|September 21, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|UAPB||TD||09:23||Porter 3 Yd Run (Krzeminski kick)|
|TSU||TD||01:33||CORBIN 2 Yd Run (ZITA kick)|
|UAPB||TD||14:16||Porter 20 Yd Pass From Patrick (Krzeminski missed kick)|
|UAPB||TD||01:32||Porter 12 Yd Run (Krzeminski missed kick)|
|TSU||FG||00:00||ZITA 30 Yd|
|TSU||TD||11:13||ROWLAND 35 Yd Pass From ROSENDAHL (ZITA kick)|
|TSU||TD||03:49||MOORE 33 Yd Pass From ROSENDAHL (ZITA kick)|
|UAPB||TD||00:59||Williams 22 Yd Run|
|UAPB||TD||03:51||Ballard 3 Yd Run (Krzeminski missed kick)|
|TSU||TD||00:50||NEWBOLD 9 Yd Pass From ROSENDAHL (ZITA kick)|
|UAPB||TD||00:00||Brown 17 Yd Pass From Patrick|
|Stats at a Glance||UAPB||TSU|
|3rd Down Conversions||6-13||8-15|
|4th Down Conversions||1-2||0-0|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||301 (19-33)||334 (27-42)|
|Rushing (Att)||218 (39)||71 (30)|
Game 4: Tennessee State (1-2) vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-1)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Stadium: William J. Hale Stadium (15,000)
Time: 2:00 p.m. CT
Audio: 102.1 FM
Live Stats: Statbroadcast
Tennessee State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff have only played twice since 1947. The first in 2012 went in favor of the Tigers, 40-13, during Homecoming at then, LP Field. The second meeting came during the 2016 John Merritt Classic at Nissan Stadium, with the Big Blue claiming a 44-0 victory. The Tigers opened the series with wins over, then, Arkansas AM&N in 1944 and 1947.
In 2016, the Tigers earned a 44-0 win, blanking their first opponent since a 31-0 victory over Butler in the first round of the 2013 FCS Playoffs; it was the first regular season shutout since 2006 (31-0, Southeast Missouri). TSU amassed 461 yards in total offense and held UAPB to 168 yards, helping grab a rank of seventh nationally in total defense. TSU registered 11.0 tackles-for-loss, the third most nationally in week one. Ebenezer Ogundeko earned 2.5 sacks and six tackles on his way to the JMC Defensive MVP. O’Shay Ackerman-Carter was named Offensive MVP after throwing for 259 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Ronald Butler, who had moved from quarterback to wide receiver in camp, hauled in the first touchdown pass of the game and went on to rush for another. Butler would return to leading the offense in game three after Ackerman-Carter suffered a season ending injury. Patrick Smith led all receivers in the matchup with UAPB with six catches, 100 yards and a touchdown. Lane Clark totaled 14 points on the night with three field goals (47, 38, and 23) to go along with five extra points. Erick Evans topped all rushers with 13 attempts, 67 yards and a touchdown.
Head Coach Rod Reed:
Coach Reed is in his tenth season at the helm of the Tigers and holds a 54-49 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. Since taking over in 2010, Rod Reed holds a 22-4 against HBCUs for a winning percentage of .846.
The Tigers are coming off a 49-45 loss versus Jackson State at the Southern Heritage Classic. The Tigers found themselves down 28-7 before Cameron Rosendahl entered the game with 1:18 to play in the second quarter. The quarterback needed exactly 60 seconds to move the Tigers 75 yards and score the teams’ first offensive touchdown. Rosendahl continued to lead the Tigers in their comeback attempt, finishing the game by completing 22-of-32 passes for 384 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. The senior led the Tigers to six scoring drives, including two touchdowns in the final three minutes, bringing the Tigers within five points with just over a minute to play. Steven Newbold caught 10 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns. Newbold finished with 230 all purpose yards and was named Southern Heritage Classic Player of the Game. With the receptions, the senior receiver has amassed 122 career grabs and moved past Travis James (2009-12) into 10th on the Tigers Career Receptions List. Chris Rowland added seven catches for 139 yards and one receiving score. Rowland finished with 124 return yards, including a 96 yard touchdown on the second play of the game. As a receiver, the Nolensville, Tenn. product has now hauled in 119 passes, equaling Travis James. Newbold and Rowland now set their sights on Tyrone Butterfield (1997-98), eighth on the list with 131, and Chris Johnson in ninth (2004-08) at 127. Rowland ranks first nationally in all-purpose yards (234.33 yards/game), seventh in total touchdowns (5) and 21st in combined kick return yards (185) and is one of 11 FCS players to return a kickoff for a touchdown so far this season.
