Football To Face Rice Saturday Evening At Rice Stadium

starts eight weeks of consecutive football this weekend as they'll head crosstown to Rice University for a 5:30 p.m. kickoff on Saturday.

• Saturday's contest will feature live audio on 90.9 FM and broadcast on ESPN+.

• The opted for a spring due to uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 last fall. TSU could only get two games in due to COVID-19 protocols surrounding the opposing team or at TSU. The contest against Baylor marked the first time TSU played back-to-back weekends since the final two weekends of November 2019.

• The Tigers dropped their season opener and first league contest against Prairie View A&M on Sept. 4. The next opportunity to redeem itself in terms of SWAC play won't happen until Oct. 9 against Southern in Arlington, Texas. • Saturday's game marks the second of two consecutive games against FBS opponents. TSU faced Baylor on Sept. 11.

• Clarence McKinney has faced Rice six times as an assistant coach at Houston and . He went 2-2 in games against Rice at UH and 2-0 at Texas A&M as his last meeting against Rice occurred in 2014.

• TSU is 0-16 all-time when playing up a division as an FCS (formerly Division I-AA) member. TSU's first-ever FBS (formerly I-A) opponent was in 1992 when they played Nevada. TSU has played two members of in and North Texas.

• TSU's roster is a full of youth in key areas as 58 players are either true or redshirt freshmen. • This marks the third time Rice has played a school from the SWAC with two games against Prairie View A&M in 2016 and 2018. Rice is 2-0 all-time against the SWAC.

• The Tigers feature a third-year head coach in Clarence McKinney. A Houston native, McKinney attended high school across the street at Jack Yates High School and played collegiately at Montana State and the University of Mary. He also served as head coach at Yates before joining the staffs at Houston, Texas A&M and Arizona.

• Clarence McKinney is the 17th head coach in the history of Texas Southern Football. McKinney has a task ahead as the program has only had 28 winning seasons in 75 years of existence and hasn't recorded a winning season since 2000.

• McKinney won as a student at Yates High School and helped the University of Mary post three winning seasons as a student-athlete in college which made school history. As head coach at Yates, McKinney posted a mark of 30-8 over three years before moving on to the collegiate ranks as an assistant. As an assistant at Houston, Texas A&M and Arizona, McKinney has only experienced three losing seasons in his 11 years of collegiate coaching.

• Due to Alcorn State opting out the 2021 spring season, TSU was awarded a win via forfeit by the SWAC. TSU's last win on the field occurred on Oct. 27, 2018 against Mississippi Valley State



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