Jackson State football crushed by South Carolina State in Celebration Bowl.. Shaquan Davis broke out Deion Sanders’ signature touchdown celebration dance in the first half after he tied the game with his first touchdown.
It was a signal of confidence from MEAC champion South Carolina State, which didn’t back down from the spotlight surrounding the Cricket Celebration Bowl against Sanders’ Jackson State program this week.
South Carolina State, the winningest program in MEAC history in terms of conference titles with 18, pulled off a stunning 31-10 upset of Jackson State in the building where Sanders resides as a member of the Atlanta Falcons’ ring of honor.
It was the most lopsided game in the history of the Celebration Bowl, which began in 2015.
It’s the first HBCU national title since 2009 for the Bulldogs (7-5). And it’s the first Celebration Bowl loss in the first appearance for Jackson State (11-2), whose last HBCU national title was in 1996.
The South Carolina State defense stole the show by shutting down SWAC freshman of the year Shedeur Sanders, forcing the quarterback into multiple red-zone turnovers.
With the loss, SWAC teams are now 1-5 in the Celebration Bowl.
Coming into the game, it appeared this season would be different. North Carolina A&T, which won four Celebration Bowls, left the MEAC for the Big South conference, leaving an opportunity for the SAW. Jackson State won 11 games this season for the first time ever.