Peppy UTM rallies at TN Tech

Peppy UTM rallies at TN Tech
COOKEVILLE — The UT Martin football team rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to reel off 21 unanswered points and down the Tennessee Tech 27-24 on Thursday.
Sophomore Tevin Barksdale rushed for a career-high 134 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown to pace the Skyhawk backfield and offensive line.
UT Martin rushed for a season-high 279 yards — besting the 191 yard effort on Sept. 18 against Eastern Illinois — with 191 rushing yards in the second half.
UT Martin, which was routed 52-16 at Murray State last Saturday, gained 450 yards of total offense.
Meanwhile, the Skyhawk defense allowed just 116 yards of total offense to the Golden Eagles in the second half and 290 total yards for the game.
The ground game wasn’t the only thing clicking for the Skyhawks as quarterback Derek Carr — who prepped at McKenzie — was 12-for-17 for 151 yards, with two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing).
Wide receiver Stephen Shiver hauled in three passes (including a touchdown) for 102 yards, tying a career-high set on Nov. 21 against Austin Peay in last year’s season finale.
On defense, OVC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Josh Bey set the tone, tallying 12 tackles, a sack, 1.5 tackles-for-loss, a forced fumble and pass break-up.
Jonathan Utley and Trenton product Kendal Harper each tallied interceptions, as the Skyhawks accumulated a season-high six sacks.
Entering Thursday evening’s game, UT Martin’s defense had seven sacks in the first four games.
UTM faces a tough opponent on Oct. 9 when No. 4 Jacksonville State (Football Championship Subdivision) rolls into town.
The Gamecocks shocked the college football world earlier this season when they defeated Southeastern Conference entry Ole Miss.
Kickoff for the UTM-Jacksonville State game is set for 1 p.m.

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