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Eagles top Colonels 83-81

Eagles top Colonels 83-81

Posted on 25 January 2015 by Allen

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After taking an 11-point lead into the locker room at halftime, the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team allowed Tennessee Tech University to hit 13 of its first 14 second half shots and eventually lost in overtime, 83-81, on Saturday.

The Golden Eagles (10-11, 2-6 OVC) used a 12-0 run to turn a 57-49 deficit into a 61-57 lead with 8:08 left in the game. TTU led by as many as four several times down the stretch, including 71-67 on a three-pointer by Aleksa Jugovic with 1:44 left in regulation.

The Colonels (11-8, 3-3 OVC) drew within one on a lay-up and free throw by Corey Walden before Mason Ramsey went to the line for the home team with a chance to put his team up three. He made just one with 19.7 seconds showing on the clock. Walden drew a foul with 4.8 seconds remaining and converted both to tie the game 72-72. Torrence Rowe got off a running jumper in the lane for Tech at the buzzer, but the shot missed.

A steal and a lay-up from Walden gave EKU a 74-73 lead in overtime, but Tennessee Tech scored a pair of baskets to go in front by three. Eric Stutz tied it for the final time on a lay-up with 35.2 seconds left in the extra period. Josiah Moore answered with a baseline jumper on the other end to put Tech back on top with 7.2 seconds to go. Walden got off a long three-point attempt at the buzzer for the win, but the shot hit off the iron.

Walden finished with 22 points, seven assists, three steals and three rebounds. Stutz added 20 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Timmy Knipp added 14 points and seven rebounds.

Five players scored in double figures for Tech. Charles Jackson finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, his OVC-best 14th double-double of the season. Jugovic hit four three-pointers and had 14 points.

Second half free throw shooting kept both teams from winning the game in regulation. Eastern went 11-of-16 at the stripe while the Golden Eagles hit just 5-of-12.

The Colonels will be back in action on Thursday for a nationally televised game at Murray State. The ESPNU broadcast will begin at 9 p.m. ET.

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Caldwell leads Tenn Tech past Lipscomb 84-79

Caldwell leads Tenn Tech past Lipscomb 84-79

Posted on 04 December 2014 by Allen

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Tennessee Tech senior Dwan Caldwell has been oh-so-close to posting a double-double five times in his career, missing by a single point or a single rebound each time.

Not so Wednesday night.

Caldwell poured in a career-high 31 points and snatched 10 rebounds, including one of the biggest baskets of the night followed by one of the most critical boards as the Golden Eagles (4-3) claimed an 84-79 non-conference victory over Lipscomb (2-5).

The five-point victory kept the Golden Eagles unbeaten at home in four tries, and pushed Tech’s al-time record in Cookeville against Lipscomb to 22-2.

In a contest which saw each team hold double-digit leads and put together 16-2 runs, a 3-pointer by Caldwell with 1:31 to play halted a late Lipscomb rally and put Tech ahead, 80-75 after the Bisons had closed to within two.

With half-a-minute to play, and still up five, Caldwell went up to nab a defensive rebound, drew a foul and stuck both free throws for an 82-75 lead. Tech’s lead went to nine on a dunk by Javon McKay, which was enough to withstand two tip-in baskets by Lipscomb in the final 11 seconds.

Caldwell was 11-for-18 from the floor and 8-for-10 from the line, and also had three assists, two steals and a blocked shot in 34 minutes of action. It was the first 30-point game by a Golden Eagle since Jud Dillard netted 34 on Jan. 10, 2013 at Eastern Illinois.

Charles Jackson was the only other Golden Eagle to score in double figures, finishing with 10 points and four rebounds while being limited to 17 minutes on the floor. He took two quick fouls and sat out nearly the entire first half. The night put a halt to his streak of six consecutive double-doubles.

McKay finished with eight points and a team-best five assists while Shirmane Thomas added six points and four assists. Jordan Johnson also scored six, going 2-for-3 from outside the arc.

Lipscomb shot 50 percent (29-for-58) for the game including 41.7 percent (10-for-24) from long range. The Bisons had four players in double figures, led by Josh Williams with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Brett Wishon added 14, while Malcolm Smith and Talbott Denny had 10 each. Chad Lang scored nine and Nathan Moran chipped in five points and a team-best five assists.

Tech, which owned a hefty rebound edge for the season entering the game, saw Lipscomb build a 41-30 advantage on the glass. Tech forced 21 turnovers and had just eight turnovers.

The Bisons went on their 16-2 run in the first seven minutes to build a double-digit lead at 18-8. After getting up 6-2 out of the gate, Tech missed six of its first seven 3-pointers, and Lipscomb’s long-range game came alive. The visitors hit four consecutive from the perimeter in building the 10-point advantage.

From there, Tech played from behind and kept plugging away. The Golden Eagles got within four a couple of times, only to see the Bisons answer with layups to maintain their cushion.

Finally, freshman Aleksa Jugovic hit a pair of free throws to make it a three-point difference at 34-31, then knocked down a 3-pointer to tie the contest at 34-all with 1:18 to play in the half.

The Bisons led 36-34 at the break.

Lipscomb held a five-point lead early in the second half, before Tech weaved together its own 16-2 stretch, capped by Caldwell with his sixth points of the run. Tech’s lead bobbed between six and 10 points, until Wishon’s 3-pointer with 1:49 remaining cut it to 77-75.

