TIGERS OPEN OVC PLAY WITH WIN OVER UTM
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State Tigers got the 2003 Ohio Valley Conference portion of their schedule off to a good start by rolling past visiting Tennessee-Martin, 41-10, in the Coliseum Saturday night. The Tigers amassed 427 yards total offense in improving to 3-2 overall heading into an open date next week. UT Martin falls to 1-4. ?It is good to start conference play on a winning note,? said TSU head coach James Reese. ?We made some mistakes and we know we still have a lot of things to work on between now and our next game.? The Tigers committed four turnovers, including one fumble in the end zone that was recovered. TSU quarterbacks were also sacked six times. Charles Anthony easily went over the 100-yard mark with 169 yards and scored three TD's on a 1-yard run to conclude the first drive of the game. He later had scoring jaunts of 52 and 49 yards. Quarterback Riley Walker was 17-22-2 for 277 yards. Walker hooked up with Carlos Wright on an 82-yard scoring play for the Tigers longest play from scrimmage this season. TSU led 21-10 at halftime and tacked on two more scores in the third period. Anthony scored on a 49-yard run and converted offensive lineman Rashad scored from yard out from the fullback position. The Tigers last score came on an 8-yard pass from Bryson Rosser to C.J. Johnson 14 seconds into the fourth quarter. Tennesseee-Martin had 225 yards total offense. The Skyhawks scored their points on an Andrew Staten 10-yard run and a Brent Harris 46-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.