STRAUBING, Germany – A former Tennessee Tech defensive standout will get his opportunity to play overseas as defensive back DeMario Donnell has signed with the Sraubing Spiders in the German Football League.
Donnell, who finished up his Golden Eagle career during Watson Brown’s tenure in 2015, has most recently spent the last four seasons playing arena football with the Amarillo Venom and the Wichita Force in the Champions Indoor Football League, as well as the Columbus Lions in the National Arena League.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Several Tennessee Tech football players put up big numbers in the 2021 season and their efforts were awarded Tuesday morning as the Ohio Valley Conference released its end-of-season team.
In all, five Golden Eagles made the All-Ohio Valley Conference team as graduate defensive end Chris Tucker was named to the first-team defense, redshirt sophomore Quinton Cross, junior running back David Gist and graduate offensive lineman Kurt Huff were selected to the second-team offense and redshirt junior defensive back Josh Reliford was picked to the second-team defense.
CLARKSVILLE – As the final whistle blew on Saturday, it was the end of one of the longest stretches of competition for the Tennessee Tech football team. In the span of nine months, two seasons were completed, 18 games played.
It was a gauntlet, a grueling one at that as the Golden Eagles had to battle injuries, illnesses but between February and Saturday’s November afternoon, they got 18 games in. It was certainly a feat to do it that took a lot of monumental efforts to get there.
As the Golden Eagles took to the field on Saturday, those injuries and illnesses had taken their toll. With a few pieces missing from the lineup, the depleted Tech squad squared up with an Austin Peay squad that had been right in the mix for the Ohio Valley Conference race, including a narrow one-point loss to league champion UT Martin.
Tech came out on Saturday determined to finish 2021 on a high note. The first two quarters, the Golden Eagles rallied from an early deficit to make it a one-possession game just before halftime, but Drae McCray’s monster night pushed Austin Peay out of reach, the Governors winning 48-20.
Four players on this year's Tennessee Tech football roster are legacy athletes, as each of their fathers played for the Golden Eagles. Devin Squires (Thomas), Drew Martin (Eric), Clark Lockerby (Ted) and Maddux Richey (Clark) are continuing the Golden Eagle tradition their fathers helped build and doing so under head coach Dewayne Alexander, who is also an alumni of the program.
CLARKSVILLE – The Ohio Valley Conference football race is done, but there’s still pride on the line on Saturday as the Tennessee Tech football team heads to Clarksville to wrap up the 2021 season against Austin Peay.
The Governors (5-5, 3-2 OVC) probably have Saturday’s contest circled as a revenge game after the Golden Eagles’ spoiled head coach Scotty Walden’s debut as APSU head coach.
Kickoff from Fortera Stadium is set for a 2 p.m. start. Roger Ealey and Dylan Vazzano will provide the broadcast on 98.5 KISS FM, while Barry Gresham and Patton Cook will have the call on ESPN+ (subscription required).
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Big plays haunted the Tennessee Tech football team on Saturday as UT Martin clinched the Ohio Valley Conference football championship, spoiling the Golden Eagles’ Homecoming in a 42-3 defeat at Tucker Stadium.
The Golden Eagles (3-7, 1-4 OVC) honored its 13 seniors before the start of the contest as the home portion of the schedule comes to a close. Tech will close out the regular season next Saturday as it travels to Austin Peay.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Homecoming on a college campus. It’s one of the most treasured traditions for any school. The leaves have turned various shades of red and orange with a cool, crisp air. Fans decked out in their team gear line the streets as the Homecoming parade marches down the street.
On Saturday, it’ll be Tennessee Tech’s turn for the pageantry as the Golden Eagles host their 90th Homecoming game, bringing in UT Martin for the annual affair.
Kickoff for the game is slated for 1:35 p.m. Roger Ealey and Frank Harrell will provide the broadcast on 98.5 KISS FM, while Dylan Vazzano and Sam Brooks will handle the call on ESPN+ (subscription required).
COOKEVILLE -- With its 100th anniversary of football approaching in 2022, Tennessee Tech has announced plans for the construction of a new state-of-the-art Football Operations Center. The 40,000-square-foot facility is phase one of a two-phase process to significantly upgrade and enhance the football program.
“Tennessee Tech has a tradition of winning championships in football, but those date back a number of years,” said Tennessee Tech President Phil Oldham. “This new Football Operations Center will go a long way in helping build a program that consistently competes for and wins championships.”
MURRAY, Ky. – The Tennessee Tech football team was able climb back to within five points of the Murray State Racers on Saturday, but the Golden Eagles weren’t able to close out the rally in the waning moments of the contest, the Racers taking a 32-27 victory over Tech.
The Golden Eagles (3-6, 1-3 Ohio Valley Conference) will return home next Saturday for their home finale, Homecoming and Senior Day, hosting UT Martin. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
MURRAY, Ky. – When the 2021 spring football season ended in April, things looked pretty optimistic for the Murray State Racers. After all, they finished second, just a game back from the departing Jacksonville State, posting a 5-2 record in league play after opening on a 5-0 run, then falling to Austin Peay and Jacksonville State in the final two games of the season.
