It wasn’t easy, but Jackson State managed to hold off Tennessee State to claim a 33-26 win in front of 44,688 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak to their rivals.
TSU had five cracks inside JSU’s 10-yard line to produce a game-tying touchdown, but came up short.
Leading the way for JSU was junior college transfer quarterback Casey Therriault. Therriault was named the game’s most valuable player after the Wyoming Park, Mich. native completed 23 of 38 passes for 284 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. And that was after he was completed just 1 of 3 passes for 3 yards in the first quarter.
JSU led 21-7 in the third quarter before TSU managed to pull to within 21-19. But with a chance to regain the lead, TSU fumbled on their own 36 and on the next play, Therriault hit Marcellos Wilder for a 36-yard touchdown.