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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
TSU Football Falls to Skyhawks, 28-17
Saturday, November 16, 2019
TSU Football Falls to Skyhawks, 28-17


Game 11:
 Tennessee State 17, UT Martin 28
Records: TSU (2-9, 1-6), UTM (6-4, 6-2)
Venue: Hardy M. Graham Stadium
Location: Martin, Tenn.
Weather: Sunny, 51
Kickoff Time: 2:05 p.m CT
Game Duration: 4:22
Attendance: 1,776

MARTIN, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State Tigers fell 28-17 to the UT Martin Skyhawks Saturday afternoon in Hardy Graham Stadium. 

The Tigers stepped on to Grantham Field ready to run the ball, as the Tiger offense completed the afternoon with 193 total-rushing yards, led by Te’kendrick Roberson with 84 yards on 21 carries. Cameron Rosendahl handed it off to fullback Andrew Knox for two one-yard touchdowns.

Kicker Antonio Zita kicked a field goal and two extra points to add five to the scoreboard, bringing his total to 83 points on the season.

Redshirt-freshman Josh Green led Big Blue with eleven tackles, five solo a breakup and helped with a tackle for loss. Emmanuel Olenga followed closely behind with seven tackles, two for loss, and registered one and a half sacks. Nick Harper, Jr. solidified the defense with a pick in the first half – the second of his career.

The battle for the Sgt. York Trophy is now even between UT Martin and Austin Peay who are 2-1 against Tennessee teams in the Ohio Valley Conference. Tennessee State is 1-1, with the chance to tie next weekend as the Tigers take on Tennessee Tech, who is 0-2. 


  • Tennessee State outgained UT Martin 316-306 in total yards.
  • The Tigers produced 193 yards on the ground and was held to 123 through the air.
  • The defense surrendered 90 rushing yards and 113 yards passing.
  • The Tigers averaged 4.3 yards per play.
  • TSU totaled 21 first downs opposed to 15 by UTM.
  • The Big Blue won the Time of Possession battle, 36:07-23:53.
  • The Tigers and UTM were both 3-of-3 in Red Zone opportunities.
  • The Big Blue committed 11 penalties for 63 yards.
  • The defense produced seven tackles for loss, including two sacks.
  • The Tigers were 7-of-17 on third down conversions, UTM finished 6-of-16. 


  • Josh Green led the defense with 11 tackles, six solo.
  • Emmanuel Olenga recorded two tackles for loss with 1.5 sacks while accumulating seven tackles.
  • Nick Harper Jr., who is ranked ninth in the nation in passes defended, intercepted a pass and broke up another.
  • Khalil Jones shared a sack with Olenga.
  • Green, Dante’ Ferguson Jr., Michael Bond, Rhashaun Epting, Terray Jones and Clint Dowty all recorded tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
  • Kaleb Mosley averaged 43.8 yards per punt including a 58 yarder.
  • Te’kendrick Roberson rushed for 84 yards on 21 carries and added 15 more on one reception.
  • Shawn McColley averaged 7.2 yards per carry as he finished with 58 yards on eight touches.
  • Andrew Knox scored two touchdowns on three rushes.
  • Cameron Rosendahl finished the game with 123 yards on 10-of-23 passing attempts.
  • Dayron Johnson, Al-Malik Moore and Steven Newbold each caught two passes. 


  • After UT Martin scored on the first possession of the game, Tennessee State answered with its own scoring drive.
  • Dayron Johnson would give the Tigers good field position as he returned the kickoff 37 yards to the 38.
  • Te’kendrick Roberson touched the ball on the first four plays, totaling 13 yards on three carries and 15 more on a reception.
  • Cameron Rosendahl teamed up with Johnson for a 27 yard connection, moving the Tigers to the UTM 17.
  • The Big Blue went back to the ground attack with three consecutive runs by Seth Rowland totaling 16 yards.
  • Andrew Knox finished off the drive with a one yard plunge to even the score at 7-7.
  • The defense forced a punt to give the offense the ball back just before the end of the quarter.
  • TSU outgained the Skyhawks 84-77. 


