Thursday, November 20, 2003
NASHVILLE --- A chance to secure a winning mark and an upper division finish in the Ohio Valley Conference will be on the line when the Tennessee State Tigers travel to Murray State for the 2003 football season finale Saturday afternoon. The Tigers carry a 6-5 overall mark and 4-3 conference record into the contest. The Tigers have already guaranteed themselves as the most improved team in the OVC from last season. "We have had a couple of tough games and look forward to ending the season on a positive note," said TSU head coach James Reese. "We know Murray State is looking upon this game as a positive way to end the season as well and we will have to come through with a great effort." Murray State was picked to finish second in the OVC, but the Racers have been hit by key injuries and are 4-7 and 3-4 within the conference. The Tigers will be gunning for their second wining season in four years under Reese. Since the Tigers began playing as an OVC member, the Tigers posted just three winning seasons in the 12 years prior to Reese being elevated to head coach. One of the seasons was in 1990 when Reese was a Tiger player. The game will mark the final college game for 17 Tiger seniors. One of the seniors is TSU and OVC all-time leading receiver C.J. Johnson. The Nashville Glencliff High product enters his final game as a Tiger with 3,807 receiving yards. The Tigers own a slight 8-7 lead in the series that began in 1988.