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September 14, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tennessee State7792144
Jackson State21714749
1st Quarter
JKSTTD14:47Littles (Salazar kick)
JKSTTD06:44Ponder 23 Yd Run (Salazar kick)
JKSTTD01:08Alexander 52 Yd Run (Salazar kick)
2nd Quarter
JKSTTD01:18Johnson 4 Yd Run (Salazar kick)
3rd Quarter
TSUFG11:33ZITA 49 Yd
JKSTTD08:45Bowie 6 Yd Run (Salazar kick)
TSUTD05:09CORBIN 14 Yd Run
JKSTTD01:35Bowie 6 Yd Run (Salazar kick)
4th Quarter
TSUTD14:57ROWLAND 1 Yd Run (ZITA kick)
JKSTTD04:09Richey 16 Yd Pass From Ponder (Salazar kick)
Stats at a GlanceTSUJKST
1st Downs2825
3rd Down Conversions5-1210-14
4th Down Conversions1-30-1
Passing (Comp-Att)389 (24-38) 117 (8-16)
Rushing (Att)141 (30) 338 (57)
Total Yards530455
Fumbles Lost00
The Big Blue Travels to Memphis for the Southern Heritage Classic
Thursday, September 12, 2019
The Big Blue Travels to Memphis for the Southern Heritage Classic

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The Southern Heritage Classic
Game 3
: Tennessee State (1-1) vs. Jackson State (0-2)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019
Location: Memphis, Tenn.
Stadium: The Liberty Bowl (59,308)
Time: 6:00 p.m. CT
Audio: 102.1 FM
Live Stats: Sidearm

Series Information:
This year plays host to the 30th annual Southern Heritage Classic at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis. Game 29 of the SHC was cancelled due to severe storms. Tennessee State has played in every Southern Heritage Classic game, facing Misssissippi Valley State in 1991 and Grambling Sttae in 1993. Tennessee State is 17-11 all-time in the SHC, 17-9 versus JSU in the classic. The Tigers claimed a 17-15 victory in 2017 and has secured victories in 13 of the last 15 SHC contests, and have won six straight. This marks the 54th meeting with Jackson State. Tennessee State leads 30-21-2 the series, with head coach Rod Reed holding a 6-2 record versus JSU.

Head Coach Rod Reed:
Coach Reed is in his tenth season at the helm of the Tigers and holds a 54-48 record. Only two coaches have produced more wins at TSU. John Merritt claimed 174 victories in his 20 years (1963-83) for a .806 winning percentage (174-35-7), while Harry Kean spent 10 years in charge of TSU from 1944-54 and compiled a 93-15-3 record (.838). TSU is 9-1 in season openers under Rod Reed, including a 17-10 win at FBS opponent Georgia State in 2017. The lone opening day loss came at the hands of Bethune-Cookman, 12-9, at the John Merritt Classic in 2013. Since taking over in 2010, Rod Reed holds a 22-4 against HBCUs for a winning percentage of .846.

Tennessee State:
TSU trailed by five heading into the final quarter at FBS Middle Tennessee, before falling, 45-26. Chris Rowland earned OVC Co-Offensive Player of the Week after catching 11 passes for 202 yards. Rowland caught scoring passes of 96 and 60 yards. The senior ranks first in the FCS in All-Purpose (218.00), receiving yards (374), receptions per game (11.0) and in receiving yards per game (187.0). Te'kendrick Roberson rushed for 98 yards on the night, while Seth Rowland added 96. Punter Kaleb Mosley followed up his career best of 64 yards in week one with a with 57-yarder at MT. Mosley is averaging 41.8 per punt, which ranks second in the OVC and 36th in the FCS. Nick Harper Jr. recorded the first interception of his career and was the teams first of the season. Emmanual Olenga picked up his first sack as a Tiger, while earning three quarterback hurries.

Jackson State:
JSU is coached by John Hendrick, who was the team's Defensive Coordinator starting in 2016 and took over as head coach in November 2018. The Tigers dropped an opening contest to Bethune-Cookman, 36-15, before falling at South Alabama, 37-14. Keshawn Harper led a rushing attack with 75 yards on 10 carries. Tyson Alexander added 44 yards and a touchdown for JSU. Quarterback Derrick Ponder finsihed 15-of-26 for 123 yards and a touchdown. Keonte Hampton had a team-best 15 tackles, 9 solo, while Tyler Rogers added 10 stops. Hampton has amassed 26 tackles in two games.

Last 15 Results:
2018 - Cancelled Due to Severe Weather
2017 - Tennessee State 17, Jackson State 15
2016 - Tennessee State 40, Jackson State 26
2015 - Tennessee State 35, Jackson State 25
2014 - Tennessee State 35, Jackson State 7
2013 - Tennessee State 26, Jackson State 16
2012 - Tennessee State 38, Jackson State 12
2011 - Jackson State 35, Tennessee State 29
2010 - Jackson State 33, Tennessee State 26
2009 - Tennessee State 14, Jackson State 7
2008 - Tennessee State 41, Jackson State 18
2007 - Tennessee State 16, Jackson State 13
2006 - Tennessee State 31, Jackson State 30
2005 - Tennessee State 20, Jackson State 14
2004 - Tennessee State 21, Jackson State 20
2003 - Tennessee State 44, Jackson State 14


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.