  • After the offense stalled, Kaleb Mosley boomed the second longest punt of his career, a 58 yarder to the UTM eight.
  • On the very next play, Nick Harper Jr. picked off UTM quarterback John Bachus at the 36.
  • Rosendahl found Al-Malik Moore two plays later for a 26 yard hookup to the 10.
  • DeMarco Corbin gained seven yards on first down, but the Tigers had to settle for a Antonio Zita 18 yard field goal to take a 10-7 lead.
  • The two teams swapped a pair of possessions over the final eight minutes.
  • The defense held UTM to 68 yards in the second quarter.
  • Dante’ Ferguson Jr. disrupted the Sjyhawks final drive with a pair of quarterback hurries.
  • TSU gained 80 yards in the quarter. 


  • UTM took advantage of a 33 yard punt return to the Tigers 40 yard line.
  • The starting field position allowed the Skyhawks to cross the goal line in four plays to take a 14-10 lead with 11:03 on the clock.
  • On the ensuing drive, the Tigers committed to pounding the ball as they rushed the ball on all 12 plays of the drive.
  • McColley gained 44 yards on the drive, while Roberson went for 28.
  • The Tigers used Knox to get the final yard on a fourth down play to regain the lead at 17-14.
  • The Big Blue stood tall on defense after the Skyhawks crossed midfield as Khalil Jones, Emmanuel Olenga and Ferguson met at the quarterback for a sack to force a punt.
  • The Tigers started the final drive of the quarter at their own two.
  • TSU used four carries for 16 yards to get out from under the shadow of the goal posts as the time ran off the clock.
  • The Tigers outgained UTM 104-71 in the period. 


  • The two squads traded possessions in the fourth with UTM winning the field battle.
  • The Tigers were once again pinned inside the five and was forced to punt after a three and out.
  • The Skyhawks started their next drive at the Tigers 30 and used three plays to take a 21-17 lead with 7:07 to play.
  • After the Tigers were held to another three and out, the defense forced a stop of their own keyed by a tackle for loss by Ferguson and Michael Bond.
  • TSU was unable to move the ball, turning the ball over on downs at their own 16.
  • UTM sealed the victory with a touchdown with 51 seconds remaining in the game. 


  • Kickoff occurred at 2:05 p.m.
  • Tennessee State captains of the game were Cameron Rosedahl, Thomas Burton, Chris Rowland and Lachavious Simmons.
  • UT Martin won the toss and chose to receive.
  • This marks the 29th meeting between Tennessee State and UT Martin.
  • Andrew Knox rushed 1-yard in the first quarter for his second career-rushing touchdown.
  • Rosendahl has passed Shannon Harris, Michael German (2012) and tied with German (2014) on single season completions list. In 2001, Shannon Harris ended the season with 211, German led with 215 in 2012 and had 216 in 2014.
  • Antonio Zita, with his 18-yard field goal in the second period, became the leader in single season field goals made. He also moved into the sixth spot for single-season field goals made in the Ohio Valley Conference.
  • Rosendahl passed Michael German into 6th on the single-season passing yards list.
  • TSU is 17-12 all-time versus UT Martin.
  • Reed is 4-6 versus UT Martin.
  • 2019 Sgt. York Standings:Austin Peay 2-1, UT Martin 2-1, Tennessee State 1-1, Tennessee Tech 0-2.
  • The game was streamed on ESPN+.

The Tigers will close out the season at Tennessee Tech on Saturday, Nov. 23. Kickoff is set for a 1:30 p.m. start.



Well I thought our kids played extremely hard, I thought we were very well prepared. I guess when you look at the stats, we kind of whooped them in every category except for the scoreboard. I thought defensively, after the first drive, the kids settled down and honed in. We had some young guys in there and once we got them settled down on the sideline and got them acclimated to what was going on, I thought they honed in and played good defensively, and was able to keep them off the board. We just ran out of gas at the end. We had a lot of dropped passes in the fourth quarter. I think in the last couple of drives, I was told we had eight dropped passes while we were trying to move the football. When you’re playing without your best player on offense, you can’t afford to do those type of things.

