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October 14, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
Austin Peay707721
Tennessee State307717
1st Quarter
3rd Quarter
TSUTD02:31NEWBERG 2 Yd Pass From SMITH (WEISS kick)
4th Quarter
TSUTD10:18JOHNSON 66 Yd Pass From HUGHES (WEISS kick)
Stats at a GlanceAPSUTSU
1st Downs1516
3rd Down Conversions6-127-18
4th Down Conversions0-12-2
Passing (Comp-Att)85 (9-14) 208 (16-31)
Rushing (Att)179 (44) 106 (38)
Total Yards264314
Fumbles Lost11
TSU Falls to Austin Peay, 21-17, on Homecoming
Saturday, October 14, 2017
TSU Falls to Austin Peay, 21-17, on Homecoming
Photo By Sam Jordan - TSU Athletics



Game 7: Austin Peay 21, Tennessee State  17
Records: TSU (4-3, 1-3 OVC), APSU (4-3, 3-1 OVC)
Venue: Nissan Stadium
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Attendance: 21,127
Weather: Partly Clear, 81

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State football team was handed a 21-17 defeat by Austin Peay in Ohio Valley Conference action on Saturday night at Nissan Stadium in the Homecoming Game. The Tigers fall to 4-3 (1-3 OVC) while the Governors improve to 4-3 (3-1 OVC).

TSU overcame a 14-3 second-half deficit, taking a 17-14 lead on a 66-yard DeVon Johnson touchdown catch with 10:18 left in the fourth. The Governors responded with a touchdown run with 1:26 left for a 21-17 lead and were able to hold the Tigers off the scoreboard on their final drive.

Senior linebacker Chris Collins tallied 12 tackles to pace the TSU defense, while senior cornerback Terrell Bonds added his second interception of the season for the Tigers.

Quarterback Michael Hughes finished 10-of-19 for 148 yards and a touchdown pass to Johnson. Long snapper Thomas Newberg also caught a touchdown pass from wide receiver Patrick Smith on a trick play in the third quarter.


  • The Tigers outgained the Governors 314-264
  • APSU picked up 49 of their 179 yards rushing on the final drive
  • The Tigers teamed for 208 yards through the air
  • After committing three penalties a week ago, the Tigers were called for 10 infractions, totaling 85 yards
  • Nine Tigers caught a pass in the contest


  • Michael Hughes completed 10 passes in 19 attempts for 148 yards and a touchdown
  • Treon Harris threw for 58 yards, going 5-for-11 on the night
  • Andrew Knox led the Tigers rushing with 42 yards on 12 carries
  • DeVon Johnson led the receiving corps with four catches for 91 yards and a touchdown
  • His 66 yard touchdown catch was the longest play from scrimmage for the Tigers this season
  • Johnson has the two longest plays for TSU this season; including a 96 yard kickoff return for a touchdown at UT Martin
  • Austin Rowley had four punts covering 173 yards, averaging 43.2 yards per punt
  • Long snapper Thomas Newberg caught a pass for his first touchdown
  • Chris Collins led the all players with 12 tackles, all solo


  • The Tigers fumbled on the opening possession of the game, giving APSU the ball on the 20 yard line
  • The Governors needed five plays to find the end zone, a three-yard run by Kentel Williams
  • TSU moved the ball down into APSU territory, but were able to get close enough to score
  • Austin Rowley followed with a 37-yard punt, pinning the Governors at the one
  • The defense forced a three-and-out, giving the ball to the offense in enemy territory
  • Coby Weiss put the Tigers on the board with his first collegiate field goal, a 39-yarder to make the score 7-3
  • The Govs outgained the Tigers 65-38 in the opening period


