2012 Savannah State Tigers football team

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2012 Savannah State Tigers football
Savannah State University Wordmark.jpg
Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
2012 record 1–10 (0–8 MEAC)
Head coach Steve Davenport (2nd year)
Home stadium Ted A. Wright Stadium
(Capacity: 8,500)
Seasons
« 2011 2013 »
2012 MEAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#25 Bethune-Cookman ^   8 0         9 3  
Howard   6 2         7 4  
North Carolina A&T   5 3         7 4  
North Carolina Central   5 3         6 5  
Delaware State   5 3         6 5  
South Carolina State   4 4         5 6  
Florida A&M   4 4         4 7  
Hampton   3 5         3 7  
Norfolk State   2 6         4 7  
Morgan State   2 6         3 8  
Savannah State   0 8         1 10  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll

The 2012 Savannah State Tigers football team represented Savannah State University in the 2012 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Tigers were members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). This was the second season under the guidance of head coach Steve Davenport. The Tigers played their home games at Ted Wright Stadium and they finished the 2012 season with a 1–10 record (0–8 in the MEAC) to finish last in the conference.

Coaches and support staff[edit]

Name[1][2] Type[1][2] College Graduating year
Steve Davenport Head Coach Georgia Tech 1990
Greg Lester Assistant Head Coach/Outside Receivers Coach Georgia Tech
Terance Mathis Offensive Coordinator/Inside Receivers Coach New Mexico 1990
Thomas Balkcom Defensive Backs Coach Georgia Tech
William Bell Running Backs Coach Georgia Tech
Mitch Doolittle Linebackers Coach Presbyterian College 2006
Saeed Khalif Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach Georgia Tech 1988
Tony Haynes Quarterbacks Coach Webber International 2005
Broderick Jones Offensive Line Coach Ole Miss 2005

Media[edit]

Radio flagship: WHCJ
Broadcasters: Toby Hyde (play-by-play), Curtis Foster (analyst)

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 7:00 PM at #19 (FBSOklahoma State* Boone Pickens StadiumStillwater, OK FCS L 0–84   55,784
September 8 6:00 PM at #6 (FBSFlorida State* Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL ESPN3 L 0–55   71,126
September 22 7:00 PM North Carolina Central Ted Wright StadiumSavannah, GA L 33–45   3,415
September 29 1:00 PM at Howard William H. Greene StadiumWashington, D.C. L 9–56   2,955
October 6 7:00 PM Morgan State Ted Wright Stadium • Savannah, GA L 6–45   1,978
October 13 6:00 PM at Florida A&M Bragg Memorial Stadium • Tallahassee, FL L 3–44   12,561
October 20 2:00 PM Edward Waters*dagger Ted Wright Stadium • Savannah, GA W 42–35   4,269
October 27 2:00 PM at Hampton Armstrong StadiumHampton, VA L 13–21   5,500
November 3 2:00 PM at Norfolk State William "Dick" Price StadiumNorfolk, VA L 21–33   16,269
November 10 5:00 PM Bethune-Cookman Ted Wright Stadium • Savannah, GA L 7–49   3,683
November 17 1:00 PM at South Carolina State Oliver C. Dawson StadiumOrangeburg, SC L 13–27   10,011
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network. All times are in Eastern Time Zone.

Game notes[edit]

#19 (FBS) Oklahoma State University[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Savannah State 0 0 0 0 0
Oklahoma State 35 14 21 14 84

at Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, Oklahoma

  • Game time: 7 pm EST
  • Game weather: Sunny, 21% humidity
  • Game attendance: 55,784
  • Referee: David Alvarez
  • TV: Fox College Sports

#6 (FBS) Florida State University[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Savannah State 0 0 0 0 0
Florida State 35 13 7 0 55

at Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Florida

  • Game time: 6:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: rain, Lightning delay, Game is terminated
  • Game attendance: 71,126
  • Referee: Walter Davenpor
  • TV: ESPN3

For their second game of the season, the Tigers traveled to Tallahassee, Florida to face the #6 ranked Seminoles of Florida State. This was the first meeting between these teams. Prior to the game, the Seminoles were installed as 70 1/2 point favorites, reportedly making Savannah State the biggest underdogs in any college football game ever.[3][4]

The Seminoles held the Tigers scoreless, winning 55–0. Florida State scored 35 points in the first quarter, with a 61-yd touchdown pass from E.J. Manuel to Rodney Smith, a 6-yard touchdown run from Chris Thompson, an 8-yd touchdown pass from E.J. Manuel to Greg Dent, a 9-yd touchdown pass from E.J. Manuel to Kelvin Benjamin, and a 5-yd touchdown run from Devonta Freeman. Florida State added another thirteen points in the second quarter as the result of an 19-yard touchdown run from James Wilder, Jr. and another 1-yd touchdown run from James Wilder, Jr. with a subsequent failed point-after-attempt from kicker Dustin Hopkins, ending his streak of 145 consecutive extra point attempts. Florida State scored another seven points in the third quarter as the result of a 19-yd touchdown pass from Jacob Coker to Kelvin Benjamin.

