Week Eight is over and the results in terms of who won weren’t surprising, the scores were. The OVC showdown is still standing, and our confidence in a few teams was shaken. It was homecoming weekend for the majority of the teams in action and the homecoming crowds all left the stadiums happy.
Tennessee State uses defense to beat UT Martin 29-15.
TV: UT Martin Head Coach Jason Simpson said the stats didn’t match up with how the game was played and we agree. While did put up over 300 yards of offense, TSU was the better team. For a complete game recap check out our team report.
Eastern Illinois scores early and often on SEMO to win 55-33
TV: Eastern Illinois scored on their first five possessions to send the record setting crowd home happy with a homecoming victory. Even more impressive, the five scoring drives took the Panthers just over five minutes combined.
The offense was highlighted by number two running back Shepard Little who erupted for 129 yards and three scores. As expect Jimmy Garoppolo put up huge numbers tossing for 376 yards and three touchdowns but had a season-high two interceptions. Erik Lora was the top target for Garoppolo who had six receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown but Adam Drake hauled in the team-high in yards with 138 yards on just three catches.
Southeast Missouri was no match early in the game but once the Redhawks settled into the game down 34-6, the offense came alive. Quarterback Scott Lathrop took all the plays for the second straight game and was an efficient 15 of 22 for 117 yards and had two touchdowns. SEMO was led by sophomore DeMichael Jackson who ran for 126 yards and scored his first career touchdown.
Eastern Kentucky stuff Tennessee Tech 24-10
ZW: Eastern Kentucky dominated Tennessee Tech, holding the Golden Eagles to an embarrassing 27 rushing yards with an average of 1.2 yards per carry. Tech’s passing game was ineffective as well, adding 173 yards on 42 attempts by quarterback Jared Davis. EKU kept TTU out of the end zone until halfway through the fourth quarter when the game was all but over.
In today’s stout defensive performance, the Colonels’ defense forced two turnovers and got to the quarterback twice. This may have been EKU’s best total defensive performance because not one player had an incredible game, but the entire unit contributed. Junior linebacker Anthony Brown had arguably the best night, getting five tackles, a sack, an interception, and a tipped pass.
EKU’s offense ran the ball fifty times for 149 yards on the legs of five Colonels. Quarterback Jared McClain had a solid night, passing for 169 yards, rushing for 51, and scoring two touchdowns. Eastern Kentucky was able to move the chains consistently and win the possession battle.
Tennessee Tech played better than expected, but it was apparent by halftime EKU was the better team. The Golden Eagles can build on holding the Colonels to 149 yards on the ground, but they still have a lot to improve on.
Murray State plays defense and defeats rival Austin Peay 31-3
TV: Call it a bounce back for the Murray State defense that we have talked about all year as they limited the winless Governors to just 196 yards of offense in the win.
As mentioned in pregame, Jaamal Berry needed to steup with an injured Duane Brady and he did scoring two touchdowns and 146 yards. The Racers offense seemed sluggish like we had seen in previous games and held a 14-3 lead at the half. The Govs defense kept quarterback Maikhail Miller and Walter Powell in check for the majority of the game. Powell finished the game with six catches for 59 yards and a score. Miller was great in the air, going 19 of 22 for 160 yards but did have an interception to go along with the touchdown to Powell.
Speaking of the Govs, it was one of their best games of the season even though they didn’t get 200 yards. They were in the game in the first half and had a running game thanks to Tim Phillips. The senior running back rushed for 123 yards and caught four passes for 28 yards. Yes that’s 151 of the 196 yards the Govs got.
The Govs used two quarterbacks, but a different duo. Jacob Sexton got the start as expected and went just two of six for 10 yards before being replaced by Timarious Mitchell in the second quarter. Mitchell played the rest of the game and was 8 of 16 for 50 yards and an interception.