September 12, 20151st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tennessee State14714035
Jackson State Tigers909725
1st Quarter
JACKSTTD09:36Johnson 1 Yd Run (Deising missed kick)
TSUTD06:52HOOKS 7 Yd Run (CLARK kick)
JACKSTFG03:35Deising 29 Yd
2nd Quarter
3rd Quarter
TSUTD12:25HOOKS 2 Yd Run (CLARK kick)
JACKSTFG06:29Deising 41 Yd
JACKSTTD01:07Golston 29 Yd Pass From Ivy
4th Quarter
JACKSTTD10:21Moll 9 Yd Pass From Ivy (Deising kick)
Stats at a GlanceTSUJACKST
1st Downs1823
3rd Down Conversions3-118-16
4th Down Conversions1-10-1
Passing (Comp-Att)304 (17-28) 322 (24-40)
Rushing (Att)110 (32) 114 (34)
Total Yards414436
Fumbles Lost00
Tigers Prepare for Southern Heritage Classic, Jackson State
Friday, September 11, 2015
Tigers Prepare for Southern Heritage Classic, Jackson State

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tigers return to action as they take on Jackson State in the 26th Southern Heritage Classic at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn. Tennessee State has won the last three meetings, including a 35-7 a year ago.

TSU holds a 14-11 advantage over JSU at the SHC and a 26-20 overall. The Big Blue won the very first meeting, 49-13 in 1949, as well as the first five meetings, before JSU garnered a 12-6 win in 1961 on its way to a three game win streak.

Last year, the Tigers jumped out to a 35-0 halftime lead as the two teams battled on Sept. 13 in front of 46,914. Tom Smith opened the scoring for TSU with a two-yard run in the first quarter and closed out the half on a 13-yard touchdown run. Sandwhiched between the Smith scores, Michael German scored on a one-yard run, De’Ante Saunders returned an interception 45 yards for a score and Dantwaun O’Neal hauled in an eight yard pass from Ronald Butler.

TSU outgained JSU 324-138 yards, including 137 on the ground, as the held Jackson State to -1 yards on the ground. The Big Blue defense stymied the Tigers to just one first down in 16 Third-Down conversion attempts.

Tennessee State quarterback Ronald Butler entered the game in the second quarter and finished 10-of-18 for 125 yards.

Jackson State enters the game led by second year Head Coach Harold Jackson, who enters his second season, and returns All-SWAC selections La Montiez Ivy at quarterback and wide receiver Dan Williams. Ivy completed 64% of his passes (270-422) in 2014 as he threw for 3,209 yards and 12 touchdowns. Williams was Ivy’s favorite target in 2014, totaling 73 catches for 1,004 yards and nine TD’s. The defense is led by junior linebacker Javancy Jones who led JSU with 108 tackles, 46 solo, and 18 tackles for loss.

In the season opener, the Tigers fell 70-14 to Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Ivy threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns as he completed 22 of his 39 attempts with one interception. Williams led all receivers with seven receptions for 130 yards and one touchdown.

The Tigers opened with a 24-14 win over Alabama State in the John Merritt Classic on Sunday at Nissan Stadium. TSU trailed 14-3 entering the fourth quarter, only to outscore the Hornets 21-0 in the final stanza. The Tigers’ defense shared in the fourth quarter success holding the Hornets to a three-and-out and recovering four fumbles.

TSU finished with a 3.00 turnover margin, which ties the Big Blue for second nationally with three other programs.

The efficiency of the defense, along with the sustaining drives by the offense, allowed the Tigers to hold on to the ball for 40:08. The time puts Tennessee State atop the FCS in Time of Possession.

Red-shirt freshman quarterback O’Shea Ackerman-Carter was named the JMC Offensive MVP and earned Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week awards after a 20-for-37 performance, accumulating 226 total yards (188 passing, 38 rushing) and throwing for one touchdown.

Seniors Telvin Hooks and Tom Smith split the workload in the running game as each reached the endzone; Hooks carried the ball 17 times for 39 yards, including a five-yard score, while Smith rushed for 65 yards on 16 carries and punched one in from 12 yards out.

Patrick Smith led the receiving corps with six receptions totaling 64 yards; Isaiah Jeffries-Freeman led the Tigers with 73 yards receiving on five catches.

With Sunday’s win over Alabama State, Tennessee State improved to 392-141-19 all-time against other HBCUs, good for a .727 winning percentage. Since taking over in 2010, Rod Reed holds a 15-4 (.759) mark against HBCUs. TSU has claimed the most wins against D-I HBCU opponents  Florida A&M (28), Southern (27) and Jackson State (26).

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