1 Tennessee Tech Golden Eagle Football OVC Champions: 1952, 1953, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1972, 1975, 2011 Game Number 4 at #10 Northern Iowa / Sept. 27, SCHEDULE (1-2 / 0-1 Ohio Valley) Date Opponent (video) Time/Result Aug. 28 KENTUCKY CHRISTIAN (W) W, 33-7 Sept. 6 at Indiana State (-) L, Sept. 20 at #20 Tennessee State * (O) L, 10-7 Sept. 27 at #10 Northern Iowa (-) 4 p.m. Oct. 4 MURRAY STATE * (W) 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at UT Martin * (O) 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 #23 EASTERN KENTUCKY * (E) 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at #9 Jacksonville State * (O) 3 p.m. Nov. 1 EASTERN ILLINOIS * (W) 1:30 p.m. Nov. 8 SOUTHEAST MISSOURI * (E) 1:30 p.m. Nov. 15 #15 CHATTANOOGA (W) 1:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at Austin Peay * (O) 4 p.m. * Ohio Valley Conference game (E) denotes ESPN3 / (W) denotes WCTE TV / (O) OVCDN QUICK FACTS Location: Cookeville, Tenn Founded: 1915 Enrollment: 11,339 Nickname: Golden Eagles Colors: Purple and Gold (PMS 109, 266) Home Field: Tucker Stadium / Overall Field (16,500) Surface: 24-7 Affiliation: NCAA Division I FCS Conference: Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Last Year s Record: 5-7 overall / 2-5 OVC Lettermen Returning/Lost: 48 / 17 President: Dr. Phil Oldham (Freed-Hardeman, 1980) Director of Athletics: Mark Wilson (Maine, 1991) Ticket Office Phone: (931) FOOTBALL STAFF Head Coach: Watson Brown (Vanderbilt, 1973) Record: (30th season as head coach) Assistant Coaches/Staff: Dewayne Alexander (TTU, 1988)...Offensive Line Sam Williamson (UAB, 2005)... Defensive Line Steven Brown (TTU, 2007)... Runningbacks/Receivers Donn Landholm (Wayne State, 1979)... Inside Linebackers Pat Donohoe (Wayne State, 1976)... Defensive Ends * Matt Forrest (Huntingdon College, 2010)... Tight Ends Jim Hensel (No. Colorado, 1992)... Specialists * Justin Matheny (TTU, 2013)... Safeties * Sidney Powell (Morehouse, 1997)... Secondary Taylor Hennigan (TTU, 2012)...Cornerbacks * Price Partrick (student asstistant)... Receivers * In press box on game day MEDIA RELATIONS Contact: Rob Schabert (St. Cloud State,1977) Office: (931) Mobile: (931) Facebook: TTU Sports Golden Eagles face third consecutive road challenge with visit to No. 10 Northern Iowa UNI-Dome (16,324) / Cedar Falls, Iowa / 4 p.m. CT Kickoff THIS WEEK: The Golden Eagle defense looks to continue its sterling play, while the offense is hoping to finally get untracked when Tennessee Tech plays its third consecutive road game and second straight against a ranked opponent with a first-ever visit to the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls to face the No. 10 Northern Iowa Panthers. WATCH & LISTEN: Fans who cannot attend in person can listen to the game on the Golden Eagle Sports Network with Roger Ealey and Buddy Pearson in the press box and Dylan Vazzano reporting from the sidelines. The broadcast begins at 1:30 p.m. on 98.5 KISS FM. NORTHERN IOWA PANTHERS (1-2 / 0-0 MVFC) Rank: No. 10 Enrollment: 12,273 Website: unipanthers.com Last Game: Sept. 20, 2014 won, 46-7 over No. Colorado Streak: Won 1 At Home: 1-0 Coach: Mark Farley QUICK HITS: t Tennessee Tech s defense held No. 20 Tennessee State s offense out of the end zone in a 10-7 loss last week on the road. TSU scored on an interception return and added a field goal. t The Tech defense scored Tech s only points last week at Tennessee State on a 29-yard interception return by senior safety Austin Tallant. t Tennessee Tech s defense recorded 15 tackles-for-loss and five sacks last week at TSU. t Ladarius Vanlier ranks fifth nationally in punt returns and 22nd nationally in kickoff returns. t Former Golden Eagle linebacker Barry Wilmore launched Thursday aboard a Russian rocket, and will take over as commander of the International Space Station upon arrival. Series Record: This week s game will mark the first-ever meeting between the two teams. Familiar Conference: While Tech has not met the Panthers before, the Golden Eagles are quickly becoming familiar with the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Earlier this year, Tech played at MVFC foe Indiana State for the second consecutive season. PLAYERS TO WATCH TENNESSEE TECH GOLDEN EAGLES (1-2 / 0-1 OVC) Rank: None Enrollment: 11,339 Website: TTUsports.com Last Game: Sept. 20, 2014 lost at Tenn. State, 10-7 Streak: Lost 2 On Road: 0-2 Coach: Watson Brown Cody Matthews, Wide Receiver / Gallatin, Tenn. A 6-1, 190 senior, Cody leads Tech and ranks among OVC leaders this season with 14 receptions for 174 yards and one touchdown. Last week at Tennessee State he made six catches for 80 yards. In the season opener against Kentucky Christian, he had six for 74 yards. In 34 career games he has 76 catches for 1,151 yards and 11 touchdowns. Harrison Reid, Defensive End / Cincinnati, Ohio A 6-4, 262 pound junior, Harrison is fast becoming a force to be stopped on the defensive line. An extremely mobile player, he is an outstanding pass rusher who not only puts pressure on the quarterback, he often tracks down the ball carrier in the backfield. He had four solo tackles against Tennessee State, including three tacklesfor-loss.
2 TTU Media Relations Web site: TTUsports.com Facebook: TTU Sports Assistant A.D. for Sports Information/ Primary Football Contact Rob Schabert Office Phone: Cell Phone: Assistant/Secondary Football Contact Mike Lehman Office Phone: Cell Phone: FOLLOWING TECH HOME GAMES ON TV: All six of Tech s home games can be viewed LIVE, with four on WCTE-TV in the mid-state and Metro Nashville region. Sam Brooks will call the action, along with Tim Scruggs or Joe Sims. EKU, SEMO GAMES ON ESPN3: Two of Tech s home games (EKU on Oct. 18 and SEMO on Nov. 8) will not be televised by WCTE, but will be aired on ESPN3. In addition, two other games are considered OVC Wild Card games and could also be picked up by ESPN3. Those are the games vs. Murray State (Oct. 4) and Eastern Illinois (Nov. 1). VIDEO STREAMING: Ten of Tech s 12 games will be streamed LIVE on the Internet via the OVC Digital Network. Check the OVC website (OVCsports.com) for details on how to view games. The service is free. The only games not available on OVCDN will be at Indiana State and Northern Iowa. RADIO BROADCASTS: Tennessee Tech football games are carried live on the Golden Eagle Sports Network, hosted by Cookeville Communications KISS FM in Cookeville will serve as the network s originating station. Roger Ealey and Buddy Pearson will call the action from the press box, with sideline reports from Dylan Vazzano. ON THE INTERNET: The broadcasts of Tech games can also be heard on the Internet. The broadcasts will be streamed on TWITTER: Sign up to follow the Golden Eagles on Twitter, and join the conversation each game by in your tweets. The Golden Eagles Twitter feed includes exclusive, live updates, photos and more as well as links to important information. Tennessee Tech currently has more than 7,000 followers and is the mostfollowed school in the OVC. GAMEDAY HASHTAG: #TTUPurplePride Fans and media are encouraged to use the hashtag #TTUPurplePride when tweeting about the Golden Eagles. FIRST AND 10 LAST WEEK: Brilliant defensive effort not enough as TSU claims narrow win in York Trophy and OVC opener NASHVILLE, Tenn. Fans who enjoy old-fashioned, knock-down defensive fights sure got their money s worth Saturday at Tennessee State s Hale Stadium. Those who came to see offense, however, might politely submit a request for a refund of their ticket price. The Tennessee Tech defense smashed Tennessee State (3-1/1-0 OVC) all afternoon, holding the No. 20 Tiger offense out of the end zone and coming up with huge play after huge play. After huge play. The Golden Eagle offense, however, didn t take advantage. Tech (1-2/0-1 OVC) dropped a 10-7 contest in the Ohio Valley Conference opener for both teams. The game also gives TSU a 1-0 record in the fight for the 2014 Sgt. York Trophy and left Tech at 0-1 in the three-game series. Each team got a first-quarter interception return for touchdown, and TSU added a first quarter field goal to account for all of the scoring. The TSU defense held the Golden Eagles to 150 yards of total offense, limiting