The Golden Eagles look to continue their unbeaten string at home when they host Hiwassee College Sunday at 2 p.m.

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Breaking Down UTC at Tenn Tech

Breaking Down UTC at Tenn Tech

Posted on 14 November 2014 by Allen

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#9 Chattanooga Mocs (7-3, 6-0 Southern) at Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (4-6, 3-4 OVC)
Saturday, Nov. 15 • 1:30 p.m. CT
Tucker Stadium (16,500) • Cookeville, Tenn.
TV: OVC Digital Network
Series Record: Chattanooga leads 28-10
Last Meeting: Chattanooga won 31-7 (8/31/06)
Chattanooga Last Week: W, 31-13 vs. Wofford
Tennessee Tech Last Week: W, 27-26 vs. Southeast Missouri

GAME NOTES: In-state rivals Chattanooga and Tennessee Tech are playing for the first time since the 2006 season on Saturday. Overall it marks the 39th all-time meeting in the series. The two teams opened the 2006 campaign with the Mocs winning 31-7 in Cookeville. The game was tied at 7-7 following the first quarter before Eldra Buckley scored two of his three touchdowns in the second quarter to help push the Mocs to the victory; Buckley finished the game with 204 yards (11.3 yards/carry) while Erroll Wynn averaged 12.2 yards/carry on five carries. Lee Sweeney passed for 106 yards for TTU while Derek White led the rushing attack with 54 yards. Overall Chattanooga has won the last two meetings in the series; those two wins were preceded by three-straight wins by TTU (2002-04).

SCOUTING CHATTANOOGA: Chattanooga became the second FCS team to lockup a berth in the FCS Playoffs when it earned the Southern Conference’s automatic bid with a 31-13 win over Wofford on Saturday. The Mocs, ranked No. 9 in both of the latest national Top 25 polls, are now 6-0 in SoCon play with only a game with Furman left on their conference slate. It will mark the first playoff berth for the program since 1984 (and just second trip overall) and is the third outright SoCon title for the program (1979, 1984, 2014); UTC shared the league crown last year but missed out on the playoffs due to a tiebreaker. The Mocs played a challenging non-conference schedule and its only losses this season are to FBS foes Central Michigan and Tennessee and OVC foe Jacksonville State. Against Wofford junior quarterback Jacob Huesman completed 26-of-33 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown while Keon Williams rushed for 91 yards and three touchdowns. Huesman moved into eighth place in school history in total offense (7,382) and sixth place in career rushing yards (2,369) after running for 36 yards on 13 carries. On the season he has completed 66.2 percent of his passes while passing for 15 touchdowns and rushing for seven scores. Williams leads the team with 718 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.

All-American Davis Tull has 16.5 tackles-for-loss and 10.0 sacks for the Chattanooga defense; he has 36.5 career sacks which is now tied for the SoCon all-time record.

SCOUTING TENNESSEE TECH: Tech won its third OVC game of the season (its most Conference wins since winning the OVC Championship in 2011) by coming-from-behind to defeat Southeast Missouri 27-26. The Golden Eagles fell behind 13-0 and trailed for most of the fourth quarter until backup quarterback Jared Davis directed the team on a 76-yard scoring drive which was capped by a 32-yard touchdown run by Willie Davis. Davis finished the day with 216 passing yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 51 yards and a score. Davis had a team-high 75 yards on nine carries (8.3 ypc). Freshman Brock McCoin had seven catches for 120 yards, marking his second 100-yard receiving game of the season.

Senior Austin Tallant was named OVC Co-Defensive Player of the Week after registering 12 tackles and an interception in the win. He had a key stop on at the one-yard line on third down on Southeast’s final scoring drive of the day, causing the Redhawks to go for a field goal instead of a touchdown; Tallant also forced a incomplete pass on Southeast’s next-to-last play of the day, which resulted in a long field goal on the next play (which was blocked). As a team Tech ranks second nationally in fumbles recovered (16) and 10th in turnovers gained (23).

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Breaking Down SEMO at Tenn Tech

Breaking Down SEMO at Tenn Tech

Posted on 04 November 2014 by Allen

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Southeast Missouri State Redhawks (4-5, 2-3 OVC) at Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (3-6, 2-4 OVC)
Saturday, Nov. 8 • 1:30 p.m. CT
Tucker Stadium (16,500) • Cookeville, Tenn.
Series Record: Tennessee Tech leads 13-9
Last Meeting: Tennessee Tech won 41-16 (11/9/13)
Southeast Missouri Last Week: Idle
Tennessee Tech Last Week: L, 41-10 vs. Eastern Illinois

GAME NOTES: Both teams will be looking to end losing streaks on Saturday as Southeast Missouri travels to Tennessee Tech for the OVC Game of the Week on ESPN3. The two teams have split the last four meetings, alternating victories each season. A year ago Tennessee Tech picked up a 41-16 victory at Houck Stadium. In that game the Golden Eagles jumped out to a 28-3 halftime advantage behind Darian Stone who finished the game with 135 passing yards while also rushing for a game-high 162 yards and three touchdowns. Stephen Bush added 76 rushing yards and two rushing scores for Tech. Southeast Missouri was led by 104 yards on the ground from DeMichael Jackson.

