The Tennessee State University Tigers scored touchdowns on 10 of their 13 possessions en route to a 73-6 demolition of the Marauders of Central State University in Saturday’s Gateway Classic played in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. Missouri. Twenty-two thousand were on hand as the renewed rivalry went the way it usually has, with TSU winning—and winning big. The Division II Marauders were hopelessly outmanned, as TSU racked up 539 total yards of offense, including 311 yards on the ground, allowing CSU only 180 total and 119 rushing yards.
The 539 yards were the most for the team since its 76-0 drubbing of UT Martin on Oct. 24, 1998. TSU got on the scoreboard early, as a mishandled punt by CSU on its opening possession set up the Tiger offense at the Marauder four-yard line. Two plays later, Broughton found the end zone to put TSU up, 7-0.
Big Blue then blocked a punt to give its offense great field position at the CSU 41, and Tiger QB Michael German scored on a 31-yard pass to Wesley Samuels. The Tigers had a total of four touchdowns during the first quarter including a 20-yard run by Broughton and a 15-yard wide receiver reverse to Ryan Mitchell. Broughton finished the day with 108 yards on 13 carries and led 28-0 after one quarter.
CSU found the end zone on its first series of the second quarter as Michael Wilson capped off a 15-play drive with a touchdown. Steven Godbolt III broke up the ensuing two-point conversion, making the score 28-6 in favor of the Tigers, who marched right back down the field on their following possession. Mitchell scored on a 25-yard pass from German, which put Big Blue ahead, 35-6, with 9:17 to go before halftime. German found A.C. Leonard wide open for a 30-yard touchdown, and after a faked a kick on the ensuing point after, Holt Claiborne completed a pass to Samuels for two points, making the score 43-6.
German was a perfect eight-for-eight during the first half for 159 yards and three scores. Ronald Butler came into the game at quarterback to start the third period and orchestrated a five-play, 53 yard drive culminating in a 30-yard TD pass to Mitchell, making the score 50-6. Adam Davenport scored his first career touchdown on a 14-yard pass from Butler that made the score 57-6, and Chris Sanders-McCollum scored his first career touchdown on a two-yard pass to put TSU up 64-6 to begin the fourth.
The two coaches agreed upon a 12-minute fourth quarter, during which the Tigers added nine points—a 63-yard rushing touchdown from Darion Hall and a safety. With his nine points, Godfrey tied TSU legend and current coach Mike Jones for third on the school’s all-time scoring list with 258 career points.
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