Golden Eagles look toward a winning season with sophomore quarterback, Bailey Fisher, taking the lead during the Samford win with five touchdowns and 463 yards total.
Fisher threw 31 for 44 for 415 yards and two touchdowns. He rushed 13 for 48 yards and three touchdowns.
Fisher was awarded Offensive Player of the Week by Tennessee Sports Writers Association, National Offensive Player of the Week by STATS FCS and the Ohio Valley Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week after their 59-58 double overtime victory in the home opener on Aug. 31.
“It was exciting for me. I mean, obviously, getting recognized nationally was super exciting, but I’ve always been a team first kind of guy and I knew that I couldn’t have done that without my teammates,” Fisher said.
Head coach Dewayne Alexander spoke highly of the team in the post-game press conference. This is his second year as head coach.
“If I started with anything other than wow, I don’t think It would be a great opening statement. It was an awesome night for Tennessee Tech, Cookeville, fans and players. …The team competed well obviously. We made a lot of mistakes in this game; we’ll learn a lot from this game,” Alexander said.
Golden Eagles haven’t always had the pleasure of victory. They placed last in the Ohio Valley Conference in 2018, finishing with a 1-10 record.
Fisher said the work and effort the team put in over the off season made a difference this season and hopes to continue their success.
The Golden Eagles lost, 17-48, against Miami University in their second game of the season. It was the first road game of the season.
“We will continue to get better and improve,” Alexander said.
Fisher said the team needs to have a one-game-at-a-time mentality and focus on the task at hand. He added that the team wants to be 1-0 at the end of every week.
The Golden Eagles are competing against University of Virginia’s College at Wise at Tucker Stadium at 6 p.m. on Saturday.