Tennessee State takes the Tampa Classic over FAMU


Over 17,000 show up for the Tampa Classic.

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No. 24 Tennessee State will finish the year undefeated against the SWAC and MEAC heading into conference play in the OVC.  The Tigers defeated Florida A&M 24-13 Saturday night in the Tampa Classic in front of 17,102 fans.

FAMU scored the first touchdown of the game, with a two-yard run by Devin Bowers to take a 6-3 lead at the beginning of the second quarter.  It was the first first-half touchdown scored on the Tigers all season.  A 10-play, 68-yard drive by the Rattlers.  TSU did block the extra point.


Finding a groove

Treon Harris seemed to get into his first real passing groove of the season at quarterback after that.  Harris connected with Steven Newbold for a 44-yard score, in which Newbold did most of the work, to put TSU up 10-6 just before halftime.

In the third quarter, Harris engineered a 65-yard drive that ended with a two-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Smith.  That score put TSU up 17-6.

Next man up

Harris went down with an injury early in the fourth quarter but the Tiger offense scored again.  Running back Seth Rowland marched in on a ten-yard score to put TSU up 24-6.  Ryan Stanley would get FAMU on the board again but with just 24 seconds remaining in the game.

Conference play begins

So for the second year in a row, Tennessee State starts the season off 3-0.  The Tigers have now won six in a row versus FAMU, the all-time series stands at 30-25 in favor of TSU.


The Tigers start OVC play next with another road trip, heading to UT Martin next Saturday.  The Rattlers fall to 1-2 and will be in Savannah next Saturday facing Savannah State.





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