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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
TSU Dominant in 41-14 Win over Tennessee Tech
Saturday, October 20, 2018
TSU Dominant in 41-14 Win over Tennessee Tech
Photo By Sam Jordan - TSU Athletics


Game 6: Tennessee State 41, Tennessee Tech 14
Records: TSU (3-3, 2-2 OVC), Tennessee Tech (0-7, 0-4 OVC)
Venue: Nissan Stadium
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Weather: Cloudy, 63
Kickoff Time: 4:30 p.m.
Attendance: 17,283

NASHVILLE --- Playing at Nissan Stadium for the first time since the season opener on Sept. 1, the Tennessee State football team put on a show for the home crowd in a 41-14 win over Tennessee Tech in Ohio Valley Conference action on Saturday.

TSU (3-3, 2-2 OVC) dominated the Golden Eagles (0-7, 0-4 OVC) on both sides of the ball.

Quarterback Micheal Hughes was 22-of-27 for 318 yards and three touchdown passes, two of which were caught by Treon Harris. The offense finished with 472 yards.

Defensively, TSU held Tennessee Tech off the scoreboard until six minutes into the fourth quarter. Dajour Nesbeth recorded his fifth career interception – third on the season. Dell Porter also recovered a fumble for the Tigers.

The win snaps Tennessee Tech’s three-game winning streak in the series.


  • The offense outgained Tennessee Tech in total yardage, 472-279.
  • The Tigers threw for 323 yards, while rushing for 149.
  • TSU finished 6-for-6 in Red Zone chances; four touchdowns and two field goals.
  • The defense amassed eight tackles for loss, including four sacks.
  • The unit dominated the evening with a fumble recovery, an interception, five pass breakups and keeping pressure on TTU with six quarterback hurries.
  • The Big Blue held the Golden Eagles to 8-of-18 on third down attempts.
  • TSU edged Tech in time of possession, 30:14-29:46.


  • Micheal Hughes threw for 318 yards and tossed three touchdowns while completing 22-of-27 passes.
  • DeVon Johnson led all receivers with 138 yards.
  • Treon Harris and Chris Rowland each caught a game high seven passes.
  • Harris entered the end zone twice, while Johnson scored once.
  • Earl Harrison and DeMarco Corbin each crossed the goal line on the ground.
  • Harrison rushed for 63 yards on 12 carries.
  • Te’kendrick Roberson averaged 11.6 yards per carry, needing just five carries to total 58 yards.
  • Antonio Zita scored double digit points for the fourth time this season.
  • His 11 points matched his career best at Eastern Illinois, which is tied for seventh best for a single game in TSU history.
  • The freshman went 2-for-2 on field goals and 5-for-5 on extra points.
  • Kaleb Mosley averaged 41.0 yards per punt, including a long of 46.
  • Dajour Nesbeth intercepted his third pass of the season, returning tonight’s pick for 21 yards.
  • Jeremiah Caine had 2.0 tackles for loss and was one of seven players to record a stop behind the line of scrimmage.
  • Mekhi Brown registered two of the team’s six quarterback hurries.
  • Brown, Caine, Ronnie Killings and Jahsun Bryant all notched sacks.
  • Dell Porter recovered a fumble to stop a Tech scoring drive in the second quarter.
  • Blair Edwards led the Tigers with eight tackles, one ahead of LaQuarius Cook.


  • The Tennessee State defense set the tone on the first drive as they pushed the Tennessee Tech offense back 17 yards.
  • After a fumble, which lost seven yards, and a rush for no gain, Mekhi Brown recorded his third sack of the season to force a three-and-out.
  • The offense rewarded the Tigers on the first play from scrimmage with a 33 yard touchdown pass from Micheal Hughes to DeVon Johnson.
  • On the Golden Eagles next possession, Dajour Nesbeth out jumped a receiver to pull down his third interception of the year.
  • Nesbeth returned the pick 21 yards to the Tech 33.
  • TSU needed five plays to find the end zone, as DeMarco Corbin scampered 11 yards to increase the lead to 14-0.
  • After another three-and-out, the offense went back to work behind the legs of Earl Harrison.
  • Harrison rushed for 21 yards on the drive, setting up a 37 yard field goal by Antonio Zita, making the score 17-0.
  • Tech put together their best drive of the quarter, moving 55 yards to the TSU 19.
  • The drive ended on a fumble, recovered by Dell Porter.
  • The Tigers outgained the Golden Eagles, 118-42.


