Deion Sanders and Jackson State Win SWAC Championship

Deion Sanders and Jackson State captured the SWAC Championship Saturday with a 27-10 win over Prairie View A&M. Sanders’ first traditional season at the helm netted a conference title for Jackson State for the first time since 2007. The Tigers (11-1) meet South Carolina State, champions of the MEAC, in the sixth edition of the Celebration Bowl, Dec. 18 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

It is first appearance for both Jackson State and South Carolina State in the Celebration Bowl, which pits the SWAC and MEAC champs in the de facto national championship of Black college football.

Jackson State got excellent play from a suffocating defense against Prairie View A&M as the Tigers limited the Panthers to 230 yards of offense and forced five turnovers. Shedeur Sanders, the son of Deion Sanders, completed 8 of 16 passes for 85 yards with a touchdown and interception. The offense was sparked by running back Peytton Pickett’s 97 yards and a touchdown.

Deion Sanders was named the SWAC Coach of the Year last month for his efforts this season.

“Jackson State’s Sanders led the Tigers to a 10-1 overall record and a perfect 8-0 mark in SWAC regular season play,” the press release said. “Under Sanders’ leadership the Tigers are currently ranked in the top 15 of the FCS Coaches Poll and are also ranked in the top 25 of the Stats FCS Poll. The Tigers claimed the SWAC East Division title for the first time since the 2013 season. For his efforts Sanders has been named a finalist for the Stats Perform FCS Eddie Robinson award.”

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SOURCE: 247 Sports, Clint Buckley