Tennessee State’s Jake Locker looks to lead Vols to BCS title

Tennessee State quarterback Jake Locksley threw for 263 yards and a touchdown and ran for a touchdown in the Vols win over Vanderbilt.

The Tigers (4-2, 2-0 SEC) overcame a 27-0 deficit in the second half and earned a spot in the BCS National Championship Game with a 45-35 victory on Saturday.

Locks, who completed 14 of 25 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns, completed 14-of-22 passes for 219 yards and one score in the win.

Tennessee State led 28-0 at halftime and held Vanderbilt (3-2) to two field goals.

The Vols opened the second quarter with a 9-play, 69-yard drive to set up Locks’ third TD run of the game.

He finished with three carries for 22 yards and added another score.

Locker completed his second pass of the day with 1:24 left in the third quarter to set a school record for the longest touchdown run in a college football game.

Vanderbilt quarterback Jake Smith threw for 189 yards and three touchdowns in the loss.

SEC Network analyst Brent Musburger called the performance by the Volunteers a “pretty impressive” one.

“Jake Locks is the No. 1 quarterback in this league right now, and we’ll see what happens with Jake Smith,” Musburgers said.

“He was very, very good against the Vanderbilt defense, but Jake Locking was really, really good.”

The Tigers improved to 10-1 overall and 6-1 in the SEC with Locks.

The last time Tennessee State lost in the regular season was the 2009 season, when Locks and junior Derek Carr threw for 1,066 yards and 16 touchdowns in a 31-14 victory.

Tennessee has lost five of the last six games.