Jackson State football, Deion Sanders fall Grambling State 66-24

Jackson State football, Deion Sanders fall Grambling State 66-24

Jackson State’s defense was eventually forced to bend. The Tigers scored their first touchdown of the season in Saturday’s game against Grambling State – a 73-yard touchdown run by junior Maurice Washington as time expired in the first quarter – followed by a Shedeur Sanders fumble on return for a 23-yard touchdown from Bryan. A policeman.

However, coach Deion Sanders and Jackson State (3-0, 2-0 SWAC) were unfazed by a 66-24 victory over Grambling State (1-2, 0-1) in Saturday’s home opener.

Jackson State opened the game with a short field goal after a Grambling State fumble. Shedeur Sanders capped an eight-play, 21-yard drive with a one-yard TD. Shedeur Sanders finished with six total touchdowns, 325 yards passing and 31 rushing yards in the win.

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The Tigers couldn’t have asked for a better start defensively, forcing a fumble and an interception in Grambling’s first three drives. Jackson State capitalized on a Quaterius Hawkins interception and a five-yard Sy’veon Wilkerson touchdown run. The sophomore running back finished with 20 carries for 139 yards.

However, Jackson State and Grambling State were tied at 14-14 with 14:11 left in the second quarter after Powell’s fumble return for a touchdown. Grambling State used two fumbles to hang around in the first half before Shedeur Sanders and Jackson State pulled away.

Jackson State running back JD Martin (8) tries to get through Grambling's offensive line during an NCAA college football game in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. (Barbara Gauntt/Clarion Ledger, via AP)

Jackson State running back JD Martin (8) tries to get through Grambling’s offensive line during an NCAA college football game in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. (Barbara Gauntt/Clarion Ledger, via AP)

Jackson State scored 24 unanswered points in the third quarter behind Shedeur Sanders and Wilkerson. Shedeur Sanders opened the second half with a 26-yard TD pass to junior JD Martin. The Tigers scored on four consecutive drives in the third quarter, capped by an 11-yard TD run from Wilkerson and a 16-yard TD scramble by Shedeur Sanders.

Jackson State’s quarterback wasn’t done. Shedeur Sanders connected with Christian Allen for an 86-yard TD strike and Daniels for a 23-yard TD in Jackson State’s opening two possessions of the fourth quarter. Three of Shedeur Sanders’ four passing touchdowns went to Daniels. He finished with five catches for 99 yards and three touchdowns.

Jackson State’s defense limited Grambling State to one in the second half, a 74-yard touchdown pass from Hawkins to Lyndon Rash but that was the bulk of their production. Grambling State had 121 yards of offense and six first downs in the second half.

Hawkins finished 12-of-30 for 123 yards and two interceptions while Washington led the way with 78 rushing yards. Grambling State’s defense had three sacks and was led by Jaylon Turner with 10 total tackles.

This article originally appeared on the Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Jackson State football makes an impact in second half vs. Grambling State

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