FOOTBALL FALLS 35-17 AFTER HOUR LONG WEATHER DELAY
JACKSON, Miss. – Following an hour and a half long weather delay which included a city-wide blackout, the Jackson State football team and the Southern Jaguars took to the gridiron. The game was scheduled for a 6:00 pm kickoff, but the two teams did not get onto the field until 7:30 pm.
With the 35-17 loss, JSU falls to a 0-7 overall record and a 0-3 SWAC mark. SU improved to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in league play.
The JSU Tigers opened the game with arguably their best drive of the season when Jordan Williams, who made his first start of the season, led a five play, 75-yard drive that ended with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Kennedy.
Southern quickly responded with a touchdown drive of its own when signal caller Austin Howard scampered for an 11 yard score with 8:07 left in the opening quarter.
JSU’s fourth drive of the game yielded a 36-yard Christian Jacquemin field goal to give the Tigers a 10-7 advantage. The Tigers lead was short-lived however as the Jaguars scored 21 straight points to effectively put the game out of reach.
Despite being down 28-17 JSU continued to claw and fight. The Tigers scored their final points of the game when Jordan Williams hit Miquel James in stride for a 29-yard touchdown to cut the score to 28-17 with 3:33 left in the third quarter. SU scored the final points of the game at the 1:21 mark in the third when Howard connected with Jamar Washington for a five yard TD pass.
Jordan Johnson led JSU’s rushing efforts as he finished with 48 yards on nine carries. Williams passed for 131 yards and a pair of TDs while completing 13 of 22 attempts. The big blemish on an otherwise pretty solid start were two costly interceptions. Neither INT led to any SU points. Romello Shumake caught a game-high four passes for 32 yards. James had two catches for 41 yards and a TD and Kennedy caught two passes for 25 yards and a TD.
Edwards led all rushers with 168 yards and a TD on 26 carries. Howard completed 15 of 26 pass attempts for 170 yards and a TD. Dillon Beard caught three passes for 42 yards.
Jamal Hawkins led the Tigers defensively as he finished with nine tackles and Montavius Gaines led SU with seven tackles.
JSU returns to action Oct. 28 when the Tigers travel to Itta Bena, Miss. to face the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils.
TU 6:00 pm Jackson State Tigers
|October 21, 2017||6:00 pm|
|Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center|
|Student Center, 1400 John R. Lynch St, Jackson, MS 39217, USA|
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