Tech to 34 rushing yards on 25 carries and 11-for-28 passing for 116 yards. Most of that came on a 50-yard, fourth-quarter connection from quarterback Jared Davis to Cody Matthews, but the play didn t result in points when Tech missed on a 42-yard field goal try to tie the game. The rushing total was heavily affected by six quarterbacks sacks for -27 yards. The Golden Eagle defense matched TSU all afternoon, holding the Tigers to 205 total yards, with 92 rushing and 113 passing. Tech came up with five quarterback sacks, had 15 tackles-for-loss, tipped five passes at the line of scrimmage, tipped two punts by the Tigers, and limited TSU to 3-for-16 on third down plays. Still, the TSU offense held the ball for 41:09 and the Tech offense had it just 18:51. The defensive dominance in the first half was evident in the stats. By the break, TSU had managed just 145 yards of offense, while Tennessee Tech s offense was held to 42 yards, with 11 carries for 19 yards and three completions all to Cody Matthews for 23 yards. Other than a 26-yard field goal by Lane Clark with 2:23 to play in the first half that cut Tech s lead to 7-3, all of the first half points came from the defenses. Senior safety Austin Tallant picked off a pass by Ronald Butler and zipped through tacklers for a 29-yard touchdown to give the Golden Eagles a 7-0 lead following John Arnold s PAT. It was the first interception ruturn for a touchdown for Tech since Corey Watson had a 28-yard TD return against UT Martin in After the field goal made it 7-3, the TSU defense answered with an interception return for a touchdown to make it 10-7 with 1:32 to play in the opening period. Ronnie Vinson stood at the 50-yard line and caught a Jared Davis attempt that sailed over both Golden Eagle receivers in the area. With 21 players toward one side of the field, Vinson had clear sailing down the left sideline for the touchdown. Clark s kick finished the first half scoring. It was the first INT return for touchdown against the Golden Eagles since Southeast Missouri had one in the 2012 season. Tech started its second quarter possessions at its own 20, 23, three, and 27- yard lines, and managed just one first down. TSU had considerably better field position in the second quarter, starting at the Tech 48 and 45 on two of its three chances. The Tech defense didn t yield much, though. TSU got to the Tech 23 where Clark s 40-yard field goal sailed wide right. TSU also moved to the Tech 26, but the Golden Eagles stuffed a fourth-and-one run for a loss of one yard and Tech took over. In the secondf half, Tech saw more of the same. The Golden Eagles started five of their eight possessions deep in Tech territory. The offense held the ball for eight plays, seven plays and six plays on three of the possessions, but went three-andout (or less) four times.
3 KEEPING UP WITH WATSON Fans will have the chance to hear from Watson Brown on radio, television and webstream during the 2014 season, as well as in-person at the Weekly Insider s Lunch. Fans can participate by tweeting questions to The Watson Brown Show. Weekly on TV and Internet: The Watson Brown Show presented by IWC Cash & Carry will be streamed each week on the OVC Digital Network and via TTUsports.com. The show will air weekly on WCTE TV, Charter in the Cookeville region, and on cable stations in Lafayette and surrounding counties. The 30-minute show is hosted by Buddy Pearson. Fans are invited to tweet questions and comments. Weekly Insider s Lunch: Each Monday from 12-1 p.m., coach Watson Brown hosts the Insider s Lunch in the Eagles Nest in the Eblen Center. The cost of the lunch is $10 each week, with the meal catered by Chartwell s. Fans must call in by Friday at noon to reserve a place at the lunch. Brown speaks on OVC Teleconference each TUESDAY Watson Brown will be available on the weekly OVC teleconference. The call will begin at 9:55 a.m. TUESDAY. The calls begin on Tuesday, Aug. 26. Time Coach School 9:55 a.m. Call opens/announcements 10:00 a.m. Chris Hatcher, Murray State 10:07 a.m. Watson Brown, Tech 10:14 a.m. Kim Dameron, Eastern Illinois 10:21 a.m. John Grass, Jacksonville State 10:28 a.m. Tom Matukewicz, SEMO 10:35 a.m. Kirby Cannon, Austin Peay 10:42 a.m. Jason Simpson, UT Martin 10:49 a.m. Rod Reed, Tennessee State 10:56 a.m. Dean Hood, Eastern Kentucky All times Central Please contact the Tech Sports Information Office for information on how to access the teleconference calls. PLEASE NOTE: The call for games the week of Oct. 25 will be held on WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22 due to a conflict with the OVC Basketball Media Day. At the same time. TSU went three-and-out on four of their seven possesions, and twice had it only five plays before punting. The defense had several individuals who had standout games. Senior safety Marty Jones led the tackle chart with six, forced a fumble and had 0.5 tackles-for-loss. Linebackers Jay Rudwall and Tra Darius Goff had identical numbers, each with five tackles, two tackles-for-loss and one sack. Midoho Okpokowuruk was a presence in the TSU backfield with 4.5 tackles, including 3.5 tackles-for-loss and two passes broken up. Harrison Reid added three tackles-for-loss. Matthews finished with six catches for 80 yards. Davis was 11-for-26 for 116 yards with two interceptions. Isaiah McKinney was Tech s leading rusher with 21 yards on just two carries. MOST EVER Tech is playing 11 FCS opponents for only the second time in school history (since the FBS/FCS split in 1978). The only other year that Tech faced 11 FCS foes came in 1996, in Mike Hennigan s first season as head coach, as the Golden Eagles went 5-6. NEW CONTRACT FOR WATSON Watson Brown, currently in his eighth season as the head football coach at Tennessee Tech University, has been given a contract extension that will keep the Cookeville native at the program s helm through the 2019 season. Brown, 64, was named in December, 2006, as Tech s 10th head football coach. The 2014 season is his 42nd year of coaching collegiate football overall and his 30th year as a collegiate head coach. Under his direction, the Golden Eagles have won back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference Academic Achievement Awards among the league s football programs, and last year compiled the highest overall team GPA in program history. Last year, Tech was recognized by the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) for posting the highest Academic Progress Rate (APR) among the Ohio Valley Conference football teams. Those academic laurels came on the heels of the team capturing the 2011 OVC championship, the team s first league title in 36 years, and advancing to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs for the first time in school history. COLLEGE GAMEDAY College Gameday reporter Tom Rinaldi spent most of Wednesday in Cookeville preparing a story on the long career of Watson Brown, and how the veteran coach s 30 years as a head coach shouldn t be defined by his 199 losses. Rinaldi interviewed Brown, current players Darian Stone and Marty Jones, former player Cory McDonald, and others, in his quest to tell the story behind the coach s remarkable longevity, love of the game, care for his players and passion for the game. The segment will air Saturday during College Gameday. Also on Wednesday, ESPN.com s Ivan Maisel posted an in-depth story about Brown s many accomplishments aside from his wins and losses. THE TTU SENIOR CLASS The 2014 senior class lists 15 players. Tech s senior class includes, in alphabetical order: DaJuan Brown, Stephen Bush, TraDarius Goff, James Huguely, Marty Jones, Cody Matthews, Tevin McDermott, Midoho Okpokowuruk, Randall Reeves, Zach Sharp, Matthew Smith, Darian Stone, Austin Tallant, Ben Viaene, and Cory Webber. The group is featured on the front cover of the Lineup Magazine, the free, in-stadium souvenir program of Golden Eagle football. HOME COOKIN Tech has found plenty of talent in it s own back yard, with success on the recruiting trail in the state of Tennessee. Of the 98 players listed on the roster, 62 are from Tennessee. On the depth chart, eight of the 12 offensive position feature starters from Tennessee. On defense, five of 12 starters are from Tennessee.
