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Sunday, October 17, 2004
NASHVILLE --- Riley Walker's first start at quarterback for the Tennessee State football team this season will always be memorable for different reasons. Not only did Walker play a big part in his Tiger football team putting up a gallant comeback effort, he was involved in a record-breaking play, and received a weekly award from the Ohio Valley Conference. The senior from Chattanooga's weekend was capped off when he was named the OVC's Offensive Player of the Week by the league office on Sunday for his performance in TSU's game at Jacksonville State. Walker completed 27 of 44 passes without an interception for 381 yards and a career high four touchdown passes in the Tigers 49-35 setback against the unbeaten JSU team. Walker also etched his named into the OVC and TSU record book along with tying an NCAA record shared by several athletes. Walker hooked up with receiver Fred Burnette on a 99-yard pass play for a TD in the opening period. The scoring strike originated just inches from the Tiger end zone. The previous OVC mark was 98 yards set by current Chicago Bears quarterback Jonathon Quinn to Dee Mostiller during the 1995 season in agame for Middle Tennessee against Tennessee Tech. Walker and Burnette also connected on a 24-yard scoring play. He followed the TD tosses to Burnette with scoring passes to Ivan Burley from 10 yards out and to Jarrett Morrow on a 15-yard play, which occurred as the final horn sounded.