  • The Tigers continued the drive started by the Porter fumble recovery and put together the longest scoring drive of the season, traveling 80 yards on nine plays.
  • Hughes capped off the series with a seven yard strike to Treon Harris.
  • TSU continued to keep TTU off the score board and answered with a 38 yard field goal by Zita to make the score 27-0.
  • On the drive, the Tigers started first and 20, but picked it up on one play as Hughes found Chris Rowland who out ran the defenders for 24 yards.
  • Later in the drive, Hughes teamed with Johnson on passes of 22 and 19 yards, respectively.
  • Tech tried to put points on the board just before halftime, but the Nick Madonia 58 yard field goal attempt came up short.
  • TSU outgained Tech 121-56 in the second quarter and held a 239-98 yard advantage at the break. 


  • Tennessee State opened the second half by scoring in five plays.
  • Te’kendrick Roberson carried the ball three out of the first four plays, rushing for 46 yards.
  • The final blow came on a 20 yard hookup from Hughes to Harris.
  • The defense forced its third three-and-out of the game, before improving on their longest scoring drive of the year.
  • Harrison opened the drive with a 19 yard run to the TSU 38.
  • Hughes then completed three consecutive passes to Chris Rowland totaling 25 yards.
  • The big play came on a 57 yard pass from Hughes to Johnson to the Tech 29.
  • Three plays later, Earl Harrison crossed the goal line on a three yard plunge, increasing the lead to 41-0.
  • The Tigers held Tech to 24 yards in the third quarter, while gaining 210 yards. 


  • The Golden Eagles broke up the bid for a Tiger shutout scoring a touchdown on their second possession of the final stanza.
  • The score cut the TSU lead to 34 at 41-7.
  • Tech added another touchdown on the following drive to provide the final score of 41-14.
  • TTU outgained the Big Blue 157-23 in the fourth quarter.


  • Captains for TSU were Micheal Hughes and LaQuarius Cook.
  • Tennessee Tech won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.
  • Ray Coggins made his first career start for TSU at safety.
  • Dajour Nesbeth moved into fourth on TSU’s career interception return yards.
  • The 17 points TSU scored in the first quarter are the most for the Tigers in a quarter this season.
  • The 27 points TSU scored in the first half were the second-most for the Tigers in a half this season.
  • TSU was playing its first home game at Nissan Stadium since the season opener on Sept. 1 versus Bethune-Cookman.
  • TSU improves to 19-13 in the all-time series versus Tennessee Tech.
  • TSU is 5-4 versus the Golden Eagles under Head Coach Rod Reed.
  • The Tigers are now 25-14 at home under Reed.

TSU will observe an off week before continuing Ohio Valley Conference play at Southeast Missouri on Nov. 3.


(on getting multiple receivers involved)
“To be honest, I feel like the more we space the ball around, the harder it is for teams to try to figure us out. I think that’s what we did today and it helped us out.”

(on getting the receivers to full strength)
“I feel like when Steve (Newbold) comes back and all of us get our injuries and everything figured out, I think we can literally set records to be honest.”

(on the defense)
“It felt good. Everyone on the defense knows how well we can play, and we expect to have shutouts every week. We haven’t really been living up to our potential, so for this game to pitch a zero on the scoreboard for most of the game, it felt good. We needed that. We’ve got our swagger back to where we should be.”

(on playing linebacker)
“I like it. I’ve always felt like I’m pretty athletic and I can play different positions. I feel like Coach (Garry Fisher) sees that, so he kind of transitioned me for DB to linebacker. It just shows that I can move around. I just want to be out there and help the defense any way I can.”

(on bouncing back with a win)
“We came back in Sunday after the loss (to Murray State) and said, ‘we need to get back on track and we need to win out so we can try to get into the playoffs.’ We’re just taking it day-by-day – studying film hard, practicing hard, and things just came together today.”

(on facing a winless Tennessee Tech team)
“You can never underestimate any opponent. We came on the wrong end of it other times, but today we started strong and finished strong.”