NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State scored a pair of touchdowns within a span of 57 seconds in the fourth period to ice a hard-fought 27-13 victory over host Tennessee-Martin Thursday night.
The Tigers were holding on to a slim 14-13 lead when All-American running back Charles Anthony broke loose on a 21-yard scoring run to stretch the lead to 20-13 with 4:04 left.
Senior defensive back Justin Williams then picked off the first of his two interceptions and returned it 25 yards for a TD with 3:07 left.
TSU never trailed in the contest, but the Skyhawks stayed within striking distance until the two fourth quarter scores.
Anthony finished the game with 161 yards on 30 carries, marking the 13th time over the last 14 games he has rushed for at least 100 yards in a game.
Quarterback Bryson Rosser 13-32-0 passed for 158 yards and two TD's.
After a scoreless first quarter, Tennessee State got on the scoreboard as Bryson Rosser hooked up with Jarrett Morrow on a 47-yard scoring play. Joey Hudak's PAT made the score 7-0 at the 10:32 mark of the second period.
UT Martin got on the scoreboard, driving 43 yards in five plays. Donald Chapman scored on a 1-yard plunge. The Tigers blocked the PAT attempt to keep the lead at 7-6 with 3:50 remaining in the half.
TSU answered with a late first half score. Rosser threw 19 yards to reserve running back Maurice Young which scored his first collegiate TD. Hudak's kick made the score 14-6 with 55 seconds left in the half.
The Tigers took the second half kickoff and moved deep into UTM territory before a drive stalled forcing a Hudak 37-yard field goal that sailed wide left.
UTM then drove the field for an 80-yard scoring drive. Quarterback Brady Wahlberg scored on a 16-yard run.
TSU finished with 307 yards total offense to UTM's 249. The Tigers did not have a turnover for the second straight game.