Nashville, TENN – The Tennessee State Tigers football team took down the undefeated Austin Peay Governors, 24-26 Saturday, October 19th for the annual homecoming game. The Governors, who remained unbeaten in the Ohio Valley Conference, suffered their first conference loss of the year to the Tigers.
Defensive stands and a couple of Austin Peay missed field goals helped propel the Tigers into there first conference win of the season. Cam Rosendahl, led the way for the Tigers completing, (27-39) passes for 220 Yards and two touchdown passes. Both touchdowns were completed to Steven Newbold who finished the night with 5 catches for 25 yards. Chris Rowland, caught 12 of Rosendahl’s passes for 113 yards. Rowland, also broke TSU’s single season receptions record. Rowland, entered the contest with 70 receptions and finished the night with a total of 82 shattering the previous record of 72 held by Tyrone Butterfield (1998). The Tigers managed to grind out 116 yards on the ground against a stubborn Austin Peay defense that only allowed an average of 77.1 yards rushing to there opponents.
Sophomore kicker Antonio Zita, connected on four field goals scoring 14 points with a career long of 50 yards. Zita, now ranks 3rd in career field goals made with 29 and he also has tied former Tiger Lane clark for the number 2 spot in single-season field goals made with 17. “Money in the bank” is what the second year kicker out of Lincoln County is described as.
The Tigers, will be back in action in two weeks on Saturday November 2nd against nationally ranked Southeast Missouri. The game will be played at Hale stadium at 2:00 P.M.