|October 12, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|TSU||TD||04:33||ROBERSON 5 Yd Run (ZITA kick)|
|MUR||TD||01:48||SAPPINGTON 11 Yd Pass From RICE (WEBBER kick)|
|MUR||TD||11:19||SANCHIOUS 5 Yd Pass From RICE (WEBBER kick)|
|TSU||FG||02:52||ZITA 39 Yd|
|MUR||TD||00:16||BROOKS 37 Yd Pass From RICE (WEBBER kick)|
|MUR||FG||14:55||WEBBER 41 Yd|
|TSU||TD||12:57||ROBERSON 3 Yd Run (ZITA kick)|
|MUR||TD||02:27||MCCRAY 58 Yd Run (WEBBER kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||MUR||TSU|
|3rd Down Conversions||5-14||8-13|
|4th Down Conversions||1-2||0-1|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||271 (24-44)||312 (26-43)|
|Rushing (Att)||232 (39)||108 (32)|
Game 7: Tennessee State (1-5, 0-2) vs. Murray State (3-3, 1-1)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Stadium: William J. Hale Stadium (15,000)
Time: 2:00 p.m. CT
Audio: 102.1 FM
Live Stats: Statbroadcast
This is the 30th meeting with Murray State holding a 16-13 advantage. The teams first met in 1988, a 22-7 win for Murray State on their home field. After the Racers took the first two meetings, Tennessee State came back to earn its first win, 23-17, in 1990 at MSU. The win started a five game streak for the Big Blue before the Racers grabbed the next three contests. MSU went on its own five game win streak from 2008-12. The Tigers won two consecutive meetings before the Racers took the last three games in the series. TSU holds a 7-5 advantage in Nashville.
The Tigers dropped a 45-21 decision at Murray State. TSU started 12 players who were not in the starting lineup in week one of the season, including six players who were not on the initial two-deep. Rowland set a new career high in receptions with 13 and tied the TSU record for a single game, matching Tyrone Butterfield's performance at Southeast Missouri in 1997. The total was the second highest amount by a receiver in FCS play in 2018. The wide out finished with 128 yards and a touchdown as a receiver while adding another 37 yards on a kickoff return. Micheal Hughes started for the first time in 2018 and threw for 300 yards for the second time in his career. Vincent Sellers and Dajour Nesbeth led the Big Blue in tackles with eight stops a piece. TSU struck first on a scoring pass from Hughes to Aaron Cauthen. DeMarco Corbin crossed the goal line from two yards out to give the Tigers a 14-3 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Murray State would score the next 35 points to take a commanding lead into the fourth quarter.
Head Coach Rod Reed:
Coach Reed is in his tenth season at the helm of the Tigers and holds a 54-52 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 committed three turnovers before dropping a 31-23 decision at Jacksonville State. The Tigers rushed for 230 yards, led by Te'kendrick Roberson with 15 carries for 93 yards.Chris Rowland followed with 78 yards on eight touches to go along with six receptions for 113 yards. Rowland scored his first rushing touchdown of his career as he finished the game with 226 all purpose yards. Seth Rowland crossed the goal line on a 27 yard jaunt, helping the Tigers build a 17-0 lead in the first quarter. Kicker Antonio Zita finished with 11 points including field goals from 19, 29 and 34 yards. It marked the eighth time in 15 career games the sophomore has scored double-digit points. Rhashaun Epting led all players with 13 tackles and had a shared tackle for loss. Terray Jones recorded his first career sack and forced fumble, finishing with four stops in the contest. Kaleb Mosley made three punts totaling 133 yards for an average of 44.3.Mosley dropped two punts inside the 20, one inside the ten, and had a long of 57 yards, giving him a kick of 50-plus yards in seven consecutive games. Cameron Rosendahl finished 14-of-24 for 240 yards without an interception. The game is the second consecutive outing Rosendahl has not thrown a scoring pass. Tight end Phillip Brown caught a season best four passes for 45 yards.
MSU outscored Eastern Illinois in the second half to secure a 24-17, improving to 3-3, 1-1 in OVC play. Cortez Roberts saved the game for the Rcaers, stopping a Panther just shy of the goal line on the final play of the game. Cortez finished with four tackles in the contest. Preston Rice completed 19-of-29 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. DaQuon Green led all receivers with four catches for 71 yards. Defensively, Anthony Koclanakis registered 14 tackles including one for a loss, while Kendrick Cartis added 12 tackles including a game-high eight solos. Koclanakis now has three double-digit performances on the season and leads the Racers with 61 total tackles. Catis is second on the team with 44 stops.
Last 10 Results:
2018 - Murray State 45, Tennessee State 21
2016 - Murray State 38, Tennessee State 31
2015 - Murray State 46, Tennessee State 43 OT
2014 - Tennessee State 48, Murray State 33
2013 - Tennessee State 17, Murray State 10
2012 - Murray State 49, Tennessee State 28
2011 - Murray State 58, Tennessee State 27
2010 - Murray State 28, Tennessee State 23
2009 - Murray State 9, Tennessee State 6
2008 - Murray State 24, Tennessee State 17
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. CT
Head Coach Rod Reed
-On the team
"Well, obviously, disappointed about the loss at Jacksonville State. It was a really tough game for us on the road, it’s always been a tough place to play. I think we had a really good game plan going in. Thought it was one of the better defensive games that we’ve played all year – although we gave up a few yards. In the first half, we were able to get off the field and give our offense an opportunity, and I think we took advantage of that. At the end of the day, turnovers turned out to be the key to the game. We had three of them – we fumbled on the four-five yard line and another in the red zone, and we kicked three field goals. We have to be able to turn those field goals into touchdowns. We’re still a work in progress. We’ve had a few guys out defensively and we should get them back this week. We’re going to be ready to play at home. We’ve been on the road for a while, we’re ready to see if we can get the other guys on the field and see what we can do."
