Jackson State football crushed by South Carolina State in Celebration Bowl: our best takeaways
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ATLANTA – Shaquan Davis rocked Deion Sanders’ touchdown celebration dance in the first half after tying the game with his first touchdown.
It was a sign of confidence from the MEAC champion Bulldogs who haven’t backed down at all from the spotlight surrounding the Cricket Celebration Bowl this week.
South Carolina State, the highest-winning program in MEAC history in terms of conference titles with 18, won an astonishing 31-10 against Jackson State in the same building where Sanders resides as a member of the Falcons honor ring.
This is the first national HBCU title since 2009 for the Bulldogs. And it’s the first Celebration Bowl loss for Jackson State, whose last HBCU national title dates back to 2007.
The South Carolina state defense stole the show by stopping Shedeur Sanders, the first year of the SWAC year, forcing several red zone turnovers from quarterback JSU.
Here are three observations of the game:
Red zone turnovers doom Jackson State
It wasn’t just that Jackson’s state offensive had made mistakes, it was here that it had made mistakes.
At the end of the second quarter, Shedeur Sanders fumbled over the Jackson State three-yard line, preparing for Davis’ first touchdown. Then he tipped a pass over the line of scrimmage, resulting in an interception that gave South Carolina State the first goal and a 10-yard line goal early in the third quarter.
But the fault is not entirely with the freshman quarterback, who was under tremendous pressure from the South Carolina state defensive line for most of the game. Jackson State’s run-game made the offense completely one-dimensional, totaling 16 yards per carry. And the offensive line has seen Sanders be sacked x times and dispatched x times.
Shaquan Davis does Deion Sanders dance and sets Celebration Bowl record
Shaquan Davis and his 6-foot-5 frame as a big red zone target proved to be the difference in the game. He had three short touchdowns that shifted the momentum in favor of the state of South Carolina. The three touchdowns are the most important in Celebration Bowl history.
But, perhaps even more remarkable than the scores, Davis ‘daring to use Sanders’ landing celebration with the coach watching on the sidelines as South Carolina State proceeded to the update. away from his team.
MEAC continues to dominate the Celebration Bowl
With the loss, SWAC teams are now 1-5 in the Celebration Bowl.
Upon entering the game, it appeared that this year would be a strong chance for SWAC to improve on this terrible record. North Carolina A&T, who won four Celebration Bowls, left MEAC for the Big South conference. Jackson State won 11 games for the first time.
But this Saturday’s game shows that the SWAC champions, even this year’s high-profile Jackson State team, have continued to battle the MEAC champions steadily since the game’s inception in 2015.
This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Deion Sanders, Jackson State crushed by South Carolina State in Atlanta
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