Head Coach Rod Reed
- Thoughts on the team
"We went down to MTSU. I thought we had a good game plan. The kids came in and fought hard for about three and a half quarters and they kind of bulleted us a bit in the fourth quarter. We gave ourselves a chance until about six minutes to go in the game, then they got up double digits and at that point we gave some other guys minutes and gave the other guys some rest."

- Takeaways from facing an FBS opponent
"We went in there with the mindset of winning the football game. We thought we matched up well with them, and I think we gave them a couple of ‘gimmes’ there in the game. We gave up an 80-yard touchdown right before the half, which we probably would have gone into the half with the lead. Then, we allowed them to hit us again with another big play. I think their quarterback was key. We didn’t do a good job of containing the quarterback and he got out of the pocket, and when he did, he hurt us really bad. I thought we played really well in the rush game in the first half. I think most of their rush yards came late in the fourth quarter with their big back. They’re a well-coached team. Coach Stockton does a really good job down there. We hung on with them as well as we could. We just didn’t have enough to pull it out."

- On the luxury of having Chris Rowland
"Well we have a couple of those guys. Steven Newbold has that same ability, but to have a guy like Chris Rowland, who you know can put the ball in his hands on a five-yard route and he can turn it in to 60. You’ve got to have a lot of confidence in him. As a staff, we realize that kid has to touch the ball as much as possible. At some point, we know the other team is going to try and take him away and then we have other guys who will step up. We feel like we have those guys. It is a luxury to have Chris."

- On the rivalry between TSU and Jackson State
"It’s been key to us. We have a couple guys from Memphis on our squad. Up until last year, we had probably seven starters from Memphis on our football team, so it’s huge in recruiting for us to play in the Southern Heritage Classic. Fred always does an excellent job putting on the classic. I think it starts on Thursday and goes all the way through Sunday. Financially, I know it means a lot to both schools. We’re excited to play the game."

- On the atmosphere of Memphis
"The atmosphere is huge. That’s one of those games on the schedule where that’s all you hear from your alumni and your fans, ‘Are we going to beat Jackson State this year?’ We just want to go down there and play well. The rivalry between TSU and Jackson State goes back to the 60’s when Coach Merritt came here from Jackson State. It has gone all the years and now you jump into the Southern Heritage Classic and now it’s a midpoint between both universities. All the fans will be there. There’ll be 60,000 fans in the stands, the Aristocrat of Bands and Sonic Boom of the South. It’s an electrifying game. We’re just grateful to have an opportunity to play in it."

Jackson State Head Coach John Hedrick
- On Tennessee State
"Tennessee State is a big game for us. It’s one of those rivalry games we’ve played since 1990. They’ve had the upper hand over the past six or seven seasons. They’re a good football team. They have a really dynamic receiver in number three. The quarterback is playing really well for them, you know, throwing the ball around. They’ve got a running back that is really dynamic and good. Their offensive line is solid. Defensively they have a transfer who is really good up front. It’ll be a test for us. A rivalry game that has a lot of pageantry around it. A lot of people will show up. We just need to go and play a solid football game. Dot our I’s and cross our T’s, and play the game as close as we possibly can."

- On how big the SHC stage is for recruiting purposes
"We recruit heavily in the northern Mississippi area and also into Memphis. It’s a big-time atmosphere. When you go to college football, you want to play in games where the stands are almost full, you’ve got the bands going, you’ve got the crowds playing outside, you’ve got people watching you play. It’s big time for us."

Senior offensive lineman Lachavious Simmons
-On the offense
“I feel like we played well. The O-Line played well. We had good movement up front. There are things we can build off of after this game. The SHC is the next big game because it’s the best on the schedule. We just have to prepare and work hard and be disciplined.”

-On the change of quarterback
“We just have to do what we do. When the quarterback changes, there is no difference for the linemen. It’s just another guy. We expect him to do the same things because they prepared for the same game. We don’t expect any dropoff.”

-On the difference from this week’s performance compared to last
“We were more focused. We were more locked in to our assignments. We improved and executed on offense and on defense as well. We just have to pick it up and perfect a few things.”

-On the Southern Heritage Classic
“Memphis is always a good environment. We didn’t get to play the game last year, so a lot of guys are excited because we were held back. It’s a big rivalry for us and we’re ready to compete.”

Senior defensive tackle Justin Culpepper
-On the defensive improvements
“We have to be able to take care of the mental errors. Like coach always says, a perfect practice makes a perfect game. We didn’t execute in practice so we made mental errors today.”

-On playing the SHC
We’re going to give the crowd what they want- a show. We are going to come out with a victory. Everyone is going to come out with a different mentality – it’s play to win.”

-On the environment in Memphis
“It’s all about the atmosphere. It’s like a home game for both sides with tailgating and fun.”