Sunday, September 11, 2005
MEMPHIS --- Tennessee State gave head coach James Webster his first victory as Tennessee State's head coach as the Tigers slipped past Jackson State 20-14 in overtime Saturday night in the 16th Southern Heritage Classic. A crowd of more than 48,000 saw TSU redshirt sophomore running back Denard Cox score on a two-yard run on the fourth play of the Tigers' possession in overtime. TSU had held Jackson State out of the end zone on its four plays and set up its possession to post the win. The victory capped off a comeback for TSU which was plagued by turnovers for the second consecutive game. The Tigers were trailing 14-7 when quarterback Bryson Rosser hooked up with receiver Gerald Morrow on a 44-yard scoring play to knot the game at 14-14 with 12:27 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Tigers had a chance to win in regulation, but ran out of downs at the JSU 34 with three seconds remaining. The TSU defense set Jackson State back five yards on its possession in the overtime. TSU's offense responded by moving into the end zone in four plays. Cox, seeing his first action, had 17 of the 25 yards on the winning drive. TSU senior Jamar Landrom was tabbed as the game's Defensive MVP. Landrom had six tackles, including three for losses, two sacks, and a forced fumble. TSU limited the JSU Tigers to 239 yards of total offense.

Box Score