4 OFFENSIVE CAREER LEADERS Rushing 1. Larry Schreiber ( )...4, Michael Penix ( )...3, Willie Queen ( )...2, Derek White ( )...2, Jason Ballard ( )...2, Dontey Gay ( )...2, Reggie Bazel ( )...1, Nick Solomon ( )...1, Cecil Fore ( )...1, Jerome Tillman ( )...1, Lamar Mike ( )...1, Darian Stone (2011-)...1,246 All-Purpose Yards 1. Larry Schreiber ( )...5, Larry Shipp ( )...4, Michael Penix ( )...4, Nick Solomon ( )...3, Derek White ( )...3, Henry Sailes ( )...3, Willie Queen ( )...3, Dontey Gay ( )...3, Tim Benford ( )...3, Craig Rolle ( )...2, Ladarius Vanlier (2012-)...2,718 Passing 1. Lee Sweeney ( )...7, Robert Craft ( )...6, Tre Lamb ( )...5, Grant Swallows ( )...4, Mike Jones ( )...4, Tony Costantine ( )...3, Andre Caballero ( )...3, Gary Perdue ( )...3, Michael Peeples ( )...2, Bert Browne ( )...2, Darian Stone (2011-)...1, Jared Davis (2013-)...1,149 Total Offense 1. Lee Sweeney ( )... 6, Robert Craft ( )... 5, Tre Lamb ( )... 5, Grant Swallows ( )... 4, Larry Schreiber ( )... 4, Gary Perdue ( )... 4, Mike Jones ( )... 4, Michael Penix ( )... 3, Andre Caballero ( )... 3, Tony Costantine ( )... 3, Darian Stone (2011-)...3,075 Scoring 1. David Collett ( ) Josh Foster ( ) Michael Penix ( ) Murray Cunningham ( ) Daniel Gipson ( ) Larry Shipp ( ) Larry Schreiber ( ) Ryan Weeks ( ) Zach Sharp (2011-) Derek White ( ) Wayne Anderson ( ) Notes on the OFFENSE NOT AT ITS BEST The Golden Eagle offense has not been at its best in the past two games, being held without a touchdown by both Indiana State and Tennessee State. Against ISU, Tech managed just 161 yards of offense, and TSU held Tech to 150 yards of offense. SIX OVER 500 The Golden Eagles never reached the 500-yard mark in Watson Brown s first four seasons, but hit that mark twice during the championship season in 2011, three times in 2012 and once in Tech s 500-yard efforts under coach Watson Brown: 575 yards vs. UT Martin (Nov ) 566 yards vs. Maryville (Sept. 8, 2011) 560 yards vs. SEMO (Sept. 22, 2012) 548 yards vs. Hampton (Aug. 30, 2012) 511 yards vs. SEMO (Sept. 24, 2011) 505 yards vs. Cumberland (Aug. 29, 2013) BIG GROUND GAMES With five different ball carriers gaining 47 yards or more on the ground, the Golden Eagles rushed for 323 yards againt Cumberland in the 2013 season opener. It was the third-highest rushing total in Watson Brown s time at Tech. The ony two higher totals came during the 2011 season in which Tech claimed the OVC championship. Tech s top rushing games under Brown: 346 yards vs. Austin, Nov. 19, yards vs. Maryville, Sept. 8, yards vs. Cumberland, Aug. 29, yards vs. UT Martin, Nov yards vs. Austin Peay, Nov. 22, 2013 TRIPLE THREAT Senior Darian Stone has played quarterback the past two seasons, and this year he has been moved to a newly created W position to take advantage of his three-way set of skills passing, catching and running. In the opener against Kentucky Christian, Stone led Tech with 42 rushing yards and scored touchdowns both receiving and rushing. Against Indiana State, Stone was once again the team s leading rusher with 37 yards on eight carries and topped the team with a career-high eight catches for 57 yards. He was also 1-for-1 passing for seven yards. Stone has appeared in 23 games over the past three-plus seasons, accounting for 1,831 passing yards and 1,244 rushing yards for a total of 3,075 yards in total offense. BIG DAY FOR DARIAN Darian Stone accounted for 297 yards of offense in Tech s win at Southeast Missouri last November, rushing for 162 yards on 29 carries and three touchdowns and passing for another 135 yards. It was Stone s biggest game of the year, and most rushing yards since his 190 yards against UT Martin exactly one year earlier (Nov. 10, 2012). TWO GRAND Darian Stone has passed for 1,999 career yards. His next positive completion will bump him above the 2,000-yard mark as a thrower. JARED IN CONTROL Sophomore Jared Davis has taken over the starting role at quarterback, after filling that role on a couple of occasions last year when Darian Stone was injured. In the opener against Kentucky Christian, Davis completed 18-of- 25 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Following a redshirt season in 2012, Davis played in nine games last season and finished with 935 passing yards. He was 95-for-169 (56.2 percent completion percentage) with nine touchdowns and only five interceptions. Davis also rushed for 14 yards and six touchdowns to finish with 36 points scored. His biggest game passing came at Murray State when he threw for 207 yards, going 26-for-42. He threw for 183 yards and three touchdowns at No. 2 Eastern Illinois, going 11-for-27 against the Panthers. At Eastern Illinois, Davis threw for 173 yards and one touchdown while going 21-for-42.
5 DEFENSIVE CAREER LEADERS CAREER TACKLES LEADERS: Active Player (yr)... GP... TOT Austin Tallant (Sr.) Marty Jones (Sr.) Tra Darius Goff (Sr.) Bill Dillard (Jr.) Jimmy Laughlin (Jr.) Demario Donnell (Jr.) Cory Webber (Sr.) Jay Rudwall (Jr.) James Huguely (Sr.) Jordan Patrick (So.) Avery Rollins (Jr.) Midoho Okpokowuruk (Sr.) Tevin McDermott (Jr.) Kevin Robinson-White (So.) Patrick Prewitt (Jr.) Terrell Rollins (Jr.) Harrison Reid (Jr.) Jordan Carroll (So.) CAREER SACKS LEADERS: Active Player (yr)... GP... TOT Tra Darius Goff (Sr.) Jimmy Laughlin (Jr.) Midoho Okpokowurk (Sr.) Harrison Reid (Jr.) Jordan Patrick (So.) Austin Tallant (Sr.) Cory Webber (Jr.) Jay Rudwall (Jr.) Kevin Robinson-White (So.) Avery Rollins (Jr.) Terrell Rollins (Jr.) Marty Jones (Sr.) CAREER TACKLE-FOR-LOSS LEADERS: Active Player (yr)... GP...TFL Tra Darius Goff (Sr.) Midoho Okpokowurk (Sr.) Austin Tallant (Sr.) Marty Jones (Sr.) Harrison Reid (Jr.) Jimmy Laughlin (Jr.) Jordan Patrick (So.) Bill Dillard (Jr.) Jay Rudwall (Jr.) Avery Rollins (Jr.) Terrell Rollins (Jr.) Cory Webber (Jr.) Jordan Carroll (So.) Kevin Robinson-White (So.) Patrick Prewitt (Jr.) Tevin McDermott (Jr.) Trey Thompson (Fr.) DeJuan Brown (Sr.) Dez Jarman (Fr.) HOME AWAY FROM HOME Jared Davis had a better completion percentage in the five home games in which he played a year ago, but threw for more yardage per game in his four road contests. At home, Davis was 33-for-51 for 64.7 percent, averaging 69.8 yards per game. On the road, he was 62-for-118 for 52.5 percent while averaging 147 yards per game. He threw for at least one touchdown in four of his five home games. GETTING IT DONE At No. 2 Eastern Illinois last year, Jared Davis came off the bench to direct Tech on three short scoring drives, throwing for 183 yards and three touchdowns. He avoided being sacked, and was Tech s leading rusher with 22 yards on three carries. Against Indiana State, Davis directed Tech on an 11-play, 77-yard TD drive in the final five minutes for the one-point win. Earlier in the game, he scored on a five-yard run. He finished the ISU game with 10 carries for 20 yards, and was 11-for- 12 passing for 97 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. At Hampton, he led Tech to a touchdown and field goal, all in the third quarter, as Tech erased a deficit and tied the game, ,000 CAREER YARDS Cody Matthews grabbed six passes for 74 yards and one touchdown in the season opener, and added two for 20 yards at ISU. Last week at TSU, he had six receptions for 80 yards. He now has 1,151 career receiving yards and 11 touchdowns on 76 catches. Last year, playing in only seven games, Matthews caught 22 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns. He started five games in the first half of the season, and missed most of the second half of the season due to injuries. This season, he tops Tech with 14 catches for 174 yards and one touchdown. He ranks sixth in the OVC in receptions per game, and seventh in receiving yards per game. Notes on the