The Tennessee State Tigers got their 2nd win in blowout fashion as they obliterated the Southeast Missouri State Eagles 55-3. This game got out of hand early as the Tigers posted their highest point total of one half this season, with their 28 point outburst before halftime. TSU had come into the game riding a 4-game losing skid but you couldn’t tell from the way the Tigers played. Freshman QB Michael German passed for 264 yards and two touchdowns in his follow up performance as OVC freshman of the week. He and stud WR Calvin McNairl hooked up early and often. Trabis Ward and the Tigers offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage as Ward finished with 135 yards and two touchdowns as well.
Southeast Missouri is the defending OVC champion but the Tigers held them scoreless until a FG by Drew Geldbach’s 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. The Tigers on the other hand didn’t punt until 9:35 seconds in the third quarter. This was SEMO’s worst defeat since MTSU beat the eagles 52-0 in 1991. TSU had a season high 536 yards of total offense compared to 158 yards for Southeast Missouri. The eagles could never seem to get a grip on the game as they had multiple fumbles. TSU recovered a fumble off a kickoff return and cashed it in for a Jamin Godfrey FG as he pushed his league lead total to 11.Godrey was also named OVC specialist of the week after his performance Big Blue was in full force as this was a game that they were able to flex their muscle. Coach Rod Reed had the luxury of playing his freshman early in this one and they made him look good especially at the cornerback position. Kick returner Weldon Garlingotn burned the Eagle’s defense for a 96-yard kickoff return. It was his second consecutive game with a touchdown return. The crowd of over 6,000 fans danced as the aristocrat of bands played a variety of current and old hit songs.
It was a very fulfilling victory for the Tigers as they push their record to 2-4 (1-2 in OVC) and prepare for next weeks game against Tennessee Tech. The Golden Eagles will present much more of a challenge for Big Blue as they are 3-0 in the conference so far and are led by the versatile Tre Lamb at QB. Fans and students are encouraged to vote for QB Michael German for National player of the week after his strong performance against Southeast Missouri State. Voting takes place until 11 a.m. on Wednesday at HSRN.com German has not thrown an interception in 102 pass attempts and considering he is just a freshman makes that stat even more unbelievable.
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