SCOUTING SOUTHEAST MISSOURI: Southeast Missouri has lost three games in a row but is coming off an open date that has allowed its team to rest and get healthy. In its last game two weeks ago the Redhawks pulled within five points late but eventually lost 33-21 at No. 18 Eastern Kentucky. Southeast is now 2-2 against nationally-ranked FCS opponents this season. Senior quarterback Kyle Snyder rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns while passing for 245 yards and another touchdown. Snyder is second in the OVC with 15 passing touchdowns while ranking 14th nationally in points responsible for (15.6 points/game). DeMichael Jackson added 99 rushing yards against the Colonels while Peter Lloyd had nine catches for 104 yards.

Freshman linebacker Hunter Bledsoe had a season-high with 11 tackles in the game, his second-straight contest with double-digit tackles. Travis Sanders added a career-high three sacks to go along with five total tackles; he was the first Redhawks player to record three sacks in a game since 2004 (Matt Bohnert). As a team Southeast ranks eighth nationally in sacks allowed/game (0.89) and fourth down conversion percentage (68.8%).

SCOUTING TENNESSEE TECH: Tennessee Tech suffered its second-straight loss on Saturday, falling at home to a surging Eastern Illinois team by a 41-10 margin. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak at home dating back to last season. The Golden Eagles have been outscored 90-13 over the last two games. Ladarius Vanlier finished the game with 61 rushing yards and a touchdown and also added 85 kickoff returns and one receiving yard to finish with 147 all-purpose yards; he currently ranks third in the OVC in all-purpose yards (119.89/game). Nationally Vanlier ranks fourth in punt returns (17.1 yards/return) and 34th in kickoff returns (23.9 yards/return).

Jay Rudwall finished the game with 10 tackles and also nabbed his first interception of the season. Trey Thompson and Austin Tallant led the way with 11 tackles a piece while Marty Jones added 10 stops. Jones ranks 31st nationally in tackles/game (9.4) and now ranks eighth in TTU history for total tackles (328). As a team Tennessee Tech is second nationally in fumbles recovered (13) and sixth in fewest yards penalized/game (40.33)

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Golden Eagles sweep OVC Weekly Awards

Golden Eagles sweep OVC Weekly Awards

Posted on 20 October 2014 by Allen

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After a big upset win over Eastern Kentucky on Saturday Tennessee Tech has swept the OVC Weekly Awards. QB Darian Stone was named offensive player of the week, Safety Marty Jones was defensive player of the week, and Ladarius Vanlier won the honor for special teams.

Darian Stone, QB • Sr., 6-0, 200 • Clinton, Tenn. • Tennessee Tech

Stone threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter as Tennessee Tech scored 29 unanswered points in the quarter to come-from-behind and upset No. 12 Eastern Kentucky 39-31. He started the quarter with a 14-yard touchdown to freshman Brock McCoin to cap a 13-play, 85-yard drive and five minutes later connected with Cody Matthews to pull Tech to within 31-24. With 3:41 to play in the game he connected with McCoin again to bring the team within a point and following a two-point conversion Tech led by one point. Overall Stone accounted for 291 yards of total offense in completing 26-of-45 passes for 225 yards and rushing 17 times for 66 yards.

Marty Jones, FS • Sr., 5-11, 195 • Cincinnati, Ohio • Tennessee Tech

Jones tied the OVC single-game record with four interceptions (two of which came in the final 1:07 of the game) as Tennessee Tech upset No. 12 Eastern Kentucky 39-31 on Saturday night. The four interceptions are the most by a Division I (FBS or FCS) player this season. Jones had two interceptions in the second quarter, ending EKU drives at the TTU 39 and 32-yard lines. After the Golden Eagles had pulled ahead 39-31 late in the fourth quarter, he picked off Bennie Coney with 1:07 to play. But after a three-and-out possession Tech punted the ball back and this time Jones intercepted the other EKU quarterback, Jared McClain, at the Tech 35-yard line with 16 seconds left to seal the victory. It was the team’s first win over a nationally-ranked opponent since November 2012 (No. 23 UT Martin). Jones also added a game-high 12 tackles and ran in a two-point conversion when he picked up a low snap and rushed to the end zone with 3:41 to play in the fourth quarter to give Tech a 32-31 lead and proved to be the game-winner. He now shares the OVC interceptions record with Jim Pickens (WKU, 1948), Buddy Pfaadt (EKU, 1966), Bud Qualk (Murray State, 1969), Jim Hardie (APSU, 1970) and Pat Smith (EKU, 1986). Jones currently ranks ninth nationally in interceptions (0.6/game) and 32nd in tackles (9.4/game).

Ladarius Vanlier, RS/WR • Jr., 5-8, 175 • Nashville, Tenn. • Tennessee Tech

Vanlier accounted for an OVC season-best 264 all-purpose yards including rushing for a 63-yard touchdown and returning a punt 79 yards for a touchdown as Tennessee Tech came from behind to upset No. 12 Eastern Kentucky 39-31, handing EKU its first loss of the season. The junior got the Golden Eagles on the board at the start of the second quarter when he returned a punt 79 yards for a score, marking his second punt return for a touchdown this season; he is one of just two FCS players (and five total Division I players) to return multiple punts for scores this season. With 2:01 to play in the game and his team leading by a point, Vanlier took a handoff and raced 63 yards untouched for a score to seal the victory for TTU. The junior finished the game with a career-high 140 rushing yards on 19 carries (7.4 ypc), six receptions for 45 yards and 79 punt return yards. Vanlier ranks fourth nationally in punt returns (17.1 yards/return) and sixth in kickoff returns (29.7 yards/return).