DEFENSE OVC CHARTS Marty Jones ranks fifth in the OVC with 8.0 tackles per game, followed on the list by Tra Darius Goff (eighth with 6.7 tackles per game), Jay Rudwall (15th with 6.0 per game) and Austin Tallant (24th with 5.3). Tallant also ranks fifth in the league in passes defended along with Midoho Okpokowuruk. TOUGH TO PRONOUNCE, TOUGHER TO STOP Midoho Okpokowuruk had a career-best seven tackles against Kentucky Christian, including five solo stops, and added 2.5 tackles-for-loss for eight yards. After that performance, he ranked first in the OVC in tackles-for-loss. Last week at Tennessee State, the senior defensive end posted five tackles, including four solo stops, and recorded 1.5 quarterback sacks and 3.5 tackles-for-loss. He now ranks second in the OVC in tackles-for-loss and 15th in sacks. VETERAN DEFENSE The players listed on the two-deep chart on defense are a veteran group. The 12 listed starters made a combined 90 starts last season, and eight of the players on the second wave are also returning veterans with 10 more starts. That s 100 starts just last year for this year s defensive two-deep. FOUR FRESH FACES The defensive two-deep includes four players who made their Golden Eagle debut against Kentucky Christian freshman Dez Jarman at tackle, redshirt freshman Mike Cain at noseguard, true freshman Jonathan Coleman at an inside linebacker position, and true freshman Keith Flannigan at the nickel position. NEARLY A SHUTOUT The defense held Kentucky Christian scoreless in the opener until the final minute of the game. The Knights managed just 203 yards of total offense, including 110 on the ground and 93 through the air. SHUTTING DOWN THE RUN Tech s defense completely shut down the run against Hampton last year, limiting the Pirates to 55 total yards on the ground on 29 carries. Tech had nine tackles-for-loss for 26 yards in that game. Against Tennessee State, bolstered by solid play from the defensive line, Tech held the Tigers to 95 rushing yards on 36 attempts with 7.5 tackles-for-loss. Tech also held TSU under 100 rushing yards
6 Darian Stone s 200-Yard Passing Games (2) Date Opponent W/L Yds TD 11/10/12 UT Martin W Peay L Darian Stone s 100-Yard Rushing Games (4) Date Opponent W/L Att Yds TD 11/3/12 Eastern Ill. L /10/12 UT Martin W Peay L W Jared Davis 200-Yard Passing Games (1) Date Opponent W/L Yds TD State L Cody Matthews 100-Yard Receiving Games (3) Date Opponent W/L Yds TD State L W /10/13 UT Martin L Ladarius Vanlier s 200-Yard All-Purpose Games (2) Date Opponent W/L Yds TD State L State L Austin Tallant s 15-Tackle Games (2) Date Opponent W/L UT AT TOT State L /20/12 Eastern Ky. L Marty Jones 15-Tackle Games (1) Date Opponent W/L UT AT TOT 9/28/13 Indiana State W Tra Darius Goff s 15-Tackle Games (2) Date Opponent W/L UT AT TOT 10/20/12 Eastern Ky. L /26/13 Jacksonville State L Bill Dillard s 15-Tackle Games (1) Date Opponent W/L UT AT TOT 10/20/12 Eastern Ky. L Tech s Kickoff Return TDs since 1960: Player Year Opponent Yds Ladarius Vanlier 2012 Murray State 94 Henry Sailes 2008 UT Martin 87 Larry Shipp 2007 Samford 88 Henry Sailes 2007 Murray State 76 Larry Shipp 2007 Concordia 97 Larry Shipp 2007 Cumberland 87 Lorenza Rivers 1987 Youngstown 99 Billy Blaylock 1982 NE Missouri 83 Mike Vise 1977 UN-Omaha 90 Lamar Mike 1977 East Tennessee 93 Lamar Mike 1976 East Tennessee 96 Dickie Fulton 1973 East Tennessee 100 Larry Schreiber 1967 Middle Tenn. 90 Jim Schaeffer 1961 Eastern Kentucky 95 Tech s Punt Return TDs since 1990: Player Year Opponent Yds Ladarius Vanlier 2014 Indiana State 72 Ladarius Vanlier 2013 Cumberland 93 last week. Those two games marked the 10th, 11th and 12th times under Watson Brown s leadership that Tech has held an opponent under 100 rushing yards. The Golden Eagles almost had another game of less than 100 yards allowed, yielding just 105 yards to Murray State. In this year s opener, they held Kentucky Christian to 110 yards. AIR DEFENSE The Golden Eagle secondary is a veteran bunch, and in the opener it showed when Tech held Kentucky Christian to just 93 passing yards, and 13-for-30 eficiency. SHOW ME THE WAY Tra Darius Goff led Tech with nine tackles in the opener with Kentucky Christian and had six more at Indiana State. The senior linebacker made five solo tackles at Tennessee State. He ranks eighth in the OVC in tackles-pergame. Last season, Goff ranked second in the OVC with 101 total tackles, an average of 8.9 per game. He posted a career-best 16 tackles against Jacksonville State, and had five double-digit games in tackles as a junior. He had 11 stops against Tennessee State, 12 against Indiana State, 11 against UT Martin, and 10 at Eastern Kentucky. He now has 10 double-digit tackle games in his career, and has made 230 total tackles to rank third on the squad in carer stops. He also had 101 tackles as a sophomore, making him the first Tech defender with back-to-back 100-tackle seasons since Daniel Wentzel in A second-team all-ovc pick, he also ranked 19th in the league in tackles-for-loss with 8.5. NO SURPRISE Tra Darius Goff s success as a Golden Eagle comes as no surprise. He enjoyed phenomenal success in Tech s Tucker Stadium in December of 2010 during the TSSAA Football State Championships (hosted by Cookeville and Tech). Goff led his Columbia Central squad to the state championship and was named both the Offensive MVP and the Defensive MVP in the title game. A runningback and linebacker in high school, Goff moved into a starting role at linebacker in 2012 after seeing action in a backup role as a freshman in BACKERS BACK In addition to the return of Tra Darius Goff, the other inside linebacker position also features a returnee in the starting role in junior Jay Rudwall. Against Kentucky Christian, Rudwall had eight tackles, 0.5 tackles-for-loss, and broke up a pass. He had five tackles at Indiana State, and last week he stepped up with five solo tackles, a quarterback sack and 2.0 tackles-for-loss. Rudwall started three games last season and played in 11 of 12 while sharing playing time with Blake Adams. Rudwall finished the year with 59 total tackles to rank sixth on the team. BIG PERFORMANCE FOR MARTY Marty Jones opened the year with seven tackles, 0.5 tackles-of-loss and a pass breakup. In the game at Indiana State, he led Tech with eight tackles, and topped Tech at TSU with eight more stops. He currently is listed fifth in the OVC with 8.0 tackles per game. A year ago, Jones was voted the OVC Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in Tech s win at Southeast Missouri. In that contest, Jones had five total tackles, an interception and forced a fumble. He was also named honorable mention FCS Defensive Player of the Week by USA College Football. VETERAN LEADERSHIP Marty Jones finished last year ranked second on the team and third in the OVC with 98 total tackles, an average of 8.4 per contest. Against Jacksonville State he made 10 tackles including 2.5 tackles-for-loss. Against UT Martin, he had 14 tackles and recovered a fumble. He made 10 tackles at No. 21 Wisconsin, and against Indiana State he piled up a career-high 16 tackles. He also had two interceptions in 2013, giving him eight career picks, tops among all active players. Jones ranks second on the team in career tackles with 250, and is also second on the team in career tackles-for-loss with 9.5. SOLID EFFORT Against Tennessee State, Austin Tallant stepped in front of a Tiger pass and grabbed his fourth career interception, returning it 29 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter to give the Golden Eagles a 7-0 lead. He finished with five tackles and a quarterback hurry, in addition to his pick-six. Against Indiana State, he had seven tackles, a tackle-for-loss, and broke up two passes.