The Seminoles totaled 413 yards of offense in the game, with 167 rushing yards and 246 passing yards while holding Savannah State to just 28 total yards of offense. The victory improved Florida State's all-time record against the Tigers to 1-0.

The game was delayed by lightning in the area in the second quarter and later called with 8:59 left in the third quarter, again due to weather. .[5]

North Carolina Central University[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
North Carolina Central 3 7 28 7 45
Savannah State 7 7 6 13 33

at Ted Wright Stadium, Savannah, Georgia

  • Game time: 7 p.m.
  • Game weather: Clear
  • Game attendance: 3,415
  • Referee: Darrell Davis

Howard University[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Savannah State 0 3 6 0 9
Howard 7 21 28 0 56

at William H. Greene Stadium, Washington, D.C.

  • Game time: 1 p.m.
  • Game weather: Partly Sunny
  • Game attendance: 2,955
  • Referee: Donnell Leathers

Morgan State University[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Morgan State 7 7 24 7 45
Savannah State 6 0 0 0 6

at Ted Wright Stadium, Savannah, Georgia

  • Game time: 7 p.m.
  • Game weather: Partly Sunny
  • Game attendance: 1,978
  • Referee: Kelvin Thorpe

Florida A&M University[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Savannah State 3 0 0 0 3
Florida A&M 13 10 14 7 44

at Bragg Memorial Stadium, Tallahassee, Florida

  • Game time: 6 p.m.
  • Referee: Flemon Williams

Edward Waters College[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Edward Waters 14 7 7 7 35
Savannah State 14 14 7 7 42

at Ted Wright Stadium, Savannah, Georgia

  • Game time: 2 p.m.
  • Game weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 4,269
  • Referee: Andre Lowe

Antonio Bostick threw for four touchdowns and ran for two as the Tigers defeated NAIA Edward Waters College for the first win of the season. Bostick finished the game with 319 yards passing.[6]

Hampton University[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Savannah State 3 0 7 3 13
Hampton 0 14 7 0 21

at Armstrong Stadium, Hampton, Virginia

  • Game time: 2 p.m.
  • Game weather: Cloudy, Windy & Rain
  • Game attendance: 5,500
  • Referee: Clement Hall

Norfolk State University[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Savannah State 0 21 0 0 21
Norfolk State 17 7 6 3 33

at Price Stadium, Norfolk, Virginia

  • Game time: 2 p.m.
  • Game weather: Partly sunny
  • Game attendance: 16,269
  • Referee: D. Leathers

Bethune-Cookman University[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bethune-Cookman 7 28 7 7 49
Savannah State 0 0 7 0 7

at Ted Wright Stadium, Savannah, Georgia

  • Game time: 5 p.m.
  • Game weather: Sunny, Fair
  • Game attendance: 3,683
  • Referee: Steve Kinny

South Carolina State University[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Savannah State 7 0 6 0 13
South Carolina State 10 3 7 7 27

at Dawson Stadium, Orangeburg, South Carolina

  • Game time: 1 pm
  • Game weather: Cold and Windy
  • Game attendance: 10,011
  • Referee: Andre Lowe

South Carolina State defeated the Tigers 27-13 in the season finale for both teams. The Bulldogs led 13-7 at halftime and pushed the lead to 20-7 with 6:21 left in the third quarter.[7] The Tigers scored on a 10-yard pass from Victorian Hardison to Dylan Cook with 1:39 left in the third to pull the Tigers within a score, 20-13, but missed the extra point.[7] The Bulldogs blocked an SSU punt which put them in scoring position from the Tigers 20-yard line to seal the victory for the bulldogs.[7] The Tigers defense was led by Wayne Burden who had 11 tackles (10 solo) and 3 tackles for loss.[7]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Staff Directory". Savannah State University. Retrieved August 3, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Dalpias, Mickey Named Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainers". Savannah State University. August 10, 2009. Retrieved August 19, 2009. 
  3. ^ Brooks, Matt (September 6, 2012)State is biggest underdog in college football history against Florida State. The Washington Post Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  4. ^ "Savannah State Tigers getting 70 1/2 points vs Florida State Seminoles - ESPN". ESPN com. September 7, 2012. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ No. 6 FSU up 55-0 before game suspended by bad weather. ESPN.com. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  6. ^ "College Football Regional Roundup: Edward Waters Falls to Savannah State". The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville). October 20, 2012. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c d "SC State End Season With Win Over Tigers". LIVE5NEWS.COM. Retrieved 3 December 2012.