We had a couple errant kicks. We tried to keep the ball away from six. We knew what he could do when he got his hands on it. He’s a really good football player, and I think he hurt us in the return game a little bit, but other than that, we just couldn’t get it going in the second half offensively.

I think defensively, we gave ourselves a chance by getting off the field, and putting the ball back. They kept us backed up. We never got the field position flipped in the second half. I think we started on the three and the five-yard line a couple of times because we stopped them there inside the forty and they just kind of boosted the ball down there. And our rules say, heels on the 10, you don’t field it and they weren’t fieldable kicks anyway. They rolled down and put our offense in bad starting positions. Then we had a couple of errant penalties that hurt us and stymied a couple of drives.

So, we have to clean up some things. We’ve got one more shot at this thing against Tennessee Tech on the road. I’m going to expect the same kind of fire and energy that we came out with today. Our kids fought their tails off tonight. I’m proud of the football team in the room there, especially the young guys who had to step up and play. Like, Mike Bond who hadn’t started a game or played, and he had to start at the middle linebacker position tonight, as Terry Straughter didn’t make the trip. I thought he did a really good job.


-On the game
It just came down to them executing more games than us. I think we played a really great first half, and with the second half, there were plays we should’ve made on defense as a whole and plays we should’ve made on offense as a whole. That made a difference in the game. On special teams – it also made a difference.

-On defensive production
All year, we’ve struggled on defense. Today, specifically, we needed to come out, come out fast and come out strong. It started with the first tip. We had to take a little adjustment period after that first drive. I feel like after that, we got the fire under our bellies and started making playes and doing our job. Certain plays didn’t come out like they were supposed to. Sometimes, you can do everything right and still not get the outcome that you want.

-On the play of the younger guys
As far as all the young players in general, it’s good to have the future, young players, as freshman, making plays on defense. Especially, Michael Bond, who had to step into a big role after Jahsun and Terry went down. He played great for his first start at middle linebacker.


-On running the ball
All week, coach has been telling us there were going to be a lot of big holes. We trusted it and we have a variety of backs. DeMarco and I are two different running backs, same with Seth and Shawn. Coach does a great job of using us all.

-On Knox's touchdown
I was happy for him! That was his first touchdown of the season. That play wasn’t something we worked on this week, but we’ve used it in the past.

-On playing the final game next week
For the seniors, we have no other job. We’re trying to end the season with a win.


-On the run game
The O-Line was doing their thing today. They were getting outside zone open for us – not so much for the inside zone. I guess they were expecting it. 

-On 26-yard rush
There was an outside zone play we had a play called. I thought the outside was going to be open, but the middle was open. So, I ran straight, I saw a safety came up and I made a move on him and then I saw another safety or corner coming towards me and I made a move on him, but someone was behind me and just tackled me. If he wasn’t behind me, I probably would’ve scored.

-On keeping guys motivated
We just have to work hard and go out with a win. We’ve been losing so the only thing to do is go out with a bang. We can’t dwell on the last games, we have to keep our heads up.


-On the game

I think as a defense, we were tuned in all week and Coach Reed was preaching before the game to do our job. Defense for the most part did that. We played pretty well. We gave up points, but that happens as a defense. There are a lot of circumstances, but I think we played weel.

-On the chemistry with the defense despite the changes

Well we always preach next man up, so whoever steps in has to show out. The coaches prepare us enough so that we know what we’re doing, so when we see formations, we can eliminate what they’re going to do. It’s just more studying and being prepared for the game.

-On the heart of the defense and team
On defense, you can’t mess up. On offense, you mess up, you get another down. On defense, you mess up, they can score. Defensive play, you have to have pride. No matter the score, you have to line up and play. You still have to tackle, key, and do your 111. As a competitor and Division I football player, you should always play hard until the end.