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JSU earns bragging rights after 7-3 Capital City Classic victory over SWAC East champs Alcorn

With victory clearly on their minds, JSU players and coaches belt out the alma mater after shocking Alcorn.

With victory clearly on their minds, JSU players and coaches belt out the alma mater after defeating Alcorn. (Photo by Kentrice S. Rush/JSU)

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Tiger defenders maul a Braves running back.

Tiger defenders maul a Braves running back. (Photo by Charles A. Smith)

Jackson State University Tigers wrapped up its season in dramatic fashion after JSU linebacker Shawn Bishop recovered a fourth-quarter fumble orchestrated by fellow team member and linebacker Andre Lloyd, who stripped the ball from Alcorn.

The play resulted in JSU taking ownership and running out the clock to secure a 7-3 win over its longtime nemesis and the SWAC East champions.

JSU’s only score came in the second quarter when Terrell Kennedy scampered 69 yards for what would be the most pivotal score.

With the win, the Tigers closed its season by winning three of their last four games.

Lloyd, excited about his touchdown, said the team played “sound, disciplined defense like we’ve been coached to do.” He said it wasn’t a perfect game because “you’re never going to be perfect in anything you do.”

JSU Head Coach Tony Hughes watches action as his team delicately hangs on to its lead.

JSU Head Coach Tony Hughes watches action as his team delicately hangs on to its lead. (Photo by Charles A. Smith/JSU)

Meanwhile, other players said the key to winning was to shut down Alcorn’s run. They credited teamwork and JSU’s coaching staff for its heavy emphasis on solid defense.

JSU Head Coach Tony Hughes was clearly ecstatic.

A fan rallies JSU to action.

A fan rallies JSU to action. (Photo by Kentrice S. Rush/JSU)

“This win is huge. It’s bragging rights,” said Hughes, suggesting it would be the talk of the town and likened it to the euphoria experienced after winning any other games.

“It’s in the grocery stores. It’s in the mall. It’s Jackson State and Alcorn at the coffee pot. It’s playing marbles. It’s playing Spades. It’s playing Bid whist. It’s playing Backgammon. It’s playing Poker. To beat Alcorn is the greatest accomplishment … as a team. … This is the one that matters most.”

As for the future, Hughes expressed tremendous excitement.

“We have a lot of young players. We have to continue to build. We’ll have another young team next year. We have confidence in them.”

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Senior wide receiver Jevon Floyd soars above Alcorn. (Photo by Charles A. Smith/JSU)

Senior wide receiver Jevon Floyd soars above Alcorn. (Photo by Charles A. Smith/JSU)

Emotions run high at the sweet taste of victory.

Emotions run high at the sweet taste of victory. (Photo by Kentrice S. Rush/JSU)