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Boombox Classic
Jackson State-Southern football rivalry
SportAmerican football
First meetingNovember 30, 1929[1]
Southern, 98-0[1]
Latest meetingNovember 19, 2019
Southern, 40-34
Next meetingSeptember 26, 2020
Statistics
Meetings total65
All-time seriesSouthern, 36-29 (including 2 vacated wins[2])
Jackson State, 29-36
Largest victorySouthern, 98-0 (1929)
Jackson State, 41-0 (1981)
Longest win streakSouthern, 7 (1929, 1958-1963)
Jackson State, 7 (1977-1983)
Current win streakSouthern, 6 (2013-Present)
Locations of Jackson State and Southern University

The Jackson State-Southern football rivalry (also known informally as the BoomBox Classic since 2010[3]) is a college football rivalry between the Jackson State University Tigers and Southern University Jaguars. An annual conference game between two historically black universities in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, its location usually rotates between JSU's Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium and SU's A. W. Mumford Stadium, but it has also been held at larger venues to accommodate the crowds that the game draws. As of 2019, the Jaguars lead the series 36-29 (including two vacated wins.[2]).

History

The teams first met on November 30, 1929, a 98-0 win by Southern.[1] They did not play again until 1958, when Jackson State joined the SWAC. Since then, the conference rivals have played each other every year--and twice in 1999 and 2013, when Southern defeated Jackson State in SWAC championship games. In fact, both schools are among the most successful SWAC members. Through 2017 Southern has won the second-most SWAC football titles (19), while Jackson State has won the third-most (16); however, Southern was ordered to vacate its 2013 and 2014 wins by the National Collegiate Athletic Association,[2] which may cause it to lose its 2013 conference title.

The game draws substantial crowds and has sometimes been played at alternative venues to accommodate the numbers. It was played in Baton Rouge's Memorial Stadium in 1978,[4] since it could hold upwards of 25,000 fans, while Southern's stadium could only hold 13,000 at the time.[5] It was also played in New Orleans in 2002 and 2004[6] as part of the "Big Easy Classic."[7] From 2008 to 2010 it was played at Jackson State's venue to take advantage of the larger capacity.[8]

The intense rivalry extends beyond the game itself, featuring a battle between the schools' well-respected and popular marching bands, Jackson State's "Sonic Boom of the South" and Southern's "Human Jukebox."[8] Hence, the game is commonly referred to by using a portmanteau of the bands' names--the BoomBox Classic. The BoomBox battle happens before the game begins and continues after the game has been decided, known as the "Zero Quarter" and "Fifth Quarter" respectively in the HBCU community.