As the new season opened in the fall, however, it was the trend started in those final two games that seems to have dominated most of this campaign as the Racers stand in the gates for Saturday’s contest with a 3-5 record in tow, winless in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Kickoff from Roy Stewart Stadium in Murray on Saturday is 1 p.m. Roger Ealey and Dylan Vazzano will provide the call on 98.5 KISS FM, while the Racer broadcast crew of Neal Bradley and Josh McKeel will tackle the ESPN+ stream (subscription required).
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – The trend of Tennessee Tech student-athletes succeeding at the highest level of the Ohio Valley Conference continued Wednesday morning as the League announced its six recipients of the 2021-22 OVC Scholar-Athlete Award, including Golden Eagle football junior Seth Carlisle.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Freshman Devin Squires already has a rich family legacy with the Tennessee Tech football team. After all, his father, Thomas Squires, is a TTU Sports Hall of Famer.
But on Saturday, the younger Squires got to do something his father never got the chance to – score a touchdown. Squires, a freshman defensive lineman, scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery, helping pace the Golden Eagles to a 56-13 victory over Virginia-Lynchburg.
Squires was named the Ohio Valley Conference’s co-Defensive Player of the Week on Sunday, following a vote of the conference’s sports information contacts.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – It was a big day for the Tennessee Tech football team as the Golden Eagles won their third game in the last four outings, putting a 56-13 effort onto the scoreboard against visiting Virginia-Lynchburg on Saturday.
The Golden Eagles (3-5) put together 404 yards of total offense, 299 of those coming on the ground. David Gist recorded 127 yards rushing for his fourth straight game over the century mark, becoming the first Tech rusher since Derek White in 2007 to do that. Jordan Brown also rushed for a career-high 110 yards – his first century game – to give the Golden Eagles two 100-yard rushers in a single game for the first time since 2015 against Austin Peay as Ladarius Vanlier and Brock McCoin accomplished that.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Sometimes a matchup is just a matter of perspective.
When the Tennessee Tech football team traveled earlier this season to the University of Tennessee, it was the little brother taking on the bigger one, looking to make their names against some of the best of the best.
Flash forward a few weeks and Virginia-Lynchburg preparing to come to Tucker Stadium for Saturday’s game. The visiting Dragons have played two Football Championship Subdivision teams this season with trips to Duquesne and Norfolk State, the Golden Eagles making the third.
Everything the Dragons feel coming into the game on Saturday is what the Golden Eagles felt on Sept. 18 in Neyland Stadium. They’ll come into Cookeville, hungry for a win and ready to write a story they’ll remember for years to come.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As tough as the interstate rivalry has been between Tennessee Tech and Tennessee State in recent years, it’s only fitting that Saturday’s contest at Nissan Stadium went down to the last play.
After all, the two teams swapped scores throughout the contest, and as the Golden Eagles tried to hold on in regulation, the host Tigers scored with five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to tie the game and send it to overtime.
The Tigers scored a touchdown – Geremy Hickbottom completing a 13-yard touchdown pass to Dayron Johnson – to put the pressure on Tech. The Golden Eagles had their chance, but it came down to one last play on 4th and goal at the Tiger 9.
Under pressure, quarterback Willie Miller fired into traffic with a target there, but Cory Rahman intercepted the pass to end the contest. Tennessee State emerged victorious 20-13 in overtime.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As the Tennessee Tech football team enters its third Ohio Valley Conference game of the Fall 2021 campaign, the Golden Eagles are right in the mix.
As Saturday’s game against Tennessee State at Nissan Stadium stands on the horizon, the Golden Eagles presently stand in fourth place in the league standings – UT Martin and Eastern Illinois tied at 1-0, Southeast Missouri at 2-1 and the Golden Eagles at 1-1. Murray State, Tennessee State and Austin Peay are all looking for their first OVC wins of the season – in games that count in the league standings anyway as the other six league schools play fellow members multiple times, but only one counts in the OVC.
With Tech traveling to the home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans for this week’s matchup, the Golden Eagles will try to ride the momentum of back-to-back wins into a full-blown winning streak with number three circled this weekend against the Tigers of Tennessee State.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. and FRISCO, Texas – The Ohio Valley Conference and Southland Conference have announced plans for a football scheduling alliance between the two NCAA Division I FCS leagues in the 2022 and 2023 seasons. OVC Commissioner Beth DeBauche and Southland Commissioner Tom Burnett made the joint announcement Monday.
The planned collaboration will see institutions from each conference fill available non-conference dates on schedules in the next two years with a focus toward competitive balance and reasonable travel. In addition to providing quality Division I FCS non-conference matchups, the alliance will allow increased visibility, exposure and branding for each Conference. Both the OVC and Southland have longstanding ESPN broadcast agreements.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. -- Hayden Olsen had a game on Saturday against North Carolina Central and the Ohio Valley Conference weekly voters took notice, making him an overwhelming favorite for this week's OVC Specialist of the Week.
The freshman from Buford, Ga., kicked a pair of 46-yard field goals to seal the deal against the home Eagles, while also going 3-for-3 on PATs for nine total points in the contest, tying his career-high in scoring.
