November 10, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
Jacksonville State20701441
Tennessee State700714
1st Quarter
JSUTD12:59HESTER 14 Yd Pass From COOPER (STINNETT missed kick)
TSUTD05:53ROBERSON 58 Yd Run (ZITA kick)
2nd Quarter
4th Quarter
TSUTD07:46MCCOLLEY 70 Yd Run (ZITA kick)
Stats at a GlanceJSUTSU
1st Downs2419
3rd Down Conversions8-144-9
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Passing (Comp-Att)272 (20-30) 164 (15-29)
Rushing (Att)148 (39) 178 (23)
Total Yards420342
Fumbles Lost00
Tigers Fall to #8 Jacksonville State, 41-14
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Tigers Fall to #8 Jacksonville State, 41-14
Photo by Sam Jordan


Game 8: Tennessee State 14, #8 Jacksonville State 41
Records: TSU (3-5, 2-4 OVC), JSU (8-2, 7-1 OVC)
Venue: William H. Jasper Stadium
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Weather: Sunny, 39
Kickoff Time: 2:08 p.m.
Attendance: 6,718

NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State fell in their return to Hale Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers fell 34-7 to No. 8 Jacksonville State in front of 6,718 fans. TSU fell to 3-5 on the season, 2-4 in Ohio Valley Conference play, while JSU improved to 8-2, 7-1 in conference play.

JSU scored touchdowns on their first four possessions of the first half to take a 27-7 lead into the locker room. The Gamecocks totaled 232 yards in the first quarter and ended the half with 330 yards.

The Tigers scored on a pair of long distant runs. Te’kendrick Roberson broke through with a 58 yard touchdown run in the first quarter only to be topped by Shawn McColley in the fourth. The redshirt freshman went for a team season best 70 yards with 7:46 remaining in the game. The scoring runs were the first of the two runners TSU career.

The Gamecocks took advantage of three interceptions, returning two for touchdowns.

McColley led all rushers with 93 yards on seven carries, followed by Roberson at 68 yards on 10 touches.

Micheal Hughes finished 15-of-29 for 164 yards, while JSU quarterback Zerrick Cooper went 20-of-30 for 272 yards and three touchdowns.


  • JSU outgained the Tigers in total yardage, 420-342.
  • TSU out rushed the Gamecocks, 178-148.
  • The offense averaged 7.7 yards per carry.
  • The Big Blue produced two separate runners to have a run for over 50 yards for the second consecutive week.
  • The Tigers converted just 4-of-9 on third down attempts.
  • TSU recorded six tackles for loss and two sacks, while JSU notched just three TFLs and one sack.


  • LaQuarius Cook tallied a game high nine tackles.
  • Dante’ Ferguson topped the defensive unit with six solo stops while recording 2.0 tackles for loss.
  • Jeremiah Caine led all defenders with 3.0 stops behind the line of scrimmage, as well as in sacks with 2.0.
  • Caine registered the lone quarterback hurry of the game.
  • Shawn McColley led all rushers with 93 yards, averaging 13.3 yards per carry.
  • McColley scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 70 yard romp.
  • Te’kendrick Roberson crossed the goal for the first time this season on a 58 yard run.
  • Steven Newbold caught six passes for 52 yards, while Chris Rowland added 56 yards on four receptions.
  • Micheal Hughes finished the game 15-of-29 for 164 yards and three interceptions.


  • Jacksonville State jumped out to a 13-0 lead with touchdowns on its first two possessions.
  • On their second drive, the Tigers used three plays to cut into the Gamecocks advantage.
  • After a Micheal Hughes eight yard, first down completion to Chris Rowland the Big Blue broke off its longest touchdown run of the season.
  • Te’kendrick Roberson broke through the right side of the line and out raced the defenders 58 yards for his first career touchdown as a Tiger.
  • The six point deficit was short lived as JSU marched 92 yards on 13 plays to make the score 20-7.
  • The Gamecocks outgained the Tigers 232-92 in the first 15 minutes. 


