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November 16, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tennessee State737017
UT Martin7071428
1st Quarter
TSUTD04:21KNOX 1 Yd Run (ZITA kick)
2nd Quarter
TSUFG08:47ZITA 18 Yd
3rd Quarter
TSUTD04:52KNOX 1 Yd Run (ZITA kick)
4th Quarter
Stats at a GlanceTSUUTM
1st Downs2115
3rd Down Conversions7-175-11
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Passing (Comp-Att)123 (10-23) 216 (16-25)
Rushing (Att)193 (50) 90 (29)
Total Yards316306
Fumbles Lost00
Tigers Continue Quest for Sgt. York Trophy at UT Martin
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Tigers Continue Quest for Sgt. York Trophy at UT Martin

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Game 11: Tennessee State (2-8, 1-5) vs. UT Martin (6-4, 5-2)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019
Location: Martin, Tenn.
Stadium: Hardy M. Graham Stadium (7,500)
Time: 2:00 p.m. CT
Audio: 102.1 FM
Live Stats: Statbroadcast

2019 Sgt. York Standings:
Tennessee State 1-0
Austin Peay 2-1
UT Martin 1-1
Tennessee Tech 0-2

2019 Sgt. York Results
Oct. 12 UT Martin 55, @ Tennessee Tech 14
Oct. 19 @ Tennessee State 26, Austin Peay 24
Oct. 26 Austin Peay 58, @ Tennessee Tech 21
Nov. 9 @ Austin Peay 38, UT Martin 24
Nov. 16 Tennessee State @ UT Martin
Nov. 23 Tennessee State @ Tennessee Tech

Series Information:
This will be the 29th meeting between the two teams. TSU leads the series, 17-11. The first contest was held in 1976 as UTM came away with a 26-21 victory. The Tigers came back the following year for their first win with a convincing 55-7 decision. The Big Blue won nine straight contests from 1996-04. The Tigers snapped the Skyhawks two game win streak in 2016 with a 34-30 win at Hale Stadium. TSU's last win over the Skyhawks on the road came in 2013, 29-15.

Last Meeting
Tennessee State closed out the 2018 season with a 31-28 overtime victory over UT Martin. The Tigers grabbed a share of the Sgt. York Trophy with UTM and Austin Peay. Trailing 28-25 in overtime, Cameron Rosendahl hit DeVon Johnson for the game-winning touchdown. It was the third touchdown connection between Rosendahl and Johnson. In his first career start, Rosendahl finished 15-of-22 for 170 yards and three touchdowns. Linebacker Jahsun Bryant finished with a team-high 11 tackles. Cornerback Dajour Nesbeth had an interception and eight tackles. Antonio Zita opened the scoring with the first of his three field goals on the day. The Tigers built a 12-0 advantage powered by a Dell Porter safety which led to the first Rosendahl to Johnson scoring connection.

Head Coach Rod Reed:
Coach Reed is in his tenth season at the helm of the Tigers and holds a 55-55 record. Only two coaches have produced more wins at TSU. John Merritt claimed 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). TSU is 9-1 in season openers under Rod 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 John Merritt Classic in 2013.

Tennessee State:
Tennessee State built a 35-21 halftime advantage before falling 49-28 to Eastern Illinois. Chris Rowland returned a punt 57 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from Cameron Rosendahl. Rowland tallied 131 all-purpose yards in just one half but was not able to play the second half due to injury. Despite missing the second half, Rowland still ranks first nationally in receiving yards (1,289), receiving yards/game (128.9) as well as receptions/game (9.2) and is second in all-purpose yards (194.9/game). Rowland is the only player nationally with a kickoff return and a punt return for touchdown in 2019. Rowland's 92 receptions on the season ranks first at TSU and fifth in OVC single-season history. Steven Newbold caught six passes for 86 yards and a touchdown and now has 50 receptions for 748 yards on the year. Rosendahl finished the game with 209 passing yards and has 2,675 on the season. Nick Harper Jr. led the team with 11 tackles; he ranks ninth nationally in passes defended/game (1.4). Terry Straughter leads the defense with 66 tackles and 45 solos; is second on the team with 7.5 tackles for loss. Antonio Zita leads the OVC in field goals per game (1.80), field goal percentage (.857) and scoring (7.8 points per game). Nationally, Zita ranks third, sixth and 29th, respectively, in the same categories.

