Scores

Final

Tenn St 17

(8-4, 5-3 OVC)

Murray State 24

(5-7, 4-4 OVC)

2:00 PM ET, November 22, 2008

Stewart Stadium, MURRAY, KY

1 2 3 4 T
TNST 0 7 10 017
MURR 3 14 7 024

Top Performers

Passing: J. Ehrhardt (MURR) - 141 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: D. Thomas (TNST) - 21 CAR, 53 YDS

Receiving: J. Spillman (TNST) - 11 REC, 86 YDS, 1 TD

Murray St. 24, Tennessee St. 17

Associated Press

MURRAY, Ky. -- Jeff Ehrhardt threw three touchdown passes to help Murray State hold off Tennessee State 24-17 on Saturday.

Ehrhardt completed 12 of 24 passes for 141 yards with two interceptions for the Racers (5-7, 4-4 Ohio Valley Conference), who pulled out the win despite being outgained 323-249 by the Tigers (8-4, 5-3).

He hit Daniel Ard on a 9-yard touchdown strike to put his team up 10-0 with less than 10 minutes to go in the half. Antonio Heffner hit JaJuan Spillman on a 15-yard score to pull within three points, but Ehrhardt connected with DeAngelo Nelson on a 9-yard score to give the Racers a 17-7 halftime lead.

Dominic Grooms relieved Heffner in the second half and hit Dominic Grooms on a 10-yard pass to pull the Tigers back within three with 9:34 left in the third, but Ehrhardt's 30-yard scoring connection to Marcus Harris put the game out of reach.

Eric Benson hit a 22-yard field goal at the end of the third for the Tigers, but they were held scoreless in the fourth.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TNST
MURR
1st Downs1913
Total Yards323249
Passing210141
Rushing113108
Penalties6-567-60
3rd Down Conversions5-155-13
4th Down Conversions2-40-0
Turnovers33
Possession33:5526:05

Passing Leaders

Tennessee StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Heffner10/171126.611
Murray StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ehrhardt14/241415.932

Rushing Leaders

Tennessee StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas21532.508
Spillman5336.6020
Murray StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jordan11343.1015
Ehrhardt9293.2016

Receiving Leaders

Tennessee StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson711015.7019
Spillman11867.8125
Murray StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harris35418.0130
Nelson23216.0123

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTNSTMURR
FG08:00Kienan Cullen 28 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERTNSTMURR
TD09:57Daniel Ard 9 Yd Pass From Jeff Ehrhardt (Kienan Cullen Kick) 010
TD05:16JaJuan Spillman 15 Yd Pass From Antonio Heffner (Eric Benson Kick) 710
TD00:09DeAngelo Nelson 9 Yd Pass From Jeff Ehrhardt (Kienan Cullen Kick) 717
THIRD QUARTERTNSTMURR
TD09:34Brandon Belvin 10 Yd Pass From Dominic Grooms (Eric Benson Kick) 1417
TD07:43Marcus Harris 30 Yd Pass From Jeff Ehrhardt (Kienan Cullen Kick) 1424
FG04:05Eric Benson 22 Yd 1724