November 16, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tennessee State00606
Jacksonville State010141236
2nd Quarter
JSUTD02:00CUMMINS 45 Yd Pass From HORN (STINNETT kick)
3rd Quarter
JSUTD11:33THOMAS 50 Yd Run (STINNETT kick)
JSUTD10:29HORN 44 Yd Run (STINNETT kick)
4th Quarter
JSUTD11:06TERRY 8 Yd Run (STINNETT kick)
Stats at a GlanceTSUJSU
1st Downs719
3rd Down Conversions0-125-14
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Passing (Comp-Att)82 (8-22) 125 (12-20)
Rushing (Att)15 (28) 368 (47)
Total Yards97493
Fumbles Lost00
Tigers Close Out Regular Season with Trip to No. 2 Jacksonville State
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Tigers Close Out Regular Season with Trip to No. 2 Jacksonville State
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Game 11: Tennessee State (6-4, 2-4) at #2 Jacksonville State (9-1, 7-0)
Date: Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017
Location: Jacksonville, Ala.
Stadium: Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium (24,000)
Time: 6:00 p.m. CT
Audio: 102.1 FM
Live Stats: Statbroadcast

Series Information: This is the 12th meeting with the Gamecocks leading the series, 8-2. Seven of the 11 contests have been played in Jacksonville, Ala. where the Tigers are 2-5. The series began in 2003 when the Gamecocks became a member of the Ohio Valley Conference. JSU won the very first meeting, 34-7, in 2003. The Tigers first win came in 2006, 38-31. TSU last won in 2013 with a 31-15 victory at JSU.

Last Meeting: Jacksonville State claimed a 48-13 win in front of 23,413 in 2015. The Gamecocks outgained TSU 576 -208. The Big Blue forced a 44-yard field goal attempt, which missed wide right, to open the game. On JSU's nest possession, Ezra Robinson jumped an Eli Jenkins pass at the TSU 17 and returned 83 yards for an apparent touchdown; two unsportsmanlike penalties nullified the score. Jacksonville State scored on the final three possessions of the half for a 21-0 lead at the break. Ronald Butler found Patrick Smith for an 84-yard touchdown to open the second half. Butler continued the comeback as he hit Isaiah Jeffries-Freeman on back-to-back pays of 22 and 23 yards, the second reception was a touchdown to cut the lead to 24-13. The Gamecocks scored 24 consecutive points to close out the game. Butler finished 6-of-13 for 155 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Head Coach Rod Reed: Coach Reed is in his eighth season at the helm of the Tigers. During his time at TSU, he has compiled a 49-41 record. Reed is the third winningest coach in Tennessee State Football History. John Merritt claimed 174 victories in his 20 years (1963-83) at TSU for a .806 winning percentage (174-35-7). Harry Kean spent 10 years in charge of TSU from 1944-54 and compiled a 93-15-3 record (.838). Reed is 1-5 versus Jacksonville State, 1-2 in Alabama.

Tennessee State: The Tigers are riding a two-game win streak after a 23-20 win over Southeast Missouri. The victory gives Rod Reed his fifth winning season in the last seven years and the sixth non-losing campaign during the same stretch. Lane Clark booted a 44-yard field goal with 2:07 to play. Clark finished with three field goals on the day (45, 37, and 44). The senior kicker ranks fifth nationally in field goals made per game (1.44). Freshman safety set up the game winning field goal with a blocked punt and recovery two minutes prior to the kick. Steven Newbold led all receivers with a career high, 153 yards. Newbold caught five passes, four of which went for 30 yards or longer. Sabree Curtis rushed for a team high 72 yards on nine carries, averaging 8.0 yards per carry. Michael Hughes completed 9-of-14 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns. Chris Collins and LaQuarius Cook led the defense with nine tackles. Justin North recorded the second sack of his career, which forced a fumble that led to Clark’s first field goal. TSU ranks second nationally in pass defense (148.7 yards/game) and fifth in total defense (257.0 yards/game).

Jacksonville State: Jacksonville State enters at 9-1, 7-0 in the OVC, after a 14-7 victory at UT Martin. JSU used a pair of Roc Thomas touchdowns and a defensive performance which held UTH to 176 yards of offense. JSU has won 31-straight OVC games and 40-consecutive regular season contests against non-FBS opponents. Thomas leads the Gamecocks high-powered rushing attack with 11 touchdowns, averaging 6.0 yards per carry and has 886 yards on 147 carries. Quarterback Bryant Horn has pitched in with 561 yards on 117 rushes. Horn has thrown for 1,173 and 10 touchdowns while completing 88 passes in 165 attempts and eight interceptions. Demontez Terry and Shaq Davidson lead the receiving unit with 28 and 24 receptions, respectively. Terry has gone for 356 yards with two scores, while Davidson has amassed 289 yards and one touchdown. Darius Jackson leads one of the top defenses in the country with 18.0 tackles-for-loss, 6.0 sacks and 19 quarterback hurries. JSU ranks second in rushing defense (67.9 yards/game), sixth in scoring defense (15.7 points/game) and seventh in tackles-for-loss (8.4/game).

