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June 28, 2014

Tech Homecoming chosen as ESPN3/OVC Game of the Week


COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Already having two games chosen as Wild Card possibilities, Tennessee Tech's 2014 Homecoming contest against Southeast Missouri on Saturday, Nov. 8, has been selected as the OVC Game of the Week in the eight-game package announced by the league office for stream on ESPN3.

Tech's games against Murray State (Oct. 4) and Eastern Illinois (Nov. 1) are in the mix for the Wild Card games for those two dates.

On Friday the OVC revealed the final two games that are part of the league's eight-game football "Game of the Week" package that will be carried exclusively on ESPN3 this fall.

The seventh game in the package will be played on Saturday, Nov. 8 when Southeast Missouri travels to Tennessee Tech for a 1:30 p.m. CT kickoff. The final game of the schedule is on Saturday, Nov. 15 when Eastern Illinois plays at Jacksonville State at 3 p.m. CT.

Last season Tennessee Tech topped Southeast Missouri 41-16 in Cape Girardeau. TTU quarterback Darian Stone turned in a great performance in the win, rushing for 162 yards and three touchdowns and completing 13-of-22 passes for 135 yards. Overall the two teams have split the last four meetings with Tech holding a 13-9 advantage all-time in the series. This season Southeast Missouri returns 17 starters while Tennessee Tech has 31 players back who started at least one game last year.

The Eastern Illinois/Jacksonville State matchup will pair two teams who reached the FCS Playoff Quarterfinals a season ago. The two teams played in November last season with No. 2 Eastern Illinois besting No. 22 Jacksonville State 52-14 on Senior Day to secure the OVC Championship. EIU running back Shepard Little would go on to earn National Player of the Week honors after rushing for two touchdowns, catching a touchdown and throwing a touchdown all in the first quarter of the game. Overall EIU leads the all-time series with JSU by a 6-5 margin.

This marks the second-straight season the league has produced the Game of the Week package in conjunction with WebStream Sports. WebStream Sports, an Indianapolis-based company which is a proven leader in video production, streaming video and content creation. The company, founded in 2006, produces more than 1,000 events annually and has also served as a web streaming consultant for the OVC for the past year.

Kevin Ingram, host of "The Wake Up Zone" on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville, will handle play-by-play duties while Bob Belvin, on-air talent and contributor at 100.7 FM/AM 540 (ESPN Clarksville), will provide analysis. The duo has worked together each of the past two years in the league's TV package.

The OVC Football Game of the Week package is part of a five-year agreement with ESPN which was announced last October. The deal runs through the completion of the 2017-18 season.

ESPN3 is ESPN's live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually and accessible online via WatchESPN.com, on smart phones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members and on Apple TV.  It is currently available in more than 85 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.  It is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks.

Complete 2014 OVC Football Game of the Week on ESPN3 Schedule
Sept. 20 - Eastern Kentucky at UT Martin, 12:00 p.m. CT
Oct. 4 - Wildcard Selection (Eastern Kentucky at Austin Peay, UT Martin at Jacksonville State, Murray State at Tennessee Tech, Tennessee State at Southeast Missouri)
Oct. 11 - Jacksonville State at Tennessee State, 2:00 p.m. CT
Oct. 18 - Murray State at Austin Peay, 6:00 p.m. CT
Oct. 25 - Tennessee State at Eastern Illinois, 1:30 p.m. CT
Nov. 1 - Wildcard Selection (Austin Peay at Jacksonville State, Eastern Illinois at Tennessee Tech, Eastern Kentucky at Tennessee State, UT Martin at Murray State)
Nov. 8 - Southeast Missouri at Tennessee Tech, 1:30 p.m. CT
Nov. 15 - Eastern Illinois at Jacksonville State, 3:00 p.m. CT