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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 Fall to No. 2 Jacksonville State, 36-6
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Tigers Fall to No. 2 Jacksonville State, 36-6
Photo by Matt Reynolds, JSU Photo

(by Matthew Reynolds, JSU Photo)

Game 11:
 Tennessee State 6, Jacksonville State 36
Records: TSU (6-5, 2-5), #2 JSU (10-1, 8-0)
Venue: Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium
Location: Jacksonville, Ala. 
Weather: Mostly Clear, 60
Attendance: 18,782

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. --- Tennessee State closed out the 2017 regular season with a loss at No. 2 Jacksonville State 36-6 on Thursday evening. The contest started as a defensive battle, before JSU broke it open in the second half.

The Tigers were held to 97 total yards and seven first downs in the contest. The yardage is the lowest amount for a Tiger offense since being held to 123 at UT Martin in 2010.

Tennessee State’s lone touchdown came in the third quarter as Michael Hughes found Chris Rowland for a 17 yard touchdown strike.

TSU was held to 15 yards rushing behind seven sacks totaling 60 yards. Sabree Curtis led the Tigers running game with 57 yards on 12 carries. Michael Hughes was held in check throwing for 82 yards.

The defense spent over 34 minutes on the field and gave up 493 yards of total offense. The Tigers were able to combine for six tackles-for-loss.

TSU finished 6-5 on the season, 2-5 in the Ohio Valley Conference. JSU improved to 10-1, 8-0 in conference play.


  • The Tigers managed just two first downs in the first half
  • Held to seven on the game
  • TSU intercepted its 15th pass of the season
  • Tennessee State did not enter the Jacksonville State side of the field until Patrick Smith’s kickoff return, with 10 minutes remaining in the third
  • JSU outgained TSU 493-97
  • The Tigers held the Gamecocks to 125 yards through the air
  • The defense recorded six tackles for loss, led by the linebacking corps which combined for 4.5
  • The offense was 0-12 on 3rd Down attempts


  • Terrell Bonds moved into a tie for sixth in career interceptions with a first quarter pick
  • The 10th of his time in Blue evened him with Justin Williams (2002-05) and Darrell Hinton (1995-98)
  • Chris Collins led the Tigers with 12 tackles, nine solos, 1.5 for loss and a sack
  • Collins ended his career with 266 stops and moved into seventh all time at TSU, passing Daniel Fitzpatrick (2011-14) at 261
  • Blair Edwards finished with 10 tackles, six solo, a 1.5 for loss and a quarterback hurry
  • Michael Hughes finished 8-of-22 for 82 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions
  • Sabree Curtis averaged 4.8 yards per carry
  • Patrick Smith topped the receiving unit with four catches for 42 yards
  • Austin Rowley set a new TSU record with 11 punts in a game
  • The old record was held by Joey Hudak with 10 on Nov. 15, 2003 against Eastern Kentucky
  • Rowley also moved up the career punt list to sixth with 145
  • The junior punter passed Leon Holderhead (2013-14, 138) and Greg Swinney (1976-79, 144)


  • After a defensive stop to open the contest, the teams traded interceptions
  • Michael Hughes tossed his fifth pick, which the Gamecocks returned to the Tigers 25
  • Two plays later, Terrell Bonds recorded his 10th career interception
  • TSU went three-and-out and gave JSU the ball at the Tigers 41
  • The Big Blue stepped up and forced a three-and-out of its own
  • The two teams exchanged three-and-outs to close out the quarter
  • JSU outgained TSU, 41-24
  • The first stanza produced just three first downs, one by the Tigers


  • The period continued to be a defense battle until the Gamecocks went on a nine play, 52 yard scoring drive
  • Cade Stinnett broke-up the scoreless tie with a 19 yard field goal with 4:07 on the clock
  • The special teams unit tried to give the Tigers a jump start as Steven Newbold returned the kickoff to midfield
  • A holding infraction brought the play back, leaving TSU to begin its drive at the 10 yard line
  • JSU held and needed just three plays to increase the lead to 10-0 on a 45-yard scoring pass
  • The Gamecocks outgained TSU 163-17 in the second


  • After the Tigers were held to their fifth three-and-out, JSU exploded for a 50 yard rushing touchdown to move ahead, 17-0
  • The Gamecocks picked off Hughes for the second time and turned it into a 44-yard touchdown run on the very next play to improve the lead to 24-0
  • Patrick Smith returned the ensuing kickoff 50 yards to the JSU 40
  • TSU found the end zone four plays later as Hughes found Chris Rowland for a 27 yard touchdown pass
  • Rowland out leaped two defenders for his first touchdown
  • The Tigers two-point attempt failed, leaving the score at 24-6
  • The Teams traded three-and-outs before JSU moved into TSU territory, which ended in a 36 yard missed field goal
  • JSU outgained TSU 184-50 in the third


