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October 19, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
Austin Peay1077024
Tennessee State0971026
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
TSUFG14:43ZITA 43 Yd
TSUFG05:33ZITA 22 Yd
TSUFG03:59ZITA 36 Yd
3rd Quarter
4th Quarter
TSUFG12:11ZITA 50 Yd
Stats at a GlanceAPSUTSU
1st Downs1618
3rd Down Conversions6-157-19
4th Down Conversions2-22-2
Passing (Comp-Att)308 (19-38) 220 (27-39)
Rushing (Att)103 (26) 116 (37)
Total Yards411336
Fumbles Lost00
Tigers Impeach No. 19 Governors
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Tigers Impeach No. 19 Governors


Game 8:
 Tennessee State 26, Austin Peay 24
Records: TSU (2-6, 1-3), APSU (4-3, 2-1)
Venue: Nissan Stadium
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Weather: Cloudy, 64
Kickoff Time: 4:38 p.m CT
Game Duration: 3:09
Attendance: 16,389

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State Tigers football team brought down the undefeated Austin Peay Governors, 26-24, for its first Ohio Valley Conference win of the year on homecoming in Nissan Stadium.

Defensive prowess in the second half and two missed Austin Peay field goals allowed Cameron Rosendahl and the Tiger offense to take its stride into the first conference win of the season. Two touchdown passes to Steven Newbold and a career-long 50-yard field goal by Antonio Zita gave Tennessee State a two-point advantage on the Governors, who led 17-9 at the half.

Sophomore kicker Antonio Zita scored all nine points for TSU in the first half adding five in the second for 14 total points on the evening. He now ranks third in career field goals made with 29 and tied former Tiger Lane Clark for the second spot in single-season field goals made with 17.

Chris Rowland, finished the night with 12 receptions, 113 yards, making the senior the single-season receptions leader with 82.

An interception in the end zone by redshirt freshman Josh Green and a pick off of a tip by Dante’ Ferguson, as well as a sack by Justin Culpepper put an exclamation on the night for the Big Blue.


  • Tennessee State was outgained by Austin Peay 411-336 in total yards.
  • The Tigers produced 220 yards through the air and 116 on the ground.
  • The defense surrendered 103 rushing yards and 308 yards passing.
  • The Tigers averaged 4.4 yards per play.
  • TSU totaled 18 first downs opposed to 16 by APSU.
  • The Tigers won the Time of Possession battle, 35:02-24:58.
  • The Tigers was 4-of-4 in Red Zone opportunities, while APSU was 3-for-5.
  • The Big Blue committed five penalties for 32 yards.
  • The defense produced five tackles for loss, including one sack.
  • The Tigers were 7-of-19 on third down conversions, while APSU was 6-of-15. 


  • Antonio Zita kicked four field goals, including a career long 50 yarder, and scored 14 points.
  • Dajour Nesbeth and Jahsun Bryant each recorded nine tackles.
  • Nesbeth led the squad with six solos and two for loss.
  • Josh Green pulled down an interception for the second consecutive week, as he added seven tackles, five solo and 1.0 for loss.
  • Nick Harper Jr. entered the contest ranked 15th in the nation in passes defended and finished with three pass breakups.
  • Justin Culpepper recorded a sack and a quarterback hurry.
  • Dante’ Ferguson Jr. notched the second interception of his career and made four stops, 0.5 for loss.
  • Chris Rowland totaled 157 all purpose yards, pulling down 12 passes for 113 yards and added 44 yards on kickoff returns.
  • Steven Newbold recorded two touchdowns as he caught five passes for 25 yards.
  • Al-Malik Moore hauled in three passes for 47 yards.
  • Te’kendrick Roberson rushed for 43 yards on 14 carries, while Shawn McColley added 36 yards on six touches.
  • Cameron Rosendahl completed 27-of-39 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Freshman Roderick Smith, in his second game, averaged 40.3 yards on six punts for 242 yards, including a season best 48 yarder. 


  • Tennessee State was held to 36 yards during the opening quarter, with 33 coming on the final drive.
  • Austin Peay jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead with a touchdown and a field goal on its first two possessions, respectively.
  • After a defensive stop, the Tigers took over on their own 25 yard line.
  • TSU began a drive which ended early in the second quarter with an Antonio Zita field goal.
  • DeMarco Corbin highlighted the first quarter part of the drive with a 12 yard rush, moving the Tigers across midfield.
  • Austin Peay outgained the TSU, 131-36. 


