September 14, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tennessee State7792144
Jackson State21714749
Scoring
1st Quarter
JKSTTD14:47Littles (Salazar kick)
TSUTD14:35ROWLAND (ZITA kick)
JKSTTD06:44Ponder 23 Yd Run (Salazar kick)
JKSTTD01:08Alexander 52 Yd Run (Salazar kick)
2nd Quarter
JKSTTD01:18Johnson 4 Yd Run (Salazar kick)
TSUTD00:18NEWBOLD 18 Yd Pass From ROSENDAHL (ZITA 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)
TSUTD03:39ROWLAND 56 Yd Pass From ROSENDAHL (ZITA kick)
TSUTD01:09NEWBOLD 19 Yd Pass From ROSENDAHL (ZITA 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
Penalties6-556-45
Turnovers00
Fumbles Lost00
Interceptions00
Possession26:0933:51
Late Rally Falls Short in 49-44 Loss to Jackson State in Southern Heritage Classic
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Late Rally Falls Short in 49-44 Loss to Jackson State in Southern Heritage Classic
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The Southern Heritage Classic
Game 3:
 Tennessee State 44, Jackson State 49
Records: TSU (1-2), JSU (1-2)
Venue: The Liberty Bowl
Location: Memphis, Tenn.
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 95
Kickoff Time: 6:14 p.m.
Game Duration: 3:21
Attendance: 48,347

MEMPHIS, Tenn. --- Despite a fourth-quarter, 21-point rally, the Tennessee State Tigers fell 49-44 to Jackson State in the 30th annual Southern Heritage Classic Saturday evening at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Cameron Rosendahl led the passing effort finishing the night with 384 yards, three touchdown passes and a 56-yard touchdown pass to Chris Rowland. Rowland, who's led the receiving effort over the first two weekends of play, averaged 19.9 yards per reception, 139 yards. 

Southern Heritage Classic Most Valuable Player Steven Newbold had two touchdowns on the night, both toe-dragging end zone catches. The senior finished with 196 yards on 10 receptions. 

Terry Straughter led the defense with seven total tackles, with Ronnie Killings finishing with six, one for loss. 

Rounding out the night was kicker Antonio Zita, who finished the night with four kickoffs. The sophomore also kicked a career-long 49-yard field goal to break TSU's scoring drought, adding five extra points. 

TOTALS

  • Tennessee State outgained JSU in total yards, 530-455
  • The Tigers gained 389 yards through the air and 141 on the ground
  • The defense surrendered 338 rushing yards and 117 yards passing
  • The Tigers averaged 7.2 yards per play, running just 68 plays.
  • TSU collected 28 first downs, opposed to 25 by JSU
  • Jackson State won the Time of Possession battle, 33:51-26:09
  • The Tigers finished only 4-of-5 in Red Zone Scoring Chances
  • The Big Blue was tagged with six penalties for 55 yards
  • The defense produced four tackles for loss, including one sack.
  • The Tigers were just 5-of-12 on third down conversions

INDIVIDUAL

  • Steven Newbold caught 10 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Newbold finished with 230 all purpose yards and was named Southern Heritage Classic Player of the Game.
  • With the receptions, Newbold now has 122 career grabs and moves past Travis James (2009-12) into 10th on the Tigers Career Receptions List.
  • Chris Rowland added seven catches for 139 yards and one receiving score.
  • Rowland finished with 124 return yards, including a 96 yard touchdown on the second play of the game.
  • The senior receiver has now hauled in 119 passes, equaling Travis James.
  • Tyrone Butterfield (1997-98) is eighth on the list with 131, while Chris Johnson (2004-08) sits at 127.
  • Cameron Rosendahl entered the contest with 1:18 remaining in the second quarter and completed 22-of-32 passes for 384 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Octavious Battle started the game at quarterback at went 2-of-6 for five yards and added 12 yards on the ground.
  • Te'kendrick Roberson led the Tigers with 70 yards on 12 carries.
  • DeMarco Corbin and Seth Rowland each crossed the goal line.
  • Antonio Zita totaled eight points on the evening with a field goal and five extra points.
  • Zita blasted a career long 49 yarder in the third quarter.
  • Kaleb Mosley finished with three punts and an average of 45.3 average per boot.
  • Mosley hit a 50 yarder, marking the fourth consecutive game, dating back to last season, with a punt of 50 yards or more.
  • The sophomore kicker had two of his kicks downed inside the 20, including one inside the five.
  • Terry Straughter led the defense with seven stops, five solo.
  • Michael Bond, Justin Culpepper, Dante' Ferguson Jr. and Ronnie Killings each recorded a tackle for loss.
  • Bond was credited with the lone sack for TSU.

