September 11-14, 2019

Memphis, Tennessee

2005 Liberty Bowl – Tennessee State 20, Jackson State 14

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.