Date: Oct. 19
Time: 2:00 p.m. CST
Location: Jackson, MS
Venue: Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium
TV Broadcast: NA
Radio Broadcast: 95.5 FM (pregame show starts 1 hour before kickoff)
Series Record: GSU leads 40-22-1
THE GAME: Jackson State and Grambling meet for the 64th time on Saturday. The JSU Tigers are on a four game winning streak, but will have to be careful of recent history as the G-Men hold a 7-2 advantage over the Tigers with head coach Rick Comegy’s at the helm of the program. Fortunately for the Tigers, GSU has lost every game it has played this season. Last season JSU snapped a five game losing streak to Grambling by beating the G-Men 53-17 in Grambling, La. JSU looks to keep its unbeaten streak in SWAC play alive against GSU.
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 53-34 overall record at JSU and a 161-84 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 2-7 record against Grambling St.
SCOUTING GRAMBLING STATE: The Grambling State Tigers are one of two winless teams in the SWAC. GSU enters Saturday’s game with a 0-7, 0-4 record. GSU has scored 93 points this season and has allowed 276. The G-Men are led by signal caller D.J. Williams who has recorded 1149 passing yards and nine touchdowns. To date, he has completed 45.5% of his pass attempts and is averaging 164.1 passing yards per game. Jestin Kelly is the leading rusher with 411 yards and two touchdowns. He averages 58.7 yards per game. Chester Rogers is the team’s leading receiver. He has 38 receptions for 516 yards and a team high four touchdowns. Steve Orisakwe is the defensive leader for GSU. He has 69 tackles (37 solo), 6.5 tackles for loss, two pass deflections, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.
GRAMBLING STATE HEAD COACH: GEORGE RAGSDALE: George Ragsdale was named Interim Head Football Coach at Grambling State University on September 11th.
Prior to joining the Grambling State University staff, Ragsdale served as the running backs coach at North Carolina A&T University (NCA&TU), where he started his coaching career in 1983. Under his tutelage, NCA&TU running back, Michael Ferguson, rushed for over 2,500 yards and 16 touchdowns to finish sixth on the all-time NCA&TU rushing list. Ragsdale is no stranger to the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) as he served for two years as the running backs coach at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. During that time, he coached SWAC Freshman of the Year, Mickey Dean, who led the conference with 17 touchdowns. Ragsdale has coached in the SWAC and MEAC, including coaching at North Carolina A&T State University, Norfolk State University, Morris Brown College and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
He was a four-year letterman at A&T, his alma mater, and he still holds the school’s all-time rushing record and he helped the school reach its first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championship in 1975. Ragsdale played with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Washington Redskins. He also played in the United States Football League (USFL) with the Oklahoma Outlaws. George Ragsdale was named Interim Head Football Coach at Grambling State University on September 11th after serving as the running backs coach for the Tigers. Ragsdale is a 1975 graduate of North Carolina A&T University, where he earned a B.S. in recreation. He has five children: Turrie, Brad, Marcus, Nicole and Geoyia.
LAST JSU – GSU MEETING: When the Jackson State Tigers and the Grambling State Tigers met last season the two teams were headed in opposite directions. JSU was looking to earn its fifth win and GSU was looking for its second win. Against the G-Men, JSU put its best game together when the team met at Robinson Stadium. JSU dominated the game from start to finish, earning a 53-17 victory.
JSU scored in every quarter. GSU opened the game with a 37-yard field goal, but JSU responded with its first touchdown when Michael Perkins hauled in a 21-yard pass from Clayton Moore at the 7:54 mark in the first quarter. JSU added to its lead when Rakeem Sims scored on a three-yard touchdown run at the 1:46 mark in the first to make the score 13-3. JSU opened the second quarter with Tommy Gooden scoring on a six yard run to make the score 19-3. The Tigers continued to build on the lead when Ryan Griffin scored on a 58-yard interception return at the 8:37 mark in the second. JSU increased its lead to 32-3 when Moore and Rico Richardson connected on a 19-yard touchdown pass. Sims scored his second touchdown when he plunged from two yards out, making the score 39-3. The Tigers scored their 46th straight point on a Stedmon Capler run at the 3:14 mark in the third. GSU scored its first TD of the game when Edward Patterson returned a kick for 94-yards at the 3:01 mark. Two minutes later Phillip McCain recovered a JSU fumble in the end zone to make the score 46-17. JSU scored its final points of the game when Dedric McDonald connected with Capler for and 11 yard touchdown pass.
JSU rushed for 184 yards and held GSU to only five (a JSU record for rushing yards allowed). JSU passed for 308 yards and held GSU to 240.
NEXT GAME: Jackson State returns to action Oct. 26 when the Tigers travel to Shreveport, La. to face the Prairie View A&M Panthers in SWAC action. Kick-off is set for 4 pm.
- GSU interim head coach George Ragsdale was relieved of his duties Thursday, Oct. 17 and defensive coordinator Dirt Winston was named interim head coach. GSU has had three coaches this season.
- Last season, JSU snapped a five game losing streak to Grambling State, by beating the G-Men 53-17 in Grambling, LA.
- JSU head coach Rick Comegy has two wins against Grambling State since coming to JSU.
- JSU beat Grambling 42-31 in the 2007 SWAC championship game in Birmingham, AL. In 2008, GSU beat JSU 41-9 in the conference title game.
- GSU holds a 17-12 record against JSU in Jackson.
- 53 points is the most that JSU has scored against Grambling (last season 53-17 victory for JSU).
- GSU has scored 62 points against JSU twice in the series.