Tennessee State beat Jackson State 35-25 to win its 11th Classic in the past 13 seasons. 48, 335 people watched Tennessee State's Tigers get the win.
TSU Tigers quarterback O'Shay Ackerman-Carter threw an early 64 yard touchdown pass to Patrick Smith to get TSU a 7-0 lead. Ackerman-Carter left the game after being dragged down by his jersey in the first quarter, but would later return. In his absence backup QB Ronald Tucker ran the offense well, finding Smith for a long pass, leading to another TSU touchdown, making it 14-6.
Jackson State, led by former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Harold Jackson as head coach, struggled to get much offense going early. Quarterback LaMontiez Ivy was pressured and hit on almost every throw. He managed to complete several passes to wide receiver Daniel Williams early, leading to a short rushing touchdown from Robert Johnson to make it 7-6. JSU missed its first extra point.
TSU's "Aristocrat of Bands" and JSU's "Sonic Boom of the South" battled it out at halftime, with TSU leading the crowd in Silento's "Watch Me," while JSU brought out "Hit the Quan" performer @iHeartMemphis.
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