TENNESSEE STATE BATTLES FOR 16-13 COME-FROM-BEHIND WIN OVER JACKSON STATE
The Tennessee State University "Tigers" fought from behind all night but found the formula to pull out a 16-13 win over Jackson State at the Southern Heritage Classic in Memphis, Tennessee. Junior kicker Eric Benson capped an 11-play, 63 yard drive by booting a 35 yd FG with 0:00 remaining to give TSU their fifth straight win over JSU. Benson's kick avoided a third straight overtime battle between the two Tiger teams and highlighted a 10-0 point fourth quarter by the Tigers from Tennessee. The game-winning drive seemed doomed when TSU prepared to punt from their own 40-yd line with 0:46 remaining, but Jackson State was flagged for 12-men on the field and TSU gained a first down at their 45-yd line. Quarterback Antonio Heffner completed a 30-yd pass to Antonio Graham for a first down on the JSU 25-yd line. Heffner then rushed for a 6 yard gain followed by a 2 yard rush by Terrence Wright positioned the ball at the JSU 17 yard line with 0:04 remaining. After a TSU timeout, Benson booted his game-winner. Offensively, TSU gained 385 yards of Total Offense (153 rush, 232 pass), while Jackson State gained 280 yards of Total Offense (198 rush, 82 pass). Javarris Williams rushed for 94 yards on 21 attempts and Antonio Heffner passed for 232 yards (18-31) with 1 TD and 2 interceptions. WR Chris Johnson pulled in 8 passes for 103 yards. Defensively, sophomore LB Kellen Woodard led TSU with nine tackles (3 solo), followed by junior LB Ramone Willis with eight tackles (4 solo), 3 TFLs (18 ) and 1 sack (13). Senior DB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie blocked a potential JSU go-ahead 22 yd FG with 3:53 remaining in the game. Tennessee State moves to 1-1 on the season and will travel next week to play OVC opponent Austin Peay State in Clarksville, Tennessee.