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Jackson State gets back in win column with 21-6 routing of Mississippi Valley State

Jackson State head football coach T.C. Taylor (Photo courtesy of JSU Athletics)

Jackson State found its way back in the win column on Saturday with a 21-6 routing of in-state foe Mississippi Valley State.

The Tigers (5-3, 3-2 SWAC) were led by a stout defense in the victory. Holding the Delta Devils (1-6, 1-3) scoreless until late in the fourth quarter, Jackson State allowed just 291 yards of total offense on the day.

“We’ve got to learn how to close out close games,” Jackson State head coach T.C. Taylor said after the game. “We’re still growing as a football team, but we’ll take it and grow from it and get ready for next week.”

John Huggins led the Tigers’ defense with two of the team’s three interceptions, while the unit as a whole went on to compile 12 tackles for loss, eight sacks, and three quarterback hurries. Getting in on the backfield party were eight different players highlighted by 1.5 sacks each from Isaac Peppers and Tru Thompson.

On the offensive side of the ball, Jacobian Morgan went 20 of 36 passing for 141 yards with a touchdown and no turnovers. The Syracuse transfer added 75 yards and another score on the ground. His favorite receiver of the day was Fabian McCray, who walked away with 49 yards on four catches.

Next up for Jackson State will be an away game at Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-6, 0-4). Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. on Oct. 28.

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