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OT stop slows Skyhawks’ pursuit of OVC title

OT stop slows Skyhawks’ pursuit of OVC title

Sophomore quarterback Darian Stone accounted for 466 total yards to lead the Tennessee Tech offense, and several players stood out on defense including a tackle by Tommie McBride on a two-point conversion attempt that clinched a 45-44 overtime victory for the Golden Eagles Saturday against No. 23 UT Martin in Tucker Stadium.
Stone tied a school record by rushing for 190 yards on 25 carries and passed for 277 yards and three touchdowns as the Golden Eagles matched one of the most explosive offenses in the Ohio Valley Conference. Tech piled up 575 total yards, while UT Martin countered with 579 yards.
The Skyhawks, hoping to clinch a share of the OVC title, watched the Golden Eagles storm back in the fourth quarter after trailing 31-17 midway through the third.
Stone led Tech on scoring drives of 80, 79 and 80 yards to lift the Golden Eagles to a 38-31 lead with 1:10 remaining. The third score in that stretch was a 79-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Tilghman, the eighth-longest pass completion in Tech history.
But UTM pulled off a desperation pass with six seconds remaining when Derek Carr launched a 46-yard heave toward the end zone. Tech cornerback William Dillard appeared to make an interception to end the game, but the ball skipped out of his hands and into the hands of UTM receiver Chris Thompson for the score that sent the game to overtime.
Tech kept the ball on the ground for five of its six plays on its possession, getting a first down at the three on a carry  by Bud Golden. Sophomore Doug Page plowed into the end zone with his second TD of the game and Zach Sharp’s sixth PAT made it a 45-38 Golden Eagle lead.
Carr completed a 12-yard pass for a first down, but was sacked on third down by Marcus Edwards, his second sack of the contest. On fourth-and-16, Carr found Jeremy Butler in the corner of the end zone for the improbable touchdown.
On the PAT attempt, holder James Satterfield passed up the chance to let kicker Cody Sandlin tie the game when he took the snap and ran toward to the right. McBride beat his blocker and reached Satterfield, forcing a fumble that bounced toward the Golden Eagle sideline and ended the game.
Tech rushed for a season-high 298 yards on 54 attempts, with Stone tying the school record for most rushing yards by a quarterback set by Randy Beaman in 1991. Page added a career-best 81 yards on 18 carries, including a par of two-yard touchdowns.
Stone was 16-for-29 for 277 passing yards, with one interception and three touchdowns.
Da’Rick Rogers had five catches for 80 yards and Cody Matthews added five catches for 61 yards and two touchdowns. He grabbed a 20-yard strike from Stone to open the scoring on the game’s opening drive, then hauled in another 20-yard TD on the first play of the fourth quarter. Tilghman had three catches for 123 yards.
Tevin Barksdale was UT Martin’s leading rusher with 71 yards on 16 carries as the Skyhawks gained 157 on the ground.
 Carr went 35-for-52 for 422 yards and four touchdowns in the losing effort. His top receiver, Jeremy Butler, finished with 13 catches for 142 yards and two touchdowns. Quentin Sims added six catches for 61 yards including a 10-yard TD in the first quarter, while Thompson finished with five catches for 74 yards.
A total of seven players reached double figures in tackles in the game, which included 174 offensive plays.
Freshman cornerback Demario Donnell, making his first career start, led Tech with a career-best 15 tackles and one pass breakup. Sophomore linebacker Tra’Darius Goff added 14 tackles, Dillard had 12 and Austin Tallant made 10 stops. Marcus Edwards, one of 18 seniors playing his final home game, had nine tackles, two quarterback sackes and caused a fumble. 
For UTM, J’Vontez Blackmon and Ben Johnson had 13 tackles each, and Marquis Clemons added 11 stops.

Published in The Messenger 11.12.12

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