Jackson State used big plays on offense and special teams to cruise to a 38-16 victory in front of crowd of 46, 171 at the 32nd Southern Heritage Classic.
JSU got the scoring going when Shadeur Sanders connected with Josh Lanier on a 14- yard touchdown pass late in the opening quarter. Tennessee State would respond with what would prove to be a rare stretch of offensive competency and effectiveness, putting together a 14-play, 75-yard drive that culminated in a 2-yard touchdown run from Daveon Bryant.
Jackson State took a 10-7 lead into intermission off the foot of a 28-yard Glenn Misiak field goal.
Sloppy and arm-tackling began to rear its ugly head for the TSU defense early in the third quarter and it was the catalyst for a 67-yard touchdown pass from Sanders to Keith Corbin III that was laden with missed stop attempts, putting 17-7. Jackson State added another score in the period, another Sanders touchdown pass, this one a 10-yard connection to Shane Hooks to put them up 24-7 heading into the fourth quarter. Sanders was magnificent on the day, completing 30 of his 40 pass attempts for 362 yards in addition to the three scores.
A 37-yard Chayil Garnett field goal kept TSU’s hopes on life support, cutting the lead to 24-10 early in the quarter. Those hopes were completely dashed five minutes later by a Warren Newman 81-yard punt return to put the Tigers of Jackson up 31-10.
Jackson State tacked on another score via a Peyton Prickett, who racked up 33 of his 64 rushing yards in the fourth, 4-yard touchdown run to make the score 38-10.
TSU added a cosmetic touchdown, a 47-yard bomb from quarterback Geremy Hickbottom and the subsequent missed extra point brought the final score to 38-16.
Jackson State (2-0, 1-0 SWAC) hits the road next week for their first-ever meeting with UL-Monroe, which will air on ESPN3. Tennessee State (0-2) will play host to the SIAC’s Kentucky State as they try to solve their offensive issues and get that all-important first win in the Eddie George era.
|00:19 – JSU – Josh Lanier 14 yd pass from Shedeur Sanders (Glenn Misiak kick) 5 plays, 27 yards, TOP 2:26||0||7|
|09:36 – TSU – BRYANT, Deveon 2 yd run (ZITA, Antonio kick), 14 plays, 75 yards, TOP 5:43||7||7|
|00:32 – JSU – Glenn Misiak 28 yd field goal 8 plays, 51 yards, TOP 2:31||7||10|
|11:30 – JSU – Corbin III 67 yd pass from Shedeur Sanders (Glenn Misiak kick) 3 plays, 70 yards, TOP 1:28||7||17|
|02:22 – JSU – Shane Hooks 10 yd pass from Shedeur Sanders (Glenn Misiak kick) 8 plays, 42 yards, TOP 3:52||7||24|
|13:17 – TSU – GARNETT, Chayil 37 yd field goal 8 plays, 39 yards, TOP 3:58||10||24|
|07:29 – JSU – Warren Newman 81 yd punt return (Glenn Misiak kick)||10||31|
|02:55 – JSU – Peytton Pickett 4 yd run (Glenn Misiak kick), 5 plays, 51 yards, TOP 1:59||10||38|
|00:06 – TSU – RAHMAAN, Rodell 47 yd pass from HICKBOTTOM, G. (BOONE, Thomas rush failed) 3 plays, 65 yards, TOP 0:35||16||3|