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Football Set to travel to Itta Bena to face Delta Devils
Courtesy: Jackson State Athletics Media  
Release: 10/09/2013
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Courtesy:Jackson State Athletics Media

GAME Seven

Date: Oct. 12

Time: 2:00 p.m. CST

Location: Itta Bena, MS

Venue: Miss. Rice-Totten Stadium

TV Broadcast: NA

Radio Broadcast: 95.5 FM (pregame show starts 1 hour before kickoff)

Series Record: JSU leads 53-5-2

Last Meeting: JSU won 14-7 in double OT (last season)

THE GAME: Jackson State (4-2, 4-0 SWAC) and Mississippi Valley State (1-4, 1-2) meet for the 61st time on the football field on Saturday. JSU leads the series 53-5-2 and the Tigers are on an 18 game winning streak against the Delta Devils. JSU’s last lost to Valley happened in 1994 when the Tigers lost 18-16 in Jackson. According to all know records JSU has never lost to Valley in Itta Bena, MS where the Tigers hold a 22-0-2.

HEAD COACH RICK COMEGY: Jackson State head coach Rick Comegy (Millersville, ‘76) enters his eighth season at the helm of the Tigers’ football program. He comes into the game with a 52-34 overall record at JSU and a 160-84 career record. Over the previous seven seasons, Comegy has led the Tigers to six winning seasons, three Southwestern Athletic Conference Eastern Division titles and one SWAC championship. Last season the Tigers fell just short of claiming a second SWAC championship by falling 24-21 in OT to Arkansas Pine Bluff in the conference title game at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. Prior to coming to Jackson State, Comegy was the head coach at Tuskegee University where he won four Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships (NCAA D-II), three Pioneer Bowl crowns and a Black College National Championship (2000). In 2000 his Tuskegee Tigers recorded a perfect 12-0 record. Since coming to JSU Comegy has a perfect 7-0 record against MVSU.

SCOUTING MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE: The Delta Devils picked up their first win of the season last weekend by beating the Alabama A&M Bulldogs 28-9 in SWAC play in Huntsville, Alabama. Both Richard Drake (scored on a 21 yd TD pass from Patrick Ivy) and Cortez Frizell (scored on a three yd run) scored TDs for Valley in the first quarter. Avery Boykin scored on a 52 yard INT return in the second, which was followed by a Cherchen Galon 37 yd field goal. Kenneth Dabney hauled in a 47 yd TD pass from Jeremy Collins to round out the scoring for Valley in the fourth quarter. QB Patrick Ivy (the brother of JSU’s LaMontiez Ivy) is the team’s leading rusher (199 yds and 1 TD) and passer (445 yds and 4 TD). Julian Stafford leads the team in receptions with 18 catches for 180 yds. Avery Boykins leads the SWAC in INT (3) and is second in the league in passes defended (7). Brandon Powe leads the team in tackles (40), tackles for loss (5) and sacks (2).

MVSU HEAD COACH: Karl Morgan is a former UCLA standout and is in his fourth season as the MVSU head coach. He was introduced as the 15th head coach at Mississippi Valley State on Jan. 11, 2010. In his three seasons at the helm of the MVSU program, the Delta Devils have gone 6-26, but have continued to improve under Morgan. Last season the Delta Devils led the SWAC and was ranked fourth in the NCAA (FCS) in total defense. In 2012, Morgan became the first Valley head football coach to lead the Delta Devils to wins over Southern and Grambling in the same season since Archie Cooley achieved the same thing in 1984.

LAST JSU – MVSU MEETING: With the Tigers still in hot pursuit of the SWAC Eastern Division title, JSU outlasted the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils by a score of 14-7 in double overtime. Clayton Moore scored on a one-yard run in the second overtime to seal the win for JSU. On the final possession of the game, JSU’s Jamal Carter forced and recovered a fumble that ended the game. The game was a defensive battle in the first half, as the two teams entered halftime with a 0-0 score. JSU gained offensive momentum in the second half. Clayton Moore connected with Rico Richardson on a nine yard TD pass with 1:19 left in the third quarter. Valley tied the game with 6:42 left in regulation when Richard Drake hauled in a 71 yard pass from Marcus Randle, sending the game into overtime. With the win JSU remained in contention for the SWAC Eastern Division Championship.

NEXT GAME: Jackson State returns to action Oct. 19 when the Tigers host Grambling State for the 2013 homecoming football game at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. Kick-off is set for 2 pm.


Other Tidbits: 

- 1994 was the last time Miss. Valley State has beaten JSU. The Delta Devils won 18-16 in Jackson. The previous season the two teams tied 7-7 in Itta Bena.

- JSU has won 18 straight games against the Delta Devils. 

- After beating UAPB last Saturday the 2013 Tigers became the sixth team in program history to start SWAC play with a 4-0 record. The last time the Tigers started 4-0 in SWAC play was in 2001 under head coach Robert "Judge" Hughes. That season the Tigers finished with an 8-3 overall record. 

- Five JSU teams have posted perfect SWAC records. In 1982, the Tigers were named SWAC champions, finishing with a 9-3, 7-0 record. Gorden led the Tigers to a SWAC title and another 9-3, 7-0 record in 1986. He followed that season with an 8-3-1, 7-0 record in 1987 and a second straight conference title. In 1988, the Tigers finished the season with an 8-1-2, 7-0 record and a SWAC championship. In 1995 the Tigers finished the season with a 9-3 overall record and a 7-0 conference mark to go along with a SWAC title. Each of those years the Tigers advanced to the NCAA (D-IAA) playoffs. W.C. Gorden led the teams in the mid-80s to those perfect wins and James Carson guided the Tigers to the undefeated conference record in '95.

- The Blue Bengal Athletic Association will sponsor a bus trip to Itta Bena, MS for the JSU vs. MVSU football game. The cost is $35 plus the price of the game ticket. For more information call Nita Welch at 601-946-0705.

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