TENNESSEE TECH GAME NOTES
By Thomas Corhern, TTU Sports activities Info
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Because the Tennessee Tech soccer staff enters its third Ohio Valley Convention sport of the Fall 2021 marketing campaign, the Golden Eagles are proper within the combine.
As Saturday’s sport towards Tennessee State at Nissan Stadium stands on the horizon, the Golden Eagles presently stand in fourth place within the league standings – UT Martin and Jap Illinois tied at 1-0, Southeast Missouri at 2-1 and the Golden Eagles at 1-1. Murray State, Tennessee State and Austin Peay are all in search of their first OVC wins of the season – in video games that rely within the league standings anyway as the opposite six league colleges play fellow members a number of occasions, however just one counts within the OVC.
With Tech touring to the house of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans for this week’s matchup, the Golden Eagles will attempt to journey the momentum of back-to-back wins right into a full-blown successful streak with quantity three circled this weekend towards the Tigers of Tennessee State. The sport additionally opens up the hunt for the Sergeant York Trophy because the Golden Eagles look to retain the trophy for a second-straight season.
Kickoff from Nashville on Saturday is slated for two p.m. Roger Ealey and Dylan Vazzano will present the decision on 98.5 KISS FM, whereas the sport may also be broadcast on ESPN+ (subscription required).
Tennessee State leads the all-time collection 20-14, relationship again to 1984, however in OVC play, the margin is barely tighter at 18-14 with the Tigers becoming a member of the convention in 1988. Tech has received 4 of the final six conferences within the collection, however the Tigers took the final assembly in Nashville in 2018 and the 2019 sport at Tucker Stadium. Tech is 2-4 in video games at Nissan Stadium and 5-11 all-time in Nashville towards the Tigers.
Clearly, a lot has been made in regards to the Tigers’ first-year head coach, Professional Soccer Corridor of Famer and former Titans nice Eddie George. He has led the Tigers to a 2-3 report, together with a 24-22 victory of their final contest on Oct. 2 over Austin Peay. Nevertheless, that sport doesn’t rely within the OVC standings, simply mirrored on the general tally.
Geremy Hickbottom threw the go-ahead landing go to Rodell Rahmaan, a 45-yard hookup, with 5:33 remaining within the contest. Antonio Zita knocked the additional level via to make it a 24-16 sport.
With 1:56 remaining within the sport, APSU quarterback Draylen Ellis related with Baniko Harley for six on a 16-yard strike. Trailing 24-22, Ellis tried a game-tying two-point conversion, however the attempt failed.
The Tigers’ subsequent drive took a minute off the clock, giving the Governors one final shot. Peay was capable of transfer 26 yards up the sphere, however time expired as Ellis accomplished a brief go to C.J. Evans, which initiated a collection of laterals to Drae McCray, Baniko Harley and again to Ellis. The ball moved from the Gov 47 to the Tiger 48, then again to the Peay 45 because the play and the sport ended.
Hickbottom ended the sport with 301 passing yards and two touchdowns on an 18-for-34 night time, whereas additionally speeding for an additional rating on 10 carries for 66 yards. Devon Starling rushed for 120 yards on 29 carries, whereas Rahmaan caught 5 passes for 129 yards and each of Hickbottom’s landing strikes.
The Tigers had two double-digit tacklers within the sport as Jahsun Bryant had 12 tackles and James Inexperienced with 10.
It was additionally an uncharacteristic night time for All-OVC subject aim kicker Antonio Zita as he was 1-for-3 on subject targets – lacking from 29 and 48 yards – and 1-for-2 on PATs. He entered the sport 4-for-6 on subject targets and 7-of-8 on PATs.
TSU opened the season with back-to-back losses to Grambling State and Jackson State of their HBCU basic matchups, then opened their house slate with a 41-7 victory over Division II Kentucky State. The Tigers opened the OVC schedule at Cape Girardeau, taking a 47-14 loss to Southeast Missouri, who the Golden Eagles defeated 28-17 the next week.
As a staff, Tennessee State is averaging 21 factors a sport and permitting 26. The offense is averaging 356.6 yards of complete offense – 130.2 speeding and 226.4 passing – whereas the protection is permitting a median of 343.8 yards – 155.4 on the bottom and 188.4 via the air.
Hickbottom has thrown for 1,020 yards and 7 touchdowns via 5 video games, averaging 204 yards per outing. He additionally has two speeding scores. Starling has rushed for 419 yards and a landing on 95 carries, averaging 83.8 yards per contest and 4.4 yards per carry. Rahmann has a team-best 309 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns on 14 catches, averaging 61.8 yards per sport. Zaire Thornton has a team-best 15 catches for 262 yards, averaging 52.4 yards a sport.
Defensively, the Tigers have compelled the fewest turnovers within the OVC – intercepting two passes and recovering one fumble. Tech, nonetheless, has probably the most turnovers misplaced with 16 – 10 interceptions and 6 fumbles.
After falling within the first 4 video games of the season at Samford and Tennessee and residential towards Furman and Jap Illinois, the Golden Eagles have rebounded with back-to-back victories towards Southeast Missouri and NC Central.
Towards the Redhawks, Tech misplaced two fumbles, however gained the ball on an interception. At NC Central, Tech recovered a fumble, however misplaced an interception and a fumble.
For the season, Tech is scoring a median of 13.8 factors, permitting 32.5 factors per sport and accumulating a median of 259.0 yards of offense. Within the two victories alone, the Golden Eagles are averaging 27.5 factors, permitting 16.5 factors and averaging 322 yards of offense.
Willie Miller got here in robust towards SEMO and dealt with the sphere normal duties effectively towards NC Central. For the season, he has 278 yards passing with three landing handed on a 24-for-53 price. Quinton Cross has caught two touchdowns, accumulating 28 catches for 373 yards to guide Tech’s receivers with a 62.2-yard common.
Working again David Gist has collected career-high speeding totals in back-to-back video games, speeding for 133 yards and two touchdowns towards SEMO on 25 carries, then 143 yards on 19 totes towards NCCU. Within the final two video games alone, Gist is averaging 6.3 yards per carry.
On particular groups, Hayden Olsen knocked in Tech’s first two subject targets of the season towards NCCU final week because the staff stands at 2-for-4 on subject targets. He hit two 46-yarders and picked up three PATs to stay good in his profession on additional tries, incomes a career-high 9 factors for the second time in his Tech profession and gather OVC Specialist of the Week honors.
Defensively, Josh Reliford leads the Golden Eagles with 48 tackles, whereas Seth Carlisle has 35 and Jack Warwick 32. Jalon Baker and Jamaal Singleton have intercepted passes, whereas Cameron Hudson and Chris Tucker have fumble recoveries.
Tech (2-4, 1-1 OVC) returns to Tucker Stadium subsequent week for its ultimate non-conference contest of the season, internet hosting Virginia-Lynchburg.
Photograph | Jim Dillon