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Wednesday, September 18, 2002
NASHVILLE --- “A Cat Fight in the Desert” is the theme as Tennessee State and Grambling State renew their football series for the first time in nine seasons in the inaugural Silver Dollar Classic in Las Vegas Saturday night (Sept. 21). TSU and Grambling have not met on the football field since 1993. The TSU Tigers will be going against a GSU Tigers squad, which is coming off a Sheridan Poll National Championship and is off to a 2-1 start this season. The TSU Tigers are 1-2, suffering a pair of tough defeats by nine points total. The Tigers are on a stretch of a season, which has them playing six of the first seven games away from home. The Silver Dollar Classic is one of four “Classic” games for the Tigers this season. The Silver Dollar Classic is the latest addition to the long list of “Classic” appearances for the TSU football team through the years. For the second time in as many weeks, the game will be seen throughout the nation on television. The game will have a 9:30 p.m. (Nashville time) kickoff from Sam Boyd Stadium. The game will be telecast in Nashville on CSS. TSU and Grambling will be meeting for the 41st time on the football team. As a result of four straight victories, GSU holds a 21-18-1 lead in the series that saw the first game played between the tradition-rich schools in 1950. The TSU Tigers will sustain momentum for an entire game. TSU rallied from an 11-point deficit on a pair of occasions in the JSU game, only to see JSU connect on a late field goal to escape with a 31-28 win. TSU used a trio of quarterbacks in the game. Riley Walker drew the start while Kenny Irby and Bryson Rosser each saw playing time. The running game was boosted by the return of sophomore Charles Anthony who had 113 yards rushing on 13 attempts. The Tiger defense recorded five sacks, all in the second half. Aaron Harris and Keith Rogers each had a pair. Grambling is led by former NFL star Doug Williams. After dropping a 52-20 decision at McNeese State, the Tigers have wins over Alcorn State (41-35) and Alabama A&M (23-13). ###