FIRST QUARTER

  • Josh Littles of Jackson State returned the opening kickoff 100 yards to take a 7-0 lead.
  • Chris Rowland answered with a 96 yard return on the ensuing kickoff to even the score at 7-7 with just 25 seconds expired from the clock.
  • Michael Bond recorded his first career sack to end JSUs first offensive possession.
  • The Tigers were stopped on their first drive at the TSU 48, punter Kaleb Mosley called his own number, but was stopped for no gain, giving the ball back to JSU.
  • Jackson State went on to score a pair of rushing touchdowns to take a 21-7 lead after one period.
  • JSU outgained the Tigers 148-36 in the first stanza. 

SECOND QUARTER

  • The Tigers would stop JSU, but the Big Blue would start their next series at their own one.
  • Te’kendrick Roberson would explode around the left side of the line for 23 yards to give TSU some breathing room.
  • The Tigers continued to move another 23 yards before stalling.
  • Kaleb Mosley used a 50 yard punt to pin JSU at the four yard line.
  • The starting position did not bother Jackson State, as they moved 96 yards on 11 plays to find the end zone, increasing their advantage to 28-7 with 1:18 remaining on the clock.
  • Cameron Rosendahl entered at quarterback and needed just one minute to find Steven Newbold in the left corner of the end zone, cutting the lead in half.
  • Rosendahl missed on his first attempt before connecting on four straight passes to move to the JSU 37.
  • The senior signal caller used four different receivers to start the drive, including an 18 yarder to Newbold and a 13 yard completion to Malik Abdul-Haqq.
  • Rosendahl hit Shawn McColley for the second time on the drive, this one going for 12 yards to set up the 18 yard scoring play to Newbold.
  • The two teams each gained 120 yards in the quarter. 

THIRD QUARTER

  • The opening drive of the second half began with a penalty on the Tigers to negate a 45 yard passing play.
  • With TSU facing a 3rd and 18, Rosendahl found Newbold down the left side line for 19 yards to extend the drive.
  • TSU moved down to the JSU 28, after a roughing the passer penalty was tacked onto a 16 yard completion to Newbold.
  • Four plays later, Antonio Zita connected on a career long 49 yard field goal, making the score 28-17.
  • JSU, paced by a 30 yard pass play on a third and nine, need just five plays to cross the goal line, pushing the score to 35-17 with 8:45 on the clock.
  • The Tigers offense continued to move as Rosendahl and Newbold teamed up for 19 yards to start the drive.
  • The Big Blue used a pass interference call to move in JSU territory.
  • The ground game took over, which was capped off by a 14 yard DeMarco Corbin scamper around the right side to move within 12 points, 35-23.
  • The two-point conversion failed, leaving the score the same with 5:09 remaining in the quarter.
  • The Tigers were unable to stop the JSU offense, which found the end zone in eight plays, for a 42-23 lead.
  • TSU continued to fight back on the next drive, after an incompletion, Rosendahl connected on his next four passes moving to the JSU one.
  • The senior quarterback went for 20 yards to Newbold, 19 to Chris Rowland and 13 to Al-Malik Moore before finding Newbold for 17.
  • The quarter ended with the Tigers outgaining JSU 155-109. 

