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TSU Holds On To Beat Eastern Kentucky 35-28

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Posted at 10:46 PM, Oct 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-15 23:46:18-04

Ronald Butler threw for 181 yards and ran for two touchdowns --  including a career-best 61-yarder -- as Tennessee State ran up a big first-half score and held on to beat Eastern Kentucky 35-28 on Saturday night.

Ezra Robinson had two crucial interceptions, including one he returned 93 yards for a score, and Chris Collins had one that ended Eastern Kentucky's final drive.

Butler and Andrew Knox both ran for scores in the first quarter to give the Tigers (5-1, 2-1 Ohio Valley Conference) a 14-0 lead. Early in the second, Robinson ended a 60-yard Eastern Kentucky drive by picking off a Bennie Coney pass and returning it 93 yards for another Tigers score, making it 21-0 with 12:15 left in the half.

Tennessee State scored twice more before halftime, including Butler's 61-yard rushing touchdown, stretching the Tigers advantage to 35-3 at halftime.

Coney had 350 yards passing with four interceptions for the Colonels (2-4, 1-2).