7 2014 GOLDEN EAGLE OPPONENT TRACKER Kentucky Christian (2-1) Last Week: W, at Reinhardt This Week: Bluefield Indiana State (2-1) Last Week: Open Date This Week: vs. Liberty Tennessee State (3-1) Last Week: W, 10-7 vs. Tenn. Tech This Week: vs. Florida A&M Northern Iowa (1-2) Last Week: W, 46-7 vs. No. Colorado This Week: vs. Tennessee Tech Murray State (1-2) Last Week: L, at W. Michigan This Week: vs. Jacksonville State UT Martin (1-3) Last Week: L, vs. Eastern Ky. This Week: Southeast Missouri Eastern Kentucky (4-0) Last Week: W, at UT Martin This Week: Open Date Jacksonville State (2-1) Last Week: W, vs. W. Alabama This Week: at Murray State Eastern Illinois (1-3) Last Week: W, 63-7 vs. Austin Peay This Week: at Ohio Southeast Missouri (2-2) Last Week: W, vs. SE Louisiana This Week: at UT Martin Chattanooga (1-2) Last Week: Open Date This Week: host Samford Austin Peay (0-3) Last Week: L, 63-7 at Eastern Illinois This Week: at Illinois State AN EYE FOR TALLANT In just over three seasons, Austin Tallant has racked up 267 career tackles, tops among all active Golden Eagles. He had 65 last season to rank third on the team. He also tied for first on the team in interceptions with two. After leading the team with 92 tackles as a true freshman, he ranked second on the squad with 94 in He was named to the OVC All-Newcomer team following the 2011 season, in which he stepped into the starting role after Marty Jones was injured on the first play of the opening game at Iowa. He has four career interceptions. BIG NUMBERS Austin Tallant made a career-high 17 tackles against both Jacksonville State and Eastern Kentucky in his sophomore season, and added 10 more stops in each of the final three games of the year against Eastern Illinois, UT Martin and Austin Peay in Last season his high game in tackles included nine stops, a total he reached twice. He comes into the year with 10 career games in which he has tallied 10 tackles or more. A year ago he pulled down an interception against the No. 21 Wisconsin Badgers, and grabbed his third career pick at Murray State. HUGE GAME James Huguely was having an outstanding season at cornerback a year ago when an injury on the first play of the ninth game (Jacksonville State) ended his season. He was named co-defensive Player of the Week in the OVC after making a career-high 12 tackles against Indiana State and returning a blocked field goal 87 yards for a touchdown. Against No. 21 Wisconsin, Huguely made eight tackles, including a pair of touchdown-saving stops. He finished the year with 43 tackles and broke up five passes, including four at Eastern Kentucky. At Indiana State, Huguely had six tackles and broke up a pass, and he made five stops at TSU. DOUBLE D On the other corner, Demario Donnell had six tackles at Indiana State this season. Last year, he ranked first on the team and fourth in the OVC in passes defended with 11 and was seventh on the team with 54 total tackles. He had eight tackles, broke up two passes and forced a fumble against UT Martin. Against Jacksonville State, he had five tackles and broke up three pass attempts. He had five tackles and two more passes defended at SEMO. He wrapped up the season with seven more tackles against Austin Peay. INTRODUCING Redshirt freshman Trey Thompson saw quite a bit of action at Tennessee State at inside linebacker and finished with a career-best six total tackles, one tackle-for-loss and a pass defended. STATING HIS CASE Junior defensive end Harrison Reid was in the backfield at Tennessee State nearly as much as the Tiger signal-caller. Reid had four total tackles, including three tackles-for-loss. GROWING UP FAST Jimmy Laughlin has emerged as a standout player in the Golden Eagle defense, leading the team in quarterback sacks last year with four and ranking third on the squad with seven tackles-for-loss. He was also was second on the team with six passes defended. He finished the year 10th on the team in total tackles with 41. He had six tackles with one sack and 2.5 TFL at Murray State and six more stops against Jacksonville State. At No. 2 Eastern Illinois, he had six tackles, broke up a pass and returned a fumble 23 yards. CLEAR THE WAY Sophomore Jordan Patrick got into the backfield and helped Jay Rudwall and Marty Jones haul down a KCU runner just seconds before halftime, and the play resulted in Tech s first safety in 12 seasons. The tackle, with the Knights facing first-and-10 from just inside their own one-yard line, made it a 16-0 Golden Eagle lead at the half. Patrick finished the game with five total tackles and two tacklesfor-loss. (The last time Tech had a safety was Nov. 9, 2002 vs. Samford). OFFENSIVE DEFENDER Sophomore Jordan Patrick was not only credited with the safety against Kentucky Christian, against Indiana State he blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown. The 6-foot-5 defensive tackle had a hand on two Tennessee State punts last week.
8 The Last Time it happened Over 400 yards total offense Tech vs. Austin Peay (402), Nov. 23, 2013 Opponent Indiana State (543), Sept. 6, 2014 Under 200 yards total offense Tech at Tennessee State (150), Sept. 20, 2014 Opponent Austin Peay (186), Nov. 23, 2013 Under 100 rushing yards Tech at Tennessee State (34), Sept. 20, 2014 Opponent Tennessee State (92), Sept. 20, 2014 Kickoff return for touchdown Tech Ladarius Vanlier (94) at Murray State, Sept. 29, 2012 Opponent Jorrian Washington (100), Hampton, Aug. 30, 2012 Punt return for touchdown Tech Ladarius Vanlier (72) vs. Indiana State, Sept, 6, 2014 Opponent Erik Lora (80), No. 2 Eastern Illinois, Nov. 2, 2013 and Shepherd Little (75), No. 2 Eastern Illinois, Nov. 2, 2013 Blocked kick returned for touchdown Tech Jordan Patrick (0), vs. Indiana State, Sept. 6, 2014 Opponent Devron Francis, Northern Illinois, Sept. 6, 2003 Interception return for touchdown Tech Austin Tallant (29), vs. Tennessee State, Sept Opponent Ronnie Vinson (50), Tennessee State, Sept Fumble return for touchdown Tech Richmond Tooley (19) vs. Austin Peay, Nov. 14, 2011 Opponent Josh Manning (22), Murray State, Oct. 5, 2013 Safety Scored Tech Team vs. Kentucky Christian, Aug. 28, 2014 Opponent Team, Tennessee State, Oct. 11, yard rushing game Tech Darian Stone (153) vs. Austin Peay, Nov. 23, 2013 Opponent DJ McNeil (168), UT Martin, Oct. 10, yard passing game Tech Tre Lamb (481) at Southeast Missouri, Sept. 22, 2012 Opponent Mike Perish (383), Indiana State, Sept. 6, yard receiving game Tech Cody Matthews (130) vs. UT Martin, Oct. 10, 2013 Opponent Gary Owens (199), Indiana State, Sept. 6, 2014 Notes on the SPECIAL TEAMS LIVING UP TO THE TITLE Tech s special teams lived up to their name at Indiana State, accounting for both touchdowns in the punting game and leading Ladarius Vanlier to be named the OVC Special Teams Player of the Week. CHECK THE CHARTS Tennessee Tech currently ranks first in the OVC in kickoff returns and second in punt returns. The Golden Eagle special teams are fifth in kickoff coverage. Individually, Ladarius Vanlier ranks first in the league in kickoff returns and punt returns, and is second in the OVC in all-purpose yards. Jonathan King ranks fifth in the OVC in punting average. ALL THE WAY BACK Ladarius Vanlier returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown at Indiana State, the third time in his career he has brought a kick back all the way for a touchdown and the second time with a punt. He also returned a punt for a touchdown against Cumberland University last year. During the 2012 season, Vanlier returned a kickoff for a touchdown agasint Murray State. ALL-PURPOSE GUY Ladarius Vanlier has now rolled up 2,718 all-purpose yards in his first two-plus seasons, after adding 157 yards against Kentucky Christian and 200 at Indiana State. He is on the brink of breaking into the Top 10 in school history. He needs 160 yards to catch Craig Rolle in 10th place, and will match All-American Tim Benford in ninth place with 282 yards. PILING UP YARDS Ladarius Vanlier led the team and ranked fourth in the OVC in 2013 with 1,278 all-purpose yards, an average of yards per game. He rushed for 465 yards, had 75 receiving yards, 203 on punt returns and 635 returning kickoffs. His 1,278 all-purpose yards placed just outside the top 10 for a single season. The ninth best season was 1,299 yards (Willie Queen in 1992) and the 10th best was 1,281 (Marshall Hale in 1990). NEW KICKS Both the placekicker and the punter are brand new on the field this year for Tech, and both had excellent showings in their debut game vs. Kentucky Christian. Walk-on redshirt freshman John Arnold was a perfect 5-for-5 on his kicks, making all four PAT tries and kicking a 45-yard field goal, the longest in the OVC this season. He was 2-for-2 at Indiana State and made his only PAT attempt at TSU, making him 8-for-8 this year. Redshirt freshman Jonathan King averaged 45.0 yards on five punts, downing three of the five inside the KCU 20-yard line, including one at the one-yard line that led to a Tech safety. The delivery system of snapper Ben Viaene and Marty Jones returns for its second season. IN WAITING Zach Sharp has handled the kicking duties the past two years, but a late-season injury last year sidelined him and he was not in fall camp for the Golden Eagles until classes started on Monday (Aug. 25). Sharp was cleared to play after fully healing from his foot injury and saw his first action last week at Tennessee State, delivering both of his kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks. Sharp scored 12 points at Hampton last year, including three field goals and three PATs. He set the school record during the 2012 season for consecutive made PAT kicks (previous record was 46), and comes into the 2014 season having made 86 consecutive successful PATs.