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Golden Eagles shock Colonels

Golden Eagles shock Colonels

Posted on 19 October 2014 by Allen

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The Eastern Kentucky University football team had a seemingly comfortable 31-10 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but host Tennessee Tech rallied for a 39-31 victory Saturday night at Tucker Stadium.

The loss was the first of the season for the No. 12 Colonels (6-1, 3-1 OVC).

Eastern Kentucky took a 31-10 lead with 2:11 left in the third quarter when junior defensive back Stanley Absanon blocked a Tennessee Tech (3-4, 2-2) 32-yard field goal attempt and returned the loose ball 75 yards for a score.

From there, things quickly changed as the Colonels turned the ball over four times on six possessions in the fourth quarter. In all, Eastern turned the ball over seven times on the evening – four interceptions and three fumbles.

Tennessee Tech quarterback Darian Stone tossed three touchdown passes in the rally to help bring the Golden Eagles to within one point, 31-30, with 3:41 left. Following Stone’s third touchdown pass, holder Marty Jones took the PAT snap and beat the Colonels to the corner of the end zone to give TTU a 32-31 lead.

Golden Eagle running back Ladarius Vanlier burst free for a 63-yard touchdown run with 2:01 remaining to seal the comeback.

EKU junior running back Dy’Shawn Mobley finished with 163 rushing yards on 21 carries and a touchdown.

Stone completed 26-of-45 passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns. Vanlier returned a second quarter punt 79 yards for a touchdown and also piled up 140 yards rushing. Safety Marty Jones led TTU’s defensive effort with 12 tackles and four interceptions, two of which came inside the Tennessee Tech 20-yard line.

The Colonels had won six of the last seven meetings against Tennessee Tech. Eastern Kentucky will look to get back into the win column against Southeast Missouri next Saturday, Oct. 25. EKU’s 2014 Homecoming contest is slated to begin at 3 p.m.

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Breaking Down EKU at Tenn Tech

Breaking Down EKU at Tenn Tech

Posted on 17 October 2014 by Allen


#12 Eastern Kentucky Colonels (6-0, 3-0 OVC) at Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (2-4, 1-2 OVC)
Saturday, Oct. 18 • 7:00 p.m. CT
Tucker Stadium (16,500) • Cookeville, Tenn.
TV: OVC Digital Network
Series Record:……………….. Eastern Kentucky leads 52-18
Last Meeting:……. Eastern Kentucky leads 24-10 (10/19/13)
Watson Brown at Tennessee Tech:……………. 35-50 (8 yrs.)
Watson Brown Overall:……………………. 129-201-1 (30 yrs.)
Eastern Kentucky Last Week: W, 36-33 vs. Eastern Illinois (OT)
Tennessee Tech Last Week:………….. L, 17-10 at UT Martin

GAME NOTES: Nationally-ranked Eastern Kentucky will travel to Tennessee Tech for a Saturday matchup. The Colonels enter the week 4-0 on the road, the second-most road victories by any FCS team this season. The Colonels have won 11 of the last 13 meetings with the Golden Eagles, with Tech last pulling out a win in the 2011 season. A year ago Jared McClain passed for 169 yards and rushed for 41 yards and two touchdowns in leading EKU to a 24-10 victory. TTU’s Jared Davis passed for 173 yards and a touchdown in the game, as Maleek Hall had a game-high eight receptions.

SCOUTING EASTERN KENTUCKY: Eastern Kentucky snapped Eastern Illinois’ 13-game Conference winning streak with a 36-33 overtime victory on Saturday. The victory helped the Colonels remain perfect (6-0) on the season, making the team one of five undefeated teams at the FCS level; the program is off to its best start since 1990 (when they started 10-0 and ranked No. 1 in the country). The Colonels fell behind 16-2 midway through the second quarter and were down 26-12 at the start of the fourth quarter before rallying for three-straight touchdowns. But EKU could not close out the Panthers in regulation, instead the team forced a fumble in overtime and Andrew Lloyd connected for 29 yards out to win the game. It marked the first game-winning kick on any level for the senior Lloyd who is 8-of-9 on field goal attempts in 2014. It was the first overtime win for Eastern Kentucky since the 2008 season. Sophomore Devin Borders blocked a field goal in the fourth quarter, marking his fourth blocked kick of the season, a mark that leads all Division I (FBS or FCS) players; he led the FCS in that category a season ago (5). Dy’Shawn Mobley rushed for 118 yards and a season-high two touchdowns for the Colonels while Jared McClain passed for 198 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 53 yards and another score.

Brandon Stanley led the defense with 16 tackles. The Colonels are now No. 12 in the FCS Coaches poll, its highest ranking since the 2007 season. As a team ranks third in blocked kicks (4), fourth in turnovers gained (18), fifth in fumbles recovered (9) and red zone defense (61.9%), sixth in scoring defense (15.0 points/game), eighth in punt return yardage defense (3.0 yards/return) and ninth in rushing offense (250.3 yards/game).

