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November 17, 20181st2nd3rd4th1OT Final
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2nd Quarter
TSUFG08:22ZITA 34 Yd
3rd Quarter
TSUFG07:48ZITA 22 Yd
4th Quarter
TSUFG13:24ZITA 27 Yd
UTMTD09:54MOORE 32 Yd Pass From BACHUS
Stats at a GlanceUTMTSU
1st Downs1819
3rd Down Conversions9-195-15
4th Down Conversions1-30-0
Passing (Comp-Att)354 (29-47) 170 (15-22)
Rushing (Att)74 (30) 89 (47)
Total Yards428259
Fumbles Lost00
TSU Football Takes Down UT Martin, 31-28, in Overtime Thriller
Saturday, November 17, 2018
TSU Football Takes Down UT Martin, 31-28, in Overtime Thriller
Photo By Sam Jordan - TSU Athletics


Game 9: Tennessee State 31, UT Martin 28 (OT)
Records: TSU (4-5, 3-4 OVC), UTM (2-9, 2-6 OVC)
Venue: William H. Jasper Stadium
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 62
Kickoff Time: 2:04 p.m.
Attendance: 3,618

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State football team capped the 2018 season in style with a 31-28 overtime victory over UT Martin on Senior Day at Hale Stadium in Ohio Valley Conference play. The win allowed the Tigers to grab a share of the Sgt. York Trophy with UTM and Austin Peay. TSU won the traveling trophy in 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013, while sharing the title in 2016 and 2018. Due to tiebreaker rules, APSU will retain the trophy.

With the score tied at 25-25 at the end of regulation, TSU (4-5, 3-4 OVC) forced UT Martin (2-9, 2-6 OVC) into a field goal on the first possession of overtime. Getting the ball back, TSU redshirt junior quarterback Cameron Rosendahl hit DeVon Johnson in the back of the endzone from four yards out for the game-winning touchdown. It was the third touchdown connection between Rosendahl and Johnson on the night.

In his first career start, Rosendahl finished 15-of-22 for 170 yards and three touchdowns.

Freshman linebacker Jahsun Bryant finished with a team-high 11 tackles for TSU, while junior cornerback Dajour Nesbeth had an interception and eight tackles on the night.


  • The defense recorded a season high 11 tackles for loss.
  • The Tigers totaled two sacks, three pass breakups, three quarterback hurries and an interception.
  • TSU limited the Skyhawks to 74 yards on 30 carries, holding them to 2.5 yards per carry.
  • UTM was held to 9-of-19 on third down conversions and 1-of-3 on fourth down attempts.
  • The offense was a perfect 4-for-4 in Red Zone chances; one touchdown and three field goals.
  • Tennessee State was outgained by UT Martin, 428-259.
  • The Big Blue won the time of possession battle, 32:46-27:14.


  • DeVon Johnson recorded a career high three touchdown receptions, including the game winner in overtime.
  • Johnson finished with six catches for 97 yards.
  • Cameron Rosendahl completed 15 of 22 pass attempts for 170 yards and three touchdowns in his first TSU start.
  • Antonio Zita matched his career high of 11 points, which he had done on two occasions.
  • The 11 points is tied for seventh most in a single game at TSU for a kicker.
  • Zita was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goal attempts and 2-for-2 on extra points.
  • Jahsun Bryant tied for a game high 11 tackles in his first start at middle linebacker.
  • Shakur Jackson and Dajour Nesbeth followed on the Tigers defense with eight tackles each.
  • The trio led the Big Blue with seven solos.
  • Dante’ Ferguson led all defenders with 2.0 sacks, totaling 18 yards.
  • Vincent Sellers had 3.0 tackles for loss, just ahead of Ferguson who ended the game with 2.5.
  • Dajour Nesbeth picked off his fourth pass of the season, returning the interception for 27 yards.
  • The yardage gives Nesbeth 152 for the season and 210 for his career.
  • The season total is third best in program history, passing Ezra Robinson (149 in 2016), Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (140 in 2007), Daniel Fitzpatrick (140 in 2013) and Mark McCutcheon (139 in 1990).
  • The junior’s career mark is fourth all-time at TSU.
  • Kaleb Mosley booted a career long 50 yard punt which went out of bounds at the two yard line.
  • The punt led to a safety, as Dell Porter dropped the Skyhawk runner behind the goal line on the next play from scrimmage.


  • Tennessee State forced a three-and-out on the UT Martin’s second drive, but a roughing the kicker call gave the visitors a new set of downs.
  • The defense stood tall as Jahsun Bryant stopped a Skyhawk runner behind the line of scrimmage for a four yard loss.
  • Cameron Rosendahl picked up a first down on an 11 yard rush on the next possession, before Kaleb Mosley’s third punt.
  • On the Skyhawks next series, Jeremiah Caine and Raymond Horton teamed to stop UTM short of the yard to gain on a fourth down attempt.
  • UTM outgained the Tigers 51-45 in a scoreless quarter. 


