Nashville, TENN – The Tennessee state football team fell short of a victory yesterday in a 32-13 defeat to Southeast Missouri Redhawks Saturday afternoon at Hale Stadium. The Tigers are now (1-4) in OVC play and (2-7) overall on the season.
The Tiger’s got off to a very slow start against the Redhawks and was halted by the SEMO defense, turning the football over 3 times and finishing with a season low of 300 yards of total offense. The Tiger offense managed just 83 yards on 28 carries on the ground and 217 through the air on an afternoon filled with disappointment for the Tigers. TSU quarterback Cameron Rosendahl completed 17-for-26 passes for 217 yards, including a spectacular one handed catch by Steven Newbold that made Sports Center and 1 touchdown pass to wide receiver Chris Rowland. The Redshirt Senior quarterback has now climbed his way into the top-ten single season completion holders in TSU history.
The SEMO offense, was very effiecent Saturday afternoon which was bad news for the Big Blue. The Redhawks gained a total of 498 yards of net offense against the Tigers, throwing for 291 yards and the other 225 yards of that offense came curtesy on the ground as the Redhawks rushing attack proved to be too much for the Big Blue. SEMO, gained 23 first downs and also scored on 7-of-11, drives which was over 60 percent.
Individual success was limited for TSU as the injury bug has hurt the Tigers. Sophomore linebacker, Jahsun Bryant anchored the TSU defense leading the team with nine tackles, six solo, and 1 sack. Despite, such defensive success Bryant, left the game with a horrific season ending injury to his right arm.
The Tigers, will be back in action next Saturday November 9th, against the Eastern Illinois Panthers on senior night at Hale Stadium at 2 p.m.