SCOUTING TENNESSEE TECH: Tennessee Tech suffered its second Conference loss of the season last Thursday night, falling 17-10 at UT Martin. The Golden Eagles trailed 17-3 late in the fourth quarter before the skies opened up and a two-hour weather delayed ensued. After the delay was over the Golden Eagles capped an eight-play, 68-yard drive when Ladarius Vanlier scored on a two-yard run to trim the lead to seven. But Tech would not get the ball back in falling to the Skyhawks for the second-straight season. TTU was limited to 262 yards of total offense on the night, most of which came from quarterback Darian Stone. Stone passed for 149 yards and rushed for a team-high 37 yards. Stone’s favorite target was freshman Brock McCoin who caught five passes for 85 yards. Kicker John Arnold connected on a 49-yard field goal and is now 5-of-6 on field goal attempts this season. Vanlier ranks 11th nationally in kickoff returns (29.7 yards/return) and 13th nationally in punt returns (12.3 yards/return).

Defensively Austin Tallant had 13 tackles while Marty Jones added 11 for the Golden Eagles attack. Jones currently ranks fifth nationally in tackles/game (9.0). As a team Tech is the least penalized team in the OVC and ranks 17th nationally in fewest penalties/game (5.0) and 25th in fewest penalty yards/game (47.5). EKU will be the third nationally-ranked FCS team the Golden Eagles have faced this season.

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Breaking down Tenn Tech at UT Martin

Breaking down Tenn Tech at UT Martin

Posted on 08 October 2014 by Allen


Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (2-3, 1-1 OVC) at UT Martin Skyhawks (1-5, 0-3 OVC)
Thursday, Oct. 9 • 6:30 p.m. CT
Hardy M. Graham Stadium (7,500) • Martin, Tenn.
TV OVC Digital Network
Series Record: Tennessee Tech leads 22-11-2
Last Meeting: UT Martin won 28-7 (10/10/13)
Tennessee Tech Last Week: W, 30-27 vs. Murray State (OT)
UT Martin Last Week:……. L, 38-14 at #8 Jacksonville State

GAME NOTES: Tennessee Tech will travel to UT Martin for the final Thursday night game on the OVC schedule this season. The game is part of the Sgt. York Trophy series which is contested between the four OVC football-playing schools from that state of Tennessee. The teams have played competitive games over the last five years with the average margin of victory being just five points. Last year’s 11-point UTM victory was the largest by either team since 2008; in that contest the Skyhawks scored 21 points in the second quarter to grab a 28-3 halftime advantage and not look back. DJ McNeil rushed for 168 yard and a touchdown while Jarod Neal completed 21-of-29 passes for 270 yards and a touchdown. Jared Davis tossed two touchdowns for the Golden Eagles while Cody Matthews finished the game with seven catches for 130 yards and a score.

SCOUTING TENNESSEE TECH: Tennessee Tech evened its OVC record at 1-1 on the season with a come-from-behind 30-27 victory over Murray State in overtime. The game was back-and-forth the entire way with the two teams tied at 3, 10, 17, 24 and 27. MSU pulled ahead 27-24 with 1:29 to play in the fourth quarter before Tech engineered an 8-play, 38-yard drive that was capped by a 41-yard field goal from redshirt freshman John Arnold to force overtime. That final drive of regulation included a 17-yard completion on 4th-and-8 and a fumble recovery after quarterback Jared Davis fumbled. After Murray State failed on its field goal attempt to start overtime, Tech drove to the Racer three-yard line before Arnold capped the game with a 20-yard field goal to earn OVC Specialist of the Week honors. Arnold connected on three total field goals in the game and is 4-of-5 in field goals and 11-of-11 in extra point attempts this season.

Redshirt freshman linebacker Trey Thompson earned OVC Newcomer of the Week honors after registering 15 total tackles in the win. Ladarius Vanlier returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, his second career kickoff return for a score; Vanlier currently ranks sixth nationally in kickoff returns (31.6 yards/return) and seventh in punt returns (14.5 yards/return). Vanlier finished the game with 185 all-purpose yards and is now 10th in TTU history with 2,901 career all-purpose yards. As a team Tech ranks ninth nationally in fewest penalties/game (4.6) and 16th in tackles-for-loss (8.7/game).

SCOUTING UT MARTIN: UT Martin lost its third-straight game on Saturday, falling at No. 8 Jacksonville State by a 38-14 margin. The Skyhawks have now played two nationally-ranked FCS teams, a FCS squad that is now ranked and a FBS opponent so far this season. The team fell behind 21-0 to Jax State and could never get an offensive attack going, registering only 216 yards of total offense for the day (its lowest out in 51 games dating back to the 2010 season). Trent Garland scored the team’s only offensive touchdown of the day, scoring from two yards out in the fourth quarter; he had a team-high 39 rushing yards for the game. Dylan Favre got his first start of the season at quarterback and completed 6-of-20 passes for 25 yards; Jarod Neal entered the game later and completed 6-of-13 passes for 63 yards.

All-American linebacker Tony Bell (who is 1 of 2 OVC players on the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List) scooped up a fumble at the JSU and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter; he finished the game with seven tackles, 2.5 tackles-for-loss, a sack and a quarterback hurry. Bell currently ranks fourth nationally in fumbles recovered (2) and 27th in tackles-for-loss/game (1.6). Punter James Satterfield punted 11 times for a UTM single-game record 487 yards (44.3 yards/punt) with a long of 56 yards.