  • JSU tacked on 12 points in the final period to make the score 36-6
  • Sabree Curtis carried the ball six times for 34 yards, averaging 5.7 yards per carry
  • JSU held the advantage in yardage, 105-17


  • Captains for TSU Lane Clark, Ebo Ogundeko, Chris Collins and Patrick Smith
  • TSU won the coin toss and chose to defer to the second half
  • The remaining six seniors served as secondary captains
  • Weather at kickoff was 60 degrees and Mostly Clear
  • The Gamecocks lead the series 10-2, 6-2 at JSU
  • The Tigers intercepted their 15th pass of the season
  • TSU entered the game ranked 15th in the nation in picks
  • Chris Rowland recorded his first touchdown of his career in the third quarter
  • This marked the final game for Clark, Ogundeko, Collins, Smith, Terrell Bonds, Justin North, Terence Harris II, Joseph Johnson, Ty Allen, Terrence Summers, Jason Morrow and junior Tyrell Doss (who leaves due to early graduation)

WHAT’S NEXT: Tennessee State concluded its season with a winning record for the fourth time in the past seven seasons. It also marks the sixth non-losing campaign during the same stretch with a 6-6 finish in 2014.

Head Coach Rod Reed
- On his team’s performance
“I thought we played a good half of football. We knew we would struggle tonight offensively. We had two starting offensive linemen out in Jamahl Jelks and Ty Allen. Christian Morris didn’t practice all week – he had a bruised quad. It was tough for our guys to get going down there, but those guys like Cam Jones stepped up. We moved Justin Brooks down and moved a couple guys around, but we struggled protecting Mike (Hughes) tonight. When we gave him protection, he was able to get the ball out there a little bit.”

- On moving forward from this game
“We’ve got a great nucleus of this team coming back. I’m excited about the future. We just have to learn what this feels like and we have to look at that football team that was across from us today and see what a championship football team looks like.”

- On the play of the defense
“We knew we had a good game plan. We thought that we could combat some of the things that they were doing and I thought they put in some stuff. They caught us on a play action off a formation that we hadn’t seen and they got a touchdown early, but for what they did as a base, we thought we did a good job against them in the first half.”

- On the seniors
“I’m proud of these guys. 6-5 wasn’t the way they wanted to go out. It would have been great to end their senior season with a win here, but it didn’t happen that way. We’ve got to get ready for next year now. We have a lot of young guys in there and like the seniors just told me, just continue to build on what we started this year.”

Wide Receiver Patrick Smith
- On his time at TSU
“Even though we came up short today, the season didn’t turn out how we wanted it to in the end, I don’t regret anything about being here at TSU. Even the moments when we were down, I appreciate all of that because it’s a learning experience… I enjoyed every bit of it. I wish I could relive some of the moments.”

Junior Linebacker Blair Edwards
- On the play of the defense tonight
“We’ve just got to capitalize and finish strong. We started well but the finish wasn’t as strong as we hoped it would be.”

- On playing near his home town
“It was just like feeling at home. Some of those guys on (Jacksonville State), I played against in high school, so I knew them and had played against them before.”

- On his role next year
“I just have to step up and lead. Tomorrow is not an off day. It’s a day that we start our next season, and that’s how we’re going to take it."

Junior Center Thomas Burton
- On the offense
"We had a bad game tonight. There were a lot of mistakes and errors."

-On the entire offense returning
"Personally, next year I want the entire offensive line to be better. The attitude I'm taking on for next year is, 'We got it.' If you want to run the ball, you can run it. If you want to throw the ball, you can throw it. It's on us."

-On heading into spring ball
"It's time to lock in. This season is a learning experience. We'll look at what went right and capitalize on that, then look at what went wrong and improve."

Senior Linebacker Chris Collins
-On defensive output
"We came out pretty strong and were excited to play. It was our last one, so we had nothing to lose and we came out and had fun. Second half we tailed off. They came out of the locker room with plays we hadn't seen. We were still prepared for it, but we gave up big runs which messed us up."

- On playing for Tennessee State
"I appreciate the University for taking a chance on me. A lot of teams said I was too short, so them taking a chance on me was big. The number one thing is that I'll miss my brothers. It's like a family around here and I truly love every last one of them, so that'll be the biggest thing. It'll be hard saying bye."

-On helping the guys that are still here
"I'll talk to them about leadership and putting the team first. I want to be a mentor for those that are still here and for them to look to me anytime they need me."