WATCH: Former Cocoa Tiger, Current JSU Receiver Willie Gaines Scores Game-Winning Touchdown
By SI.COM // September 13, 2022
gaines graduated from cocoa in 2019
ABOVE VIDEO: Game Winning Drive: Jackson State Wide Receiver Willie Gaines’ In Memphis
(SI.COM) – 51,351 fans witnessed an old fashion HBCU slugfest in the Southern Heritage Classic in a 16-3 defensive battle eventually won by the Jackson State Tigers over the Tennessee State Tigers.
“I’m glad we got out here with the victory, even though we did feel like we didn’t play our best football,” Coach Deion Sanders said in the postgame press conference.
The Jackson State offensive firepower was neutralized for most of the game by a rugged and well-coached Tennessee State defense.
As tension grew in the fourth quarter, Jackson State had to score and extend their 9-3 lead.
Then with 2:20 left on the clock, Shedeur Sanders tossed a strike to wide receiver Willie “Big Play” Gaines as he fought off a defender for a 27-yard touchdown reception.
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