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Breaking Down Murray State at Tenn Tech

Breaking Down Murray State at Tenn Tech

Posted on 03 October 2014 by Allen

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Murray State Racers (1-3, 0-1 OVC) at Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (1-3, 0-1 OVC)
Saturday, Oct. 4 • 7:00 p.m. CT
Tucker Stadium (16,500) • Cookeville, Tenn.
TV:OVC Digital Network
Series Record: Tennessee Tech leads 41-37-1
Last Meeting: Murray State won 35-24 (10/5/13)
Murray State Last Week: L, 52-28 vs. #8 Jacksonville State
Tennessee Tech Last Week: L, 50-7 at #10 Northern Iowa

GAME NOTES: Two teams with 1-3 overall records will play Saturday night in Cookeville. Tennessee Tech returns home for the first time since Week 1 while Murray State is playing its third road game of the season. The two teams have played 79 previous times with Tech holding a 41-37-1 advantage in the all-time series. Murray State, however, has controlled the series as of late, winning the last four and five of the last six in the series. A season ago the Racers got off to a quick start thanks to All-American Walter Powell (who is now playing with the New York Jets). Powell returned a punt 88 yards for a touchdown early in the first quarter and then caught a 55-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter to put his team up 21-0. He would late add a 59-yard touchdown reception in the second half as he finished the game with 310 all-purpose yards (the most by an OVC player in a game last year) and earned National Special Teams Player of the Week. Ladarius Vanlier had 172 all-purpose yards for the Golden Eagles, including 97 yards on the ground.

SCOUTING MURRAY STATE: Murray State lost its third consecutive game on Saturday, falling to No. 8 Jacksonville State 52-28. The game was a shootout early on, with teams matching each other touchdown-for-touchdown as the game was tied at 28 with 1:46 to play before halftime. But after a 90-yard kickoff return the Gamecocks scored a touchdown just 23 seconds before halftime and would not allow the Racers to score another point the remainder of the game. The Racers were limited to just 82 yards of total offense in the second half including nine total yards of offense in its first four possession of that half. KD Humphries completed 27-of-41 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for a team-high 50 yards and a touchdown. Nevar Griffin and Jeremy Harness each caught six pass n the night while Pokey Harris finished the game with 157 all-purpose yards and two receiving touchdowns.

Sophomore linebacker Jonathan Jackson had a team-high 19 tackles, the most by a MSU player since the 2008 season. The 19 tackles are the most in the OVC this season and tied for third-most in a FCS game this season. Travis Taylor added 17 tackles and a sack, marking the third-straight week he has established a new career-high in tackles. Jackson and Taylor are now tied for sixth nationally in tackles/game (11.5).

As a team Murray State ranks seventh in punt return yardage defense (1.80 yards/return) and ninth in punt returns (19.56 yards/return), fumbles lost (1) and turnovers lost (3).

SCOUTING TENNESSEE TECH: Tennessee Tech is also looking to end a three-game losing streak as they are coming off a second consecutive loss to a nationally-ranked FCS opponent. The Golden Eagles traveled to No. 10 Northern Iowa and managed just 92 yards of total offense, including 25 yards through the air. Sophomore Radir Annoor had the biggest play of the day, racing 84 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter; his run was the seventh-longest run from scrimmage. Annoor finished the game with 98 total rushing yards.

Defensively redshirt freshman Joe Robertson had nine total tackles in the loss while Marty Jones added eight tackles and Kevin Robinson-White had a team-best 2.5 tackles-for-loss. As a team Tech is 16th nationally in tackles-for-loss per game (8.9).

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Breaking down Tenn Tech vs Northern Iowa

Breaking down Tenn Tech vs Northern Iowa

Posted on 24 September 2014 by Allen

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Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (1-2, 0-1 OVC) at #10 Northern Iowa Panthers (1-2, 0-0 MVFC)
Saturday, Sept. 27 • 4:00 p.m. CT
UNI-Dome (16,324) • Cedar Falls, Iowa
TV: none
Series Record:……………………………………… First meeting
Last Meeting:…………………………………………………….. n/a
Tennessee Tech Last Week: L, 10-7 at #20 Tennessee State
Northern Iowa Last Week:… W, 46-7 vs. Northern Colorado

GAME NOTES: Tennessee Tech will travel to Cedar Falls for its first-ever matchup with Northern Iowa on Saturday. It marks the second-straight game against a nationally-ranked opponent for Tennessee Tech.

SCOUTING TENNESSEE TECH: Tennessee Tech opened OVC play on Saturday dropping a 10-7 defensive battle with nationally-ranked Tennessee State. The game did not feature an offensive touchdown and only 355 combined yards of total offense. The Golden Eagles were the first to put points on the board as Austin Tallant picked off a pass and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown just six minutes into a game. They would allow a field goal with two minutes to go in the quarter and then a minute later starting quarterback Jared Davis was picked off and TSU returned it 50 yards for a score in what proved to be the final points of the game. Each team’s defense was locked down the rest of the way as neither team scored in the second, third or fourth quarters.

