OVC football continues Saturday afternoon, when Tennessee State and Lindenwood battle. Recent outcomes for these teams have differed. TSU is without a loss in their last three games, while Lindenwood is hoping to rebound from a 10-24 loss to Charleston So. These teams haven’t played in recent years, so things could get interesting in this one.
Tennessee State (5-2 Overall, 1-1 in OVC)
The Tigers enter with a 5-2 record on the season. They are scoring an average of 24.1 points per contest, with a total of 21 touchdowns on the year. On the other side of the ball, the Tigers’ defense allows 21.7 points per game on average.
Jordan Gant gears up after an impressive performance in Tennessee State’s last game. Gant rushed for 83 yards and four touchdowns in the team’s win.
Tennessee State’s offense places a significant focus on the ground game. On the season they have a 58-42 rush-pass play selection split.
The Tigers‘ record sits at 3-0 for their last three games, scoring over 20 points in each of those matchups. They are 3-0 at home so far this year, averaging 35.0 points per game in those games. Tennessee State is 1-1 in OVC games.
Lindenwood (3-4 Overall, 1-2 in OVC)
The Lions will come into this contest with a 3-4 record on the season. They’re putting up an average of 3.4 touchdowns and 26.7 points per contest. On the other side of the ball, the Lions’ defense is giving up an average of 31.1 points per game.
Wideout Jeff Caldwell will be leading the way for Lindenwood. Caldwell has accumulated 28 receptions for 519 yards and seven touchdowns thus far this season.
Lindenwood’s offense makes a concerted effort to get the ball to their star receiver. Jeff Caldwell has collected 36% of the team’s receiving yardage this season.
Photo Courtesy: Don Adams Jr./Lindenwood Athletics
The Lions’ record sits at 1-2 for their last three games, averaging 312 offensive yards per game during those games. They are 1-3 on the road so far this year, averaging 19.3 points per game in those games. This is Lindenwood’s only game against an FCS HBCU opponent.