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October 20, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tennessee Tech0001414
Tennessee State171014041
1st Quarter
TSUTD13:04JOHNSON 33 Yd Pass From HUGHES (ZITA kick)
TSUTD10:16CORBIN 11 Yd Run (ZITA kick)
TSUFG05:06ZITA 37 Yd
2nd Quarter
TSUTD12:35HARRIS 7 Yd Pass From HUGHES (ZITA kick)
TSUFG03:16ZITA 38 Yd
3rd Quarter
TSUTD12:49HARRIS 20 Yd Pass From HUGHES (ZITA kick)
TSUTD06:18HARRISON 3 Yd Run (ZITA kick)
4th Quarter
TTUTD03:40FISHER 1 Yd Run (MADONIA kick)
Stats at a GlanceTTUTSU
1st Downs1926
3rd Down Conversions8-183-8
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Passing (Comp-Att)200 (17-31) 323 (23-31)
Rushing (Att)79 (39) 149 (31)
Total Yards279472
Fumbles Lost10
Tigers Return for Homecoming, Host Tennessee Tech
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Tigers Return for Homecoming, Host Tennessee Tech

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Game 8: Tennessee Tech (0-6, 0-3) at Tennessee State (2-3, 1-2)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Stadium: Nissan Stadium (69,143)
Time: 4:30 p.m. CT
Audio: 102.1 FM
Live Stats: StatBroadcast

Series Information: This is the 32nd meeting with the Tigers holding an 18-13 advantage. The teams first met in 1984, with TSU earning a 33-3 win. The Tigers would grab victory for the first six games of the series, only to see the Golden Eagles reel off five straight wins from 1992-96. TSU would break the streak with three consecutive wins, but Tennessee Tech responded with three wins of their own. The Big Blue have grabbed nine of the last 13 contests, but saw a four game streak halted by TTU in 2015, 30-24 in Cookeville. The Golden Eagles have started a new streak in the series with three wins in a row.

Last Meeting: Patrick Smith caught a career-high three touchdown passes, as TSU fell 30-26 at Tennessee Tech. . Smith had seven catches for 152 yards and two scores. TSU quarterback Michael Hughes finished 20-for-36 for 331 yards and three touchdowns. Steven Newbold added seven catches for 108 yards. Defensively, LaQuarius Cook totaled nine tackles and an interception for the Tigers. Dajour Nesbeth recorded an interception on the afternoon as well. After falling behind 20-7, TSU scored 17 consecutive points to take a 24-20 lead with 9:05 left in the third quarter. Tennessee Tech quickly responded with a touchdown later in the quarter to retake the lead for good.

Head Coach Rod Reed is in his ninth season at the helm of the Tigers and holds a 51-45 record. Coach Reed earned his 50th victory against Bethune-Cookman and became just the third coach in Tiger history to reach the milestone. John Merritt tops the list with 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). The Big Blue is 8-1 in season openers under 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 2013 John Merritt Classic.

Tennessee State: The Tigers dropped their second consecutive Ohio Valley Conference game with a 45-21 decision at Murray State. TSU started 12 players who were not in the starting lineup in week one of the season, including six players who were not on the initial two-deep. Chris Rowland totaled over 100 yards receiving for the third time in four games this season and has gone over the century mark in all purpose yards in every game he has played in this season. Rowland set a new career high in receptions with 13, which is the second highest amount by a receiver in FCS play this season. The junior wide out finished with 128 yards and a touchdown as a receiver while adding another 37 yards on a kickoff return. Rowland leads the nation in all purpose yards (181.75/game), receptions per game at 9.8 and is second in receiving yards per game with 135.8. Micheal Hughes started for the first time this season and threw for 300 yards for the second time in his career. Vincent Sellers and Dajour Nesbeth led the Big Blue in tackles with eight stops a piece. Nesbeth continues to lead the Tigers with 35 tackles on the season, while Sellers is tied with Blair Edwards for third on the team with 25. The duo is one behind LaQuarius Cook (26) who sat out the game at Murray State due to injury.

Tennessee Tech: The Golden Eagles for coming off a bye week, after falling to Southeast Missouri in week six. Freshman quarterback Bailey Fisher is guiding the TTU offense, throwing for 1,110 yards while completing 86-of-188 pass attempts. The signal caller has thrown eight touchdown passes and five interceptions. Fisher is also second on the team in rushing with 223 yards on 56 attempts. Andrew Goldsmith leads all runners with 75 touches for 255 yards. Josh Cunningham is the top target for Tech, hauling in 17 passes for 165 yards. Goldsmith, out of the backfield, is the second leading receiver with 196 yards on 14 catches. In just three games, Jeremiah Edwards has caught 10 passes for 158 yards and three scores. Darrius Stafford is the deep threat with 213 yards on seven receptions and three touchdowns. The Golden Eagles possess one of the elite kickers in the country in Nick Madonia. The kicker is 10-of-13 in field goals on the season and a perfect 14-of-14 on extra points. Madonia has logged the three longest field goals in FCS play this season, the biggest coming from 54 yards out. Josh Poplar and Deontay Wilson top the defense with 60 and 57 tackles, respectfully. Andrew Swicegood leads TTU with 5.5 tackles for loss, totaling 26 yards.