After an opening weekend loss to TCU, the Golden Lions have won back-to-backs in which they have scored over 50 points. UAPB is averaging 427.0 yards per game offensively and 37.3 points per game. Wide receiver Harry Ballard III leads the team offensively with 13 receptions for 325 yards and five touchdowns. Ballard ranks seventh in FCS play in receiving yards and is second in receiving scores. Keshawn Williams and Taeyler Porter lead the ground game for UAPB. Williams is averaging 7.1 yards per carry, gaining 255 yards on 36 attempts, while Porter has run for 229 yards on 43 carries. The Golden Lions have used two quarterbacks on the season. Shannon Patrick has completed 26-of-42 passes for 438 yards and has tossed four touchdown passes opposed to one interception. Skyler Perry has gone 24-of-36 for 331 yards with six touchdowns and one pick. Isaac Peppers leads the defense with 17 tackles, while Blake Conner follows with 16. UAPB has recorded 21 tackles for loss, including eight sacks and are led in each category by Jalen Steward with 4.0 TFLs and 2.0 sacks. The Golden Lions have forced six turnovers on the season, ranking 19th nationally.
2016 - Tennessee State 44, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0
2012 - Tennessee State 40, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 13
1947 - Tennessee State 20, Arkansas AM&N 0
1944 - Tennessee State 50, Arkansas AM&N 19
TV: ESPN+. Howard Gentry, Jr. will provide play-by-play with Dereck Fleming with analysis.
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.
Head Coach Rod Reed
- On game versus Jackson State
“We didn’t play very well defensively. We allowed more rushing yards than we have allowed in the last four games. We have a couple of guys injured on that side of the ball and hopefully we can get one of those guys back this week. Credit to Jackson State though, they found a chink in the armor and they kept going at it. We did really well on offense. Cam (Rosendahl) threw the ball real well and we rushed the ball well also. We needed to get a stop at the end of the game and just couldn’t get a stop. We are going to get some things fixed on defense and hopefully our offense can continue to improve like they have been from week to week.”
- On Cameron Rosendahl
“He’s still a little dinged up, but he came in and took control of the offense. He put up a lot of points on Saturday. He should be ready to go this weekend. But Octavious (Battle) is still taking a lot of reps as he catches up, especially with Micheal (Hughes) still questionable.”
- On Arkansas-Pine Bluff
“If I’m them, I’m looking at the film and licking my chops, with running the football. They have some good athletes, including a couple nice transfer receivers. They have a big kid who can really catch the ball and two or three running backs that run the ball with power. Defensively, they give you some different things to look at. They are 2-1 right now and scoring a lot of points, so we have to figure out a way to stop them from scoring and we need to continue to score points.”
- On the usage of Chris Rowland
“With the way (Steven) Newbold emerged last week with 10 catches and Chris (Rowland) still catching seven balls, we have a lot of options. We also have a couple other guys we can get the ball to, but you have to get the ball into your playmakers hands. Chris got a touchdown on a kickoff return and sparked us early in the game and he had a touchdown catch. We want to get the ball to Chris’ as much as possible, but we need to take what the defense gives us. But our running backs ran the ball really well last week, but we got into a situation where we had to throw the ball a lot and Chris and Newbold answered the bell.”
Arkansas-Pine Bluff Head Coach Cedric Thomas
- On performance against Langston
“Are kids responded to our first game at home; there were a lot of distractions. They handled it well and got off to a quick start. We were able to score a lot of points and had a lot of big plays.”
- On wide receiver Harry Ballard III
“He’s a big time player. He’s physical and catches the ball at a high point. He is a great perimeter asset; he’s just a big time collegiate player. It has been tremendous for us just to get him a part of the program. He is a team player that really helps the other guys. The last couple weeks he’s been able to get open. Maybe that’s because there’s an All-American on the other side.”
- On Tennessee State
“I know a lot about them. Their offensive coordinator (Shannon Harris) is my coaching brother. We were on the same staff at Alcorn State and we won a couple championships together. Tennessee State has always been one of those upper echelon teams. I had a chance to go up against them when I was at UT Martin. They are a great ball club. They lost a tough one on Saturday so I know they will be chopping at the bit to make amends for it. They have a lot of speed, a lot of athleticism and a lot of division-I transfers. So we have our hands full, but we wouldn’t want it any other way.”
Sophomore Defensive Tackle Raymond Horton
-On the defense's performance
"We just had a rough night. We're going to bounce back and have a better week. We're going to go back, look at film, correct our mistakes and just get back to the drawing board."
-On adjustments that will be made for next week
"We just have to communicate. We communicate a lot - safeties and more, just have to do that a bit more."
-On coming back into the hole
"We have to get some get-back on Pine Bluff. We're going to go home, look at film, and see if we can get some get-back on them."
Offensive Lineman Cam Durley
-On performance of the offense
"I think after seeing this game, our offense looks very promising. Our offense didn't quit at all. We fought all the way to the end. We scored at the end when we need to, we just came up short."
-On the cohesive offensive line
"Since I arrived at TSU, we're getting tighter each day. It helps that we like each other, that we love each other, and we know we want to get better."
-On big plays
"When we see big plays, it just makes us want to get another one. It's a blessing how those guys can make big plays for us. It just gives us a little inspiration to do it the next play."