9 CLIMBING CHARTS Zach Sharp is 22-for-35 on career field goal tries and 119- for-120 on PAT kicks. He has scored 187 career points, moving to ninth in career scoring. During the 2013 preseason, he drilled a 52-yard field goal in Tech s final scrimmage. The longest official field goal of his TTU career is 49 yards, coming in the 2011 season. His longest last year was 39 yards. Against Indiana State, Sharp drilled a 47-yard field goal and was 5-for-5 on PAT kicks. OH, SNAP Senior Ben Viaene is back as Tech s long snapper. A transfer walk-on from Minnesota-Crookston a year ago, Viaene handled all of the long snaps in At Indiana State, Dylan Sullivan handled long snaps on both of Tech s PAT kicks. BLOCKED AND RECOVERED Defensive lineman Jordan Patrick had a signature, highlight-reel play at Indiana State when he blocked a Sycamore punt in the end zone and recovered for the team s first touchdown of the contest. It was the first blocked kick of his career, and second blocked kick this season by the Golden Eagles. ON THE BLOCK Tech has blocked 25 kicks under Watson Brown, incoudig one in each of the first two games this season. Six current players (Jordan Patrick, Midoho Okpokowuruk, Tra Darius Goff, Stephen Bush, Conor Sparkman and Tevin McDermott) have blocked kicks in their careers. Tech s blocked kicks in the Brown years: DURING 2014 Jordan Patrick (Punt vs. Indiana State) Midoho Okpokowuruk (FG vs. Ky. Christian) DURING 2013 Jordan Johnson (PAT vs. Indiana State) Jordan Johnson (FG vs. Indiana State) Malcolm Mitchell (FG vs. Indiana State) Tevin McDermott (FG vs. SEMO) DURING 2012 Tra Darius Goff (FG vs. Oregon) Conor Sparkman (Punt vs. Eastern Kentucky) DURING 2011 Stephen Bush (Punt vs. UT Martin) Tra Darius Goff (Punt vs. Eastern Kentucky) DURING 2010 Justin Hilliard (PAT vs. Murray State) Jamere Hogue (Punt vs. Tennessee State) DURING 2009 Justin Vann (Punt vs. Tennessee State) Dedrick Miley (FG at Eastern Illinois) Dedrick Miley (FG at Eastern Kentucky) Dedrick Miley (PAT vs. Austin Peay) DURING 2008 Travis Adkins (PAT at Louisville) Justin Hilliard (PAT at Austin Peay) Kedrick Towles (FG vs. Eastern Illinois) THREE BLOCKS The Golden Eagles blocked three kicks against Indiana State in 2013, a school record. Jordan Johnson blocked a PAT and a field goal, and Malcolm Mitchell blocked a field goal. OVERTIME INFO WORKING OVERTIME Of the 15 games in which Tech has gone to overtime, three have been against UT Martin and three have been against Murray State. Twice Tech has gone to extra sessions against Southeast Missouri. The Golden Eagles are 9-6 all-time in overtime games. GOLDEN EAGLES IN OVERTIME The Golden Eagles are 9-6 in games that reached extra periods: W - Tech 16, Murray State 13 (1 OT) - 10/1/88 W - Tech 20, Austin Peay 14 (1 OT) - 11/10/90 W - Tech 21, UT Martin 14 (2 OT) - 10/5/96 W - Tech 16, Murray State 13 (1 OT) -11/1/97 W - Tech 31, UT Martin 24 (1 OT) - 10/17/98 W - Tech 31, Eastern Ky. 29 (3OT) - 10/24/98 L - Eastern Ky. 23, Tech 20 (2OT) - 11/13/99 L - UT Martin 30, Tech 23 (1 OT) - 10/4/03 W - Tech 40, Eastern Ill. 37 (2 OT) - 11/6/04 L - SE Missouri 31, Tech 28 (1 OT) - 11/13/04 L - Chattanooga 30, Tech 23 (1 OT) - 9/3/05 W - Tech 20, Murray State 14 (1 OT) - 9/30/06 L - Jax State 17, Tech 10 (1 OT) - 10/28/06 L - SEMO 41, Tech 38 (2 OT) - 9/22/12 W - Tech 45, UT Martin 44 (1 OT) - 11/10/12 UP NEXT HOMEWARD BOUND For the first time in five weeks, the Golden Eagles get the chance to play in front of the home crowd next week. Tech s second home game of the year, following three straight road games and a bye week, brings OVC rival Murray State to Tucker Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 4, as part of Family Weekend on the TTU campus. Kickoff between the Golden Eagles and Racers is set for 7 p.m.
