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Southern Miss Athletics October 31, 1987: Southern Miss 17, Jackson State 7 - Historic Battle

Southern Miss met Division 1-AA Jackson State on Oct. 31, 1987, before a crowd of 33,687 at Roberts Stadium, the first time that one of the state’s three major football programs had played against a historically black school. The game was tied at the end of the first half, but the Golden Eagles took a 7-0 lead when James Henry returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. Tailback Shelton Gandy’s seven-yard touchdown run increased the lead to 14 early in the fourth quarter before Chris Seroka booted a 44-yard field goal to make the score 17-0. The Tigers finally got on the scoreboard on a one-yard run by All-America tailback Lewis Tillman but could get nothing more in the 17-7 defeat. "One thing ought to be clear," said coach Jim Carmody. "Jackson State is as good or perhaps better than a lot of Division I teams that we play. They make few mistakes. They are sound fundamentally. They are well motivated and well coached. And when they tackle you, they stay tackled."