Overall the Tech defense piled up 15 tackles-for-loss, five quarterback sacks, five pass breakups, recovered a fumble, tipped two passes and had an interception. Defensive end Midoho Okpokowuruk had five tackles, 3.5 tackles-for-loss, 1.5 sacks and two pass breakups in the game. On the season Okpokowuruk has 6.0 tackles-for-loss, which ranks second in the OVC and is 17th nationally (2.0/game). As a team Tech ranks 12th nationally in tackles-for-loss/game (9.2).

SCOUTING NORTHERN IOWA: Northern Iowa opened the 2014 season with back-to-back one possession losses to Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponents, falling 31-23 at Iowa and 27-24 at Hawaii. The team finally got in the win column last Saturday when they topped Northern Colorado 46-7 in its annual Homecoming game. Senior David Johnson rushed for 173 yards and a touchdown in the victory while quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen completed 11-of-20 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns. In the game Johnson moved into sole possession of fourth place on the school’s career rushing touchdown list (33); he now has 16 career 100-plus rushing yard games and is fifth in program history in all-purpose yards (4,866). Defensively Max Busher had six tackles and a sack for the Panthers while Deiondre’ Hall had five tackles and blocked a punt. Nationally UNI ranks first in red zone offense, having scored on all 11 of its possessions inside its opponent’s 20-yard line. The Panthers defense ranks fourth nationally in tackles-for-loss (10.0/game). UNI is ranked No. 10 in both the Sports Network and FCS Coaches Top 25 polls.

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TSU tops Tenn Tech 10-7

TSU tops Tenn Tech 10-7

Posted on 21 September 2014 by Allen


A dominant performance from the Tennessee State defense helped the Tigers to a, 10-7, win over Tennessee Tech on Saturday in front of 9,217 fans at Hale Stadium.

TSU (3-1, 1-0 OVC) held the Golden Eagles (1-2, 0-1 OVC) to just 150 yards of total offense and five of TTU’s 16 series were three-and-outs.

Quarterback Ronald Butler started in place of Mike German and finished the day 15-of-24 for 113 yards and an interception. Most of Butler’s passes went Weldon Garlington’s way, and the senior had six receptions for 54 yards.

Vantavious Williams led the TSU defense with seven stops and Gabe Terry recorded two sacks.

TSU spotted TTU seven points early in the first quarter when Austin Tallant picked off Ronald Butler and raced 29 yards for an easy score. The pick six was the first interception returned for a score against TSU since last year’s Southern Heritage Classic on Sept. 14

The Tigers inched a little closer when Lane Clark booted a 26-yard field goal to make the score 7-3 in favor of the visitors with 2:23 to play in the opening period. Two plays later, Ronnie Vinson picked off a Jared Davis’s throw at the 50-yard line and ran all the way in for the Tigers’ first touchdown.

Both sides were unable to put points on the board in the second quarter, and TSU went into the break up, 10-7. Tennessee State held the ball for 21 minutes in the first half and the Tiger defense only allowed 42 yards of total offense.

TTU passers were 3-of-11 during the opening 30 minutes and the Golden Eagles averaged just 1.9 yards per play.

After another scoreless quarter, Bernell Brooks intercepted a deep pass to begin the fourth, but the Tigers were forced to punt once again.

Tennessee Tech completed a 50-yard bomb with just six minutes left in the game, putting the Golden Eagles at the TSU 26-yard line. TTU only gained two yards from there, and John Arnold’s 42-yard game-tying field goal went wide left.

The Golden Eagles got one more chance with 1:57 left and the ball on their own 20-yard line, but they lost one yard in four plays and the Tigers took over.

Tennessee State will stay at home, but host Florida A&M next week at LP Field for homecoming. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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Breaking Down Tenn Tech vs TSU

Breaking Down Tenn Tech vs TSU

Posted on 19 September 2014 by Allen


Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (1-1, 0-0 OVC) at #20 Tennessee State Tigers (2-1, 0-0 OVC)
Saturday, Sept. 20 • 2:00 p.m. CT
Hale Stadium (15,000) • Nashville, Tenn.
TV: OVC Digital Network
Series Record: Tennessee State leads 17-10
Last Meeting: Tennessee State won 41-21 (9/21/13)
Tennessee Tech Last Week: Idle
Tennessee State Last Week: W, 35-7 vs. Jackson State (in Memphis)

After an open date Tennessee Tech will travel to Tennessee State to open OVC play against nationally-ranked Tennessee State. The game is the first of the 2014 Sgt. York Trophy series presented by Delta Dental. The series is contested between the four football-playing schools from the state of Tennessee; TSU has won the trophy each of the past three years (although TTU shared the title with them in 2011 but lost a tiebreaker to bring home the actual hardware). Saturday’s game is the 28th all-time meeting between the two teams; Tennessee State has won the last three and eight of the last 10 in the all-time series.

Last year the Tigers led 17-7 at halftime on its way to a 41-21 victory in Cookeville. Michael German passed for 204 yards and three touchdowns for TSU while Tim Broughton added 86 yards on the ground. TTU quarterbacks Darian Stone and Jared Davis combined for 165 passing yards and a score. Saturday’s game is the first of three this season at Hale Stadium on the TSU campus.

