Tennessee State 23, Jackson State 14
Before the inaugural Classic, TSU coach Joe Gilliam Sr.
said of Jackson State: "They have the arsenal. We don't
have too much."
His opponent, JSU coach W.C. Gorden, wasn't buying any of
it: "Many of the things we do defensively, we learned
from coach Gilliam."
On game day, the polite trash talk evaporated, and the TSU
players showed they did indeed have an arsenal of their own
- and it was too much for whatever defensive lessons JSU had
learned from the opposing coach.
Jackson State bulldozed its way to a 14-3 halftime lead, but
then Tennessee State's reserve quarterback, Jimmy Bethea,
came into the game to take his first-ever snaps from center
in a collegiate game.
He promptly threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in
the third quarter.
The Southern Heritage Classic was off and running, much to
the delight of the 39,579 fans in the stadium.