October 05, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tennessee State1733023
Jacksonville State3147731
Scoring
1st Quarter
TSUTD13:13ROWLAND 48 Yd Run (ZITA kick)
TSUTD10:01ROWLAND 27 Yd Run (ZITA kick)
TSUFG04:27ZITA 19 Yd
JSUFG01:39WALLACE 36 Yd
2nd Quarter
JSUTD09:48PEARSON 20 Yd Pass From COOPER (WALLACE kick)
TSUFG05:59ZITA 29 Yd
JSUTD03:21STEPHERSON 42 Yd Pass From COOPER (WALLACE kick)
3rd Quarter
TSUFG08:57ZITA 34 Yd
JSUTD02:43PEARSON 8 Yd Pass From COOPER (WALLACE kick)
4th Quarter
JSUTD07:18MATTHEWS 10 Yd Run (WALLACE kick)
Stats at a GlanceTSUJSU
1st Downs2125
3rd Down Conversions5-127-16
4th Down Conversions0-12-2
Passing (Comp-Att)240 (14-24) 305 (25-40)
Rushing (Att)230 (40) 162 (37)
Total Yards470467
Penalties6-449-85
Turnovers31
Fumbles Lost31
Interceptions00
Possession27:0632:54
TSU Falls 31-23 at Jacksonville State
Saturday, October 5, 2019
TSU Falls 31-23 at Jacksonville State

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Game 6:
 Tennessee State 23, Jacksonville State 31
Records: TSU (1-5, 0-2), JSU (4-2, 1-1)
Venue: Burgess-Snow Field
Location: Jacksonville, Ala.
Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 78
Kickoff Time: 6:06 p.m CT
Game Duration: 3:13
Attendance: 16,589

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. --- A two touchdown, 313-total offensive yard first half helped the Tennessee State Tigers take the Jacksonville State Gamecocks to the edge, leading at halftime 20-17. However, JSU's pass game proved difficult for Big Blue's defense, making up for its first-half deficit with a 200-yard, two-touchdown performance to take their conference home-opener, 31-23 over TSU. 

Senior running back Te'kendrick Roberson finished the night with 93 rushing yards on 15 carries, followed closely by Chris Rowland, who finished the night with 78 rushing yards, 113 receiving and 35 on kick return, leading the offensive effort on both sides with 226 all-purpose yards. 

Rhashaun Epting led the game with 13 tackles, five solo, and helped on a tackle for loss. 

The special teams effort of Antonio Zita, who finished the night with 11 points, while Kaleb Mosley registered a 50-plus yard punt for the seventh consecutive game in-a-row. 

TOTALS

  • Tennessee State outgained Jacksonville State 470-467 in total yards.
  • The Tigers produced 240 yards through the air and 230 on the ground.
  • The defense surrendered 162 rushing yards and 305 yards passing.
  • The Tigers averaged 7.3 yards per play.
  • TSU collected 21 first downs, opposed to 25 by JSU.
  • The Gamecocks won the Time of Possession battle, 32:54-27:06.
  • The Tigers finished 3-of-5 in Red Zone Scoring Chances, while JSU was 4-for-6.
  • The Big Blue had six penalties for 44 yards.
  • The defense produced five tackles for loss, including one sack.
  • The Tigers were 5-of-12 on third down conversions, while JSU was 7-of-16. 

INDIVIDUAL

  • Chris Rowland finished with 226 all purpose yards, amassing over 200 yards for the fourth time this season.
  • Rowland caught six passes for 113 yards, rushed eight times for 78 yards and added 35 yards on kickoff returns.
  • Te’kendrick Roberson led all rushers with 93 yards on 15 carries.
  • Antonio Zita scored double digit points for the eighth time in his career.
  • The sophomore was a perfect 3-for-3 in field goals and converted on both PAT opportunities for 11 points.
  • Zita made kicks from 19, 29 and 34 yards.
  • Cameron Rosendahl completed 14-of-24 passes for 240 yards.
  • Phillip Brown caught a season best four passes for 45 yards.
  • Chris Rowland and Seth Rowland each recorded a rushing touchdown.
  • Kaleb Mosley averaged 44.3 yards on three punts for 133 yards, including a long of 57.
  • Mosley has now gone six consecutive games with at least one punt of 50-plus yards.
  • Mosley dropped two inside the 20 yard line.
  • Rhashaun Epting led all defensive players with 13 tackles.
  • Terry Straughter registered eight stops with a game high seven solos.
  • Terray Jones recorded a sack, forcing a fumble.
  • Jones, Dante’ Ferguson Jr. and Raymond Horton each posted 1.5 tackles for loss. 