  • JSU added another score on their first possession of the quarter to increase the lead to 27-7.
  • The Tigers forced their first stop of JSU leaving 4:15 on the clock.
  • TSU used the running game to gain a first down before Hughes found Rowland for a 22 yard gain.
  • The junior wide receiver caught the ball on the far sideline and maneuvered his way into the clearing to move the Tigers to the 44 yard line.
  • Shawn McColley used a pair of runs to move the Big Blue into JSU territory.
  • TSU moved deeper into the Gamecocks territory as a defensive holding penalty was added to a Hughes seven yard run.
  • On the following play, Hughes completed a 20 yard pass to Steven Newbold, one yard short of the goal line.
  • The Gamecocks stood tall as the forced a sack on the final play of the half to keep the score at 27-7.
  • TSU outgained JSU, 110-98, in the second period. 


  • The Tigers opened the second half with a drive to the Gamecocks two yard line.
  • Hughes completed a 17 yard pass to Rowland and an 11 yarder to Al-Malik Moore to go along with a pair of JSU penalties to move to the Gamecocks 12.
  • Hughes teamed with Rowland for nine yards to the three.
  • Two plays later, the drive ended as Hughes tossed his fifth interception of the year.
  • The Tiger defense kept JSU off the board on the next drive, forcing a 35 yard field goal attempt.
  • The kick went off the left upright, keeping the score at 27-7.
  • JSU outgained TSU 65-59. 


  • Jeremiah Caine opened the final stanza with his second sack of the game.
  • The Caine play led to a punt, giving the Tigers the ball with 12:19 remaining in the game.
  • JSU put a damper on TSUs effort for a comeback with an interception returned for a touchdown, making the score 34-7.
  • Later in the quarter, Jacksonville State recorded its second pick-six of the game increasing the lead to 41-7.
  • On the Tigers next play from scrimmage, Shawn McColley broke through the middle of the line and sprinted 70 yards for the longest run for the Tigers this season.
  • TSU outgained the Gamecocks 81-25 in the final quarter. 

TSU will close out the season as they host UT Martin at Hale Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 17. The Tigers will honor the 2018 seniors prior to the contest.


  • TSUs captains were LaQuarius Cook, Micheal Hughes and Chris Rowland.
  • Former TSU head coach L.C. Cole, Tiger great and Pro Football Hall of Famer Claude Humphries, as well as President Glenda Glover were special guests during the coin toss.
  • Tennessee State won the toss and deferred to the second half.
  • TSU is 2-11 in the all-time series versus Jacksonville State.
  • JSU is ranked 8th in the STATS Top 25 and 9th in the AFCA Coaches Top 25.
  • The Tigers have a ranked opponent for the second consecutive week.

(On defensive play)
“I feel there was a lack of focus early on. We came in at halftime and just said everyone had to take care of their own responsibilities. We went back out in the second half and ended up coming together. They did not score on us in the second half.”

(On personal performance)
“It felt good getting those two sacks. I have been working hard all week, because we are playing against a top-10 team.”

(On 70 yard touchdown run)
“Really, it was the line, the tight end and (Andrew) Knox blocking really well. The hole opened up and I just hit it and just started running. It felt great. I really didn’t think I was going to score this season. But it happened and I was really excited.”

(On entering after injury to Earl Harrison)
“I’ve just been waiting on my moment, playing my part on the team and doing my job. I just try to come through when they need me. I’m just being patient, that’s all it is to it.”

(On defensive performance”
“I feel the main problem in the first half was missing tackles. I felt we were executing the plays, but it just came down to missing tackles. In the second half, we made those tackles and continued to execute well on our plays.”

(On importance of the final week)
“The most important thing is that we need to send our seniors out on a win. It is more for our pride. We know we cannot get a championship or a winning season, but we need to send our seniors out on the right note and build on the future heading into next season.”

(On running game)
“We stuck to everything we were doing all week. Coach kept saying to hit the holes hard and we were able to turn them into some bug runs.”

(On big runs over past two games)
“When I got the ball I looked outside and saw a clear lane, so I just hit it. For the last couple weeks I have been sticking to the process. It (first touchdown as a Tiger) felt great, it’s been a long time, but it felt great to get one.”