  • The Tigers scored first with a 34 yard field goal off the foot of Antonio Zita on the opening drive.
  • TSU 11 rushes for 34 yards to get in range for Zita’s 10th field goal of the season.
  • After the teams traded three-and-outs, Mosley booted a career long 50 yard punt which went out of bounds at the one yard line.
  • On the next play, Dell Porter shot around the right side of line and hit the Skyhawks Ty Brown in the end zone for a safety, giving TSU a 5-0 advantage with 4:57 remaining in the half.
  • On the ensuing kickoff, DeVon Johnson broke around the left side for a 37 yard return to midfield.
  • Two plays later Rosendahl hit Johnson for a 47 yard touchdown pass.
  • Johnson out leaped a pair of defenders and fought his way the final seven yards and reaching the ball across the goal line for his fourth score of the season.
  • Rosendahl’s first touchdown pass as a Tiger made the score 12-0.
  • UTM kicked a 19 yard field goal on the last play of the half to cut the lead to nine, 12-3.
  • TSU outgained UTM, 93-75, in the quarter. 


  • With just under 10 minutes in the quarter, Dajour Nesbeth intercepted a Joe Hudson pass and returned it 27 yards to the Skyhawks 11.
  • The Tigers added to their lead with a 22 yard field goal by Zita, increasing the lead to 15-3.
  • UTM responded with a 75 yard touchdown pass on a third-and-long to make the score 15-10 with 6:24 on the clock.
  • The Tigers closed out the quarter using all 6:24 and headed into the final stanza with a first and goal at the UTM five.
  • On the drive, Rosendahl completed a 15 yard pass to Shawn McColley for a first down to start the series.
  • The Tigers took advantage of a pass interference call on a second and 17 to keep the drive alive.
  • Rosendahl then teamed with Steven Newbold for 16 yards and 10 to Johnson, moving the ball to the 10.
  • UTM outgained the Tigers 103-44 in the quarter. 


  • The Big Blue capped off a 15 play, 56 yard drive with a 27 yard field goal by Zita.
  • The kicker’s third conversion of the game came at the end of an eight minute drive.
  • UT Martin completed a 32 yard pass for a touchdown on a fourth down attempt to move within two points with 9:54 remaining in regulation.
  • The Skyhawks tied the game, 18-18, on a two-point conversion.
  • TSU wasted no time breaking the tie as the moved 72 yards in six plays, needing just over two minutes to take a 25-18 lead.
  • Rosendahl completed three straight passes, the final going for 28 yards to Johnson for his second touchdown of the game.
  • The Tiger defense seemed to close out the contest with 2:28 remaining as Dante Ferguson and Justin Culpepper met at the quarterback for a sack to force a turnover in downs.
  • UT Martin forced a stop and started their final drive with 46 seconds remaining in regulation.
  • The Skyhawks completed a 43 yard pass for a touchdown with 10 seconds on the clock to tie the game at 25-25 and force overtime. 


  • UT Martin moved down to the three yard line before Jeremy Patterson made consecutive stops, the first for no gain, while the second was for a loss of one.
  • Ryan Courtright put the 20 yard field goal off the right upright and through to take a 28-25 advantage.
  • Rosendahl hit Josh Trueheart for an 11 yard gain, down to the UTM 14.
  • The catch was the first in the career for the redshirt freshman.
  • After a one yard run by the signal caller, Rosendahl rolled out to the left and found Johnson on the sideline for a nine yard gain and a first down at the four.
  • On the next play, Rosendahl once again escaped the rush and found Johnson in the back of the end zone for the game winner.

This marked the final game of the 2018 season. Tennessee State will open the 2019 season on Aug. 31, as they host Hampton in the John Merritt Classic.


  • Chris Rowland, DeVon Johnson, LaQuarius Cook and Thomas Burton were captains for TSU.
  • UT Martin won the coin toss and elected to defer the opening kickoff.
  • Redshirt junior Cameron Rosendahl made his first career start at quarterback and threw the first three touchdowns of his TSU career.
  • Freshman Caleb Mosley booted a 50-yard punt. It is the longest of his career.


(on winning his last game as a Tiger)
"It’s fun that I can leave out on a good note in the hole with so much tradition. It feels pretty good to get a W out of that."

(on senior night crowd)
"The crowd was good. I looked up there, we had a lot of alumni, a lot of students showing support throughout the whole game – even after halftime. We appreciate that."

(on the defense)
"We came out the first half and played pretty good. Second half, we gave up some stuff that we shouldn’t have, but we got the W and stopped them in overtime. So, I’m good with that."

(on winning his last game as a Tiger)

"It felt good. We’ve been in the L column for a while, it felt good to get back in the W column and go out with a bang."

(defensive highlights)
"The defense just kept flying around. We had a pick, almost for a touchdown. Everyone read their keys, making plays and executing."

(on the bond between teammates and leaving them)
"It’s kind of sad. I’m going to miss my brothers, and the bond that I have with them. It can’t be broken."

(on what’s next)
"I want to start at a police department."

(on winning his last game as a Tiger)

"It feels good to put everything together with the whole team playing as one. Everyone was no one page, today. I really thought we were going to lose, but we came together at the end to get a W."

"It was a shootout back and forth, momentum swings. But that’s football. I’m just grateful that in the end, the momentum was on our side."

(on the bond between teammates and leaving them after five years)
"I’ve been with these guys for five years. They’re close. Blood couldn’t make us closer. I appreciate every one of the guys who came and worked with me – no matter how hard it was or how much they wanted to give up. I’m forever grateful."

(on what’s next)
"Hopefully, the NFL. I’m going to keep working, keep grinding and wait until my number gets called."