Deion Sanders and JSU end perfect SWAC season
Jackson State, in front of an almost full crowd, finished a perfect SWAC season under the guidance of head coach Deion Sanders.
JSU used three touchdown passes by freshman sensation Shedeur Sanders and a solid defense to beat rival Alcorn State 24-10. An official total of 58,892 fans gathered in Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium to watch the game.
Alcorn State entered the board late in the second quarter with a 32-yard field goal by Noah Kiani to take a 3-0 lead. JSU responded with a three-yard touchdown to Keith Corbin with eight seconds left in the second quarter to take a 7-3 lead at halftime. That would add to that lead with a 41-yard field goal from Bailey Raborn with 8:19 left in the third quarter.
Alcorn State responded quickly with a 50-yard touchdown pass from Felix Harper to cap a 75-yard three-game drive that took less than a minute.
Shedeur Sanders and JSU would respond with a 31-yard touchdown pass to Shane Hooks to break the tie and give JSU a 17-10 lead. Sanders would connect with Corbin for his second touchdown of the day, a two-yard game, to put the game out of reach with 3:23 to go.
Jackson State improved to 46-29-1 against rivals in the State with the win. The loss of Alcorn State means Prairie View A&M will represent SWAC West in the championship game against Jackson State. Alcorn State had an outside chance of winning the title game, but it was expected to win on Saturday.
Deion Sanders and Jackson State will have a week off before facing Prairie View in the SWAC Championship Soccer game on December 4. The game will be played at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.