Tigers Open With Win Over Bowie, 35-14

Coach Dave Henigan's first game with the Tigers was a great start to the new era as the Tigers got the victory 34-15.  The Tiger defense stifled Bowie QB Sherrod Harris for much of the night getting in the backfield on almost every play.  That stifling D combined with the explosive touch the offense showed proved to be the winning combination.

The Tigers started the game looking somewhat sluggish.  On Bowie's opening drive they took the ball deep into Tiger territory before the Tiger D came up with a big fourth down stop to end the drive.  The Tiger offense couldn't get untracked early either and had problems even getting a first down.  But once the first quarter ended and the second began, things changed in a hurry.  Tiger QB Eric Gordon connected with Jon Bauer for a 76 yard TD pass for the first score of the season.  Gordon would add to the scoring in the quarter with a TD pass to Brannon Watson who caught the ball after it was tipped by a defender covering Bauer, and just before the half Bauer would again get the call and get his second touchdown of the night to make it 21-0 going into halftime.

The Tigers had the ball to open the second half but were initially stopped but a gaffe on special teams when the returner fumbled the Tiger punt turned into points a few plays later when Gordon ran in for a touchdown from 32 yards out.  Gordon's lone costly mistake of the night came in the third when he was intercepted by Bowie defensive back Aaron Carr.  The interception gave the Vols some momentum and Harris led them in for the score.

Jon Bauer would add his third touchdown catch of the night in the fourth quarter and Bowie would get a punt return for a touchdown to round out the scoring.  For Tiger fans it was a great start to the season, and the Tigers will look to keep the momentum going next week in the Tomato Bowl in Jacksonville.