Weather halts game early, Golden Eagles earn 43-0 victory over Lane
Sep 16, 2010
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Lighting struck early for the Golden Eagles
as they built a quick lead, then bad weather followed, forcing
officials to halt the game with 5:01 remaining in the second
quarter as Tennessee Tech earned a 43-0 victory over Lane College
Thursday night in Tucker Stadium.
The win was Tech's first of the season (1-2) and the team's sixth
consecutive victory on its home field. Lane (0-4) was the first
Golden Eagle opponent from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic
(photo at right) rushed for two touchdowns to pace the offense,
finishing with 89 yards on just seven carries. Jocques
Crawford (bottom photo) had six carries for 57 yards including
a four-yard TD run to open the scoring.
Meanwhile, the defense added a pair of scores in a game that
last just 24:59. Marty Jones(photo) returned an interception 32 yards for Tech's third
TD to make it 20-0, and Travis Adkins
plucked a fumble out of mid-air and raced 17 yards to paydirt for
the final touchdown and a 41-0 lead with 11:13 to play in the
The final points came on a safety when the Lane punter ran out the
back of the end zone followed a low, bouncing snap.
The Tech defense limited Lane to a minus 23 yards of total
offense, setting a school record for fewest yards allowed. The
Dragons had minus 23 rushing yards on 15 carries, picking up 15
yards but losing 38. Lane was 0-for-2 passing for zero yards. Tech
set another school record by holding the Dragons without a first
Tre Lamb was
4-for-6 passing for the Golden Eagles for 47 yards, throwing a
seven-yard TD pass to Tim Benford early in
the second quarter that made it a 34-0 margin.
A highlight of the night was Henry Sailes' punt
returns. He returned three punts for 71 yards, an average of nearly
24 yards per return.
Defensively, Will Johnson led Tech with five tackles, a
quarterback sack and a fumble forced.
There was a 30-minute delay for lightning with 12:10 to play in
the second quarter with Tech leadin 27-0. The teams left the field
and many of the 8,522 fans left the stadium. When play resumed, the
Golden Eagles scored two plays later for a 34-0 lead.
Six minutes later, more lightning flashed in the Cookeville sky
and once again the field was cleared. Officials discussed the
situation with the head coaches and declared that the first half
was finished. There would be a 30-minute delay and the game would
resume in the third quarter.
However, heavy rains came and more lightning. Following another
lengthy delay, the officials met with the coaches and checked the
NCAA rules book, and the decision was made to officially end the
game at that point.
The Golden Eagles now have extra time to prepare for their next
game, which is their Ohio Valley Conference opener at Southeast
Missouri on Saturday, Sept. 25. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. in Houck
Stadium in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
* The opening kickoff by Lane College sailed out-of-bounds,
putting Tech on the 30 to start the game. Dontey Gay rushed for 22
yards and Lamb made two complete passes to Sailes and Benford to
bring the Golden Eagles to the Lane 10. Crawford finished the drive
the put Tech on the board first, 6-0 less than five minutes into
the first quarter (10:39).
* A four-play, 42-yard drive gives Tennessee Tech their second
touchdown of the game when Dontey Gay rushed for 14 yards to the
endzone. Transfer kicker Matt Barker's second attempt on the night
brought the lead to 13-0 in favor of the Golden Eagles at 6:23.
* Less than a minute later (5:37), an interception on Terrell
Smith at the Lane 32 by no. 11 Marty Jones yielded
the third touchdown of the quarter for Tech (32-yard return).
Barker added the extra point to make the score 20-0.
* Lamb's handoff to no. 25 Dontey Gay fueled a 39-yard rush ending
in a two play, 47-yard drive to the endzone for Tech. With Barker's
third successful extra point, the score sits at 27-0, Tech with
3:01 left in the first quarter.
* Tech rushed for a combined 126 yards in the first quarter to
Lane's six yards, and passed for 36 yards while Lane College gained
nothing on two passing attempts.
Second Quarter Notes:
* A 30 minute game delay due to lightning came with 12:10 left
in the second quarter.
* Upon resuming the game, Lamb connected with Benford twice for
a total of 11 passing yards into the endzone, giving Tech a 34-0
lead after Barker's extra point kick.
* Lane quarterback no. 17 Travis Elesby was hit on an attempted
pass by no. 4 Mauricio
Wallace to force a fumble in the air. The ball was snatched for
a fumble recovery in the air by defensive lineman Travis Adkins and
returned for a touchdown to bring the score to 40-0 with 11:13 on
the clock. Adkins' touchdown marks the second of the game scored by
the TTU defense. Barker kicked the extra point for a 41-0
* On the second down with 12 to go for Lane College in their own
end of the field, Elesby was sacked by inside linebacker Kelechi Ordu for a
loss of five yards.
* A bad snap to the Lane College punter Brian Wooten resulted in
a safety, as the low snap bounced and Wooten recovered the ball out
of bounds behind the end zone. Wooten punted for 63 yards from the
Lane 20, which was returned by Sailes to the Tech 33.
Barnes entered the game at quarterback for the Golden Eagles
relieving Tre Lamb who passed for 83 yards and rushed for 10. TTU
held the ball for exactly three minutes before punting it to the
Lane one-yard line.
* With 5:01 on the clock, another lightening delay was called by
the officials. It was determined that the remainder of the first
half would be cancelled. The second half of the game will resume
following a 30 minute halftime/weather delay.
* At 9:19 pm, it was determined that the remainder of the game
would be cancelled. A total of 24:59 mintues were played total,
making this the shortest complete game in Tech history with a final
score of 43-0.
* The Golden Eagles will be facing off against the Lane College
Dragons under partly cloudy skies in warm, humid conditions
* Temperatures will top out at about 80 degrees for kickoff and
are expected to hover in the mid-70's for the duration of the game.
Humidity will max out at about 83% with chances of percipitation
topping out at 40% around 8 p.m.
* The Golden Eagles are dressed in all purple, while Lane College
is sporting all white for this evening's matchup.
* Both teams will be looking to notch their first victory of the
season with tonight's contest; the Dragon's are 0-3 coming to Tech
while the Golden Eagles compiled a 0-2 record against two Top 25
teams in Arkansas and TCU.
* A hardcore running team, the Dragons have attempted only a
combined 22 passes over the course of their first three games.
* Lane College has yet to covert on a fourth down this season,
going 0-10 on fourth down attempts. The Dragons have a 37%
conversion percentage on third downs.
* The Golden Eagles come into tonight's game with a five game
winning streak at home, having gone undefeated in Tucker Stadium
during the 2009 season.
* Tonight's game marks the first time that these two teams will
meet, and the first time that Tech has ever played a team from the
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
* The home opener is also Communiversity Night at TTU, a joint
effort between Tech Athletics and the Cookeville-Putnam County
Chamber of Commerce in which local businesses are invited as
* TTU head coach Watson Brown's teams have never lost a home
opener, going 3-0 in his three seasons at Tech by defeating
Cumberland, Gardner-Webb and Pikeville. The Golden Eagles have won
11 of their last 12 home openers, falling only to Chattanooga in
* The Golden Eagles were listed at fourth in the preseason OVC
coach's poll behind Jacksonville State, Eastern Kentucky and
* Tim Benford has climbed to ninth in career receptions with 99.
He needs three catches to move to eighth place and five receptions
to jump to seventh. With 12 more catches, he'll vault all the way
to fifth place all time.
Sailes as 1,333 yards in kickoff returns, putting him second in
Tech history, just 85 yards behind Gerald Bentley with 1,418.
* The Golden Eagles come into the evening's matchup with a -1
turnover margin, while Lane College is -5 in turnovers.