The Jackson State Tigers will open the 2014 football season on Saturday, Aug. 30 when the Florida A&M Rattlers visit Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. Complete game information is below:
W.C. Gorden Classic
Florida A&M vs. Jackson State
Aug. 30 * 6:00 p.m. CST * (Gates Open at 4:00 p.m. CST)
MS Veterans Memorial Stadium * Jackson, MS
Single Home Game Ticket Prices
Florida A&M ( W.C. Gorden Classic)
$30 (game day)
$40 (game day)
$50 (game day)
JACKSON STATE 0-0, 0-0 SWAC (8-4, 8-1 in 2013)
Ranking 7 (Boxtorow.com)
Last Game Dec. 7, 2013, SWAC Championship Game, Lost 27-34 OT
FAMU 0-0, 0-0 MEAC (3-9, 2-6 in 2013)
Last Game Nov. 23, 2013, Bethune-Cookman, Lost 10-29
-Jackson State, the defending Southwestern Athletic Conference Eastern Division champion, opens the 2014 season by hosting FAMU on Saturday, August 30.
-JSU begins its 103rd season of football and the first under head coach Harold Jackson.
-JSU and FAMU meet for the first time since Oct. 4, 2003 in Indianapolis, IN for the Circle City Classic when the Rattlers won 28-14.
-JSU holds the series edge (8-7-2). The two teams first met in 1961 when FAMU won 14-8.
-JSU holds the longest winning streak of the series. From 1980-83 the Tigers won four straight games.
-Jackson State looks to make it back to the SWAC title game for a third straight time in 2014.
-Jackson State celebrates the 7th Annual W.C. Gorden Classic on Aug. 30 when the Tigers host FAMU.
-JSU holds a 4-2 W.C. Gorden Classic record. The Tigers beat Alabama State 30-23 in the 6th Annual W.C. Gorden Classic.
Radio: JSU Sports Radio Network
Rob Jay, play-by-play
Willie Richardson, analyst
Jimmy Smith, sideline
WHLH-FM Jackson, MS 95.5 FM (Flagship station)
TV: JSU TV - Live Video Stream (jsutigers.com) also aired tape delayed on JSU TV
National TV: NA
TEAM QUICK HITS
-Jackson State finished 5th in the SWAC in scoring with 312 points in 11 games (28.4 ppg) in 2013.
-JSU finished 2nd in the SWAC in 3rd Down Conversion (42%) last season
-JSU ranked 2nd in the SWAC in Time of Possession (30:52).
-Last season JSU was ranked 1st in the nation in 4th down conversion percentage.
-JSU finished 3rd in the SWAC in Total Defense (365.6 yds/gme) in 2013.
-JSU finished 3rd in the SWAC in Scoring Defense last season (26.7 ppg).
INDIVIDUAL QUICK HITS
-The 2014 season opener marks QB La Montiez Ivy’s second career start. His 2013 season ended half way through the season opener with a leg injury
-8 receivers return from last year’s team. The unit will be led by senior Tobias Singleton who caught 30 passes for 476 yards and two TDs.
-WR Canard Brown returns as the SWAC’s leading punt returner (8.4 avg.).
-LB Ariane McCree returns as one of the top tacklers in the SWAC. Last season he was ranked 6th in the league with 94 tackles.
-LB Javancy Jones emerged as one of the top young defensive players in the SWAC, earning SWAC Freshman of the Year honors in 2013.
-LB Teddrick Terrell finished 2013 ranked third in the SWAC in sacks (7)
-DB Ryan Griffin finished seventh in the SWAC in interceptions with 3. He also returned an INT 70-yards for a TD against Tennessee State in the Southern Heritage Classic.
Tigers ranked in preseason poll
The Jackson State Tigers will open the season as the No. 7 ranked team in the nation (boxtorow.com poll). The Tigers will face five teams ranked in the poll. JSU will face the No. 1 ranked Tennessee State Tigers on Sept. 13 in the 25th annual Southern Heritage Classic. The No. 9 Prairie View A&M Panthers will visit Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium on Oct. 4 followed by another home game against the No. 4 Southern Jaguars on Oct. 25. On Nov. 8, JSU will travel to Montgomery, AL to face the No. 6 ranked Alabama State Hornets. The Tigers will end the regular season with a trip to Lorman, MS to face the No. 5 ranked Alcorn State Braves.
