Tennessee State’s football team played in the 27th annual Southern Heritage Classic on Saturday. This game’s atmosphere is second to none on either team’s schedule, as they meet in Memphis, TN, a neutral location for the fans tailgate all day before they split the stadium into navy and royal blue sides . Both the TSU and JSU fan base and alumni travel major D1 sized crowds for this matchup, building the hype and eagerness of this game each and every season.
As usual, TSU goes into the game looking to gain momentum as they roll into the strength of their schedule. JSU, on the other hand, will enter this game after a tough loss last week, and beating TSU would be a significant milestone for their season. TSU has dominated this series since the 20th century, winning 12 of the last 15 meetings.
JSU came into the game looking to shock the world, as two special teams blunders by TSU resulted in two touchdowns for Jackson State. After a 13-0 deficit in the first quarter, Tennessee State’s game, and season, seemed to flash before their eyes before they made some minor adjustments. A steady dose of Eric Evans’ running attack wore the Jackson State’s front seven down all night, as TSU’s large offensive line dominated them each series. Big plays from freshman receiver Steven Newbold also created some energy on the TSU sideline early in the game. Defensive veteran, Ezra Robinson, turned the tables of the game with a game-breaking interception that he took the other way for six. From that point, the Tiger’s of Tennessee took over the rest of the game, finishing off JSU 40-26 as they head into next week’s game vs. Bethune Cookman.
Photos Taken by Ty Law