Jones' third-quarter return gave UTM a 14-3 lead. Tony Bell recovered a fumble forced by Nick Dance, and two plays later Jarod Neal threw 7 yards to Corey Rogers for a 21-3 advantage with 1:31 left in the third.
Mike German, who threw for 314 yards, rallied Tennessee State (4-4, 1-3) with fourth-quarter touchdown passes of 26 yards to Weldon Garlington and 75 to Ryan Mitchell, the latter coming with 4:37 left. But the Skyhawks then ran out the clock. Mitchell had a career-high 156 yards receiving.
The Skyhawks (3-5, 2-3) led the entire game after Reuben Duckworth ran for a 10-yard score, his first career touchdown, for a 7-0 lead in the second quarter.
The Tigers had a 367-210 advantage in total yardage.