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The No. 15 ranked College of Tennessee at Martin soccer crew will host its Homecoming matchup this weekend when taking part in Ohio Valley Convention rival Tennessee Tech on Saturday, Oct. 1. Kickoff is slated for two p.m. and will likely be streamed solely on ESPN+.
The competition serves as the primary of two video games within the coveted Sgt. York Trophy sequence for UT Martin. The sequence pits Tennessee members of the OVC in a battle for state supremacy and possession of the touring trophy between Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech and UT Martin. The Skyhawks have claimed at the least a share of the Sgt. York Trophy 9 instances since 2007 – essentially the most of any program – whereas proudly owning a 32-13 mark within the sequence which ranks as one of the best amongst the three faculties.
The Skyhawks (2-2, 1-0 OVC) are coming off a dominating efficiency in opposition to Lindenwood in final week’s convention opener, scoring 35 factors within the second half en path to a 56-26 victory. The crew collected 541 yards of whole offense whereas averaging 9.8 yards per sport in simply 55 offensive snaps. The bottom assault stole the present with 343 speeding yards – the crew’s highest speeding output for the reason that 2015 season – whereas tallying 5 touchdowns. In the meantime on protection, UT Martin compelled a pair of turnovers, together with a 41-yard interception return for a landing by Oshae Baker.
The working again tandem of Zak Wallace (OVC Offensive Participant of the Week) and Sam Franklin (OVC Newcomer of the Week) posted a pair of dazzling performances within the win. Wallace racked up 204 speeding yards together with two touchdowns – together with a record-breaking 97-yard scamper. Franklin exploded for 3 touchdowns to develop into the eighth participant in UT Martin historical past to notch the trifecta.
UT Martin enters the competition rating first within the OVC in scoring offense (33.8 ppg), speeding offense (178.5 ypg), move effectivity (144.8), first downs (21.5), sacks by (14), sacks in opposition to (one) and turnover margin (+3). The Skyhawks additionally rank second in scoring protection (29.0 ppg), whole offense (424.8 ypg), speeding protection (107.5 ypg) and redzone offense (91.7).
Tennessee Tech (1-2, 0-0 OVC) is making its convention debut after ending final season 1-5 within the league ranks. The Golden Eagles rank second within the league in speeding offense (160.7 ypg) and move protection (242.0 ypg). The squad is led offensively by former OVC Freshman of the 12 months Jeremiah Oatsvall who has accomplished 49-of-78 passes for 557 yards, 5 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. The cellular quarterback additionally has 154 speeding yards and a landing on the bottom. Tailback David Gist additionally shoulders a heavy load with 44 carries for 194 yards and two touchdowns.
The 2 packages have met 43 instances beforehand with Tennessee Tech holding a slender 22-19-2 benefit. UT Martin has managed the sequence in current historical past with the Skyhawks successful the final 9 video games – together with final season’s November matchup by a rating of 42-3 which clinched the crew’s OVC championship.
The sport will likely be broadcast on ESPN+ with John Hatler (play-by-play), Chris Brinkley (analyst) and Eddie Suiter (analyst) calling the motion. Followers may tune into WCMT Radio 1410 AM/100.5 FM for the radio broadcast. These hyperlinks – along with reside stats – could be discovered on the prime of the web page.