MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) – Shedeur Sanders threw for 362 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday night to lead Jackson State to a 38-16 victory over Tennessee State in the Southern Heritage Classic.
Sanders completed 30 of 40 assists as Jackson State (2-0) used a pair of third quarter scores to build their lead. As part, the freshman from Canton, TX connected with Keith Corbin III for a 67-yard touchdown, then completed a 10-yard scoring throw to Shane Hooks.
An 81-yard punt return by Warren Newman in the fourth quarter added to Jackson State’s advantage.
Tennessee State (0-2) could handle little offensively, especially when Jackson State was building their lead. In that third quarter, when Jackson State pulled away, Tennessee State only managed 54 yards of offense.
Sanders spread around his passing, connecting with nine receivers, the most accomplishments in Southern Heritage Classic history. The 362 passing yards were the third highest ever for the game.
The game featured two former NFL stars coaches on the sidelines – Eddie George for Tennessee State and Deion Sanders who ran the show for Jackson State.
It was also the 29th time the schools had competed in the Southern Heritage Classic held at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. It was the first time George or Sanders coached the match.
The Sanders-George game increased the hype, attention and excitement surrounding the game; think of the hatchbacks outside of Neyland Stadium in Tennessee; Bryant-Denny Stadium, home of the Crimson Tide; the shoe in the state of Ohio; or a great ball game.
Jackson State held a 10-7 halftime lead thanks to a 28-yard field goal from Glenn Misiak in the dying seconds of the second quarter.
Take it away
Tennessee State: TSU, after a 16-10 loss to Grambling State, once again struggled to move the ball, especially reaching the end zone. For the night, Tennessee State did not get more than 200 yards of total offense until the last minute of the game.
Jackson State: JSU, who beat Florida A&M 7-6 last week, still used big plays in the third quarter with a blocked punt to set another score and built enough lead as Sanders had the one of the best spent nights in the history of the Southern Heritage Classic.
State of Tennessee: Welcomes the State of Kentucky next Saturday.
Jackson State: Trip to Louisiana-Monroe next Saturday.