Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (1-0, 0-0 OVC) at Indiana State Sycamores (0-1, 0-0 MVFC)
Saturday, Sept. 6 • 2:00 p.m. CT
Memorial Stadium (12,764) • Terre Haute, Ind.
Series Record: Tennessee Tech leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Tennessee Tech won 38-37 (9/28/13)
Tennessee Tech Last Week: W, 33-7 vs. Kentucky Christian
Indiana State Last Week: L, 28-10 at Indiana
For the second year in a row Tennessee Tech and Indiana State will be squaring off on the gridiron. Last season the Golden Eagles won a thriller in Cookeville as Jared Davis hit Zack Ziegler for a two-yard touchdown with 1:11 to play in pulling out the 38-37 victory. Davis finished the game 11-of-12 passes for 97 yards while Ziegler hauled in eight catches including the game-winner. Marty Jones led the Tech defense with 16 tackles. Shakir Bell had 201 rushing yards and a score while quarterback mike Perish passed for 288 yards and two scores. Tech is looking to start the season 2-0 for the second time under Coach Brown and just the third time since the 1989 season.
Tennessee Tech improved to 8-0 in home openers under head coach Watson Brown with a 33-7 victory over Kentucky Christian last week. Overall the team has a three-game winning streak dating back to the end of the 2013 season.
Tech unveiled its new “QW” position in last Thursday’s game as it put two quarterbacks on the field at the same time. The multi-dimension Darian Stone rushed and caught a touchdown out of that position; he was the team’s leading rusher with 42 yards and then caught a touchdown from quarterback Jared Davis. Davis finished the game 18-of-25 for 168 yards and two touchdowns; he hooked up with Cody Matthews six times as Matthews tallied 74 yards and a score.
Ladarius Vanlier averaged 13.9 yards on five punt returns and 24.5 yards on two kickoff returns, finished with 157 all-purpose yards on the game. Defensive end Midoho Okpokowuruk had a career-high seven tackles and 2.5 tackles-for-loss in the win on Thursday. He buoyed a defensive attack that limited Kentucky Christian to just 203 yards of total offense. In replacing All-American punter Chad Zinchini, Jonathan King averaged 45.0 yards/punt on five punts in his collegiate debut; King dropped three inside the 20-yard line.
Indiana State enters this week having lost 10-straight games dating back to last season. The losing streak began with its loss at TTU on Sept. 28 of last season. The team opened the 2014 season with a 28-10 loss at in-state rival Indiana.
Mike Perish completed 17-of-32 passes for 140 yards while Buck Logan rushed for 47 yards and the team’s lone touchdown of the game.
Mark Sewall led the team with 11 tackles and a pass breakup while Conn Underwood added nine tackles, 3.0 tackles-for-loss and a sack. Saturday’s game marks a stretch where the Sycamores will play four of its next five at home.