Last 10 Results:
2015 - Jacksonville State 48, Tennessee State 13
2014 - Jacksonville State 27, Tennessee State 20
2013 - Tennessee State 31, Jacksonville State 15
2012 - Jacksonville State 31, Tennessee State 28 (OT)
2011 - Jacksonville State 38, Tennessee State 16
2010 -Jacksonville State 24, Tennessee State 0
2008 - Jacksonville State 26, Tennessee State 21
2006 - Tennessee State 38, Jacksonville State 31
2005 - Jacksonville State 33, Tennessee State 3
2004 - Jacksonville State 49, Tennessee State 35

History Watch: Patrick Smith is third on TSU's career touchdown list with 28. The Tiger is fourth in Ohio Valley Conference history for Receiving Touchdowns. Smith is one receiving touchdown away from tying former Tiger C.J. Johnson (2000-03) on both lists. Chris Wright (2009-12) of Eastern Illinois is tied with Johnson for second on the OVC list. The conference record is 35, set by Erik Lora (2009-13) of EIU. The senior is fifth in both career receptions (149) and receiving yards (2,450). Smith is seven receptions behind Lawrence Segree (1992-95, 160).

OVC Receiving Touchdowns - Career
1. Erik Lora, EIU (2009-13) - 35
2. Chris Wright, EIU (2009-12) - 32
    C.J. Johnson, TSU (2000-03) - 32
4. Patrick Smith, TSU (2015-present) - 31
5. Harold Roberts, APSU (1967-70) - 31
6. Paul McRoberts, SEMO (2012-15) - 29
    Walter Powell, MUR (2010-13) - 29
8. Tim Benford, TTU (2008-11) - 27
    Larry Shipp, TTU (2004-07) - 27
10. Quentin Sims, UTM (2011-12) - 26
      Terrance Tillman, MUR (1998-00) - 26
      Willie Ponder, SEMO (2001-02) - 26
      Adam Drake, EIU (2011-14) - 26

Radio: 102.1 FM will carry the game live with Greg Pogue (play-by-play), Albert Dawson (analyst), Craig Ladd (Scoreboard) and Gary Dawson (sideline). Pregame will begin at 5:30 p.m. CT

ESPN3: Bob Belvin will serve as play-by-play along with Chip Hoback who will provide analysis.

Tennessee State Head Coach Rod Reed
- On the teams win versus Southeast Missouri
“I was really proud of the way our team played. Being that it was our seniors’ last home game - their last game in the Hole - those guys came out, and I thought all of our seniors contributed in that football game in some way in some shape, form or fashion. It was good to see those guys end their career at Tennessee State on a good note. It also ensured a winning season for our program which is huge always.

- On playing Jacksonville State
“We’re traveling to play the number two team in the country, a well-coached team. Coach Grass, I’m a big fan of his. I love what he does with his program and how he’s built the program down there. I can remember years back when we beat him and he made the comment, ‘We have to go and get some players like that.’ Evidently he’s been getting all of them and I haven’t gotten enough of them. We have to get some players like they’ve got. I think we have some this year. I think it’s going to be a hard-fought contest; our kids are excited about the opportunity to play on ESPN, a night game, the number two team in the country. I mean what more could you ask for?”

- On the short week
“We’ve had to do a lot! We had to practice on Sunday, something we don’t normally do. We had to practice on Monday when we’re usually off on Mondays. We had to practice yesterday and go under the lights. There was a lot of altering done, but our kids are really excited about it, taking everything in stride.”

- On redshirt sophomore quarterback, Michael Hughes
“He is really a true-freshman back there since this is the first year he’s played college football. Watching him mature from the Florida A&M game until now has been really cool to see. Hopefully, he’ll continue to grow leaps and bounds and be a great quarterback, but this is a huge challenge for him. He’s going to have to stand in there during the pressure he’s going to see this week. He’s going to have to find some open receivers. To help that out, we’re going to have to run the football. That’s a tall task against this defense, but our guys see a good defense every day in practice. We will not back down from a challenge, but Mike has really impressed me.”

Jacksonville State Head Coach John Grass
- On his team
“It was a good road win last week cutting the head off of Coach Simpson and UT Martin. We knew they’d be ready to play. They played a great game and it was down to the wire and we found a way to win. I’m proud of our guys for getting the win on the road. We’ve got a short week, so we’ve got to get ready to play another very talented, well-coached Tennessee State bunch. They’ll come in here ready to play. You can’t take a break in the OVC for sure. We’ve got to get ready on the short week.”

- On playing on a Thursday
“It is different. I think the logic in that I believe is keeping our kids here and having a great crowd. Thanksgiving is next week and like everybody else, we’re out of school all week. Students here leave and when they leave on that Friday, they’re gone. They will not hang around for a Saturday game, hopefully everyone will be pumped up by a Thursday night game. We’ll have a much better crowd, so that’s the logic there. We’ve got a tough task. Tennessee State’s got a great team.”

- On facing TSU’s defense
“They’re very talented. We’re playing the best two defenses we’ve faced – outside of Georgia Tech – the last two weeks of the year. Very much still feel that way after playing UT Martin and definitely watching Tennessee State on film. They’re as athletic and physical as they ever have been. The thing that sticks out to you on tape is their team speed. They have tremendous speed on the defensive side of the football.”