10 TECH LONGEST PLAYS from Scrimmage in 2014 (4) (20-plus yard plays in 2014) Yards Player(s)/Play Situation vs. KENTUCKY CHRISTIAN (2) 23 W. Davis / rush (TD) 4th & 1 35 Matthews from J. Davis / pass (TD) 1st & 10 vs. INDIANA STATE (0) None vs. TENNESSEE STATE (2) 23 McCoin from J. Davis / pass 3rd & 8 50 Matthews from J. Davis / pass 1st & 10 OPPONENT LONGEST PLAYS from Scrimmage in 2014 (9) (20-plus yard plays in 2014) Yards Player(s)/Play Situation vs. KENTUCKY CHRISTIAN (1) 220 Johnston / rush 2nd & 8 vs. INDIANA STATE (7) 63 Gary Owens from Mike Perish / pass 3rd & Kyanni Harris from Mike Perish / pass 2nd & 1 37 LeMonte Booker from Mike Perish / pass (TD) 1st & Gary Owens from Mike Perish / pass (TD) 1st & Gary Owens from Mike Perish / pass 1st & A.J. Johnson from Mike Perish / pass 2nd & LaMonte Booker / rush 1st & 3 vs. TENNESSEE STATE (1) 21 Hopkins / rush 2nd & 4 PLAYING IT ON PAPER Where this week s opponent and Tech rank nationally in FCS statistics. (Team with the stat advantage listed in bold) Northern Iowa Total Offense Rushing Offense Passing Offense Team Passing Efficiency Scoring Offense T Total Defense Rushing Defense Passing Yards Allowed Team Passing Efficiency Defense Scoring Defense Turnover Margin T rd Down Conversion Pct th Down Conversion Pct T rd Down Conversion Pct Defense th Down Conversion Pct Defense T Red Zone Offense T Red Zone Defense T Net Punting Punt Returns Kickoff Returns First Downs Offense T First Downs Defense T Fewest Penalties Per Game T Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game Time of Possession 69 29:28 TECH T T T T T :04
11 Today s Opponent GAME 4 at Northern Iowa Panthers September 27, 2014 / Cedar Falls, Iowa / UNI Dome / 4 p.m. CDT Mark Farley David Johnson Xavier Williams General Information Location...Cedar Falls, Iowa Enrollment...12,273 Nickname... Panthers Colors... Purple and Old Gold Conference... Missouri Valley Affiliation...NCAA Division I (FCS) Stadium...UNI-Dome Capacity...16,324 President...Dr. Bill Ruud Athletic Director... Troy Dannen Dept. phone / Ticket office / Team Information 2013 overall record conference record First year of football Overall all-time record Starters R/L...17/7 Lettermen R/L...48/13 Coaching Staff Head coach... Mark Farley Alma Mater (Year)... UNI (1987) Record at UW (Years) (13) Career record (Years) (13) Office phone / Series History Series Record...First meeting David Johnson Media Information Website... SID phone / Football contact...jordan Lindley ... Radio play-by-play...gary Rima ... Beat writer... Jim Sullivan Newspaper...Waterloo Courier Schedule (1-2) L, at Iowa L, at Hawai i W, 46-7 Northern Colorado Sept. 27 Tennessee Tech Oct. 4 at Indiana State Oct. 11 at South Dakota Oct. 18 South Dakota State Oct. 25 at Western Illinois Nov. 1 Illinois State Nov. 8 North Dakota State Nov. 15 at Southern Illinois Nov. 22 Missouri State 2013 Results (7-5 / 3-5 Missouri Valley) Aug. 31 at Iowa State W, Sept. 7 Drake W, Sept. 21 at Northern Colorado W, 26-7 Sept. 28 McNeese State W, 41-6 Oct. 5 at North Dakota State L, Oct. 12 Southern Illinois L, Oct. 19 South Dakota L, Oct. 26 at South Dakota State L, Nov. 2 at Illinois State L, 13-3 Nov. 9 Youngstown State W, Nov. 16 at Missouri State W, Nov. 23 Western Illinois W, 28-13
12 OVC Largest Crowds 104,488 E. Illinois at #12 Penn State 10/10/09 99,123 UT Martin at Tennessee 9/4/10 97,169 Austin Peay at Tennessee 9/31/13 92,746 Tennessee Tech at Georgia 11/7/09 85,754 Tennessee Tech at Auburn 11/3/07 85,365 UT Martin at Auburn 11/8/08 82,691 Jacksonville State at #7 Florida 11/17/12 77,785 Tennessee Tech at #21 Wisconsin 9/7/13 77,527 Murray State at Wisconsin 9/4/98 77,224 Austin Peay at #10 Wisconsin 9/25/10 75,127 Jacksonville State at #8 Mich. State 8/29/14 72,453 SEMO at Arkansas 10/14/06 71, 420 Jacksonville State at Florida State 9/12/09 71,062 Jacksonville State at #10 Arkansas 9/1/12 70,585 Tennessee Tech at Iowa 9/3/11 70,585 Eastern Illinois at #9 Iowa 9/4/10 70,185 Tenn. State vs. FAMU (Atlanta) 9/20/03 70,047 Murray State at #7 Florida State 9/1/12 69,596 Tennessee Tech at #17 Arkansas 9/4/10 Other Top Crowds (involving Tennessee Tech) 57,091 Tennessee Tech at #4 Oregon 9/15/12 BOLD underlined denotes games involving the Golden Eagles Largest Tech Home Crowds Attendance (Year, Result) 1) 16,521 (1971, Morehead State 26-8 W) 2) 16,089 (1978, W. Kentucky L) 3) 16,072 (1977, Morehead State W) 4) 15,607 (1976, W. Kentucky W) 5) 14,623 (1984, Tenn. State 3-33 L) 6) 14,586 (1978, Murray State W) 7) 14,133 (1977, Austin Peay L) 8) 13,859 (1982, W. Kentucky L) 9) 13,627 (1980, Murray State 3-10 L) 10) 13,186 (1972, MTSU W) 11) 13,124 (1976, UN-Omaha W) 12) 12,831 (2007, Cumberland W) 13) 12,746 (1978, W. Carolina W) 14) 12,523 (1977, Youngstown W) 15) 12,511 (1979, Morehead State 3-3 T) 16) 12,500 (1999, Murray State L) 17) 12,310 (1981, Morehead State W) 18) 12,237 (1998, MTSU L) 19) 12,212 (1970, E. Kentucky L) 20) 12,204 (1972, W. Kentucky W) 21) 12,186 (1974, W. Kentucky 10-6 W) Largest Tech Road Crowds Attendance (Year, Site, Result) 1) 92,746 (2010, at Georgia, 38-0 L) 2) 85,754 (2007, at Auburn, 35-3, L) 3) 77,785 (2013, at Wisconson, 48-0, L) 4) 70,585 (2011, at Iowa, 34-7, L) 5) 69, 596 (2010, at Arkansas, 44-3, L) 6) 57, 091 (2012, at Oregon, 63-14, L) 7) 48, 094 (2010, at Kansas State, 49-7, L) 8) 41,132 (1999, at Tennessee State, 19-25, L) 9) 40,155 (2002, at Iowa State, 58-6, L) 10) 38,694 (2008, at Louisville, 51-10, L) 11) 37,117 (2010, at TCU, 62-7, L) 12) 32,000 (1984, at Kansas State, 28-12, L) 13) 29,702 (1988, at East Carolina, 52-13, L) 14) 28,525 (2001, at Air Force Academy, 42-0, L) 15) 26,123 (2005, at No. Illinois, 42-3, L) 16) 26,101 (2003, at Memphis, 40-10, L) 17) 26,000 (1951, at Kentucky, 72-13, L) 18) 25,546 (2004, at South Florida, 21-7, L) 19) 24,177 (1994, at Marshall, 24-10, L) 20) 23,743 (1995, at Marshall, 45-14, L) 21) 22,123 (1985, at UN-Las Vegas, 35-7, L) Golden Eagle Starters by Position in 2014 OFFENSIVE STARTERS Receiver L. Tackle L. Guard Center R. Guard R.Tackle Quarterback B-Back A-Back Tight End Receiver QW Kicker Ky. Christian Matthews Chatmon Linge Rankin Reeves M. Smith J. Davis S. Bush Vanlier D. Watson Wilson Stone Harris/Arnold Indiana State Matthews Chatmon Linge Rankin Reeves M. Smith J. Davis S. Bush Vanlier D. Watson Wilson Stone Harris/Arnold Tennessee State Matthews Chatmon Linge Rankin Reeves M. Smith J. Davis S. Bush Vanlier D. Watson Wilson Stone Sharp/Arnold DEFENSIVE STARTERS End Noseguard Tackle End (Jack) ILB ILB Cornerback Strong Safety Free Safety Rover Cornerback Punter Ky. Christian A. Rollins T. Rollins Robinson-White Okpokowuruk Rudwall Goff Huguely Tallant M. Jones Laughlin Donnell J. King Indiana State J. Patrick T. Rollins Robinson-White Okpokowuruk Rudwall Goff Huguely Tallant M. Jones Laughlin Donnell J. King Tennessea State J. Patrick T. Rollins Robinson-White Okpokowuruk Rudwall Goff Huguely Tallant M. Jones Laughlin Donnell J. King
