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November 02, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tennessee State007613
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
3rd Quarter
SEMOTD13:30HESS 18 Yd Run (TILLER kick)
TSUTD10:54ROBERSON 20 Yd Run (ZITA kick)
4th Quarter
SEMOTD14:04HESS 73 Yd Run (TILLER kick)
Stats at a GlanceSEMOTSU
1st Downs2315
3rd Down Conversions9-164-11
4th Down Conversions0-00-1
Passing (Comp-Att)291 (25-38) 217 (17-26)
Rushing (Att)205 (32) 83 (28)
Total Yards496300
Fumbles Lost01
Football Allows Redhawks to Fly Away with a 32-13 Win at Hale
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Football Allows Redhawks to Fly Away with a 32-13 Win at Hale


Game 9:
 Tennessee State 13, Southeast Missouri 32
Records: TSU (2-7, 1-4), SEMO(6-3, 4-1)
Venue: William J. Hale Stadium
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 55
Kickoff Time: 2:05 p.m CT
Game Duration: 3:12
Attendance: 4,738

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State football team fell 32-13 to the Southeast Missouri Redhawks Saturday afternoon in Hale Stadium. 

The Tigers' run game was halted by SEMO's defense, finishing the afternoon with only 83 yards on 28 carries. However, efficiency was on TSU's side as Te'kendrick Roberson ran 20 yards for the first Tiger touchdown of the afternoon. Cameron Rosendahl used his receivers to his advantage finishing with 217 yards, including a harrowing one-handed catch by senior Steven Newbold and a toe-tapping touchdown pass to Chris Rowland. The redshirt senior quarterback moved into the top-ten single season receptions rankings 17 on the day.

Despite playing only one half, Jahsun Bryant held down the defense leading with a game high nine tackles, six solo, one sack and 1.5 for loss. The sophomore linebacker left the contest just before halftime with a season ending injury. Dajour Nesbeth pulled down his first interception of the season, adding two pass breakups to his stat line. 

Despite the work of Big Blue's defense, the Redhawks scored on 7-of-11 drives, finishing with 498 total net yards, 225 rushing, allowing its kicker Kendrick Tiller four field goals and three PATs - making the Missouri native the leading scorer for SEMO, who moves to 4-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference. 


  • Tennessee State was outgained by Southeast Missouri 496-300 in total yards.
  • The Tigers produced 217 yards through the air and was held to 83 on the ground.
  • The defense surrendered 225 rushing yards and 271 yards passing.
  • The Tigers averaged 5.6 yards per play.
  • TSU totaled 15 first downs opposed to 23 by SEMO.
  • SEMO won the Time of Possession battle, 32:40-27:20.
  • The Tigers was 2-of-4 in Red Zone opportunities, while SEMO was 6-for-6.
  • The Big Blue committed six penalties for 52 yards.
  • The defense produced seven tackles for loss, including two sacks.
  • The Tigers were 4-of-11 on third down conversions, SEMO finished 9-of-16. 


  • Jahsun Bryant recorded a game high nine tackles in just one half of play.
  • Bryant made six solo stops, 1.5 for loss and registered a sack.
  • Nick Harper Jr. and Rhashaun Epting each had seven tackles, while Harper matched Bryant for a game high six solos.
  • Dajour Nesbeth hauled in his first interception of the season while Dante’ Ferguson Jr. forced a fumble.
  • Ferguson and Allen Daniels teamed up for a sack.
  • Emmanuel Olenga and Terray Jones each tallied a quarterback hurry.
  • Chris Rowland ended the day with 206 all-purpose yards.
  • The senior caught seven passes for 100 yards with a touchdown and added 13 yards on a punt return and 91 on four kickoff returns.
  • Steven Newbold caught three passes for 42 yards.
  • Cameron Rosendahl completed 17-of-26 passes for 217 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
  • Rosendahl found nine separate receivers on the day.
  • Shawn McColley led the Tigers in rushing with 39 yards on five carries.
  • Te’kendrick Roberson finished with 28 yards, including a 20 yard scoring run. 


  • Southeast Missouri struck first as they converted on a 20 yard pass play to take a 6-0 lead, after the extra point attempt went off the right goal post.
  • Tennessee State committed the first turnover of the game with a fumble on their third series.
  • The Redhawks took advantage of the miscue and turned it into a 33 yard field goal for a 9-0 lead with 1:59 on the clock.
  • The Tigers were held to 39 yards in the quarter; SEMO amassed 112. 


  • The Redhawks extended their lead with a pair of field goals in the second stanza to take a 15-0 lead.
  • The Tigers were held to just six offensive plays through 15 minutes of play.
  • The defense held strong on the final drive by SEMO.
  • The Redhawks attempt of a third field goal fell short at the horn.
  • SEMO outgained TSU 163-4 in the second quarter. 


  • The Redhawks started fast in the second half, needing just five plays to find the end zone.
  • The touchdown increased SEMOs advantage to 22-0 with 13:30 on the clock.
  • The Tigers went to the air on their first possession of the second half.
  • Cameron Rosendahl completed a 17 yard pass to Chris Rowland to pick up a first down.
  • Two plays later, Steven Newbold made a highlight film catch for 34 yards.
  • The senior receiver out leaped two defenders and pulled down a one-handed, finger tip catch.
  • TSU would get on the scoreboard as Te’kendrick Roberson broke free for a 20 yard touchdown run, cutting into the Redhawks lead, 22-7.
  • The defense was able to keep SEMO out of the end zone, but surrendered a field goal to fall behind 25-7.
  • The Big Blue tried to respond on the next drive, highlighted by a Shawn McColley 42 yard run.
  • The Tigers failed to score, as Antonio Zita missed a 33 yard field goal.
  • TSU outgained SEMO 131-105. 


