Memphis, Tenn. - In what is starting to become a familiar sight during the Southern Heritage Classic, Tennessee State University and Jackson State once again battled down to the final seconds.
This time, the Tigers of TSU dropped a 33-26 loss to JSU in front of a Classic crowd of more than 44, 000 fans at the Liberty Bowl. The loss snapped TSU's seven game win streak over JSU. The game also marked six of the last seven games in which the outcome was separated by seven points or less.
With 1:32 left and an opportunity to send it to overtime, the Tigers (1-1) drove down to the JSU two-yard line. A pass interference call gave TSU another chance with two seconds left in the game but a pass in the end zone fell incomplete.
Preston Brown led TSU with a SHC record, 218 yards rushing on 33 carries for a 6.6 per carry average. Brown scored two touchdowns with a 6-yard run to open the TSU lead in the first quarter, 7-0, and a two-yard score to narrow JSU's lead with 5:07 remaining.
The Tigers' offense finished with 409 yards averaging 4.9 yards per play.
Jeremy Perry threw 14-of-36 and one interception for 185 yards. Devin Wilson hauled in a team high, four receptions for 50 yards, including a 41-yard catch to give TSU an opportunity to knot the game up with the clock winding down.
TSU trailed 21-7 in the third but scored 12 straight points behind Jamin Godfrey's first career field goal from 24 yards out, a safety from a JSU bad snap during a punt situation that fell out the back of the end zone and a two-yard run by Dante' Thomas.
With the JSU lead, 21-19, Jackson State (2-0) added to their score with touchdown passes from SHC MVP, Casey Therriault.
In the fourth, Therriault connected with Marcell Wilder (13:29) and help march 94 yards on seven plays, completing a 17-yard TD score to Renty Rollins with 8:54 left.
Therriault finished 23-of-38 for 284 yards and four touchdowns. He completed passes to nine different receivers while tossing scores of 26 and 23 yards early in the game.
E.J. Drewery tallied a game-high five receptions for 62 yards and one touchdown. On the ground, JSU was led by B.J. Lee averaging 6.2 yards per carry from 75 yards on 12 rushes.
JSU totaled 422 yards with Milt Patterson leading all defenders with 12 tackles (8 solo, 4 assists).
The Tigers will return home to open conference play against Austin Peay State at LP Field during the Bikers Game. The OVC match-up is scheduled for September 18th, with a 6 p.m. kick-off.