FOURTH QUARTER

  • The Tigers just one play in the final period to enter the end zone, as Seth Rowland plunged in from one yard out.
  • The defense forced a three-and-out with three consecutive stops behind the line of scrimmage.
  • Rosendahl hit Chris Rowland for 23 yards to cross midfield.
  • The Tigers used a nine yard pass to Moore and a 19 yard Corbin run to set up a first and 10 at the JSU 20.
  • TSU could only manage to get to the 11 on a pair of Roberson runs, before they were stopped on a fourth down attempt.
  • JSU proceeded to embark on a 10 play, 82 yard drive, taking up over five minutes before delivering what seemed to be the final blow, making the score 49-30.
  • Rosendahl and Rowland needed just 29 seconds to cut the lead back to 12.
  • The duo teamed up for a 16 yarder, one play before Rosendahl found his senior receiver over the middle for a 56 yard scoring play.
  • The Tiger defense made another stand, giving the offense the ball back with 1:55 on the clock.
  • Rosendahl hit Newbold down the left sideline for 40 yards, ahead of a 21 yard completion to Rowland.
  • Newbold brought the Big Blue within five points with a 19 yard diving touchdown grab with 1:08 remaining.
  • The Tigers were not able to come up with the onside kick, allowing JSU to run out the clock.
  • TSU outgained JSU 206-93 over the final 15 minutes. 

NOTES

  • Official start time was 6:14 p.m.
  • Temperature on the field at kickoff was 103 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Tennessee State’s captains were Chris Rowland, Mekhi Brown, Lachavious Simmons and Thomas Burton.
  • Tennessee State won the toss and deferred to the second half.
  • Octavious Battle, redshirt-freshman from Atlanta, made his first start at quarterback for TSU.
  • Tight end transfer from Alabama State, Philip Brown also made his first start in blue and white, while Nashville-native Josh Trueheart lined up on the opposite side for TSU, marking his first start at tight end as a Tiger.
  • Antonio Zita’s 49-yard career-long field goal marks the second time this season, Zita broke a previous career record.
  • Seth Rowland rushed one yard for his first touchdown of the season.
  • 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.
  • TSU has played in every Southern Heritage Classic game.
  • Tennessee State is 17-12 all-time in the SHC, 17-10 versus JSU in the SHC.
  • The TSU Tigers claimed a 17-15 victory in 2017.
  • TSU has secured victories in 13 of the last 16 SHC contests, and had won six straight before tonight.
  • This marks the 54th meeting with Jackson State.
  • Tennessee State leads the series 30-22-2.
  • Rod Reed is 6-4 versus JSU.

WHAT’S NEXT:
The Tigers return home to take on Arkansas-Pine Bluff in Hale Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 21. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m. in the Hole.

QUOTES

Senior Defensive Tackle Justin Culpepper
-On the game
"We got out-physical and outplayed. We have to come back next week with a better attitude and more ambition to get another win. We can't stop here becuase the train is going to stall. We have a long season ahead of us. We have to take it game by game, play by play."

-On JSU's offensive movement
"As a senior, I have to get everyone on board with me. I'm not stopping for anybody, and we have to keep fighting. We have to come out and play every single week. We have to step it up."

Quarterback Cameron Rosendahl
-On the game
"They came out and surprised us a little bit. They came out and put points on the board early. Both of us had kick returns right off the bat. Then, we got a little behind and had to come out in the second half, offense wise and score every time we had the ball. It was a tough game. Just didn't go our way tonight."

-On getting rolling coming in the final drive before halftime
"i took like two throws, but you have to come in the game ready. I got my mind right after I missed one throw. I got locked in and dialed in with my guys. We've been practicing a year and a half now. I know where they're going to be and I throw it there."

-On using all your receivers
"I try to spread it around when I play quarterback, see different windows of guys that I trust on my receiving corps, so when I see someone open, or sometimes not even open, I throw it to where they are."

-On putting on 30-odd points in one half
"I think it says we're a pretty dangerous offense if we glue on all aspects of the game. We have to come out quicker, that's no question. But, I'm happy with the way we finished the game. We have to figure out what's going on."

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