Tuskegee Pitches Second Shutout Of Season In Rout Of Central State

Football Graphic at Central State

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Tuskegee TUFB 3-3 , 2-1

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Central State CSU 1-6 , 0-4

Score By Quarters
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th F
TUFB Tuskegee 14 6 0 9 29
CSU Central State 0 0 0 0 0

Game Recap: Football |

 
WILBERFORCE, Ohio – The Tuskegee University football program forced three turnovers (2 fumbles, 1 interception) and registered five sacks as it stonewalled the Marauders in a 29-0 shutout at McPherson Stadium.
 
The Basics
 

  • Final Score: Tuskegee 29, Central State 0

 

  • Records: Tuskegee (3-4, 2-1 SIAC) | Central State (1-6, 0-4 SIAC)

 

  • Location: Wilberforce, Ohio – McPherson Stadium

 

  • Series History: Tuskegee Leads 7-1

 

  • Winning Streak: Tuskegee (W2) | Central State’s Last Win: October 27, 2018 (40-36)

How It Happened

1st Quarter
 

  • Disaster struck almost immediately following the opening kickoff for the Marauders as R. Isaac Smith sacked quarterback Jacoby Smith on the third play, separating the ball in the process as Tuskegee got to start its first possession already in the redzone.

 

  • Less than three minutes into the ballgame, Louis Williams connected with a wide-open Latrevien O’Neal to open the scoring with a 20-yard touchdown (7-0 TU).

 

  • Central State tried to answer by driving down to the TU 26 but Jose Chaires’ kick was nudged wide left from 42 yards away.

 

  • Tuskegee promptly took control of the game and taking the small but passionate home crowd out of the contest, marching 74 yards on nine plays for another score, courtesy of a four-yard run through the right side of the line (14-0 TU).

 

  • Jamaal Pritchett and Louis Williams ended the quarter with a 46-yard punt return and ten-yard first down scramble as the Maroon and Old Gold were knocking on the door yet again at the 17 to close the frame.

2nd Quarter
 
 

  • The second period began with Arnes Huskic extending the Skegee advantage to three scores from 36 yards out.

 
 

  • The Marauders and Golden Tigers exchanged drives that went nowhere before Fletcher Jordan pounced on a poor throw by CSU, picking off the ball near the TU 25.

 
 

  • Two more empty possessions followed before Tuskegee went down to kick a 32-yard field goal as time expired to hold a commanding lead at halftime (20-0 TU).

3rd Quarter
 

  •  The third quarter came and went without much action on either side outside of a fumble caused by Carl Matthews which Tuskegee recovered at the CSU 22.

 

  • The period ended with Tuskegee looking to blow the doors off its hinges with first and ten from the Central 11.

 
4th Quarter
 

  • Huskic would put more points on the board with his third field goal of the day, a 22-yarder to put the game well out of reach early into the fourth (23-0).

 

  • With the game all but decided, both squads essentially ran out the clock over the remaining 13 1/2 minutes.

 

  • Kedrick Greene did put a nice bow on the blowout victory, contributing back-to-back ten yard rushes, the latter of which found the endzone for the final score of the ballgame with 56 seconds left to go (29-0 TU).
     

Tuskegee Top Performers
 

  •  Ivonte Patterson eclipsed the century mark on the ground for the fourth time in his past five games, going for exactly 100 yards and a score while adding on a team-high two receptions for a season-best 17 yards as well.

 

  • Louis Williams had nearly as many rushing yards as he did through the air, tossing six completions for 72 yards (12 yards per completion) while running for a season-high 70, including a long of 28 to average seven yards per attempt over ten totes.

 

  • Terry Bryant set a new season-best as he rushed for 34 yards, a 6.8 per carry average.

 

  • Wide receiver Kedrick Greene tied his previous career total of 21 rushing yards in this game alone, hitting that mark in seven tries while scoring his first career touchdown of any kind in his 14th game.

 

  • Latrevien O’Neal only had one catch, but it was a big one, executing a wheel route for a 20-yard touchdown on the squad’s first possession.

 

  • Fletcher Jordan had his best game yet of his debut season, ending the afternoon with his first career interception, a season-high five tackles plus a pass breakup.

 

  • Freddrick Austin had his second multi-sack contest of 2021, widening his grip on the team lead with six.

 

  • R. Isaac Smith swung the momentum early in the day with his first career sack, stripping the ball free for Wesly Appolon to recover and setting up the Golden Tigers’ first scoring drive

 

  • Carl Matthews also punched one loose deep in CSU territory which Woodly Appolon scooped up. Both linebackers co-led the club with eight tackles each with Appolon also tallying a sack.

 

  • JQuan Hicks was the third TU defender to pry out the pigskin but Central State would recover, he also added a sack.

 

  • Rarely utilized coming into the contest, kicker Arnes Huskic connected on all three of his field goals (36, 32, 22) and three PATs despite a swirling wind that was gusting at around 15 MPH all day.

 

  • Ryan Duff continues to get the job done week-in and week-out, tying a career-best by dropping four more kicks inside the Central State 20.

 

  • Jamaal Pritchett took over the punt return duties and flashed big-play potential, averaging 27.5 yards per return while ripping off a massive 46-yard return in the process.

 
Notes
 

  • The football team is now only one win away from its 700th victory in program history, which does not include four forfeit wins.

 

  • The Golden Tigers offense did not lose a fumble in a game for the first time all season and its one turnover was tied for the fewest so far.

 

  • This contest marked the first time in nearly two calendar years that the TU defense racked up five or more sacks (5.0).

 

  • Six different Golden Tigers accounted for seven tackles for loss and three separate players forced fumbles.

 

Coach Slater’s guys will try to improve to 3-1 in conference play on Saturday when it welcomes Lane to town for Homecoming at 1 p.m. inside “The Shed”.

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