Trip To The Mississippi Delta Awaits Tiger Football Saturday Afternoon

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• Texas Southern heads to the Mississippi Delta Saturday afternoon for a match-up at Mississippi Valley State inside Rice-Totten Stadium at 2 p.m.

• TSU has dropped its past three games by a combined 17 points as all three games have been decided on the final drive.

• Texas Southern has a five-game winning streak over the Delta Devils dating back to 2014.

• Saturday’s contest will feature live audio on KTSU 90.9 FM.

• The Tigers feature a new 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 73 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 two losing seasons in his 11 years of collegiate coaching. 

• Three of the final four games are on the road for the Tigers.

• Mississippi Valley State is coming off an OT loss at Jackson State. MVSU ranks last in the SWAC in offense (275.6) and ninth in defense (434.0) ahead of TSU.

• TSU has scored 173 points in its first six games this season. It took eight games last season for the Tigers to score 170-plus points.

• TSU is ranked No.4 in the SWAC with 441.9 yards of total offense per game. The Tigers are the No. 3 passing team and No. 8 in rushing.

• Freshman Richard Garcia III is 11-of-13 on field goal attempts with a long of 45 yards. He ranks 11th nationally in field goal percentage (84.6%).


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