Two arch-rivals needed some extra time to settle this Classic battle – and it wasn’t easy for either team.
In the end, TSU’s Denard Cox’s 3-yard touchdown scamper put the game away in overtime, as a crowd of 48,300 looked on.
The score came on the heels of a mistake by JSU, which was hit with a delay-of-game penalty for failing to return to the field following a timeout. That left Tennessee State just a few yards away from glory.
The game reflected the early-season jitters of college players, with both teams getting hit by turnovers and penalties.
Still, Jackson State had its chances: Twice the Tigers from Mississippi took the lead, but TSU scrambled back to regain it.
The game seesawed, with Jackson State taking a 7-0 half-time lead. TSU answered in the third with a 12-play, 79-yard drive.
In overtime, JSU couldn’t move the ball, and TSU drove down to the 5-yard line before the penalty set up the ending plunge for a TD.