  • The second quarter began with a pair of incomplete passes, setting up a 43 yard field goal by Zita.
  • The boot, which made the score 10-3, was the third longest of Zita’s career.
  • The Tigers produced a stop on the Governors next possession, but a fake punt rejuvenated the drive, leading to a touchdown.
  • Cameron Rosendahl tried to lead the Tigers back into the contest as he teamed with Chris Rowland for a 14 yard pass play on a third and long to keep the drive alive.
  • The ground game went to work as Te’kendrick Roberson exploded for a 20 yard blast, just ahead of a 23 yard rush by Shawn McColley.
  • The Big Blue would get down to the opponents five, but settled for a 22 yarder by Zita, making the score 17-6.
  • On the Govs ensuing drive, Dante’ Ferguson Jr. intercepted a batted ball by Terry Straughter giving the offense the ball at the APSU 21.
  • Four plays later, Zita connected on a 36 yard field goal to move the Tigers within eight, 17-9.
  • TSU outgained AP in the second quarter, 96-81. 


  • APSU opened the half with a 48 yard pass play, setting up a touchdown to take a 24-9 advantage with 11:49 on the clock.
  • The Tigers responded with a 15 play, 92 yard drive, ending in a Steven Newbold touchdown reception.
  • Rosendahl completed 7-for-9 passes for 71 yards during the series.
  • The senior quarterback connected four times to Chris Rowland for first downs, including plays going for 16 and 35 yards.
  • With the Tigers facing a fourth and two at the AP four, Rosendahl found Newbold all alone for the scoring play, to move within eight at 24-16.
  • The defense would stand tall, allowing just 17 yards on the next Governor drive.
  • TSU outgained the Govs, 114-98 in the third. 


  • The fourth quarter opened with the final four plays of a TSU eight play, 44 yard scoring drive.
  • Zita hammered a 50 yard field goal to move the Big Blue closer to the Govs, 24-19.
  • The field goal was the fourth of the day for the sophomore and the longest of his career.
  • Ferguson and Jahsun Bryant opened the next series by stuffing APSU running back Kentel Williams behind the line of scrimmage for a two yard loss.
  • The play led to the defense forcing a three-and-out, allowing the offense to start at the 50 yard line.
  • The Tigers moved to the 16 on a 31 yard pass play from Rosendahl to Al-Malik Moore.
  • Three plays later, Rosendahl scrambled out of the pocket and found Newbold in the back of the end zone, giving the Tigers their first lead of the game, 26-24, with 7:47 remaining in the contest.
  • The defense was forced back into action on three more occasions, forcing two missed field goals and pulling down an interception.
  • Josh Green recorded his second interception of the season as he pulled down a JaVaughn Craig pass in the end zone with 4:24 remaining.
  • The Tigers would run out the clock after the Govs second missed field goal.
  • Austin Peay outgained the Tigers, 101-90, in the final period. 


  • Kickoff occurred at 4:38 p.m.
  • Tennessee State captains for the game versus Austin Peay were Lachavious Simmons, Chris Rowland, Thomas Burton and Cameron Rosendahl.
  • Austin Peay won the coin toss and deferred.
  • Chris Rowland caught his 73rd reception of his career to surpass Tyrone Butterfield and Juan Hall in single-season receptions. He now holds the record, ending the night with 82.
  • Justin Culpepper committed the third sack of his career, first of the season.
  • Antonio Zita ranks third in career field goals made with 29 - passing by Eric Benson (2005-08).
  • Zita tied Lane Clark (2016) for the second spot in single season field goals made with 17.
  • Steven Newbold holds the No. 8 spot in career receptions with 143 - passing Patrick Robinson (1989-92) who recorded 140.
  • Chris Rowland finished the night with 113 receiving yards, totaling 2,275 career receiving yards, passing eighth ranked Tyronne Butterfield (1997-98) who had 2,182.
  • Redshirt-freshman Josh Green caught the second interception of his career in the Austin Peay end zone late in the fourth quarter.
  • This is the 22nd meeting between Tennessee State and Austin Peay.
  • Tennessee State leads the series 13-9.
  • Austin Peay scored late in 2017 to claim a 21-17 win in Nashville.
  • Tennessee State is 9-2 versus the Governors in Nashville.
  • The game was broadcasted on ESPN+.