Ten Tigers named to College Sports Madness Preseason All-Conference Team
Ten Jackson State University football players were named to the College Sports Madness annual preseason All-SWAC team.
Sophomore linebacker Javancy Jones, the reigning SWAC Freshman of the Year, and sophomore wide receiver/punt returner Canard Brown were the Tigers named as first team members. Brown was listed as a punt returner.
Senior wide receiver Tobias Singleton, senior offensive lineman Jonathan Smith, senior linebacker Ariane McCree, senior linebacker Ryan Griffin and senior defensive back Antonio Sutton all make up the second team.
Senior running back Rakeem Sims, junior place kicker Ryan Deising, junior linebacker Tedderick Terrell and sophomore punter Darcy Williamson were selected as third team members.
JSU 14, FAMU 28
Circle City Classic * Indianapolis, Indiana (RCA Dome)
Dec, 4, 2003 * Attendance: 58,198
FAMU’s Paul Sharpe rushed for three touchdowns en route to a 28-14 victory over the Jackson State Tigers. Sharpe, who scored the first three touchdowns of the game, rushed for only three yards. Halfway through the third quarter the Rattlers held a 19-0 advantage.
With 1:25 left in the third quarter, Rashard Pompey scored on a 2-yd run, making the score 25-0.
JSU’s Robert Kent and Tim Manning connected for JSU’s first score on a four yard TD pass with 11:07 left in the game. The Tigers scored their final TD of the game on a Cletis Gordon 95-yard kickoff return.
-JSU leads the series 8-7-2.
- 35 pts is the most JSU has scored in the series when the two teams played on Sept. 17, 1994. JSU won 35-34.
-JSU and FAMU have played 7 times in Jackson, MS and 6 times in Tallahassee, FL.
-The two teams first squared off on Dec. 9, 1961 in Miami, FL in the Orange Blossom Classic, when FAMU won 14-8.
-JSU picked up its first win against FAMU on Dec. 8, 1962 in the Orange Blossom Classic in Miami, FL when the Tiger scored 22 points and held the Rattlers to six points. The Tigers claimed their first Black College National Championship under head coach John Merritt. JSU posted a 10-1 record.
NEW SHERRIF IN TOWN
For the first time in eight seasons a new head coach will roam the sidelines for the Jackson State Tigers. The 2014 season marks the first for head coach Harold Jackson at JSU. Following a successful NFL playing and coaching career, as well as coaching at other high profile college football programs, Jackson brings his brand of football to his alma mater. Jackson has vowed to bring excitement, discipline and a product that the entire state of Mississippi will be proud of.
PUT A RING ON IT
JSU head coach Harold Jackson is determined to get the Tigers back to the SWAC championship game, but this time with a different outcome. “I didn’t come here to put a team together because we already have a good team. I came here to finish a job that this group has already started.” Over the last two seasons the Tigers have gone to the SWAC title game and has lost each time in overtime. In 2012, the Tigers fell 21-24 to UAPB in OT. In 2013 the Tigers fell to Southern 27-34 in OT.
Under defensive coordinator Derrick Burroughs, the Tigers will switch from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 defense. Over the past six seasons, the Tigers have had one of the top defenses in the SWAC. JSU has been consistently ranked in the top three defenses in the league.
RUN & SHOOT - JACKSON STYLE
JSU offensive coordinator Timmy Chang will bring a brand of football to the capital city that Tiger fans are used to. Chang, who is a disciple of Hal Mumme and June Jones, has brought the run & shoot offense back to the magnolia state. Tiger fans will be reminded of the 2010 and 2011 JSU offenses that were triggered by All-American Casey Therriault. JSU’s then OC Ernest Wilson was also a Hal Mumme pupil.
JSU’S WC GORDEN CLASSIC RECORD
JSU has a 4-2 record in the W.C. Gorden Classic. The Tigers are looking for a two game winning streak with a victory over FAMU.