It was a defensive battle all night as both offenses struggled to put points on the board. The Tigers had a chance to win the game at the last minute as they trailed 12-10. On their last drive, the Tigers drove 33 yards to Alabama A&M’s 25 yard line with 18 seconds left in the game. TSU had a 42 yard field goal to capture their first victory of the season. However, this would not be the night. The kick went left about three feet of the uprights.
The scoring got started after Scott rushed the ball nine times allowing Eldemire to break free for a 64 yard strike for his longest of the year. A&M went up 6-0 after the extra point was missed by Jordan Puente.
The Tigers would get points on the board after a 14 play 69 yard drive. Eric Medina hit the 35 yard field goal and TSU trailed 6-3 going into half time.
The scoring didn’t get started again until the fifth drive of the third quarter. Edward Perkins-Loving capped a 66 yard drive with a 6 yard touchdown run. TSU had their first lead of the game, 10-6.
With the contest on the line and TSU up by four, A&M head coach Anthony Jones decided he had seen enough of Jaymason Lee and put in Brandon Wells, broken finger and all, to give the Bulldogs another dimension on offense. Wells, with running ability, ran the ball for 13 yards on two carries and threw the ball for 33 yards on two of three passing to give A&M their chance to win the game with an eight play 49 yard drive that saw Wells rush for a four yard TD to give A&M a 12-10 lead and eventually the win.
“Wells came in and did some things the right way and got us the go ahead touchdown,” mentioned Jones. “We won the game and our main objective was to score one more point than the other team. We achieved that objective. We did some good things but we just didn’t do enough. We threw the ball and got into point blank range but came up with nothing. What I’m hoping for better play by our team.”
“We wanted to win the game and we did enough to do that,” Jones recalled. “We are not making proper decisions on offense or defense. We are missing check downs and blocks. We have to do better in all aspects of the game.”
The Tigers return home to host Alabama State in BBVA Compass Stadium on October 5th at 6:00pm.