-On key players with injuries
"It’s just frustrating. It seems like we can’t get a full team on the field. We have guys that are playing out of position – we’ve moved Rhashaun Epting to the wheel linebacker, and he’s done a good job there, found a home there, but its frustrating when you don’t have all your horses in the stable, and we’ve got to continue to coach these other guys up because the season is not going anywhere. We still feel really good about the six games we have left on our schedule and if we can get some guys eligible and get them back on the field, I like our chances."
-On Murray State and its sophomore quarterback
"That kid can make all the throws, he’s pretty nifty in the pocket, has good pocket awareness, he steps up, slides, rolls when he needs to and always keeps his eyes downfield. From there, he can take off and run with it. They make you defend the whole field. They run the inside/outside zone, they stretch it across the field, and they raise up to throw it a lot. We’ve got to be really disciplined with the eyes and not get caught up in the smoke and mirrors and make sure we hone in on our keys defensively. Them defensively, they’re pretty stout. They’re really physical up front. They come down and hit the runner in the mouth. In the secondary, they press you out and they do some things that can confuse you a little bit. We have to start fast and finish strong and limit their possessions. We have to protect the football, maximize our possessions and minimize theirs."
Murray State Head Coach Mitch Stewart
- On the team
“Always good to get a win. We didn’t play very well, especially offensively, we were very inconsistent – turned the ball over a bunch. We made plays when we had to down the stretch in the second half. Was really encouraged by the defense, they had a good mentality about the game. We have to be better at the end of the game – the two minute drive there. Would like to stop that drive before it came down to that last play on the goal line. I’m very proud and very happy that our guys made that stop on the goal line. It was a heck of a game and always good to come out of there with a win. Now, we look to Tennessee State which is always one of the most athletic, one of the bigger teams. They’re unbelievable on film once you turn the tape on them. They’re downright scary, so we have quite a task this week."
-On Tennessee State
"It’s probably the best one-win team I’ve ever seen, athletically, and how they play. I had a chance to watch them play Jacksonville State on Saturday after our game and the way they move the ball offensively, this is a really good team."
-On adjustments made for TSU’s offense
"In facing a team like Tennessee State, they can move the ball so well offensively against anybody, you can’t afford to give them any extra snaps. You have to hold them to the snaps they have. And we have to finish drives. We have to quit stalling out on the plus side of the field. We do a nice job of getting to the plus side of the field, we move the football really well, we just have to finish some drives. We have to stop punting on the plus side of the field, and we have to stop going for 40+ yard field goals. If you continue to do that, you’re not going to be very successful. We just have to get some consistency on that side of the ball."
Senior Offensive Lineman Thomas Burton
-On where the team is
"We’re easily looking at a team who could be 5-1 to finish out the year. There’s not a doubt in my mind, we have all the talent in the world, it comes down to execution and us doing what we have to do. I feel like there’s no one who has stopped us. Every week we’ve suffered a self-inflicted loss. We just have to keep working and get it done."
-On leading as a senior
"I want to emphasize to guys, just give it your all. No matter what you’re doing, no matter what your roll is, just give it your best."
-On the upcoming home stand
"I think its great. The home crowd can come out, support and hopefully drive us to four-straight wins."
Senior Cornerback Dajour Nesbeth
-On returning after missing four weeks
"It felt good to be back on the field with my team, with my brothers. It sucks to lose, but we fought hard and I love those boys to death."
-On what you learned sitting out
"I learned how valuable your thumb is. It made me realize that I was taking football for granted. You never know when it’ll be your last play, and I said when I would get my chance to come back, I would go as hard as I could."
-On the four-game home stand
"I feel like going home is going to be good for us. The home crowd has a lot of fans that supports us. It’ll start our win streak and get us going."
Senior Quarterback Cameron Rosendahl
-On the team
"We’re doing some things well. We started this game strong which we haven’t done in the past, which is something good to look at. We need to finish drives when we get in the red zone. That’s on me. I have to be a better facilitator of the ball and find the right option inside of the play and make that decision in the end zone. That’s something I’m going to work on this week, and we’re going to work on as an offense to get better this week."
-On the TSU fans at home
"I think today was a good light at the end of the tunnel. We’re progressing every week, there are just little things that are killing us and hopefully being at home, in front of the TSU crowd can help us get over the edge. We need some big blue fans out there to help us win."
Redshirt Sophomore Defensive Tackle Allen Daniels
-On what worked well this week
"I thought we worked well with our stunts as a D-Line. For the most part, I felt we did our job this week because that was the emphasis of practice. There were a couple times we had some flaws, but that’s expected. Overall, I think we did well, we just have to clean some stuff up for next week."
-On what needs to improve for next week
"I believe that one of the things we should work on is our assignments, our techniques. I think we should try and capitalize more and create turnovers. I feel that Jacksonville State had three or four turnovers against us, and we didn’t have any. We were still able to stop them, but if the roles were reversed, the outcome would have been different."