  • After a defensive stop to open the second quarter, the Tigers drove 51 yards on nine plays under the direction of Treon Harris
  • The drive was sparked by a 15 yard blast by Andrew Knox and a 20 yard pass play from Harris to Chris Rowland to the APSU 35
  • The series ended as Weiss missed wide left from 47 yards out
  • The defense stood tall again giving the offense another chance to score before the break
  • After a steady diet of runs to get to the TSU 45, the Tigers went to the air as Harris hit DeVon Johnson for an 11 yard gain
  • Johnson fumbled on the play, but Steven Newbold was able to jump on the ball for a first down at the APSU 41
  • Two plays later, Newbold electrified the crowd as he caught the ball on the right sideline and made his way across to the left sideline before cutting back in for an apparent touchdown
  • Newbold was ruled out of bounds for an 11 yard gain
  • Once again, the Tigers were held scoreless as Weiss missed a 39-yard attempt
  • The Tigers led APSU in yardage at half, 155-106
  • TSU held the Govs to 41 yards in the second stanza


  • TSU was assessed a 10 yard penalty, for an extended halftime, and kicked off from the 25 yard line
  • APSU started its possession at its own 40
  • The Governors took advantage of the short field, scoring on a one yard run by Prince Momodu
  • The 10 play, 5:16 drive, put APSU in front, 14-3, with 9:33 remaining in the third
  • Terrell Bonds collected his second interception of the year as he jumped a pass from APSU quarterback Jeremy Oatsvall at the Govs 42
  • The offense used the spark and moved down to the two yard line
  • The Tigers pulled off the fake field goal as Patrick Smith threw a two yard touchdown pass to long-snapper Thomas Newbold to cut the score to 14-10
  • APSU led in total yardage, 199-190


  • The Tigers took the lead 17-14 after a 91 yard drive
  • Michael Hughes found DeVon Johnson for six yards on a third and four to the Tigers 21
  • Hughes followed with a nine yard pass to Smith; it was the first reception of the game for Smith
  • On the next play, Hughes hit Johnson for a 66 yard touchdown pass; marking the longest play from scrimmage this season for TSU
  • Austin Peay took the lead for good on a two-yard touchdown run by Ahmaad Tanner with 1:26 left in the game

WHAT’S NEXT: The Tigers will have a week off before returning to action with an OVC contest at Tennessee Tech on Oct. 28.


  • TSU won the toss and deferred the opening kickoff.
  • Tennessee State received votes in the STATS Top 25 and the FCS Coaches Top 25 this week.
  • TSU’s captains were Ebo Ogundeko, Lane Clark, Patrick Smith and Chris Collins.
  • The official attendance for the game was 21,127.
  • TSU leads the all-time series versus Austin Peay, 13-7.
  • The Tigers are now 8-2 in games versus Austin Peay in Nashville.
  • Saturday marked TSU’s final game at Nissan Stadium this season.

Middle Linebacker Chris Collins

-On the game
"The game didn’t go the way we wanted to go. We beat ourselves. There were high points, but they canceled out with the low points. We have to bounce back and harmonize as one, then everything else will work itself out."

-On preparations for TN Tech
"We’ll buckle down. We’ll watch extra film, do extra work and make sure everyone is on the same page – players and coaches."

Quarterback Michael Hughes 

-On the game
"It started off a little rough, eventually bounced back, but didn’t do a good job of finishing the game. We missed a lot of big opportunities and left a lot on the field. We didn’t finish like we were supposed to."

-On preparations for TN Tech
"We keep working. We still have an opportunity to make it to the playoffs. We can finish this thing 8-3, so we just keep working, keep winning, keep playing."

Defensive Lineman Marvin Maddox
-On the game
"We came out and played hard. We made a few mistakes here and there. We have to study our mistakes, work on it and build from there."

-On preparations for TN Tech
"We have to get back in the office and study. We have to go harder. We cannot stop. This is not the end of the road for us. We know what we have to do. We just have to go back and rebuild."

Tight End Miles Cavitt: 
-On the game
"The game went well, but we didn’t finish. So the result was offense not getting enough points."

-On preparations for TN Tech
"We get a little break for a few days, and then we’ll get right back at it. We’ll work on passing offense, getting blocks and knowing our assignments."