De’Ante Saunders returned a blocked field goal 54 yards for a
touchdown and Daniel Fitzpatrick had a 20-yard interception return
for a TD as the defense carried Tennessee State to a victory over
Tennessee-Martin 29-15 Saturday.
Tennessee St. (7-1, 4-0 Ohio Valley) also recorded a safety as
the Tigers jumped out to a 23-0 first-half lead. TSU has recorded
at least one takeaway in the past 21 contests dating back to 2011.
Ronald Butler connected with Ryan Mitchell for a 51-yard TD pass
for the only offensive score in the first half.
Jamin Godfrey made field goals of 44 and 20 yards to give the
Tigers a 29-7 lead with 11:04 remaining.
UTM (4-3, 2-2) was able to muster 327 yards of offensive against
a Tiger defense that averages 253.1 yards per game. Jarod Neal was
24 of 55 for 242 yards with one touchdown pass to lead the