For the second year in a row, the two teams needed extra time to push on to a victory in the Classic. This was football theater at its finest, and a crowd of 53,441 obviously agreed.
Jackson State built up a nine-point lead, but TSU roared back with 20 points in a row in the second and third quarters. Javarris Williams rushed for two touchdowns for TSU.
The see-saw game continued as JSU clawed its way out from under an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to bring on overtime. In its first year of being broadcast on the Fox Sports Network South, the Classic gave its new TV audience its money@s worth.
JSU struck first in OT as Jimmy Oliver found Marcel Frost for a 3-yard scoring pass and a 30-23 lead. But TSU and Williams weren@t through.
From four yards out, Williams rushed for his third TD of the night. Tennessee State was going for the tie with an extra point kick, but a bad snap from center forced holder Richard Hartman to make something happen.
As JSU players swarmed around him, he tossed a quick throw to Brandon Williams, and the game was won with the two-point conversion.