Jackson State spoils Alabama State’s homecoming, wins program’s 500th game

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 Jackson State 5-0 , 3-0

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Alabama State 3-3 , 1-2


MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Jackson State University football team defeated Alabama State 26-12 Saturday at ASU Stadium to improve to 5-0 overall, 3-0 in Southwestern Athletic Conference play.
Heisman Trophy and Payton Award candidate QB Shedeur Sanders completed 30 of 44 passes for 336 yards and three touchdowns with one interception and RB Sy’Veon Wilkerson rushed 19 times for 88 yards as JSU football posted the 500th win in program history.
The top-ranked JSU defense limited the Alabama State offense to 177 yards and 13 first downs in the game. After yielding 71 yards in the first quarter, the Tigers’ defense limited Alabama State to 106 yards over the final three quarters, including only four yards in the second quarter.
Trailing 6-0 after one quarter, Jackson State put together back-to-back long scoring drives to end the half. Driving 80 yards in eight plays, Shedeur Sanders’35-yard touchdown pass to Willie Gaines put JSU ahead for good, 7-6 at the midway point of the period. Just before the half, Alejandro Mata’s 36-yard field goal capped a 10-play, 71-yard drive as the Tigers led 10-6 at the half.
In the third quarter, a nine-play, 86-yard drive ended with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Sanders to Kevin Coleman Jr. to extend the JSU lead to 17-6 that the Tigers would take into the fourth quarter.
Leading 17-12 in the fourth, an 11-play, 78-yard drive ended with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Sanders to J.D. Martin to extend the lead to 23-12 with less than seven minutes remaining. Gerardo Baeza’s 30-yard field goal with less than three minutes remaining completed the scoring.
Jackson State returns to action next Saturday against Bethune-Cookman in Jacksonville, Fla. at 3 p.m. CT on ESPN+.

Next Game:
vs. Bethune-Cookman
10/15/2022 | 3 PM CT
JSU Sports Network

Team Statistics

Total Yards441177
Pass Yards332138
Rushing Yards10939
Penalty Yards9-695-65
1st Downs2713
3rd Downs9-154-12
4th Downs0-20-0
ALST06:32 – ALST – Kisean Johnson 19 yd pass from Dematrius Davis (N. Eichner kick failed) 9 plays, 57 yards, TOP 4:1206
JSU07:32 – JSU – Willie Gaines 35 yd pass from Shedeur Sanders (Alejandro Mata kick) 8 plays, 80 yards, TOP 3:3176
JSU00:25 – JSU – Alejandro Mata 36 yd field goal 10 plays, 71 yards, TOP 4:46106
JSU01:28 – JSU – Ke. Coleman Jr. 25 yd pass from Shedeur Sanders (Alejandro Mata kick) 9 plays, 86 yards, TOP 3:48176
ALST12:00 – ALST – Keeundra Salter 0 yd fumble recovery (Ja’Won Howell rush failed)1712
JSU06:44 – JSU – JD Martin 16 yd pass from Shedeur Sanders (Ricciardi-Vital pass failed) 11 plays, 78 yards, TOP 5:102312
JSU02:38 – JSU – Gerardo Baeza 30 yd field goal 9 plays, 45 yards, TOP 3:18261

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