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Jackson State’s DeSean McKenzie hauled in the winning touchdown in the final seconds to lift the Tigers to a 22-17 win over FAMU in the season opener for both teams Saturday night.Jackson State University

The 49-yard TD pass spoiled what would have been a fourth quarter comeback win for the Rattlers, which retook the lead with just 46 seconds to remaining in the game.

The Rattlers gave up 439 in total yards to Jackson Saturday, but limited them to field goals when the Tigers got into the red zone on three different occasions.

FAMU finished with 302 total yards, led by Fleming’s 188 yards passing and 59 yards rushing. He hit on 16 of 27 passes, tossing a pair of scoring strikes.

Freshman Gerald Hearns rushed for 56 yards on 16 carries, while finishing the night as the leading receiver with five receptions for 35 yards and a TD.

Defensive back Peter Tulloch led the Rattlers with nine tackles and one interception he returned 60 yards to set up Varnadore’s second quarter field goal. Safety Neal Cunningham also had nine tackles, while Terry Johnson and Akil Blount had eight each.

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