Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Jackson State faces tough obstacle in Las Vegas

JACKSON, Mississippi -- The odds are not in Jackson State’s favor of having fun in Las Vegas.

The Tigers face UNLV at 9 p.m. Thursday in the season opener for both teams.

Jackson State, under first-year coach Tony Hughes, has never beaten an FBS school in its 12 previous tries. The Tigers are also 0-2 against teams in the Mountain West Conference. The Rebels beat Jackson State 39-2 in 1975 in their previous meeting.

“We’ve prepared for this moment,” Hughes said in a SWAC teleconference call. “It’s not like this just snuck up on us and, ‘Oh, wow, we have to fly out to Las Vegas.’ I think our guys will be ready to play.”

Quarterback LaMontiez Ivy leads a high-powered Tigers offense with a deep receiving corps.


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