MEMPHIS, TENN. – Jackson State had two opportunities late in the fourth quarter to either tie the game or take the lead, but lost a nail biter on Saturday night in the Southern Heritage Classic against Tennessee State. Terrell Kennedy’s 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown cut the lead to 17-15 with 4:48 remaining, but a two-point conversion attempt on a pass failed to potentially knot the score.
On Jackson State’s last possession, a potential game-winning field goal attempt missed from 47 yards out. Kennedy finished with 162 all-purpose yards while quarterback Brent Lyles completed 24of-45 passes for 196 yards and also rushed 13 times for 55 yards to lead JSU (0-2). Brad Woodward had 11 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown to lead Tennessee State (2-0) in front of 47,407 fans at the Liberty Bowl.