The Tigers will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 2, as they host Southeast Missouri at Hale Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m. in 'the Hole'.

Head Coach Rod Reed
-Opening statement
I told the guys to just stick together. I told them before the game, nobody but the people in this room and the people in the organization still had a lot of faith in us. You could see this building. We played some games where we didn’t play a complete game and we let a couple slip through our fingers. But I told those guys today that we’re going to play four seconds at a time. For 60 minutes everybody give all they got and do their job and if we protect the ball and create some turnovers good things would happen. Our kids went out and executed the game plan. We didn’t start as fast as we would like. We let them jump out the gate but we made some adjustments on defense really quick to kind of counter some of the things they were doing. And that’s a good football team over there, they’re ranked 19thin the country and we knew that they were a good football team and we knew that we matched up equally as well. I’m proud of our defense. We had freshmen corners starting tonight. We had redshirt freshman guy in the slot, Kenyon Garlington, playing tonight. Freshman D-Tackle Terray Jones playing tonight… we have some people down but some people stepped up and played big for us on defense and offensively we did enough to get the W. We scoreed some points in the second half. 

Sophomore Kicker Antonio Zita
-On today’s win
I feel good. It’s good for us to finally get back on our feet. A couple of weeks without a win, but tonight was big time.

-On moving up in the record books
I’m just doing my job for team. All praise goes to God.

-On what needs to transfer from tonight’s game to future games
We need to bring this energy. Tonight, I saw an energy this team hasn’t had since week one and week two. It helped us a lot having energy on the sideline.

-On what the energy does to the team
When we have a lot of energy it helps with turnovers and third downs on defense. We came up with big stops tonight. It just helps our team out on the sideline.

Redshirt senior Defensive End Dante’ Ferguson
-On what he saw in the team tonight
The most important thing that I saw today was energy. We left everything on the field. The energy was high from beginning to end.

-On the halftime speech
He told us to play four seconds at a time. The average play on a football field is about four seconds, and he told us to give all of our effort for those four seconds. That’s what really got us out there.

-On the mood after taking the lead
We were amped! There were less straight faces, more smiles, everyone was jumping around and the crowd was feeding into it. It was just an amazing experience.

Redshirt freshman Safety Josh Green
-On how he feels about his last two games
I’ve been feeling good. Coaches have been telling me to play fast. In two games back to back getting a pick is a blessing. I just want to help my team get the victory.

-On moving forward to upcoming games
We just have to believe that we have a great team. We have to play together and have pride. Pride in TSU and pride in Big Blue. We need to take control and not be quiet.

Redshirt senior Offensive Lineman Thomas Burton
-On how the offense played tonight
Today we came out and we threw the ball really well, we ran the ball really well. We were able to get into good positions for Zita to come in and score.

-On the locker room at halftime
We got into the locker room and agreed that we have to minimize the mistakes, we have to do our jobs to the best of our ability. We went out second half and executed.

-On what we need to bring from this game into the future
The finishing attitude. We have to come out and finish every game, every play, every time.

Senior Wide Receiver Steven Newbold
-On the team
It feels great. Like coach said, I’d take that shower any day. I wish I was underneath that water he was under. It was a great win. As a team, we came together and did what we had to do to get the ‘W’.

-On what the sidelines were like
No. That’s one thing we don’t do – fight amongst each other. We have to make sure we stay strong on the sideline and keep everyone positive.

-On the fourth down touchdown
It was pretty much executing the game plan that coach put in. He called the play we watched all week in film, and it worked when he called it out.

-On the second touchdown,
I’m glad he was able to make more time for the play. Chris had a bubble and I had a go-route and the way Cameron Rosendahl did it, he made time for everyone and it worked out well.

Sophomore Linebacker Jahsun Bryant
-On when he knew TSU had the game
It was after we came off the field, we got with Coach Fisher, came to the sideline, made the adjustments, we stopped them, they scored again, but after that, it was over. We knew we had the game then.  

-On the defensive side’s excitement
Defense is the fun part of football, you know. It’s a great feeling to play defense. Add in the band playing and the music playing, you know we’ll always be in there turnt.

-On working in the end zone in the final minutes of the game
We practice it every day. The two minute drill, we practice it every day. It was just against a different color.