Dragons Burn Golden Tigers In Homecoming Stunner

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TUSKEGEE, Ala. – The Tuskegee University football program returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown and saw senior Ivonte Patterson reach 1,000 career rushing yards but the offense was out of sync for most of the day as Lane came away victorious, 21-17.

 
The Basics

• Final Score: Lane 21, Tuskegee 17

• Records: Tuskegee (3-5, 2-2 SIAC) | Lane (5-3, 2-2 SIAC)

• Location: Tuskegee, Alabama – Cleve L. Abbott Memorial Alumni Stadium

• Series History: Tuskegee Leads 25-1

• Winning Streak: Lane (W1) | Tuskegee’s Last Win: October 26, 2019 (29-10)

How It Happened

1st Quarter

• The Golden Tigers received the kickoff and immediately went three-and-out while Lane emphatically drove down the field over nearly five minutes to punch the ball into the end zone after a ten-play, 84-yard opening possession capped by a 15-yard touchdown pass from Michael Huntley to Micah Grigsby (7-0, Lane).

• Another empty drive by TU saw Lane methodically march down to the home 9 before attempting a 26-yard field goal. Noah Shalz’s attempt never went more than three feet in the air before ricocheting off the backsides of his lineman into the waiting arms of Antonio Kennon Jr. who did the rest for a 80-yard blocked field goal returned for a touchdown (7-7, Tied).

• The quarter ended with the Dragons having 1st-and-10 from its own 39.

2nd Quarter

• The men from Jackson, Tennessee once again went on a long time-consuming drive of 8:46 only to see Shalz shank another 26-yard field goal attempt to keep the score deadlocked.

• Tuskegee crossed into Lane territory for the first time on the day around the three-minute mark of minute mark but only got to the 48 before booting it away.

• The final two drives of the half were a short Dragon drive and a failed Golden Tiger hail mary as the score remained tied at seven.

3rd Quarter

• LC ran eight plays and gained 74 yards to begin the second half with Ike Brown sprinting untouched from 42 yards out to give the Dragons a touchdown advantage (14-7, Lane).

• The subsequent three offensive plays saw a two-yard QB keeper, an interception by Lane then an immediate fumble by Ike Brown in what was a wild sequence of momentum swings.

• Louis Williams would settle into a groove afterwards, leading a lucky drive of 7 plays for 77 yards which ended in an uncovered Latrevien O’Neal sneaking out of the backfield for a wide open Tuskegee touchdown (14-14, Tied).

• Huntley would engineer a similarly impressive drive in rebuttal, leading his offense 75 yards in 11 plays for a score with 46 seconds remaining in the third (21-14, Lane).

• Tuskegee ended the period with a third-and-six from the TU 37.

4th Quarter

• With just under eight minutes to go in regulation, Arnes Huskic drilled a career-long 51-yard field goal that just barely snuck above the crossbar to shrink the deficit to four (21-17, Lane).

• Tuskegee would get one more chance to 4:51 showing on the scoreboard.

• On 2nd-and-1 from the Lane 37, Louis Williams took off around the right side and evaded numerous tacklers to move down to the Dragons’ 19, but as he was going to the ground he lost control of the football and LC fell on it to secure the 21-17 upset win.

Tuskegee Top Performers
 

• Ivonte Patterson had one of his more difficult games on the ground this season but still managed to make history, earning 1,000 rushing yards for his career with 67 on the day and now has 1,021 overall.

• Antonio Kennon Jr. doubled his previous career-high with eight tackles to go along with being on the receiving end of the blocked field goal return touchdown.

• Arnes Huskic hit his second career field goal from 50-plus with his personal-best 51-yarder and he connected on both his PATs as well.

• Carl Matthews made his presence known all over the gridiron, grabbing a career-best 13 tackles plus a half-tackle for loss.

• Latrervien O’Neal has become the go-to red zone target for Skegee quarterbacks, hauling in his third career touchdown reception (all this season) to lead the team.

• Shawn Cross tied his season-high of nine tackles, set a personal-best with three tackles for loss and recorded his first career forced fumble.

• Ryan Duff had another productive afternoon, dropping two of his three punts inside the Dragons 20.

• In just his third career contest, Tyler Brown logged both a fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry.

• Omouri Skinner doubled his previous-high of four tackles, Davir Hamilton knocked down two passes and logged a hurry, Kobi Mitchell picked up his first career half-sack and Jeremy Dees wreaked havoc in the Lane backfield with two quarterback hurries, 1.5 tackles for loss and his second career sack.

Notes

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

• The Dragons and Golden Tigers had faced off 25 times prior to Saturday’s matchup with TU having won each and averaging a winning margin of 29 points per game.

• The blocked field goal turned 80-yard touchdown was the first by a Skegee student-athlete since Michael Robinson took a kick 88 yards to the house at Kentucky State on October 24, 2015.

Tuskegee is still alive in the race for the SIAC West Championship but must win out and get some help, beginning with Kentucky State on October 30 for Senior Day.

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