NASHVILLE, Tenn. --- Tennessee State committed turnovers and Murray State proved to be opportunistic to hand the Tigers a season-ending 30-13 loss at the Coliseum Saturday evening.
The Tigers scored first, but Murray State would score 30 unanswered points on the way to handing the Tigers the setback. TSU ends its season at 4-7 overall and 2-5 in the Ohio Valley Conference. Murray State pulled a reverse on its last season's performance, going 7-4 and finishing 5-2 in the OVC.
The game marked the end of the collegiate career for TSU All-American running back Charles Anthony who finished with 104 yards on 24 carries. Anthony finished short in his bid to become the OVC's all-time leading rusher and also setting the OVC single season rushing mark.
Anthony finished with 5,057 career yards, trailing only Eastern Kentucky's Markus Thomas (1979-82) who had 5,149 yards in his career. He was 47 yards off the single season OVC mark. He ended the year with 1,739 yards.
"Charles has a lot of class and will do whatever it takes to help his team," said Reese. "It was a tough way for him and our other seniors to end their careers."
The game was the first time that Anthony did not record a TD in a game this season. TSU scored first in the opening period with a TD pass from Riley Walker to Kevin Hollis from 19 yards out. Joey Hudak's PAT had made the score 7-0 at the 7:33 mark of the first period.
The Tigers would not score again until Shannon Lightfoot's 25-yard reception from Bryson Rosser with 10:32 left. The PAT was blocked.
Daniel Rumley had scoring catches of six and 28 yards from Adam Fisher. MSU had 380 yards total offense to TSU's 220.
TSU committed four turnovers, including one fumble at its own six-yard line that led to the Racers' first score and gave the visitors a 9-7 lead early in the second period that stood until halftime. MSU put the game away with two third quarter TD's.