|October 19, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|APSU||TD||12:29||CRAIG 19 Yd Run (BIRCHFIELD kick)|
|APSU||FG||06:25||BIRCHFIELD 21 Yd|
|TSU||FG||14:43||ZITA 43 Yd|
|APSU||TD||10:18||WILLIAMS 27 Yd Pass From CRAIG (BIRCHFIELD kick)|
|TSU||FG||05:33||ZITA 22 Yd|
|TSU||FG||03:59||ZITA 36 Yd|
|APSU||TD||11:49||HARLEY 4 Yd Pass From CRAIG (BIRCHFIELD kick)|
|TSU||TD||05:01||NEWBOLD 4 Yd Pass From ROSENDAHL (ZITA kick)|
|TSU||FG||12:11||ZITA 50 Yd|
|TSU||TD||07:56||NEWBOLD 8 Yd Pass From ROSENDAHL (ZITA kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||APSU||TSU|
|3rd Down Conversions||6-15||7-19|
|4th Down Conversions||2-2||2-2|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||308 (19-38)||220 (27-39)|
|Rushing (Att)||103 (26)||116 (37)|
Game 8: Tennessee State (1-6, 0-3) vs. Austin Peay (4-2, 2-0)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Stadium: Nissan Stadium (69,143)
Time: 4:30 p.m. CT
Audio: 102.1 FM
Live Stats: Statbroadcast
This is the 22nd meeting with the Tigers leading the series, 12-9. The teams first met in 1988, a 16-12 victory for the squad from Clarksville. TSU earned its first win in the series a year later, 38-10. The Govs snapped the Tigers five game win streak in the series in 2017 with a 21-17 win at Nissan Stadium. The prior 11 meetings had run in streaks for the teams. TSU won a trio of games from 1996-2008, only to see the Governors reel off three of their own from 2009-11. The Tigers then went on a five game streak, including a last second 41-40 win in Clarksville in 2016. APSU is currently on a two game run.
The Tigers committed five turnovers, three unforced, leading to a 49-34 loss at Austin Peay. The two teams traded touchdowns in the first half, beginning and ending with the Govs, who took a 28-21 lead into the locker room. AP extended the lead to 42-24 late in the third quarter before the Tigers scored 10 points to move back to within one score. The Govs added an insurance touchdown midway through the fourth to secure the victory. Receiver Chris Rowland registered a career day, catching 11 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns. Rowland added another 34 yards on punt returns for 213 all purpose yards. Redshirt freshman Shawn McColley led all rushers with 78 yards on 11 touches. Vincent Sellers led the defense in tackles with nine, three solo and one for loss. TSU outgained APSU, 489-447, in total yards.
Head Coach Rod Reed:
Coach Reed is in his tenth season at the helm of the Tigers and holds a 54-53 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.
Tennessee State committed five turnovers as they dropped its Ohio Valley Conference home opener to Murray State, 31-17. The Tigers opened the scoring with their longest drive of the season, moving 97 yards on 12 plays. Te’Kendrick Roberson scored the first of his two touchdowns to give TSU the early 7-0 lead. After two MSU touchdowns, Antonio Zita brought the Tigers within four with a 39 yard field goal. Roberson’s second scoring run came early in the fourth quarter to get within seven at 24-17. The senior running back finished with 76 yards on 18 attempts. Chris Rowland experienced a record day, as he caught a TSU single game best 14 passes. Rowland finished with 146 yards receiving and amassed 214 all purpose yards. The senior entered the day outside of the TSU top 10 for receptions in a single season and left ranked third in Big Blue history. On the season, Rowland has 70 catches for 1,021 yards, which is tied for sixth at TSU with Juan Hall who totaled the same yardage in 1996. The wide receiver continues to lead the nation in all purpose yards per game (207.9), receiving yards, and receiving yards per game (145.9), while he is second in receptions per game (10.0). Steven Newbold caught seven passes for 87 yards on the day. Cameron Rosendahl completed 26-of-43 passes for 312 yards despite throwing three interceptions. Redshirt freshman Josh Green finished with a game high 11 tackles and pulled down his first career interception. Justin Culpepper registered his career-high seven tackles, one for a three-yard loss, and posted two quarterback hurries. Antonio Zita connected on his 25th career field goal, tying Larry Watkins (1978-81) for fifth place in TSU history.
APSU earned their second consecutive win over a ranked opponent with a 28-24 decision against Southeast Missouri. Trailing 3-0, the Govs scored back-to-back touchdowns to take a 14-3 advantage. SEMO bounced back with two of its own to take a 17-14 lead heading into the final quarter. Trent Taylor intercepted a pass to set up the go ahead touchdown early in the final stanza. After the Redhawks regained the lead on their next possession, the Govs answered immediately as Ahmaad Tanner crossed the goal line for the third time in the contest. JaVaughn Craig finished 17-of-28 for 243 yards and two touchdowns. Baniko Harley led the receiving corps with five receptions for 102 yards. Jack McDonald led APSU with 10 tackles, while Shaun Whittinghill recorded seven tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble. The Govs have intercepted eight passes on the season, which ranks 11th in the nation. The defense is holding opponents to 77.3 rushing yards per game and ranks 11th in total defense allowing 311.5 yards per contest.
