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Jackson State beat Florida A&M on a Hail Mary as time expired (Video)

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Jackson State Tigers quarterback LaMontiez Ivy (9) is tackled by Tulane Green Wave defenders during the first half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The best finish from the first weekend of the season came from the FCS level.

Trailing 17-16 with 1.6 seconds left on the clock at home against Florida A&M, Jackson State needed a miracle. From the FAMU 49-yard line, JSU sophomore quarterback LaMontiez Ivy took a shotgun snap and surveyed in the pocket for a few seconds to allow his receivers to get down field.

Ivy then launched a Hail Mary pass that fell a few yards short of the goal line. Miraculously. after about four deflections, the ball fell into the waiting arms of junior receiver DeSean McKenzie in the endzone for the game-winning touchdown.

"The play was set to drop back and heave it up, and take it to the endzone," Ivy, who threw for 269 yards, said. "The (defensive) end could've sacked me. But I stepped back, threw it up as far as I could."

It was the second career touchdown reception for McKenzie, who said told the Clarion-Ledger that he had “dreamed about that moment before.”

The win came in head coach Harold Jackson’s first game with the program.

"As they say, it's not over until the fat lady sings, and the fat lady sung in the last play," said Jackson, a JSU alum and longtime NFL receiver.

That is certainly a great way to start a head coaching career.

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