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October 8, 2008

Golden Eagles look to bounce back at Murray State

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Some of the top individual players in the league will be on the field Saturday when the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (3-3/1-1 OVC) hope to bounce back from last week's loss in an Ohio Valley Conference road battle at Murray State (2-4/1-1 OVC).

The game, which kicks off at 3 p.m. in MSU's Racer Stadium, will feature the top two tacklers in the conference. Murray State's Nathan Williams ranks first in the league in tackles, while Tech linebacker Corey Reed is ranked second.

Also on the defensive charts, Golden Eagle outside linebacker Charlie Seivers currently leads the Ohio Valley Conference in quarterback sacks and ranks second in tackles-for-loss.

On offense, freshman receiver Tim Benford is tied for first in the OVC in receptions per game and ranks fifth in reception yards. Sophomore Henry Sailes is fifth in the conference in both rushing and all-purpose yards.

On special teams, the Golden Eagles boast the league leader in kickoff returns in freshman Dontey Gay, averaging 26.9 yards per try.

Tech is hoping some of those individual performances will help lead to the Golden Eagles' second conference road win of the season. Tech claimed a two-point win at Southeast Missouri on Sept. 11.

Murray State is coming into the game off a convicing 32-12 win over Austin Peay last week.

The Golden Eagles claimed a 48-24 win over Murray State last year in Cookeville. Starter Lee Sweeney was injured in the contest and forced to the sidelines for four weeks. Backup Josh Lowery came off the bench and led Tech to the win.