Last 10 Results:
2017 - Tennessee Tech 30, Tennessee State 26
2016 - Tennessee Tech 44, Tennessee State 16
2015 - Tennessee Tech 30, Tennessee State 24
2014 - Tennessee State 10, Tennessee Tech 7
2013 - Tennessee State 41, Tennessee Tech 27
2012 - Tennessee State 22, Tennessee Tech 21
2011 - Tennessee State 42, Tennessee Tech 40
2010 - Tennessee Tech 21, Tennessee State 10
2009 - Tennessee Tech 20, Tennessee State 13
2008 - Tennessee State 41, Tennessee Tech 14

TV: ESPN+. Howard Gentry, Jr. will serve as play-by-play along with Derek Fleming who will provide analysis.

Radio: 102.1 FM will carry the game live with Greg Pogue (play-by-play), Albert Dawson (analyst), Gary Dawson (sideline) and Craig Ladd (Scoreboard). Pregame will begin at 4:00 p.m.

(on the Murray State game)
“I thought we had a good game plan going into the game. Going in, we knew we would be a little shorthanded. We had guys out on both sides of the ball at some very critical positions, but I thought we came out of the gate well. We jumped out to a 14-3 lead and then the proverbial turnover gives them a short field. A team like that that’s explosive as Murray State, you’ve got to limit their possessions and control the clock to keep their offense off the field. I think all but the fourth quarter, we were able to do that.”

(on facing Tennessee Tech)
“We have to do a better job protecting the football, and defensively, we have to find a way to win. We have to find something that works. We know we have a lot of guys out, but that’s no excuse. We’ve got our work cut out for us. We’ve got a Tennessee Tech team coming in for Homecoming. They play well in spots. They have talent on their football team. We’ve got to be prepared.”

(on the running game)
“We have to be a little more intentional about running the ball. The offense last week was based on what the defense was giving you on some RPO stuff. Anytime you have Chris Rowland, Major Bellamy, DeVon Johnson, Steven Newbold and Treon Harris, you have to take what the defense gives you. There were a few throws that Mike (Hughes) wanted back. We missed a few throws. As far as running the ball, we have to be more intentional about it. We have five or six good backs that we feel really good about. We’ll work on that.”

(on the open week last week)
“We’re coming off our open date. We needed it. We needed it physically and mentally. We had a really good week with some good practices. We had some good weight room sessions and just an opportunity to get some guys healed up and I think kind of clear our heads.”

(on facing TSU on their Homecoming)
“We know it will be their homecoming, and it will be a big game for them playing at home in front of all their fans in Nissan Stadium. Our guys are excited about that, and I know their guys will be prepared and ready to play for their Homecoming fans.”

(on healing on the bye week)
“We’re playing seven or eight freshmen on offense. We’re starting seven freshmen, some on the offense line. The chance to have them heal up was big for us. Unfortunately, we’ve lost some guys for the season, so the bye week helped us prepare some of the guys that are going to step in and play in their spot. It helped our team a lot from a mental standpoint. Playing six games in a row with a couple at home, we were disappointed in how we played. I think it gave us a chance to clear our heads and have a good week of practice.”

(on moving on from the Murray State game)
“We came out fast and started doing well, but we let minor mistakes take over the game. We’re still building chemistry, so hopefully next week everyone is on the same page and ready to go.”

(on feeling more comfortable in the defense)
“Game experience is very important. With people getting injured and not getting reps before, you just have to learn fast and be ready to play.”

(on improving for the Tennessee Tech game)
“We just have to come back in and work hard. We just have to stay on track. We need to finish plays. I We were in that game. First drive  - we scored. Second drive – we scored. We just need to eliminate turnovers and stop shooting ourselves in the foot. Everything is going to be fine. We’re a very good football team, but little things seem to be killing us right now.”

(on his personal performances)
“Big games, you can have that. If your team isn’t winning, it doesn’t mean anything. You can have all the statistics you want, but if you’re not winning the game, what’s the point? It’s a team game. The ultimate goal is to get a win. We do have some guys out and hurt, but Coach Reed said it earlier, ‘next man up.’ We have to have faith in the next guy up.”

(on the Murray State game)
“I just want to thank our coaches for preparing us. They had a perfect scheme for us and they had everything set up for us to execute and go out and get the win. In the future, we have to line up, fight, and we have to win. We’ve got guys injured and bruised, but that’s all across the board. Every team in the country has guys bruised. We just have to get out there, fight, tackle and play football.”

(on missing the first half against Tennessee Tech)
“I have to prepare the same way I prepared to start the game at Murray State. It’s going to be hard if I have to sit out two quarters or not. I’m still going to go out and practice like I’m going to start every day.”