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Tennessee State Football Roundup: Week 4
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Tennessee State Football Roundup: Week 4
Every week of the football season, will look back at the most recent game in a blog-like post. This past Saturday the Tennessee State Football team defeated Tennessee Tech in the return to Hale Stadium.
Looking back at the three keys:

Go for the Ball
Through the first two games of the season, Tennessee Tech has fumbled seven times and lost four of them…
What Happened
Tennessee State caused a pair of fumbles against Tennessee Tech and recovered one of them. That change of possession came on the kickoff immediately following Ronnie Vinson’s 50-yard interception return for a touchdown. Terrell Bonds caused the drop and Isaiah Freeman recovered it to further swing momentum in TSU’s favor and help their team defeat the visitors, 10-7.
Limiting Returns
Against Indiana State, TTU blocked a punt and ran it back for a touchdown and Ladarius Vanlier returned ISU's next punt attempt 72 yards for a touchdown…
What Happened
Tennessee State kicked away from Vanlier and the strategy worked in the Tigers’ favor. He was unable to run back any kickoffs and his one punt return went for just 11 yards. The rest of the TTU special teams staff were limited to two returns on kickoffs for 13 yards. It was a steep decline for a team that came into Saturday averaging 30 yards per kick return.
Battle in the Trenches
On offense, TSU must continue to open up holes for backs… On the other side of the ball, Tiger defenders need to continue to get pressure on opposing quarterbacks…
What Happened
Tennessee State rushed for 149 yards, but it was on 45 carries. The main issue was defenders getting into the Tiger backfield resulting in five sacks and 15 tackles for loss. Running backs Stephen Hopkins (53 yards) and Tevin Spells (31 yards) did perform well when given big enough holes. On defense, the TSU front seven sacked TTU quarterbacks six times for 28 yards. Gabe Terry had a pair of wrap-ups while redshirt freshman Roc-M Nesbitt had a career high 1.5.  
Week 4 Mailbag
Head Coach Rod Reed answers three questions asked by Tiger fans following TSU’s victory. Have your questions answered by tweeting them to @tsu_tigers or by posting them to the tsutigers facebook page. Alternatively, you can send your questions by emailing them to [email protected]
The Best Photos of the Week
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What They Were Saying