|November 09, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|TSU||TD||10:07||CORBIN 6 Yd Run (ZITA missed kick)|
|EIU||TD||07:31||BENEFIELD 45 Yd Run (MASUCCI kick)|
|TSU||TD||05:45||ROSENDAHL 3 Yd Run|
|EIU||TD||00:41||McCULLOUGH 15 Yd Run (MASUCCI kick)|
|TSU||TD||12:16||ROWLAND (ZITA kick)|
|TSU||TD||08:31||ROWLAND 36 Yd Pass From ROSENDAHL (ZITA kick)|
|EIU||TD||03:49||SHEEHAN 12 Yd Pass From WOODBERY (MASUCCI kick)|
|TSU||TD||01:14||NEWBOLD 14 Yd Pass From ROSENDAHL (ZITA kick)|
|EIU||TD||12:01||HILL 4 Yd Run (MASUCCI kick)|
|TSU||FG||05:44||ZITA 26 Yd|
|EIU||TD||00:05||BENEFIELD 19 Yd Pass From WOODBERY (MASUCCI kick)|
|EIU||TD||10:17||SHEEHAN 5 Yd Pass From WOODBERY (MASUCCI kick)|
|EIU||TD||07:21||BENEFIELD 9 Yd Run (MASUCCI kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||EIU||TSU|
|3rd Down Conversions||6-16||5-14|
|4th Down Conversions||4-5||3-4|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||225 (22-35)||209 (16-28)|
|Rushing (Att)||265 (44)||97 (35)|
Game 10: Tennessee State (2-7, 1-4) vs. Eastern Illinois (0-8, 0-5)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 9, 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 marks the 23rd meeting between the two teams. EIU leads the series, 14-8, including winning 11 of the last 14 contests. TSU won the first three games of the series, starting with a 20-19 decision in 1982. The Panthers first gained a win over the Tigers in 2000, 33-19. TSU defeated in Charleston in 2018, the first in the series since 2011. Last time in Nashville, EIU claimed a 19-16 double overtime victory in the John Merritt Classic at Nissan Stadium in 2017. The Tigers hold a 6-5 advantage in the Music City versus EIU.
Trailing by as many as 21 points in the second quarter, Tennessee State earned a hard-fought come from behind victory at Eastern Illinois, 41-40. The win snapped a six game losing streak against EIU, dating back to 2011. TSU took its first lead with 7:31 to go in the fourth quarter when Demry Croft hit DeVon Johnson for a 49-yard touchdown pass for a 35-34 advantage. After EIU responded with a touchdown, Earl Harrison capped a TSU drive with a game-winning four-yard touchdown run with 3:06 left in the fourth. Justin Culpepper secured the victory by blocking a 47-yard field goal attempt. The Panthers jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter. The Big Blue would start working its way back with a pair of field goals and trailed 24-6 heading into the final minute of play of the first half. Defensive end Mekhi Brown forced a fumble as he sacked the EIU quarterback, allowing Dante’ Ferguson Jr. to pounce on the ball. On the next play, Treon Harris found Chris Rowland open for an 18 yard touchdown to move within 11 points at the break. Christion Abercrombie led the defense with eight tackles.
Head Coach Rod Reed:
Coach Reed is in his tenth season at the helm of the Tigers and holds a 55-53 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 dropped a 32-13 contest to Southeast Missouri State. Chris Rowland totaled 206 all purpose yards against the Redhawks. Rowland caught seven passes for 100 yards including a six yard touchdown pass from Cameron Rosendahl. Rowland added 91 yards on four kickoff returns and 13 on a punt return. Rosendahl completed 17 of 26 pass attempts for 217 yards. Te’kendrick Roberson scored the first touchdown for the Tigers on a 20 yard run in the third quarter. Defensively, Jahsun Bryant recorded a game high nine tackles, including six solos, 1.5 for loss including a sack in just one half of play. Dajour Nesbeth recorded his first interception of the season and the seventh of his career. Chris Rowland continues to lead FCS play with 89 receptions on the year and is ranked eighth all time in Ohio Valley Conference play. The senior is 11 receptions shy of becoming the second player to reach 100 catches in a season. Erik Lora of Eastern Illinois caught 136 passes in 2012 and 123 in 2013. Rowland has amassed 1,234 yards in 2019 which ranks seventh in OVC history. Lora holds the conference record with 1,664 in 2012.
EIU is coming off a bye week after suffering a 33-6 loss to Eastern Kentucky. The Colonels built a 33-0 lead before EIU could score a touchdown in the final minute of the contest. Eastern Illinois was held to 89 yards of offense on the day with 69 coming on the final drive. Sean Williams led the Panthers on defense with 11 tackles, 1.5 for loss. On the season, Dytarious Johnson tops EIU with 58 stops, 31 solo, 13 for loss and 4.0 sacks. Johnson has forced two fumbles, recovered two and picked off a pass. Harry Woodberry has tossed six touchdown passes and has been intercepted on 10 occasions, while completing 142-of-286 passes for 1,308 yards. Isaiah Hill and Jaelin Benefield have been the favorite targets for EIU quarterbacks with 35 receptions each. Hill has gone for 300 yards and pulled down three scoring passes, while Benefield has 267 yards and one score. Chris Walker leads the rushing game with 261 yards on 67 carries. Benefield is just behind with 227 yards on 82 touches.
Last 10 Results:
2018 - Tennessee State 41, Eastern Illinois 40
2017 - Eastern Illinois 19, Tennessee State 16 2ot
2016 - Eastern Illinois 35, Tennessee State 34
2015 - Eastern Illinois 25, Tennessee State 22 ot
2014 - Eastern Illinois 28, Tennessee State 3
2013 - Eastern Illinois 51, Tennessee State 10 *
Eastern Illinois 34, Tennessee State 16
2011 - Tennessee State 18, Eastern Illinois 17
2010 - Eastern Illinois 31, Tennessee State 28 ot
2009 - Tennessee State 21, Eastern Illinois 10
* - NCAA Second Round Game
TV: ESPN+. Howard Gentry Jr. will provide play-by-play with Derek 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