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Tigers Visit No. 19 Tennessee Tech on Saturday
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Tigers Visit No. 19 Tennessee Tech on Saturday
Tennessee State University hopes to continue the winning trend after last weekend's 55-3 victory over Southeast Missouri. The Tigers travel to No. 19 Tennessee Tech on Saturday, Oct. 15 for the Battle of the Sergeant York Trophy. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Tucker Stadium in Cookeville.

The Big Blue offense racked up a season-best 536 total yards in the win over the Redhawks. Saturday's victory snapped a nine-game losing streak in the Ohio Valley Conference.

This weekend's matchup pits two of the top-20 offenses in the country. Going into Saturday's game, TSU (2-4, 1-2 OVC) ranks 15th in offense with an average of 432 yards per game. The Golden Eagles (4-1, 3-0 OVC) are 17th nationally with 427 yards per contest.

TSU leads the all-time series, 14-10, but Tennessee Tech has won the last two games. Last season, TTU captured a 21-10 win over the Tigers at LP Field.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Michael German was named OVC Newcomer of the Week, completing 20 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns. The Pompano Beach, Fla., native has completed 41 passes for 568 yards and five touchdowns in his last two games. German has not thrown an interception in 102 pass attempts this season. German ranks 19th in the NCAA with a 148.0 pass efficiency rating.

Jamin Godfrey earned OVC Specialist of the Week, connecting on two field goals and seven extra points. Godfrey's 13 points was the second-best performance ever for a TSU kicker, tying Eric Benson's mark set on Oct. 18, 2008 against Austin Peay. Godfrey is first in the OVC and tied for fifth nationally with 11 made field goals.

The tandem of Dante' Thomas and Trabis Ward gives TSU a strong rushing attack. The duo has combined for 935 yards and nine touchdowns in six games. Last weekend, Ward rushed for 135 yards against SEMO, while Thomas put yards 90 on the ground.

TSU's trio of wide receivers gives German plenty of throwing options. Senior Devi Wilson leads the Tigers with 29 receptions for 353 yards. Calvin McNairl has 19 catches for 368 yards and a team-leading six touchdowns. Travis James has 15 grabs for 298 yards and three touchdowns.

Rico Council and Joseph Wylie are TSU's leading defensive tacklers, combing for 87 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.

Tennessee Tech enters Saturday's game with a four-game win streak. TTU came-from-behind to defeat UT Martin 34-31 on Sept. 31.

The Golden Eagles are led by quarterback Tre Lamb, who has tossed 88 completions for 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns.

TTU has a dual threat in Dontey Gay, who leads the team with 588 yards rushing and 125 yards receiving. Richmond Tooley leads the Golden Eagles defense with 38 tackles.

The Sergeant York Trophy is a competition between the four OVC programs in the state of Tennessee. The school with the best record retains the trophy until the following year. Since the trophy was instituted in 2007, the Tigers have claimed and shared the trophy in 2007 and 2008, respectively. TTU stands tied for first with Austin Peay at 1-0, while UT Martin and Tennessee State are 0-1.

The Aristocrat of Bands will be the special halftime guests of Tennessee Tech. Fans can listen to all the coverage from the Big Blue Network through 102.1 The Light in Nashville, 101.9 FM in Clarksville or 94.7 FM in Boliver/Jackson.