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Skyhawks calculate math on one game needed to claim OVC title

Skyhawks calculate math on one game needed to claim OVC title
Skyhawks calculate math on one game needed to claim OVC title | Skyhawk football, UT Martin, UTM, Jason Simpson, OVC, Ohio Valley Conference, ovc football

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Jason Simpson, the third-year head coach at the University of Tennessee at Martin, said his Skyhawk team knows how the math works when it comes to solving the postseason equation for the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs.
The first part of the equation was simple – beat Southeast Missouri State. Junior Brandyn Young scored two touchdowns and the defense piled up 14 tackles behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of 50 yards as the Skyhawks posted a 31-21 victory over the host Redhawks Saturday afternoon in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Simpson admitted the game against Southeast Missouri was a trap game. “No question it was a trap game from the standpoint where we had everything to lose and they didn’t.”
The second part of the playoff problem required a little help from Murray State and Jacksonville State because both teams were playing teams with one loss and tied with UT Martin in the standings.
Murray State suffered a 34-7 loss at Eastern Kentucky, but Jacksonville State scored on its last possession of the game and claimed a 26-21 victory over Tennessee State.
So now the equation is simplified. To take the OVC championship, UT Martin must beat Eastern Kentucky Saturday at Hardy M. Graham Stadium in Martin. Kickoff is set for noon.
“I’m happy to have it at a one-game season, because that’s what it is, and you got it at home,” Simpson said.
The victor wins the OVC championship and claims the conference’s automatic berth to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

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