Tennessee State gets wire-to-wire win over Kennesaw State

Behind a strong defensive effort,  The Tennessee State Tigers went on the road and picked up a win against the Owls of Kennesaw State, 27-20. 

The Tigers struck first, scoring on a 51-yard field goal off the foot of James Lowery to take a 3-0 lead early in the first quarter. Later in the period, the Tigers extended the lead to 10-0 on a 5-play, 64-yard drive that ended on a 2-yard from Jordan Gant. 

The Owls would get on the board later in the period, on a one-yard Jonathan Murphy touchdown run to trim the score to 10-7.  Kennesaw State would knot the game at 10 on Connor Cummins’ 29-yard field goal with 11:19 remaining in the first half. Tennessee State reclaimed the lead late in the half, ending a 13-play, 55-yard drive with a 41-yard field goal off the foot of James Lowery that put the Tigers up 13-10 heading into halftime. 

A 4-yard touchdown pass from Draylen Ellis to Karate Benson pushed the Tennessee State advantage to 20-10. Kennesaw State answered back on its next offensive possession on a Murphy 1-yard  keeper to slice the lead to 20-17. 

Jordan Gant’s second touchdown of the day, a 20-yard scamper put the Tigers up 27-17.  The Owl’s next score Cummins’ second field goal of the afternoon, would pull Kennesaw to within a touchdown at 27-20,  but the Owls would be able to draw no closer. 

Here are some key trends:

The TSU quarterback carousel continues. 

With Daveon Bryant ineffective in his limited action completing just 2of his 6 passes for 16 yards,  Draylen Ellis saw the majority of the snaps at quarterback. Ellis completed 15/31 passes for 159 yards for 1 touchdown and did not throw an interception. 

The Tennessee State defense 

It was another solid outing for the Tigers, defense. The Brian Fisher-coached unit held the Owls to just 261 yards of total offense. The defense also recorded 4 sacks and an interception. This marked the fourth consecutive outing the TSU defense has held an opponent to 25 points or less. 

Up next for Tennessee State is a homecoming meeting with Norfolk State.

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