Tuskegee Hopes To Keep Championship Dreams Alive On Senior Day

 
TUSKEGEE, Ala. – The Tuskegee University football program must win out to have a shot at hosting the SIAC Championship Game, starting with the Kentucky State Thorobreds on Senior Day in “The Shed”.

What You Need to Know 
 

  • Time and Date: Saturday, October 30 (1 pm CT)

 

 

 

  • Records: Tuskegee (3-5, 2-2 SIAC) | Kentucky State (4-4, 2-2 SIAC)

 

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

 

  • Series History: Tuskegee Leads 20-10

 

  • Last Meeting: September 14, 2019 | Tuskegee 13, Kentucky State 7 | Cleve L. Abbott Memorial Alumni Stadium (Tuskegee, Alabama)

 

  • Winning Streak: Tuskegee (W3) | Kentucky State’s Last Win: October 22, 2016 (10-9).

 
Tuskegee Overview
 
Offense
 

  • The TU offense is predicated on a clock chewing running style and a chunk-play producing passing game. Tuskegee’s quarterback duo of Williams and Williams (Bryson and Louis) are top-40 in terms of passing yards per completion (14.47).

 

  • Ivonte Patterson has emerged as one of the most complete running backs in the SIAC and all of Division II, ranking top-four in the league in rushing yards (673), yards per game (84.1) and rushing touchdowns (7).

 

  • Taurean Taylor is one huge performance away from a milestone, currently residing at 846 rushing yards during his TU tenure, just 154 yards short of 1,000 for his career.

Defense
 

  • Skegee’s defense is top-50 in the NCAA regarding passing yards allowed (183.6), points allowed per game (20.8), yard allowed per game (314.1) and QBR allowed (116.92).

  • Grad student Carl Matthews has put himself on radars across the HBCU ranks, with 8.2 tackles and 4.9 solo tackles per game to rank top-three in the conference for both statistics.

Special Teams
 

  • Ryan Duff has garnered two SIAC Special Teams Players of the Week accolades, landing 13 punts in the opposing red zone with only one touchback.

 

  • Devarens Valcin has been outstanding fielding kicks, ranking third in the SIAC for kickoff return average (20.3), third in average punt return yardage (5.5) and fifth regarding combined kick return yards (308).

 
Miscellaneous
 

  • Discipline has been a big asset for Coach Slater’s troops, slotting in at 30th or better nationally in penalties per game (4.62), penalty yards per game (47.50), fewest penalties total (37) and fewest penalty yards (380).

 

Scouting The Opponent: Kentucky State Thorobreds
 
The Thorobreds dropped a huge matchup with Miles last week (28-21) but its offense has been racking up points this year as the prior two games to that saw them score 49 and 76 in victories over Lane and Edward Waters, respectively.

Kentucky State employs a lethal triple option attack featuring the second-best rushing game in the nation at 325.1 yards per contest while averaging just under seven pass attempts a game.

Eight different players have notched at least 150 yards on the ground, led by phenom running backs Brett Sylve and Kendon Walker. Sylve is 11th in the nation with ten rushing touchdowns, top-25 for rushing yards per carry (6.24) and top-30 regarding rushing yards (705). Walker only has 38 totes but has gained his yards in chunks with an average of 8.9 yards per attempt with five scores.

On defense, Artest Banks has been a strip artist, knocking out four forced fumbles on the campaign as ball carriers need to be extra cautious. He has also blocked a kick.

This matchup will feature two of the best punters in the country with Ryan Duff and KSU’s Jonatan Ward as the latter is averaging 42.44 yards per boot plus 12 kicks downed inside the 20.

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