Jackson State rode into the Classic with its heralded defense, but by the end of the second quarter, it was the JSU offense that was taking bows.
Scoring on all three possessions, JSU build up a lead that left little drama in the game.
Tennessee State piled up the yardage, but once the team got inside the 20-yard line, Jackson State put on the brakes.
TSU quarterback James Wade was intercepted once at the 2 and twice in the end zone. Overall, he went 23-for-49 with four interceptions.
On the other side of the line, JSU quarterback Ricky Jordan had rolled up 234 yards passing by halftime. He finished with 262.
Jordan’s aerial display for the crowd of 37,437 included hitting senior split end Antonious Kimbrough for a 75-yard play and wide receiver Isiah Bliss for a 63-yeard touchdown.
Fullback Robert Staten added another TD with a 2-yard run.
TSU’s scoring was lead by its special teams. In the second half, Patrick Robinson returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a score.