  • The Redhawks score of the game came on the second play of the final period, making the score 32-7.
  • The Tigers proceeded to embark on a 12 play, 71 yard drive scoring drive.
  • Rosendahl and Chris Rowland combined for a pair of pass plays for 23 and nine yards, respectively, to move across midfield.
  • The Tigers went to their bag of tricks as Rosendahl found 6-3, 320 pound lineman Cameron Stewart on a tackle eligible play for 13 yards, giving the offense a first and goal at the 10.
  • The drive ended when Chris Rowland reached over the defender to grab a Rosendahl pass and tapped his toes just inside the back of the end zone.
  • The two-point conversion failed leaving the score at 32-13.
  • The defense stood tall on the Redhawks next drive, as senior defensive back Dajour Nesbeth recorded his seventh interception of his career.
  • On the Tigers final drive, Rosendahl found Chris Rowland for catches of 20 and 22 yards, which sandwiched around a 17 yard reception by Al-Malik Moore.
  • TSU moved down to the SEMO three, but the squad’s second turnover of the game ended the threat. 


  • Kickoff occurred at 2:05 p.m.
  • Tennessee State captains for the game versus Southeast Missouri were Lachavious Simmons, Chris Rowland, Thomas Burton and Cameron Rosendahl.
  • Tennessee State won the toss and chose to receive.
  • Cameron Rosendhal is now ranked sixth in single-season completions with 192, passing Joe Adams (1979), Gilbert Renfroe (1985) and Leon Murray (1998).
  • Dajour Nesbeth caught his first interception of the season, making his career total seven. 
  • Chris Rowland moved up the single-season receiving yards in the OVC rankings passing Josh Barge (JSU), Andre Ralston (EKU),  Jeremy Butler (UTM) and Walter Powell (Murray) finishing the game with 100 receiving yards - 1,234 on the season. 
  • This is the 27th meeting between Tennessee State and Southeast Missouri.
  • Tennessee State leads the series 14-13.
  • SEMO has won the last two meetups, including last years’ contest in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, 38-21.
  • The game was broadcasted on ESPN3.

The Tigers will host Eastern Illinois on Senior Day at Hale Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 9. TSU will honor the seniors prior to the 2:00 p.m. start.


-On the game
I thought that we came up with a good game plan initially. I thought the defense played well the first half – held them to a lot of field goals. We gave up a couple of big plays, but we knew the Wilkerson kid was going to make some big plays, I mean he does it every game. I think we had a great game plan for him and kind of took him out and eliminated the run game the first half I think. Except for maybe one big run. Offensively, we couldn’t get it going on offense at all. Defense was on the field way too long in the first half. Offensively, we had nothing going. Second half, we let them drive the field and score, and then offensively we got in a rhythym, but the turnover bug hit us again. We turned it over a couple times. I don’t know how many points they scored off of turnovers today, but it was something we talked about working, but we threw a couple of not-really-smart interceptions today. Credit SEMO on some of that too. They did some things defensively. We knew they were going to be tough up front, but we have to get better. We have Eastern Illinois coming in here this week, and we have to get ready to play. We’ve got a lot of guys that got hurt. This game we probably lost Jahsun Bryant and Fondren Hollis for the season. Josh Green came out in the first quarter for targeting. So you have two freshmen that were starting for you, and then a sophomore who’s the anchor of our defense who’s been out for four weeks, and is going to miss the rest of the season. We’ve got to find some guys who are going to step up. Straughter will move back to the middle, Michael Bond and Nyle Love will get some reps now. We have to get everyone ready to play.

-On today's game
We came out slow the first half. The defense played their hearts out in the first half and pretty much the whole game they did. We have to come out faster in the first half and in the second, it's just on me. I have to play better. We started moving the ball and getting in the red zone, but I kept making mistakes. It's starting to become a weekly thing, and I have to look myself in the mirror and see how I can get better. 

-On the passes to Steve and Rowland
Steve made a hell of a catch, and that's what makes him such a great player. I can throw it up to him, that was in double coverage, I threw it up to him and he caught it with one hand. He's an awesome player and Chris is open almost every play. 

-On what changes need to be made for next week
What Daddy Brown, our preacher here, says is 'Keep doing good and don't grow weary.' So we're going to keep trying to do good and see if things start working in our favor. 

-On today's game
First half we held them. We did a pretty good job. They were getting down the field, but we held them to field goals. They only scored once the first half. Offense started pretty slow. We couldn't get in  the box. We scored a few times in the second half, but by then the damage had been done. So, we're going to prepare hard, work hard and get ready for the next game. 

-On keeping everyone focused on the next game
It gets tough sometimes, but we have to come together as a team, and remember we're all playing with one goal. We have to keep pushing and not give up. 

-On losing defensive teammates to injury
It's tough. Football is a physical sport. Next man up. That's how we've always done it. It sucks, but it's next man up.