Tennessee Tech is coming off an open date that followed its road loss at Indiana State on Sept. 6. In that contest the Golden Eagles fell behind 28-0 before scoring on back-to-back special teams plays in the third quarter. The first score came when Jordan Patrick blocked a punt which he recovered for a touchdown. Less than two minutes later Ladarius Vanlier returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown to trim the Sycamore advantage in half. Vanlier would be named OVC Specialist of the Week for his play in the contest; Vanlier finished the day with 200 all-purpose yards (his second career 200-plus yard all-purpose game), gaining 112 yards on kickoffs, 74 yards on punts, nine rushing yards and five receiving yards. The junior currently ranks first in the OVC and 11th nationally in all-purpose yards (178.5/game) and is sixth in punt returns (20.4 yards/return). Darian Stone, playing the new QW hybrid position, had 37 rushing yards against ISU and is the team’s leading rusher (79 yards) through two games.

After a six-point road loss to Alabama State in Week 2 of the season, Tennessee State rebounded with a 35-7 victory over rival Jackson State in the 25th annual Southern Heritage Classic played in front of 46,914 fans at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis. The TSU defense continued to play stout, allowing just 138 yards of total offense on the night, including -1 net rushing yards on 26 total attempts.

Tennessee State is currently first nationally in third down conversion defense (14.3%) and fourth down conversion defense (0.0%), second in turnovers gained (9), passes intercepted (6) and pass efficiency defense (68.84), fourth in total defense (221.0 yards/game), sixth in sacks/game (4.0) and tackles-for-loss (10.0/game), seventh in pass defense (126.3 yards/game) and 10th in scoring offense (38.0 points/game). Individually reigning OVC Defensive Player of the Year Anthony Bass is fifth in tackles-for-loss (2.8/game) and sixth in sacks (1.67/game). Senior De’Ante Saunders was named OVC Defensive Player of the Week after picking off two Jackson State passes including returning one 45 yards for a touchdown. Saunders currently ranks first nationally in interceptions (1.0) and 11th in passes defended (1.7/game).

Offensively newcomer Tom Smith scored two touchdowns against JSU to increase his season total to six (the second-most nationally). Starting quarterback Michael German left the game with an injury but is expected back this week; in his place Ronald Butler passed for 125 yards and a touchdown.

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Breaking Down Tenn Tech vs Indiana State Breakdown

Breaking Down Tenn Tech vs Indiana State Breakdown

Posted on 03 September 2014 by Allen

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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.

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TN Tech vs Murray State considered for Oct. 4th OVC Game of the Week

TN Tech vs Murray State considered for Oct. 4th OVC Game of the Week

Posted on 24 June 2014 by Allen

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If things go as planned, Tennessee Tech’s football game against Murray State on Oct. 4 could be chosen as the OVC Game of the Week on ESPN3.

On Tuesday, the OVC revealed the first two games that are part of the league’s eight-game football “Game of the Week” package that will be carried exclusively on ESPN3 this fall. The package will begin on Saturday, Sept. 20, when UT Martin hosts Eastern Kentucky at 12 p.m. CT. The second game of the package will take place on Saturday, Oct. 4 and will be a “Wild Card” selection which will be announced roughly 12 days before the contest.

The Golden Eagles host the Racers that day in a 7 p.m. contest in Tucker Stadium, in a rivalry that has produced several sensational games through the years. It is one of four games that will be considered for the Wild Card contest.

The remaining six games will be announced via OVC social media outlets ( and as well as over the next three days.

A season ago UT Martin won for the first-time ever in Richmond, Kentucky, knocking off Eastern Kentucky 16-7. Overall it was just the second win in 24 all-time games for the Skyhawks against the Colonels. UTM kicker Jackson Redditt made three field goals (from 38, 45 and 51 yards) and Abou Toure rushed for 111 yards to lift the Skyhawks to the victory. This season UT Martin returns 61 players from last year’s team that was 7-5 overall and 5-3 in the OVC. Eastern Kentucky brings back 45 lettermen from last year’s team that was 6-6 overall and 4-4 in the OVC.

The four games up for consideration for the Oct. 4 Wildcard Selection are Eastern Kentucky/Austin Peay, UT Martin/Jacksonville State, Murray State/Tennessee Tech and Tennessee State/Southeast Missouri.

This marks the second-straight season the league has produced the Game of the Week package in conjunction with WebStream Sports. WebStream Sports, an Indianapolis-based company which is a proven leader in video production, streaming video and content creation. The company, founded in 2006, produces more than 1,000 events annually and has also served as a web streaming consultant for the OVC for the past year.

Kevin Ingram, host of “The Wake Up Zone” on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville, will handle play-by-play duties while Bob Belvin, on-air talent and contributor at 100.7 FM/AM 540 (ESPN Clarksville), will provide analysis. The duo has worked together each of the past two years in the league’s TV package.

The OVC Football Game of the Week package is part of a five-year agreement with ESPN which was announced last October. The deal runs through the completion of the 2017-18 season.

ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually and accessible online via, on smart phones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members and on Apple TV and Roku. It is currently available in more than 85 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. It is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks.

2014 OVC Football Game of the Week on ESPN3 Schedule
Sept. 20 – Eastern Kentucky at UT Martin, 12:00 p.m. CT
Oct. 4 – Wildcard Selection (Eastern Kentucky at Austin Peay, UT Martin at Jacksonville State, Murray State at Tennessee Tech, Tennessee State at Southeast Missouri)

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