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.
— TSU Athletics (@TSU_Tigers) September 17, 2017
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.
No Treon Harris, no problem. TSU caps another drive with a 10-yard TD run from RB Seth Rowland.
TSU 24, #FAMU 6 | 9:16 left in the game.
— Jordan Culver (@JordanCulver) September 17, 2017
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.