13 Notable Performances under Coach Watson Brown Individual Performances 100-Yard Rushers u 2013 Darian Stone vs. Austin Peay (11/23) yards / 24 attempts Darian Stone vs. SEMO (11/9) yards / 29 attempts u 2012 Darian Stone vs. UT Martin (11/10) yards / 25 attempts Darian Stone vs. Eastern Illinois (11/3) yards / 20 attempts Adam Urbano vs. No. Greenville (9/6) yards / 14 attempts Adam Urbano vs. Hampton (8/30) yards / 25 attempts u 2011 Dontey Gay vs. Austin Peay (11/19) yards / 25 attempts Adam Urbano vs. E. Kentucky (11/12) yards / 24 attempts Adam Urbano vs. Murray State (11/5) yards / 9 attempts Dontey Gay vs. SEMO (9/24) yards / 22 attempts Dontey Gay vs. Iowa (9/3) yards / 24 attempts Dontey Gay vs. Maryville (9/8) yards / 19 attempts u 2010 Jocques Crawford vs. EIU (10/13) yards / 19 attempts Jocques Crawford vs. EKU (11/13) yards / 11 attempts u 2009 Dontey Gay vs. SEMO (10/24) yards / 20 attempts Dontey Gay vs. Murray State (11/21) yards / 10 attempts u 2008 Henry Sailes vs. SEMO (9/11) yards / 8 attempts u 2007 Derek White vs. Cumberland (9/6) yards / 22 attempts Derek White vs. Concordia (9/13) yards / 23 attempts Derek White vs. Murray State (9/20) yards / 28 attempts Derek White vs. UT Martin (9/27) yards / 23 attempts Derek White vs. Samford (10/27) yards / 22 attempts 300-Yard Passers u 2012 Tre Lamb vs. Southeast Missouri (9/22) yards / 57 attempts Tre Lamb vs. Hampton (8/30) yards / 34 attempts u 2011 Tre Lamb vs.tenn. State (10/15) yards / 52 attempts u 2009 Lee Sweeney vs.ut Martin (10/10) yards / 25 attempts u 2008 Lee Sweeney vs. Austin Peay (10/25) yards / 42 attempts u 2007 Lee Sweeney vs. E. Illinois (8/30) yards / 41 attempts Lee Sweeney vs. Samford (10/27) yards / 35 attempts 100-Yard Receivers u 2013 Cody Matthews vs. UT Martin (10/10) yards / 7 catches Cody Matthews vs. Hampton (9/14) yards / 9 catches u 2012 Ryan Tilghman vs. UTM (11/10) yards / 3 catches Da Rick Rogers vs. SEMO (9/22) yards / 18 catches Cody Matthews vs. Murray State (9/29) yards / 3 catches u 2011 Tim Benford vs. Murray State (11/5) yards / 6 catches Tim Benford vs. Tenn. State (10/15) yards / 10 catches Tim Benford vs. Maryville (9/8) yards / 6 catches Tim Benford vs. E. Illinois (9/17) yards / 8 catches Dontey Gay vs. SEMO (9/24) yards / 7 catches u 2010 Tim Benford vs. SEMO (9/25) yards / 8 catches Tim Benford vs. UT Martin (9/30) - 12 yards / 6 catches Tim Benford vs. Jax State (11/20) yards / 8 catches u 2009 Tim Benford vs. UT Martin (10/10) yards / 6 catches Tim Benford vs. Tenn. State (10/31) yards / 5 catches u 2008 Tim Benford vs. Austin Peay (10/25) yards / 10 catches Henry Sailes vs. Austin Peay (10/25) yards / 4 catches u 2007 Larry Shipp vs. Samford (10/27) yards / 7 catches Larry Shipp vs. E. Kentucky (11/17) yards / 7 catches 200-Yard All-Purpose Games u 2014 Ladarius Vanlier vs. Indiana State (9/6) yards / 11 plays u 2012 Ladarius Vanlier vs. Murray State (9/29) yards / 16 plays Da Rick Rogers vs. SEMO (9/22) yards / 18 attempts u 2011 Dontey Gay vs. SEMO (9/24) yards / 29 attempts u 2007 Larry Shipp vs. Cumberland (9/6) yards / 7 attempts Derek White vs. Cumberland (9/6) yards / 22 attempts Henry Sailes vs. Tenn. State (10/7) yards / 6 attempts Larry Shipp vs. Samford (10/27) yards / 9 attempts Larry Shipp vs. E. Kentucky (11/17) yards /13 attempts 20-Tackle Defenders u 2007 Broderick Jamison vs. E. Kentucky (11/17) - 20 tackles 400-yard total offense u 2013 Nov yards vs. Austin Peay Aug yards vs. Cumberland u 2012 Nov yards vs. UT Martin Sept yards vs. Murray State Sept yards vs. Southeast Missouri Sept yards vs. No. Greenville Aug yards vs. Hampton u 2011 Sept yards vs. Maryville Sept yards vs. Southeast Missouri Oct vs. UT Martin Oct vs. Tennessee State Nov yards vs. Murray State Nov yards vs. Austin Peay u 2010 Nov yards vs. Eastern Kentucky Nov yards vs. Jacksonville State u 2009 Sept yards vs. Pikeville Oct yards vs.murray State u 2008 Sept yards vs. Southeast Missouri Sept yards vs. Central Methodist Oct yards vs. Austin Peay u 2007 Sept yards vs. Cumberland Sept yards vs. Murray State Oct yards vs. Samford Defense holds opponents to less than 300 yards u 2014 Aug yards vs. Kentucky Christian Sept yards vs. Tennessee State u 2013 Nov yards vs. Austin Peay Nov yards vs. Southeast Missouri Sept yards vs. Hampton Aug yards vs. Cumberland u 2012 Aug yards vs. Hampton Team Performances u 2011 Sept yards vs. Maryville Sept yards vs. Eastern Illinois Nov yards vs. Eastern Kentucky Nov yards vs. Austin Peay u 2010 Sept (-23 yards) vs. Lane (25-minute game) Oct yards vs. Austin Peay Oct yards vs. Eastern Illinois u 2009 Sept yards vs. Pikeville Oct yards vs. Tennessee State Nov yards vs. Murray State u 2008 Aug yards vs. Gardner-Webb Sept yards vs. Central Methodist u 2007 Sept yards vs. Concordia College Sept yards vs. UT Martin Defense holds opponents to less than 100 rushing yards u 2014 Sept yards vs. Tennessee State u 2013 Sept yards vs. Tennessee State Sept yards vs. Hampton u 2011 Sept vs. Maryville Sept (-6) vs. Eastern Illinois u 2010 Sept (-23 yards) vs. Lane (25-minute game) Oct yards vs. Eastern Illinois u 2009 Nov yards vs. Murray State u 2008 Aug yards vs. Gardner-Webb Sept yards vs. Central Methodist u 2007 Sept yards vs. Concordia College Sept yards vs. Murray State
14 Head Coach Watson Brown v Eighth season as head coach at Tennessee Tech (named December 9, 2006) v 42nd season in college coaching v 30th season as head coach One of the byproducts of a long and successful coaching career is a checklist of big numbers. Wins and losses. Players who receive their college degrees. Friendships, fans and memories. All of those totals really begin to pile up. For Watson Brown, entering his 42nd season as a collegiate coach and his 30th as a head coach, many of those numbers are, quite simply, incredible. During the past season, Brown was on the sidelines for his 300th career game as a head coach. And, later in the season, Watson and his brother Mack, then the head coach of the Texas Longhorns, achieved an historic milestone, earning more Division I combined coaching victories by brothers than any other coaching brother combination in history. The Brown brothers finished 2013 with 365 career combined victories, surpassing the record of 362 previously held by Vince and Bill Dooley. But, when Watson roams the sidelines, none of those personal milestones is in his thoughts he is, quite simply, out to lead the Golden Eagles to their second Ohio Valley Conference championship under his direction. After guiding Tech to a share of the 2011 OVC title, his program hit a major detour in 2012 when injuries wiped out the roster. The veteran coach kept his program moving forward, but in 2013 the injury bug was more selective, sidelining less players but taking down some of the team s most vital offensive weapons. This year the Golden Eagles are hoping to reap the benefits of those injuries many, many players got to see game action in the past two years in place of those who were injured. Brown s staff has done a remarkable job in recruiting the past several years, and has raised the talent level walking the sidelines in Tucker Stadium. And Brown has also kept a keen eye focused on success in the classroom. This past summer, Tech was honored by the Football Championship Subdivision Athleti cdirector s Association (FCS ADA) for having the highest APR in in the OVC. Watson Brown s Career Head Coaching Won-Loss Record 1979 Austin Peay Austin Peay Cincinnati Rice Rice Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Vanderbilt UAB UAB UAB UAB UAB UAB UAB UAB UAB UAB UAB UAB Tennessee Tech Tennessee Tech Tennessee Tech Tennessee Tech Tennessee Tech Tennessee Tech Tennessee Tech Tennessee Tech seasons