Jackson State University might have officially hit rock bottom as a football program. Tuskegee University, out of Division II, took the Tigers to the woodshed on Saturday, Oct. 14, in the Fifth Quarter Classic.
Tuskegee opened up an early 13-0 lead in the second quarter before JSU cut the lead to 13-7 with just over four minutes before the break. The Tigers didn’t get closer for the rest of the game, though, as the wheels came off in the second half.
The Tuskegee Golden Tigers scored 20 unanswered points to romp to a 33-7 win, and JSU fell to a 0-6 record for the first time since 1969.
Tuskegee outgained its opponent 479 total yards to 117 total yards. The Jackson State Tigers only rushed for a meager 21 yards while the Golden Tigers rushed for 226 yards and added another 253 yards passing.
Jackson State managed just 96 passing yards with 14 of 28 completions, and the team went two for 12 on third-down conversions. Tuskegee didn’t fare better on third down, finishing two for eight for the game. The JSU offensive line gave up six sacks for a total loss of 39 yards, and the Tigers punted seven times during the contest while only forcing three Tuskegee punts.
JSU isn’t the only SWAC team that Tuskegee has defeated this season. The Golden Tigers also beat Alabama State University 14-6 in both team’s season opener.
This week’s loss made JSU’s 10th-consecutive defeat, dating back to the 2016 season. The last time that the Tigers won was Oct. 22, 2016, against Texas Southern University. Jackson State has just five more games this season to earn a victory. There are still a few chances for the Tigers to get a win based on the teams left on their schedule.
JSU next hosts 3-3 Southern University on Saturday, Oct. 21, in what could be the Tigers 11th straight loss. After that, though, JSU plays two winnable games on Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. The Tigers travels to 1-5 Mississippi Valley State University for the former and then hosts 1-5 Alabama State for the latter.
JSU will then hit the road for the final time this season against 3-4 Alabama A&M University on Nov. 11, and will wrap up the season at home against 5-2 Alcorn State University on Nov. 18.
As it stands right now, the Tigers have just two real chances at a victory besides pulling off an upset win over Southern, Alabama A&M or Alcorn State. Current head coach Tony Hughes just might not survive long enough to see this team break this losing streak.