP for the second consecutive year. Rowland tallied 235 all-purpose yards, earning 172 on 11 receptions, 61 on seven punt returns and two on one carry. The senior ranks third in the FCS in All-Purpose (235.00), receiving yards (172) and receptions per game (11.0), while ranking second in receiving yards per game (172.0). Cameron Rosendahl picked up his second win in consecutive starts under center. The senior earned his first victory as a starter in the final game of the 2018 campaign. Rosendahl threw for 330 yards, completing 25 of 42 pass attempts while registering a touchdown on the ground as well as through the air. Antonio Zita earned 14 of the Tigers 26 points with four field goals and two extra points. Zita booted a career long 44 yarder and added field goals from 26, 28 and 31 yards. Punter Kaleb Mosley also recorded a career best with his second quarter blast covering 64 yards. Mosley finished with a 43.0 average, which ranks 24th in FCS play and first in the OVC. Kentucky transfer Domonique Williams leads the nation after week one with four passes defended. Jahsun Bryant was named the John Merritt Classic Defensive MVP for his performance. Bryant finished with nine stops while fellow linebacker Terry Straughter led the team with 1.5 tackles for loss.
MT opened the 2019 season with a 40-21 loss at Michigan. The Blue Raiders forced two first half fumbles and turned both into touchdowns. DQ Thomas led the defense with 10 tackles, eight solo. The Blue Raiders teamed for three tackles for loss, including two sacks. Asher O'Hara earned the start at quarterback and threw for 217 yards and two touchdowns during a 22-for-32 outing. Ty Lee caught four passes for 52 yards and was one of 14 receivers to catch a pass.
Last 10 Results:
1998 - Middle Tennessee State 28, Tennessee State 27
1997 - Tennessee State 25, Middle Tennessee State 16
1996 - Tennessee State 24, Middle Tennessee State 14
1995 - Middle Tennessee State 11, Tennessee State 7
1994 - Middle Tennessee State 45, Tennessee State 10
1993 - Tennessee State 34, Middle Tennessee State 33
1992 - Middle Tennessee State 35, Tennessee State 31
1991 - Middle Tennessee State 42, Tennessee State 6
1990 - Middle Tennessee State 38, Tennessee State 6
1989 - Middle Tennessee State 36, Tennessee State 7
TV: ESPN3. Coverage provided by Jake Rose, Alex Myers and Kaitlyn Runion.
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 5:30 p.m.
Head Coach Rod Reed
- Thoughts on the team
"Obviously, I’m excited about the win. Opening up the season with a win is always good, but I was a little disappointed in the way we played. We were sloppy, we had a bunch of penalties, we turned the ball over for a touchdown – and those are the things that we’re going to have to clean up moving into the MTSU game in Murfreesboro. They’re a quality team. You watch them on tape; they do a lot of good things, have a lot of good athletes and defensively they were really stout against Michigan. But, I thought our guys did some good things in this game. I thought Cam Rosendahl protected the ball really well for us. Chris Rowland had some gains. And I thought all but one special teams did well, and both of our kickers did really well."
-On the team stepping up for great games against FCS opponents
"I don’t think so. We’ve been really good out of the shoot. It’s just after those games we tend to become lame and injured. Hopefully, we can come out of this game healthy. I think our coaches do an outstanding job preparing our team week in and week out. The biggest thing with us is always start really well no matter who we play, but injuries start to hit us. I think we’re in a little bit better condition this year and we have a little more depth, so hopefully, we’ll put our best foot forward and make a good football game out of it."
-On the offense with a new leader
"They played a couple of different kids in the Michigan game. Their quarterbacks throw the ball well. Michigan put a lot of pressure on them and moved them out of their spots. Hopefully, we can do the same thing. They have two really good quarterbacks. They have a couple of running backs. They leveled up and played with Michigan, I thought."
-On Chris Rowland
"Yeah. Chris is a special talent. He can receive the ball and is good in the return game. He had a really good game and only dropped one. He had one touchdown called back. He had a really good day on Saturday. We did a good job finding ways to get the ball in his hands. I thought Steven Newbold had a good day too. If we can run the ball with a little more efficiency it’ll give us a chance as well."
-On Steven Newbold and Chris Rowland
"Hopefully we can get those guys open and get the ball in their hands."
Quarterback Cameron Rosendahl
-On the performance in week one
“First off we got the win, so I’m happy about that. We have a lot to work on. Penalties killed us in the red zone. Being disciplined, listening to our coaches and decrease our mistakes we’ll be fine.”
-On making those changes
“I think it’s just focus. Focus throughout the week and focus during practice. If we stay focused and do things right, we’ll be fine.”
-On prepping to run the show
“It felt great. It’s fun getting out there from the beginning. I got a little used to it today and we’ll be ready for next week.”
Defensive End Rhashaun Epting
-On how the team played
“I think there’s a lot of room for improvement, but as a defense I think we’re locked in. Obviously, the competition for next week will be way higher than this week, we just have to focus on the call, and 1-11 has to do their job. Next week, I think the quarterback change was something the guys had to get used to. Receivers and running backs weren’t used to getting hit – we don’t hit them in practice so they had to get used to that. We’re going to get better, going to keep grinding. We’re not satisfied with beating MVSU by six.”
-On the switch from FBS and what he brings to the team
“Honestly, FCS, FBS, all the same. Football is football. If you want it, you’ll go get it. It doesn’t matter. The number of scholarships is the only difference.”
Wide Receiver Steven Newbold
- On the opening season win
“First game of the year, it was a tough game. It was an exciting game to see what everybody was going to do and get our feet back wet. We’ve been working hard all summer. For us to come out with the win is great.”
- On the opportunity to play MTSU
“Every time we get a chance to play an FBS team, we play balls to the wall, and we just have fun out there. Every FBS team we play, we come out prepared and we’re fired up to fight.”
- On having confidence heading into the MTSU game considering TSU beat FBS opponent Georgia State in 2017
“It does. Everytime we play Vandy it’s always a close game, so not just Georgia State. Playing an FBS school, it doesn’t really matter. Football is football. Everybody puts on their pads the same way."
Defensive Back Ronnie Killings
- On facing MTSU
“I’m really excited to be playing them. It’s going to be a good game against an FBS opponent. There’s going to be a lot of people I’ll get to play in front of who I haven’t played in front of since high school. A lot of my high school friends went to MTSU because it’s close, so I’m just really excited to be back in my hometown playing in front of a lot of people who I haven’t seen in a while.”
- On having confidence about facing an FBS opponent
“I think our confidence is very high for next week. We didn’t play as well as we wanted to against Mississippi Valley State, but just our experience playing FBS opponents, we fully expect to come out next week and get a win.”