FIRST QUARTER

  • Tennessee State scored a touchdown on its first possession of the game for the first time this season. The Tigers used five plays to travel 75 yards to take a 7-0 lead.
  • Cameron Rosendahl led the offense to two quick first downs with completions to Phillip Brown and Chris Rowland.
  • Rowland closed out the drive by exploding around the right side and down the sideline for a 48 yard rushing touchdown.
  • Terray Jones and Rhashaun Epting set the tone on the Gamecocks first series with a stop behind the line of scrimmage.
  • JSU would end its first drive with minus-three yards.
  • The Big Blue once again needed just five plays to find the end zone.
  • The Tigers went to the ground game, beginning with Te’kendrick Roberson breaking out for runs of 18 and 20 yards.
  • Seth Rowland capped off the drive with a 27 yard burst through the middle of the field to make the score 14-0 with 9:58 remaining in the first.
  • After a JSU first down, the Tigers forced three incomplete passes and would begin their third drive at the 20 yard line.
  • TSU went back on the attack as Rosendahl found Chris Rowland for 40 yards, moving across midfield to the JSU 38.
  • Sabree Curtis broke through the middle of the line on the next play, going for 36 yards before being pulled down at the two.
  • The Gamecock defense provided a goal line stand, forcing the Tigers to settle for an Antonio Zita 19 yard field goal.
  • With TSU leading 17-0 with 4:27 on the clock, JSU responded with its own field goal scoring drive, as they traveled 44 yards on seven plays to make the score, 17-3.
  • The Tigers outgained the Gamecocks 219-52 in total yards. 

SECOND QUARTER

  • The Gamecocks moved down to the Tigers two yard line during their first series of the second quarter.
  • The drive stalled, aided by a penalty and a stand by the Big Blue defense, resulting in a missed field goal from 32 yards out.
  • The Tigers ran into trouble, fumbling on the second play of the drive, with the Gamecocks recovering the ball at the TSU 20.
  • Jacksonville State needed just one play to find the goal line with a 20 yard scoring pass.
  • DaMarco Corbin gave the Tigers great field position with 15 yard kickoff return to the 41.
  • After a first down, Rosendahl hit Chris Rowland for 39 yards to the JSU 10.
  • Zita connected on his second field goal of the game, a 29-yarder with 5:59 remaining in the half, to extend the lead to 20-10.
  • The shootout continued as JSU responded with a six play drive to cut the lead to three, 20-17, on a 42 yard pass play.
  • The Tigers moved down the field quickly with Rosendahl finding Brown for 19 yards and Chris Rowland picking up 30 yards on three carries, moving to the JSU 10.
  • The turnover bug hit again, as the Tigers lost their second fumble of the quarter, leaving JSU 1:42 on the clock.
  • The Gamecocks charged down the field to the TSU eight with 15 seconds remaining.
  • The defense would force a turnover of its own as Allen Daniels forced the JSU quarterback into Terray Jones who earned his first career sack and forced a fumble.
  • Justin Brown pounced on the ball, securing the Tigers 20-17 lead as they entered the locker rooms.
  • JSU held the advantage in yardage, 217-94. 

THIRD QUARTER

  • Raymond Horton and Dante’ Ferguson Jr. teamed to stop a JSU runner behind the line of scrimmage on a third down attempt on the first series of the second half.
  • The Tigers would take to the field and put together an 11 play scoring drive.
  • Zita drilled a 34 yard field goal for his third of the game to extend the lead to 23-17.
  • JSU would take the lead for the first time in the game as they converted on a fourth down play to keep the drive alive.
  • The touchdown at 2:39 of the quarter made the score 24-23.
  • The stanza ended with JSU outgaining the Tigers 86-47. 

FOURTH QUARTER

  • JSU added to its lead midway through the fourth quarter with a touchdown, making the score 31-23.
  • The Tigers marched back down the field with a 14 yard pass play to Brown and a 50 yarder to Steven Newbold.
  • A third fumble by the Tigers ended the threat at the JSU 16.
  • The Big Blue forced a quick three-and-out as Ferguson and Ronnie Killings stuffed a third and one play giving the offense another chance with 3:31 left in regulation.
  • Roberson opened the drive with a 15 rush to the TSU 44.
  • The Tigers moved into JSU territory on the next play with an 11 yard connection from Rosendahl to Chris Rowland.
  • TSU would not gain another yard as the drive ended as Rosendahl was sacked for just the second time all game.
  • The Gamecocks finished with a slight advantage in yardage, 112-110, in the final 15 minutes. 

