Montana 56 SSU 3
Montana rolled up 561 yards of offense while their defense had eight sacks and 15 tackles for losses in a 56-3 victory over Savannah State on September 16.
The game time temperature was 52 degrees, a far cry from the 85 degree weather in Savannah. The contest was a reunion for SSU defensive coordinator Chad Williams and Montana running back coach Justin Green who were teammates in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens.
The Grizzlies scored 14 points in the first quarter and added three more touchdowns in the second quarter to hold a 35-0 lead. Tiger running back Uriah Oliver was able to break off a 30-yard run, which set up a 43-yard field goal from Giovanni Lugo as time expired in the half to make the score 35-3.
Montana scored twice in the third quarter to increase their advantage to 49-3. The Grizzles added a final points touchdown with ten minutes remaining.
Savannah State moved the ball and reached Montana red zone three times but came up empty. The crowd of 22,228 at Washington-Grizzly Stadium saw SSU quarterback TJ Bell throw for 142 yards while Oliver ran for a career high 82 yards. Derek Kirkland caught five passes for a career-matching 78 yards. Donald Rutledge, a transfer defensive back from The Citadel, led the game with a career-high 11 tackles. Fellow defensive backs Darrell Bonner and Juwuan Tolbert also had nine tackles apiece which were career high for both. Bonner also had a interception.
After opening the season with road losses to Appalachian State and Montana, the Tigers (0-2) return home this week to face Florida A&M looking for their first win as well as their first offensive points of the season.
During the first two weeks of the season, SSU brought home over $450,000. App State paid the Tigers $225,000 while Montana wrote a $237,000 check.
Tenn. State 24 FAMU 13
Treon Harris threw for two touchdowns to lead Tennessee State to a 24-13 win over Florida A&M in the Tampa Classic which was played at Raymond James Stadium before a crowd of 17,102 on Sept. 16.
A 49 yard field goal by Lane Clark gave TSU a 3-0 lead with 3:29 left in the opening quarter. The Rattlers went ahead 6-3 early in the second quarter but Tennessee State went into the half ahead 10-6 thanks to a 44 yard touchdown pass by Harris with just over a minute left before intermission.
The Tigers (3-0) stretched their lead to 17-6 in the third quarter and 24-6 with 9:16 left in the fourth quarter. FAMU (1-2) scored a touchdown with 24 seconds remaining in the contest when Marcus Williams caught a 18 yard pass from Ryan Stanley.
Miles 29 FVSU 10
Nick Christiansen kicked two field goals and three extra points and Justin Hardy scored twice to help Miles to a 29-10 victory over Fort Valley State.
Christiansen booted a 41 yard field goal early in the first quarter and a 50 yard field goal with 2:25 left in the game. In the second quarter, Hardy scored on a two yard run and had a 55 yard touchdown reception. Miles led 19-3 at intermission and 26-3 after three quarters of play.
The crowd of 7,014 at Wildcat Stadium witnessed a fairly even match-up. Miles (1-2) had 328 yards with three turnovers while Fort Valley State (0-2) had 325 yards with four turnovers.
SSU Boosters To Sponsor Trip
The Savannah State University Booster Club is sponsoring a football game trip to Daytona Beach, Fla., to watch the SSU Tigers take on Bethune-Cookman on September 30. The cost is $75 and includes game ticket and bus transportation. Contact: Barbara McGhee at 912-352-7800 or 912-441- 1868 or email@example.com.