DURHAM, N.C. – It didn’t take long for Tennessee Tech to take control of the football game on Saturday against N.C. Central.
The host Eagles attempted to punt the ball away, but Aidan Raines blocked the punt and NC Central recovered the ball on its own 2-yard-line to turn the ball over on downs. A penalty against NCCU moved the ball up a yard to the one, and on the Golden Eagles’ first offensive play of the game, Willie Miller pushed forward for a touchdown with 13:32 remaining on the clock in the first stanza.
Tennessee Tech never looked back. The Golden Eagles took their second straight win on Saturday, topping NCCU 27-16.
DURHAM, N.C. – In the near-century that Tennessee Tech has been playing football, the Golden Eagles have seen a lot of different teams – 127, to be exact.
On Saturday, they’ll add a 128th team to the all-time opponents section as Tech will make the trip to Durham, N.C., to take on the Eagles from North Carolina Central.
The hosts enter the contest with a 2-3 record, still unblemished in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play as they don’t enter league play until next week with a visit to Morgan State. Meanwhile, the Golden Eagles earned their first victory of the season last week with a 28-17 victory over Southeast Missouri to enter Saturday’s game with a 1-4 record, knotted 1-1 in the Ohio Valley.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – True freshman Jalon Baker had an incredible game for the Tennessee Tech football team on Saturday, helping to set up the Golden Eagles’ 28-17 win over Southeast Missouri.
His efforts were recognized on Monday as he was named an honorable mention for STATS FCS National Defensive Player of the Week as well as the Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week by the College Sports Madness website.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- For David Gist, there must be something about playing against Southeast Missouri.
In his freshman campaign against the Redhawks in 2018, Gist ran for a then-career-high 108 yards and two touchdowns.
Saturday, against the 2021 edition of the SEMO squad, he outdid that, rushing for 133 total yards – a new career best – with two scores, while also adding 11 yards on three catches for 144 all-purpose yards in the contest as he led the Tech offense to a 28-17 victory over the Redhawks at Tucker Stadium.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – With Southeast Missouri coming into town on Saturday for this week’s football game at Tucker Stadium, the Tennessee Tech squad is ready to end its current four-game slide.
Through a rough stretch to open the 2021 campaign, there has been progress along the way. Now the Golden Eagles will try to apply that toward a victory on Saturday against the Redhawks.
Kickoff is slated for 1:35 p.m. Central. Roger Ealey and Frank Harrell will provide the call for 98.5 KISS FM, while Dylan Vazzano and Sam Brooks will handle broadcast duties on ESPN+ (subscription required).
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- An excellent student-athlete and a leader on the field, tight end Tavin Kilpatrick has been an epitome of what it means to be a student-athlete. His efforts were rewarded with a nod from the National Football Foundation on Wednesday as he was named a semifinalist for the 2021 William V. Campbell Trophy.
Kilpatrick was one of two selections from the Ohio Valley Conference, joining Austin Peay linebacker Jack McDonald, and among 36 selections on the Football Championship Subdivision level. Overall, there were 176 selections across all levels of college football.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – As Legends Weekend comes up on Saturday, two Tennessee Tech football teams will be honored as members of each team are invited back to campus to celebrate the anniversary of their milestones.
Winning its fourth straight Ohio Valley Conference championship and seventh overall in 1961, the Golden Eagle squad that year touted a lot of legendary names. The Tech squad had an Associated Press All-American in tackle Dave Baxter and also had five All-OVC selections with Baxter, center Lowell Smith, fullback Ken Fults, guard James “Redbone” McMillan and end Rudy Schmittou. The team also produced seven TTU Sports Hall of Famers – coach Wilburn Tucker, Schmittou, Jim Ragland, Smith, Baxter, McMillan and Fults.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The fortunes for the Tennessee Tech football team shifted quickly on Saturday. As the Golden Eagles were going in for a potential game-tying score with just over eight minutes remaining, the ball got away and Bryce Dewberry returned it 90 yards for a touchdown.
In a matter of seconds, the momentum shifted.
Eastern Illinois held on to take a 28-14 victory over the Golden Eagles at Tucker Stadium.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – When Tennessee Tech takes to the field on Saturday, the race for the Ohio Valley Conference championship will truly be underway.
The Golden Eagles kick off the OVC slate with a visit from Eastern Illinois. The game is set for a 1:35 p.m. kickoff.
Roger Ealey and Frank Harrell will provide the radio call on 98.5 KISS FM, while Dylan Vazzano and Sam Brooks will handle the broadcast duties on ESPN+ (subscription required).
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Entering a sea of orange and white in the Neyland Stadium stands, the Tennessee Tech football team knew they were in for a challenge.
Against the Tennessee Volunteers, they certainly got it. While a 56-0 defeat seems pretty difficult to find a positive, there are signs for optimism as the Golden Eagles enter Ohio Valley Conference play next week.
In a collaborative effort the NCAA's 15 Division I FCS Conferences, a new episode "FCS All-In" will premiere each Saturday at 9 am CT throughout the 2021 football season on YouTube (and will also be available on-demand).
Each conference will have a segment during the show, which will also feature national correspondents.