Tuskegee University heading to SIAC Football Championship


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (November 5, 2012) — The Golden Tigers (9-1 overall and 7-0 in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) will advance to this year’s SIAC Football Championship game after they earned a hard fought 27-17 victory over reigning SIAC champion Miles College that sealed the SIAC West Division for Tuskegee Nov. 3 in Fairfield, Ala. The ninth consecutive win this season guarantees a
Quavon Taylor (1) and Marquiste Mason (45) chase
down the ball carrier from Miles College during
Tuskegee University 27-17 win over the Golden Bears.

third trip to Atlanta, Ga. in 2012. The Golden Tigers will travel to Lakewood Stadium for the 2012 SIAC championship game this Saturday at 8 p.m. EST against a familiar foe in Fort Valley State University. Earlier on Nov. 3, Fort Valley defeated Albany State University 38-20 in the annual Fountain City Classic in Columbus, Ga. to claim the SIAC East Division.
This Saturday’s game will mark the first time in series history that Fort Valley (8-2 overall and 6-1 in conference) and Tuskegee have ever played against each other twice in a season. In Tuskegee’s second home game of the season Sept. 29, the Golden Tigers gained the second highest offensive total in school history with 671 yards of offense. Derrick Washington had a season-high 218 rushing yards, and Tuskegee defeated Fort Valley 49-18. Like in the Fort Valley game, Washington also managed to rush for over 200 yards against Miles College. The senior running back averaged 9.5 yards per carry en route to 208 rushing yards.
The vaunted Tuskegee defense managed to keep the Golden Tigers ahead when the Golden Bears (8-2 overall and 6-1 in SIAC) went on a 20-play, 82-yard drive that lasted over eight minutes between the third and fourth quarters which only resulted in a field goal to reduce Tuskegee’s lead to 21-17. From there, Tuskegee went on an 85-yard drive of their own that also lasted over eight minutes on 14 plays, resulting in the game-winning touchdown by quarterback Justin Nared on a one-yard quarterback sneak with 1:56 remaining in the game.

Tickets are available for the SIAC championship game at the Tuskegee University Business Office for $20. For more information, call: 334-727-8594 or email cmharris@mytu.tuskegee.edu. Tickets can be purchased online at www.thesiactickets.com. The game will also be regionally televised on Comcast Sports Southeast at 8 p.m. EST. This is the second time that Tuskegee will play in Lakewood Stadium this season, as they defeated Johnson C. Smith University 35-17 in the inaugural Inner City Classic Sept. 8. Tuskegee leads the overall series against Fort Valley State 28-21-2. With a win, Tuskegee would earn its 26th SIAC football championship.

--Written by Michael Stewart, Tuskegee University sports information director

© 2012 Tuskegee University

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