UT Martin:
UT Martin is coming off a 38-24 loss at No. 24 Austin Peay. The Skyhawks tallied only 261 yards of total offense against APSU. John Bachus III was sacked six times and the team's running game managed -25 net rushing yards. Sherrod Pittman and Cecil Cherry each had a game-high 12 tackles. On the season, Bachus has completed 155-of-277 passes for 2,176 yards and 15 touchdowns with seven interceptions. Terry Williams has returned two punts for touchdowns and is averaging 18.7 yard per punt returns. JaQuez Akins and TJ Jefferson led the defense with 79 tackles. Akins has forced 4.5 tackles for loss to go along with an interception, four pass breakups, forced two fumbles and recovered two. Jefferson has 7.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage and shares the team lead with 4.5 sacks. As a team UTM is second nationally in punt returns (18.69 yards/return), sixth in blocked punts (2), seventh in red zone defense (70.6%), 11th in blocked kicks (4) and 13th in passes intercepted (12) and red zone defense (70.6%).

Last 10 Results:
2018 - Tennessee State 31, UT Martin 28 OT
2017 - UT Martin 31, Tennessee State 16
2016 - Tennessee State 34, UT Martin 30
2015 - UT Martin 28, Tennessee State 14
2014 - UT Martin 21, Tennessee State 16
2013 - Tennessee State 29, UT Martin 15
2012 - UT Martin 35, Tennessee State 26
2011 - Tennessee State 35, UT Martin 30
2010 - UT Martin 37, Tennessee State 0
2009 - UT Martin 28, Tennessee State 7

TV: ESPN+. Tom Britt will provide play-by-play with analysis from Chris Brinkley and John Hatler. John Able provides sideline reports.

Radio: 102.1 FM will carry the game live with Greg Pogue (play-by-play), Albert Dawson (analyst), Craig Ladd (Scoreboard) and Gary Dawson (sideline). Pregame will begin at 1:30 p.m. CT

Rod Reed
TSU Head Coach
On the status of his team’s performance
We jumped out to a big lead, but we were not able to sustain it and the thing that has got us all year long is turnovers. We gave up 21 points off turnovers again. But give credit to Eastern Illinois, they had the opportunity to tuck their tail but they didn’t give up. They came out strong in the second half and I think we only had the ball for two minutes in the fourth quarter. I thought the team prepared well this week and we came out with a good game plan helping us jump out to a big lead, but again the thing that has plagued us all season long is turnovers. We need to get it fixed because we are about to go face a really good football team in UT Martin. They are very physical on both sides of the ball, they have talented skill players and their quarterback is tremendous.

On thoughts about the Sgt. York Trophy
It leaves us a lot to play for, we talked about it yesterday and we have to go out and win the state of Tennessee. Everything else is kind of out of the window but we still have a chance to win the Sgt. York trophy by finishing up strong in our last two games. We have put it on the table with the guys, but we have to be concerned about us right now and how we’re playing. When we play well and we don’t turn the football over, we have played some really good football games. We have to eliminate giving up the big plays and protect the football.

On the UT Martin defense
I know what they are going to do. Jason (Simpson) is a really good coach and they are going to try and put you in second and third long situations. When they can do that, they can turn it loose and play some really good football. You have to be prepared for them because they have some studs up front. They can create pressure with three or four guys. We have to be really good on first down this week if we want to have a chance against that defense.

Jason Simpson
UT Martin Head Coach
On the status of his team’s performance
Disappointed in how we played. We hadn’t played like that the whole year, so that falls on me. We just didn’t execute on either side of the ball, like we had been. You don’t get those games back, unfortunately. We have a good football team. We just didn’t play our best. We have to regroup and play a Tennessee State team, who when healthy, is probably as talented or more than most in this league. They are impressive watching on the cutups, but it is our last home game for the seniors and we’re trying to get our sixth win in the league.

On the TSU offense
They are certainly explosive. And those two receivers (Steven) Newbold and Chris (Rowland), what is it, 150, 160 catches between the two of them? I think the probably average about another hundred yards per game then we do, so they are very impressive on what they do offensively. They are explosive play makers. We have all had seasons like this with the turnovers, but if you eliminate those then where are you? I know it is frustrating for Coach Reed, and we went through that last year. But the games that they don’t, they are tough to beat.

Jeremiah Caine, Junior, Defensive Tackle
On last week's game
I feel we were a disappointment. We disappointed our coaches, our fans and ourselves. We came out strong and we were up by 21 but they came back and we lost by 11. That explains a lot right there. We didn’t finish.

On how to improve the team’s endurance
We need to lock in more. There was a lot of stuff that could have been avoided but it wasn’t. We just have to lock in more.

On his personal performance
I think I had a pretty good game but there are always ways to improve. I could’ve done better, and, in that sense, I let the team down.

Josh Green, Redshirt Freshman, Defensive Back
On last week’s game
We didn’t do our job. Not everyone was ready to play.

On how to improve this week for UT Martin
We have to do our job. Get locked in, get to meetings and watch film.