NOTES

  • Kickoff occured at 6:06 p.m. CT.
  • Tennessee State captains for the game were Lachavious Simmons, Chris Rowland, Cameron Rosendahl and Thomas Burton.
  • Tennessee State won the toss and chose to receive.
  • Chris Rowland’s 48-yard touchdown to kick off the game served as the first rushing touchdown of his career.
  • Terray Jones registered his first career sack, resulting in a Jacksonville State fumble recovered by Justin Brown.
  • With a 4-yard reception in the third quarter, Chris Rowland, tied Corey Sullivan (1996-99), in all-time career receptions with 145, and took over the spot with a reception in the fourth. 
  • Zita’s 34-yard field goal in the third quarter tied him for 7th in field goals made in a game and in scoring points for a kicker. This marks the 8th time Zita has scored double-digits.
  • Kaleb Mosely has punted over 50-yards in seven consecutive games.
  • Rhashaun Epting lead the game with a career-high 12 tackles.
  • Steven Newbold moves into ninth in all-time receptions and seventh in all-time receiving yards.
  • This marks the 14th meeting with Jacksonville State.
  • Jacksonville State leads the series 12-2.
  • The two TSU wins have occurred in Jacksonville, Alabama (2006 and 2013).
  • Rod Reed is 1-8 versus the Gamecocks.
  • The game was broadcasted on ESPN+.

WHAT’S NEXT:
The Tigers return home to host Murray State on Saturday, Oct. 12. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m. at Hale Stadium.

QUOTES

Junior Linebacker Rhashaun Epting

-On the defensive prowess early on
Before we even got out there, we were preaching all week to play hard and stop the run. We knew they did a lot of RPOs and glance routes, and we were just going to let that happen. The big thing was to stop the run, and everyone run to the ball, and when they do that, good things will happen.

-On the defense overall
Honestly, defensively, this is one of the best games we’ve played. It’s just circumstances of the game, when we had situations to get stops, we just didn’t get stops when we should have and that’s just a learning experience moving forward.

-On his individual motivation
I come to practice all week and the games are on film, and coaches preach, your film is your resume, so what you put on put on film, that’s what everyone sees despite the win or loss. As long as you’re playing hard and giving it all you got, the bus ride home, when you’re thinking did I leave everything out there, and a few games this season, I’ve felt I could’ve done better, so coming into this game, I didn’t want to feel that way. So I made sure I went hard every play.

Freshman Defensive Tackle Terray Jones

-On the defensive performance
We played hard, we just didn’t come out with the victory. Defense played hard, gave all we had. All we can do is try and win the next games this season.

-On his own sack/forced fumble
When its your time, you have to make it happen. We’ve been running the same stunt all game, so I knew I was going to be able to adjust and make the sack.

-On individual and team improvement for next week
We need to fix all the minor mistakes we made and keep working hard. Don’t lose focus.

Senior Wide Receiver Chris Rowland
-On the game
We’re really close to putting together a complete football game. I’m proud of the defense. I feel like offense didn’t do enough today, and I put that on myself. I had a turnover early. Overall, I’m proud of my teammates. They went out and worked hard. That’s the only thing you can ask for. Back to the drawing boards as always.

-On being used in the backfield and as a receiver
It’s exciting. I feel that I can’t play just one position at a time. I have to be utilized in multiple positions whether its receiver or running back. I feel good and running back is something that I’m used to. It’s something I played early on in my career. It’s just reverting back to the old days. The more opportunities I get to touch the ball, the better I get. Whether there’s a handoff or a pass, I can do anything.

-On what’s the first thing you say to the fans of TSU
I’m sorry right now how the season is going. We’ve got six games left. We’re very close to putting together a full game. We’re not discouraged at all. I would say we’re the best 1-5 football team in the nation who just took on the #20 team in the nation. Blow for blow down to the finish. That game is ours, we had a couple of turnovers early. I’m not discouraged, we’re not going to grow weary, we’re going to come out each week and there’s no quit in this team because we’re an extension of our head coach Rod Reed.  

Senior Running Back Te'kendrick Roberson

-On the game
We started out how we wanted to, we came out strong, but at the end of the game, we didn’t finish, we didn’t complete the job.

-On multiple guys having positive rushing yardage this game
We went in the week, we already knew we had to run the ball to win the game from film.

-On what you say to your team with a 1-5 record
We’re not giving up. We’re trying to figure out how to finish this season 6-0. Coach Reed tells us we can’t give up. We can’t.

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