By Thomas Corhern, TTU Sports Information
MARTIN, Tenn. – The Tennessee Tech football team knew that whichever team came out the fastest on Saturday was going to have the upper hand.
Unfortunately, it was UT Martin that did just that, and while the Golden Eagles rallied in the second quarter, the Skyhawks were able to hold on to a 38-13 victory at Hardy M. Graham Stadium.
For the Golden Eagles, though, it was Andrew Goldsmith's day. The junior from Jackson got another appearance in front of his hometown crowd and made plenty of noise, rushing for two touchdowns and 60 yards on 16 carries, while also catching three passes for 14 yards.
Josh Cunningham led Tech (1-9, 1-6 OVC) on receiving with three catches for 23 yards.
Nick Madonia saw his consecutive PAT streak end on Tech's second touchdown as the attempt was blocked. The streak went to 65 consecutive, with the last miss coming at UT Martin in 2016.
Defensively, Shannon Fayne had a great game with a fumble recovery and 13 tackles.
For UTM (2-8, 2-5 OVC), Joe Hudson threw for 183 yards and a touchdown on 16-of-22 passing, throwing a 28-yard touchdown to Colton Dowell.
The Skyhawks rushed for 277 yards and four touchdowns, including two scores for Jaimiee Bowe, who also ran for 49 yards on seven carries. LaDarius Galloway had 52 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.
James Gilleylen and Antonio Clifton each had double-figure tackles with 15 and 10 respectively.
Tech return to action next Saturday as it closes out its season with a Senior Day visit from Eastern Kentucky. Kickoff from Tucker Stadium is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
Photo by Thomas Corhern