Monday, September 5, 2016
JACKSON, Mississippi -- Jackson State couldn’t give coach Tony Hughes his first career win last Thursday when the Tigers opened their season on the road with a 63-13 loss to UNLV.
But the first-year coach saw enough positives in the lopsided defeat that he’s confident heading into Saturday’s Southern Heritage Classic in Memphis against Tennessee State.
“If you watch the game, you know it’s one-sided and UNLV made all the plays,” Hughes told reporters after the game. “Our whole goal coming in the second half was to win the second half. Let’s score more points than they do in the second half, hold our head high with dignity and let’s get on the bus and go home and get ready for Tennessee State.
“I liked the way our kids competed. They never quit, they never started complaining or pointing the finger at one another, and we really grew as a team through the adversity. We have something to build on for the future, not just for Tennessee State, but for the rest of the year.”