2012 Savannah State Tigers football team
|2012 Savannah State Tigers football|
|Conference||Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference|
|2012 record||1–10 (0–8 MEAC)|
|Head coach||Steve Davenport (2nd year)|
|Home stadium||Ted A. Wright Stadium
|2012 MEAC football standings|
|#25 Bethune-Cookman †^||8||–||0||9||–||3|
|North Carolina A&T||5||–||3||7||–||4|
|North Carolina Central||5||–||3||6||–||5|
|South Carolina State||4||–||4||5||–||6|
|† – 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.
- 1 Coaches and support staff
- 2 Media
- 3 Schedule
- 4 Game notes
- 4.1 #19 (FBS) Oklahoma State University
- 4.2 #6 (FBS) Florida State University
- 4.3 North Carolina Central University
- 4.4 Howard University
- 4.5 Morgan State University
- 4.6 Florida A&M University
- 4.7 Edward Waters College
- 4.8 Hampton University
- 4.9 Norfolk State University
- 4.10 Bethune-Cookman University
- 4.11 South Carolina State University
- 5 References
Coaches and support staff
|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|
Radio flagship: WHCJ
Broadcasters: Toby Hyde (play-by-play), Curtis Foster (analyst)
|September 1||7:00 PM||at #19 (FBS) Oklahoma State*||Boone Pickens Stadium • Stillwater, OK||FCS||L 0–84||55,784|
|September 8||6:00 PM||at #6 (FBS) Florida State*||Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, FL||ESPN3||L 0–55||71,126|
|September 22||7:00 PM||North Carolina Central||Ted Wright Stadium • Savannah, GA||L 33–45||3,415|
|September 29||1:00 PM||at Howard||William H. Greene Stadium • Washington, 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*||Ted Wright Stadium • Savannah, GA||W 42–35||4,269|
|October 27||2:00 PM||at Hampton||Armstrong Stadium • Hampton, VA||L 13–21||5,500|
|November 3||2:00 PM||at Norfolk State||William "Dick" Price Stadium • Norfolk, 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 Stadium • Orangeburg, SC||L 13–27||10,011|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network. All times are in Eastern Time Zone.|
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.
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. .
North Carolina Central University
Morgan State University
Florida A&M University
Edward Waters College
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.
Norfolk State University
South Carolina State University
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. 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. 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. The Tigers defense was led by Wayne Burden who had 11 tackles (10 solo) and 3 tackles for loss.
- "Staff Directory". Savannah State University. Retrieved August 3, 2009.
- "Dalpias, Mickey Named Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainers". Savannah State University. August 10, 2009. Retrieved August 19, 2009.
- Brooks, Matt (September 6, 2012)State is biggest underdog in college football history against Florida State. The Washington Post Retrieved September 6, 2012.
- "Savannah State Tigers getting 70 1/2 points vs Florida State Seminoles - ESPN". ESPN com. September 7, 2012. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
- No. 6 FSU up 55-0 before game suspended by bad weather. ESPN.com. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
- "College Football Regional Roundup: Edward Waters Falls to Savannah State". The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville). October 20, 2012. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
- "SC State End Season With Win Over Tigers". LIVE5NEWS.COM. Retrieved 3 December 2012.