Courtesy of Jackson State Athletics
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jackson State University quarterback Shedeur Sanders threw a career-high tying five touchdown passes, and the defense tied an NCAA record with three safeties as the Tigers defeated Bethune-Cookman 48-8 Saturday at TIAA Bank Stadium.
Sanders, a Heisman Trophy and Walter Payton Award candidate, threw five scoring passes in a game for the second time this season (Florida A&M) in completing 36 of 48 passes for 272 yards, overcoming two interceptions. Sanders has now passed for 1,998 and 22 touchdowns with only four interceptions.
Dallas Daniels (7-55-2) and Shane Hooks (6-66-2) each caught two touchdown passes as Jackson State improved to 6-0 overall for the first time since 1983, as the Tigers are also now 4-0 in Southwestern Athletic Conference play.
JSU also scored three safeties in the game to tie an NCAA FCS record. This is the fourth time a team has scored three safeties in a game: Alabama St. vs. Albany St. (GA), Oct. 15, 1988; Davidson vs. Drake, Oct. 20, 2007; Prairie View vs. Ark.-Pine Bluff, Sept. 17, 2011.
The top-ranked JSU defense recorded seven sacks and limited Bethune-Cookman to 166 total yards (39 rushing / 127 passing). LB Jeremiah Brown had four tackles, 2.0 sacks, 2.0 tackles for loss, and one forced fumble, and was one of six players to record at least one sack (John Huggins, Nyles Gaddy, Justin Ragin, Baron Hopson, Khalil Arrington).
The Tigers scored touchdowns on their first three possessions to take a 21-0 lead after one. Sanders threw a five-yard scoring pass to Rico Powers, a four-yard TD pass to Daniels, and a 13-yard touchdown pass to Shane Hooks in the opening period.
In the second quarter, the first of three safeties was scored after a punt snap went over the head of the Bethune-Cookman punter and out of the end zone. On the ensuing drive, Sanders threw a five-yard scoring pass to Daniels to extend to a 30-0 lead JSU would take to the half.
In the third quarter, Hopson’s sack in the end zone for a safety led to a 51-yard scoring drive, ending with Santee Marshall’s six-yard scoring run for a 39-0 lead late in the third quarter.
Leading 39-8 in the fourth quarter, Huggins’ sack in the end zone tied the NCAA record. On the next possession, Sanders’ five-yard touchdown pass to Hooks provided the final margin.
Jackson State will host the 2022 homecoming game against Campbell next Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Next Game: Campbell 10/22/2022 | 2 PM ESPN+ JSU Sports Network
|12:19 – JSU – Powers,Rico 5 yd pass from Sanders,Shedeur (Mata,Alejandro kick) 8 plays, 42 yards, TOP 02:30||7||0|
|05:44 – JSU – Daniels,Dallas 4 yd pass from Sanders,Shedeur (Mata,Alejandro kick) 10 plays, 77 yards, TOP 04:21||14||0|
|04:10 – JSU – Hooks,Shane 13 yd pass from Sanders,Shedeur (Mata,Alejandro kick) 4 plays, 64 yards, TOP 01:08||21||0|
|12:27 – JSU – 0 yd safety||23||0|
|09:16 – JSU – Daniels,Dallas 5 yd pass from Sanders,Shedeur (Mata,Alejandro kick) 7 plays, 59 yards, TOP 03:14||30||0|
|05:32 – JSU – Hopson,Baron 0 yd safety||32||0|
|02:55 – JSU – Marshall,Santee 6 yd run (Mata,Alejandro kick), 7 plays, 51 yards, TOP 02:30||39||0|
|14:10 – BCU – Averett,Kemari 4 yd pass from Jones,Jalon ( rush) 8 plays, 45 yards, TOP 03:32||39||8|
|08:37 – JSU – Huggins,John 0 yd safety||41||8|
|04:29 – JSU – Hooks,Shane 7 yd pass from Sanders,Shedeur (Misiak,Glenn kick) 10 plays, 60 yards, TOP 04:02||48||8|