Game results

Jackson State victoriesSouthern victoriesTie gamesVacated games[2]
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 November 30, 1929[1] Southern 98-0
2 October 25, 1958 Scotlandville Southern 30-6
3 October 24, 1959 Jackson Southern 22-6
4 October 22, 1960 Scotlandville Southern 41-0
5 October 21, 1961 Mobile, AL Southern 17-7
6 October 20, 1962 Scotlandville Southern 19-14
7 October 19, 1963 Jackson Southern 17-16
8 October 17, 1964 Scotlandville Jackson State 9-0
9 October 16, 1965 Jackson Southern 24-21
10 October 15, 1966 Scotlandville Southern 9-0
11 October 14, 1967 Jackson Jackson State 3-0
12 October 19, 1968 Scotlandville Southern 30-16
13 October 18, 1969 Jackson Southern 47-21
14 October 17, 1970 Scotlandville Southern 27-14
15 October 16, 1971 Jackson Jackson State 49-28
16 October 14, 1972 Scotlandville Jackson State 22-17
17 October 13, 1973 Jackson Jackson State 28-3
18 October 19, 1974 Scotlandville Southern 21-19
19 October 18, 1975 Jackson Southern 21-20
20 October 16, 1976 Scotlandville Southern 20-6
21 October 15, 1977 Jackson Jackson State 38-0
22 October 14, 1978 Baton Rouge[4] Jackson State 41-14
23 October 13, 1979 Jackson Jackson State 34-0
24 October 18, 1980 Scotlandville Jackson State 7-6
25 October 17, 1981 Jackson Jackson State 41-0
26 October 16, 1982 Baton Rouge Jackson State 17-10
27 October 15, 1983 Jackson Jackson State 31-0
28 October 13, 1984 Baton Rouge Southern 34-28
29 October 19, 1985 Jackson Jackson State 27-9
30 October 18, 1986 Baton Rouge Jackson State 16-9
31 October 17, 1987 Jackson Jackson State 14-0
32 October 15, 1988 Baton Rouge Jackson State 23-3
33 October 14, 1989 Jackson Southern 21-7
34 October 13, 1990 Baton Rouge Jackson State 52-14
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
35 October 19, 1991 Jackson Southern 21-20
36 October 17, 1992 Baton Rouge Jackson State 25-24
37 October 16, 1993 Jackson Southern 16-3
38 October 15, 1994 Baton Rouge Jackson State 24-21
39 October 14, 1995 Jackson Jackson State 16-14
40 October 19, 1996 Baton Rouge Southern 27-16
41 October 18, 1997 Jackson[9] Southern 28-8
42 October 17, 1998 Baton Rouge Southern 33-28
43 October 16, 1999 Jackson Southern 26-14
44 December 11, 1999 Birmingham, AL+ Southern 31-30
45 September 23, 2000 Baton Rouge Jackson State 13-10
46 October 13, 2001 Jackson Jackson State 24-21
47 September 21, 2002 New Orleans Jackson State 36-13
48 October 18, 2003 Jackson Southern 30-20
49 October 16, 2004 New Orleans Southern 45-7
50 October 15, 2005 Baton Rouge Southern 20-14
51 October 14, 2006 Jackson Jackson State 31-28
52 October 13, 2007 Baton Rouge Jackson State 32-26
53 October 4, 2008 Jackson Southern 35-28
54 October 3, 2009 Jackson Jackson State 22-14
55 October 16, 2010 Jackson Jackson State 49-45
56 October 17, 2011 Baton Rouge Jackson State 28-24
57 September 22, 2012 Jackson Southern 28-21
58 September 28, 2013 Baton Rouge Jackson State 19-14
59 December 7, 2013 Houston, TX+ Southern 34-27
60 October 25, 2014 Jackson Southern 42-28
61 September 19, 2015 Baton Rouge Southern 50-31
62 October 15, 2016 Jackson Southern 28-24
63 October 22, 2017 Jackson Southern 35-17
64 October 27, 2018[10] Baton Rouge Southern 41-7
65 November 16, 2019 Jackson Southern 40-34
Series: Southern leads 36-29
+--SWAC Championship Game[11]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Southern Jaguars: 1929 Schedule (7-1)". cfbinfo.com. Retrieved .
  2. ^ a b c d "Robinson 5 TDs for No. 16 TCU in 55-7 win over Southern U". si.com. 2018. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "SU Marches In Sideline View Boombox Classic 2010". DWood FilmZ. Retrieved .
  4. ^ a b Joe Planas (November 25, 1979). "Ex-'fat dude' at home away from home". Baton Rouge Sunday Advocate (sec. D, p. 6).
  5. ^ Joe Macaluso (November 15, 1979). "University sports". Baton Rouge Morning Advocate (Newcomers Guide Special Edition, pp. 42-43).
  6. ^ "Southern vs Jackson St. (MS)". cfbdatawarehouse.com. College Football Data Warehouse. 2012. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Joseph Schiefelbein (October 14, 2004). "SU players excited about playing in Superdome". Baton Rouge Advocate (sec. C, p. 3).
  8. ^ a b Perry White (September 16, 2011). "Jackson State vs. Southern - A Rivalry Renewed in Baton Rouge". HBCU Digest. Retrieved .
  9. ^ Greg Abadie (October 19, 1997). "High-powered JSU offense unable to get on track". Baton Rouge Sunday Advocate (sec. C, p. 14).
  10. ^ "Live updates: Jackson State vs. Southern University football". clarionledger.com. October 27, 2018. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Jackson State vs Southern (LA)". cfbdatawarehouse.com. Retrieved .

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