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Football Heads To Jackson State For Road Finale Saturday Afternoon

Football Heads To Jackson State For Road Finale Saturday Afternoon
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• Texas Southern returns to action on Saturday for its road finale as they’ll travel to Jackson, Miss. to face Jackson State at 2 p.m. inside Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.

• Saturday’s contest will feature live audio on KTSU 90.9 FM and will be shown live on ESPN+.

• TSU is coming off a tough 23-17 overtime loss to Southern in which they dominated the Jaguars statistically.

• TSU will face Jackson State for only the third time since 2016 and its second meeting in Jackson, Miss. since 2015. Since the SWAC started divisional play in 1999 both teams have only met 17 times. JSU has won eight straight over TSU as TSU’s last “official” win over JSU occurred in 2000 which is the last time TSU won in Jackson, Miss.

• Picked second in the SWAC East, Jackson State has a new head coach in T.C. Taylor and has the Tigers in position where they were picked as they’ve won four of their past five games. JSU has the top offense in the SWAC with 395.2 yards per contest and is fifth in defense (333.9) while leading the SWAC in sacks (24) and interceptions (14).

• JSU head coach T.C. Taylor served as an assistant at TSU for two seasons (2012-13) under former head coach Darrell Asberry.

• TSU has played a pair of quarterbacks this season in Andrew Body and Jace Wilson. Wilson has taken over the top spot due to an injury to Body.

• Running back LaDarius Owens has surpassed the career 2,000-yard rushing mark with 2,641 yards. He needs 294 more yards to become TSU’s all-time rushing leader which is currently held by Thomas Sieh with 2,934 yards. He’s currently fifth all-time with 18 rushing touchdowns.

• The Tigers feature fifth-year head coach Clarence McKinney. A Houston native, McKinney attended high school across the street at Jack Yates High School and played collegiately at Montana State and the University of Mary. He also served as head coach at Yates before joining the staffs at Houston, Texas A&M and Arizona.

Clarence McKinney is the 17th head coach in the history of Texas Southern Football. McKinney has a task ahead as the program has only had 28 winning seasons in 76 years of existence and hasn’t recorded a winning season since 2000.

• McKinney won as a student at Yates High School and helped the University of Mary post three winning seasons as a student-athlete in college which made school history. As head coach at Yates, McKinney posted a mark of 30-8 over three years before moving on to the collegiate ranks as an assistant. As an assistant at Houston, Texas A&M and Arizona, McKinney has only experienced three losing seasons in his 11 years of collegiate coaching.

Courtesy: TSUSports.com

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