Last 10 Results:
2018 - Austin Peay 49, Tennessee State 34
2017 - Austin Peay 21, Tennessee State 17
2016 - Tennessee State 41, Austin Peay 40
2015 - Tennessee State 20, Austin Peay 6
2014 - Tennessee State 31, Austin Peay 27
2013 - Tennessee State 31, Austin Peay 6
2012 - Tennessee State 34, Austin Peay 13
2011 - Austin Peay 37, Tennessee State 34
2010 - Austin Peay 26, Tennessee State 23
2009 - Austin Peay 24, Tennessee State 21
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 4:00 p.m. CT
Head Coach Rod Reed
- On the team
"Obviously, we were disappointed with the loss. Like I told our guys, and anyone else who watched the game, you give a team like Murray State five extra possessions, it’s not going to bode well for you. We have to figure out a way to protect the football. In the last two games, we’ve had eight turnovers. That’s been the difference in the game against two really good football teams. We’re minus nine in the turnover margin right now. You’re not going to win many football games when you’re like that. Our kids came to practice. They worked hard last night. Obviously, we’re fighting a couple of injury bugs. There are some things that we can do to be more successful and one of them is taking care of the football."
- On feeling the homecoming spirit this week
"We’ve got a ball game to play. A couple of years from now, they’ll be able to come back and enjoy all the festivities and the things that go along with homecoming, but right now, we’ve got to prepare to try to play a really good game against a really really good football team. That’s our focus right now. You want your kids to be college students, but we are charged with winning a football game."
- On Austin Peay’s offense
"You talk about Kentel Williams, but they’ve got several guys they can put in the backfield who can still be effective. I think Craig has come in and done a good job with running the ball and throwing the ball. They’ve got some big physical receivers, and they’ve got a receiver like Rowland who works the slot. It’s going to be a tall task for us. We’re going to have some guys in the secondary, we’re going to move a few guys around back there to make ends meet. We have to do a good job of stopping the run. They run the ball as well as anyone else in the conference. I’m really watching them run the ball and as physical as they are up front, we’ve got to be ready to play. I like watching good defensive football. They fly around, they are where they’re supposed to be, they get in the gaps, if they’re playing zone coverage, that’s where they’re supposed to be, we’ve got our work cut out for us."
- On offensive talent and what a win would do for team
"We have to get the bad taste out of our mouth right now. We’ve been so close the last couple of weeks, you look at Jacksonville and you look at Murray and as talented as we are, we can’t turn the football over. We’ve got a lot of talent, but when you have your best players turning the football over, we’ve got to figure out a way not to do that. It’s guys trying to make plays and scratch for extra yards when that happens. We’ve figured out a way to give it away, we’ve got to find a way to get it right. I’m sure if teams gave us four or five more possessions, it’d be different as well."
Head Coach Mark Hudspeath
- On the team
"I’m just proud of our team’s preparation. That’s probably the thing that I’m most excited about. Our guys have been coming to practice with a chip on their shoulder since January. we’ve got some guys who are developing into leaders and taking on the culture of our program. We’ve got a long way to go but we’re making progress. Hopefully, we can use this to build on because you go back and look at the film and see little mistakes that we’ve got to clean up, got to play better, got to execute better. In some ways, it was upsetting to see the execution that we had, but to catch us working hard, and preparing hard – hopefully we’ll see some improvement."
- On defeating two nationally ranked teams
"We know we’ll give it our best shot, but for us, we’re just trying to play up to our standard, regardless of who we’re playing the most talented team probably in the league this week. They’ve got a lot of talent. They had a chance to beat Middle Tennessee and jumped out on Jacksonville State, so they’re a very talented team. For us, we’ve got to basically control what we can control. That’s playing at a very high standard, playing with incredible effort, playing really hard and doing our jobs."
- On taking on the offense
"Nobody else has been able to contain this guy. They’re leading the league in total offense, he’s leading the nation in receiving. He’s a future NFL guy. It’ll be a big challenge for us. I don’t think anyone can stop him, you just hope that you can contain him somewhat. That will be the challenge, but he’s not the only one, he’s just the one who makes them go."
Senior Defensive Tackle Justin Culpepper
- On defense over the last few weeks
"It always starts with practice. We checked mentality and now attack things. We’re more aggressive in practice so it can translate to the game. We have to finish strong."
- On last homecoming as a Tiger
"We can’t take anything for granted. We have to keep going. We can’t take another loss. We have to be able to finish the season and go for .500."
- On individual and teammate preparation
"Personally, I never give up. I have a high motor, so I need to transfer some of my energy to them. I never stop. At the end of the day, time stops for no man. I want to give them that same mentality. We have to keep going."
Freshman Defensive End Clint Dowty
- On the opportunity to make some plays
"Getting out there, it’s big for me. I try to play as best as I can when I go against experienced players, but like coach is always saying, next man up, so if someone goes down and it’s a blow, I’m going to go out and play to the best of my ability. I just do what I’m supposed to do and make plays."
- On what he can do to contribute to team
"Show up every day. Get ready for the big game, but it’s just another game we have to play hard. Hopefully, all the energy from the fans and the Homecoming events can give us the extra juice we need to win."