Jackson State finally stopped the 6 game losing streak to Tennessee State in historic fashion. 49 points is the most Jackson State has ever scored in the Southern Heritage Classic. With JSU up by 3 touchdowns at one point, TSU rallied to make the game too close for comfort for JSU. The game got off to a great for Jackson State. Josh Littles returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a score. Not to be outdone, After Littles’ score, Tennessee State’s Chris Rowland returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown. Ponder’s 23-yard TD run put Jackson State (1-2) up 14-7 and Tyson Alexander scored on a 52-yard run on the next possession. Jordan Johnson’s 4-yard run capped an 11-play, 96-yard drive for a 28-14 halftime lead and D.D. Bowie ran a reverse and scored from 6 yards out in the third quarter.
Jackson State’s ground game was ferocious all night. Gaining 338 yards on 57 carries for an average of 5.9 yards per carry, the Tigers dominated upfront. Jordan Johnson paced JSU with 134 yards on 22 carries, followed by Tyson Alexander, who gained 87 yards on 7 carries, and Keshawn Harper added 71 yards on 9 carries.
Tennessee State’s offense came through the air. Cameron Rosendahl, was 22 of 32 for 384 yards, with three touchdown passes. 2 of those went to Steven Newbold, for 18 yards and 19 yards respectively. He also threw a 56-yard scoring pass to Chris Rowland. Newbold gained 196 yards on 10 catches and Chris Rowland had 118 on six.
“I’m very proud of this team,” JSU head coach John Hendrick said. “It wasn’t pretty, but we did not give up and left it all on the field. We faced adversity and responded in a positive manner. We’ll enjoy this win and take a week off, get better, and get ready for Kentucky State in the Circle City Classic.”