From Dennis Driscoll , Jackson State Associate Athletic Director
Defense and special teams wins championships.
Jackson State (11-1) scored defensive and special teams’ touchdowns and rolled to a 27-10 victory over Prairie View A&M (7-5) to claim the 2021 SWAC Football Championship.
Trailing 10-7 in the second quarter, All-SWAC First Team Return Specialist Isaiah Bolden bolted down the sidelines for a 91-yard kickoff return and the Tigers went to halftime with a 13-10 lead.
At 8:20 in the third quarter SWAC Newcomer of the Year and SWAC Championship Game Defensive MVP James Houston came through with a pick six to extend the lead to 20-13.
Peytton Pickett put the game away in the second half with a 5-yard touchdown run.
Pickett was the SWAC Championship Game Offensive MVP with 107 yards on 19 carries for 5.6 yards per rush.
All-SWAC First Team Linebacker Aubrey Miller, Jr.finished with a game-high 7.5 tackles, 1 sack and 1 tackle for loss. All-SWAC Second Team Linebacker Keonte Hampton added 5.5 tackles, 1 sack and recovered a fumble.
True freshman Cam’Ron Silmon-Craig finished with two interceptions.
The Tigers advance to the Celebration Bowl and match-up with MEAC champion South Carolina State on Saturday, December 18 on ABC.
–James Houston SWAC Championship Game Defensive MVP
–Peytton Pickett SWAC Championship Game Offensive MVP
-11 wins most ever for a Jackson State football team
-17th SWAC title