2012 SWAC Football Championship Weekend List of Events:
Thursday, Dec. 6
- 6 pm * SWAC Hall of Fame Induction * Invitation Only *Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.
Friday, Dec. 7
- 10 am * SWAC Championship Game Press Conference * Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.
- 4 pm - 8 pm * JSU Birmingham Alumni Chapter Pre-game Tailgate Party * @ Ragen Tavern.
- 8 pm * Official SWAC Kickoff Party and Mini Concert * Special celebrity guest artists Melani Fiona and Lloyd * @ Meridian Lounge (420 Richard Arrington Blvd.; Tickets ($20 in advance, $30 at the door).
Saturday, Dec. 8
- 9 am - noon * SWAC Career Expo @ Legion Field Lower Parking Lot F.
- 12:02 pm - SWAC Championship Game
- 6 pm - 8 pm - JSU Alumni Post-Game Receptions @ Sheraton Ballroom B
**JSU events in italic
SWAC Championship Football Game Weekend Links
JSU (7-4) vs Ark. Pine Bluff (9-2)
Dec. 8, 2012 * 12:02 p.m. CDT * TV: ESPNU (live broadcast * PBP - Joe Davis, Analyst - Jay Walker) * Radio: 95.5 FM (Jackson, MS)
Birmingham, AL (Legion Field)
The Jackson State football Tigers return to Birmingham, Alabama’s Legion Field for the third time in seven seasons under head coach Rick Comegy. JSU will take on the Arkansas Pine Bluff Golden Lions in the Southwestern Athletic Conference title game. JSU won its last SWAC title in 2007 under Comegy. In that game the Tigers defeated Grambling State 42-31 to capture the programs 16th conference championship.
That game was the second most attended game under the SWAC’s current title game format (43,246 fans). Jackson State was also involved in the best attended game when the Tigers
faced Southern in the inaugural SWAC Championship game in 1999 (47,621 fans).
The Tigers made a return trip the following season and faced Grambling State, but fell 41-9 to the G-Men. JSU looks to earn its 17th SWAC title, but the Tigers will have to get past Arkansas Pine Bluff.
The Golden Lions are having one of their best seasons in program history. UAPB comes into the game with a 9-1 overall record and an 8-1 SWAC mark. With the win UAPB will record its second SWAC Championship. The Lions were co-champions in 1966 and finished with a 4-5-1 record. A victory will also give UAPB its first 10 win season.
While UAPB dominated for much of the season, Jackson State struggled in the early part of the season. JSU dropped its first two games and had not decided on a starting QB. After the third game the Tigers settled on their signal caller and established themselves as a physical team (running the ball effectively and playing solid defense). JSU’s last loss of the season came at the hands of UAPB. UAPB capitalized on untimely turnovers to defeat JSU. After that loss, JSU dominated the rest of the SWAC.
The two teams meet for the first time in the SWAC Championship game.
JSU has won 16 SWAC titles and below is the chronology of the Tigers title runs.
1961 Jackson State
1962 Jackson State
1972 Jackson State,/Grambling
1973 Jackson State/ Grambling
1975 Jackson State/Southern
1980 Jackson State
1981 Jackson State
1982 Jackson State
1985 Jackson State
1986 Jackson State
1987 Jackson State
1988 Jackson State
1990 Jackson State
1995 Jackson State
1996 Jackson State
2007 Jackson State
- 6 Tigers to graduate on Dec. 7 - including star defensive player Joseph LeBeau. Other grads are Jamal Carter, Johnny Conner, Mike Hill, Dedric McDonald, Louis McLeod.
- Rico Richardson chasing JSU single season receiving mark - needs 205 yds to break the record.
- JSU re-established itself as a running team. After two season of having prolific passer Casey Therriault as the QB JSU has returned to a physical, punishing run style of offense. This season JSU was third in the SWAC in rushing offense, behind
UAPB. JSU recorded 2051 rush yds and 26 TDs and UAPB had 2252 rush yds and 18 TDs.
- Comegy seeks second SWAC title in 7 years, making 3rd trip to title game.
- RB Rakeem Sims and Tommy Gooden - JSUs dynamic back field duo. The two have combined for 1262 yds and 13 rushing TDs.
- Third time’s the charm for QB Clayton Moore. After having spent time at two other universities he seems to have found a home at JSU. Moore transferred to JSU from Akron where he passed for 1655 yds and 9 TDs in 12 games. Prior to Akron he attended Gulf Coast CC and originally signed with Ole Miss.
- Tiger cubs Zachary Pendleton and DeSuan Mckenzie have stepped up to round out the WR corps. Pendleton is second on the team in receptions with 28 for 411 yds and a TD. McKenzie has 14 receptions for 172 yds. Pendleton averages 14.7 yds per catch and McKenzie averages 12.3 yds per catch.
- JSUs offensive line has improved each week into a cohesive unit and has been the foundation if the team’s offensive success.
- DB Qua Cox has emerged as one if the top defenders in HBCU FB. He is ranked 23rd in the NCAA INT category.
Last Time JSU and UAPB Met
The Jackson State football team looked to go on its first winning streak, but the Arkansas Pine Bluff Golden Lions had other plans. The Tigers, who trailed by 14 points at halftime, tried to make a second half comeback, but two fourth quarter
fumbles sealed JSU's fate. UAPB beat JSU 34-24 to improve to a 4-2 overall record and a 3-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference mark. JSU falls to 2-4, 2-2.
Pine Bluff opened the second quarter with two quick scores. D. Jenkins scored on a 23-yard run at the 12:26 mark and D. Beverly caught a 10-yard pass to make the score 14-0. Tommy Gooden cut the UAPB lead to 14-7 when he scored on a seven yard run at the 6:06 mark in the second. Jenkins scored his
second touchdown of the game when he broke away for a 50 yard run at the 5:48 mark.
Jackson State rallied in the third quarter, scoring twice in the quarter. Rakeem Sims cut the lead to 21-14 when he capped a six play, 61-yard drive with a fiveyard scoring run.
UAPB's T. Strickland connected on a 27-yard field goal to increase the lead to 24-14. JSU ended the third with a field goal of its own. Ryan Deising made a 26-yard field goal to cut the score to 24-17. Pine Bluff finished the game in strong
fashion, as the Golden Lions scored 10 fourth quarter points. Strickland connected on a 22-yard field goal to make the score 27-1. With 8:27 left in the game Clayton Moore scored on a one-yard run to cut the lead to 27-24. However, Al.
Lagrone caught a five-yard pass for a touchdown, making the final score 34-24.
Three Tigers rushed for 100 yards or more. Tommy Gooden finished with a team high 104 yards and a touchdown. Rakeem Sims followed with 101 yards and a touchdown and Clayton Moore had 100 yards and a touchdown. Moore also completed 8-18 pass attempts for 76 yards. Rico Richardson hauled in three passes for 34 yards and DeSuan McKenzie caught three passes for 42 yards.
UAPB's D. Henderson tallied a game high 154 rushing yards and two touchdowns. B. Anderson completed 5-17 pass attempts for 30 yards and two touchdowns.
Johnathan Billups led JSU's defensive effort with eight tackles. Cameron Loeffler and Demetrius McClendon each finished with seven tackles.