Courtesy of Jackson State Athletics
LORMAN, Miss. – WR/ CB Travis Hunter returned an interception for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass to power Jackson State football to a 24-13 win over Alcorn at Jack Spinks / Marino Casem Stadium.
Hunter returned a second-quarter interception 44 yards for a touchdown and made a 19-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter to power JSU football to its first 11-0 regular season in program history and second consecutive 8-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference record.
Leading 17-13 in the fourth quarter, Hunter made both of his receptions on a key drive after Alcorn cut the JSU lead to four. Hunter made a 30-yard reception on the Tigers’ sideline to move JSU to the Alcorn 17-yard line. Two plays later, Hunter’s toe-drag catch in the far corner of the end zone, initially ruled incomplete, was overturned after a replay challenge for a touchdown with 11:26 remaining.
QB Shedeur Sanders (18-29, 216 yards, one TD, one INT) set two single-season passing records for competions in a season (now at 284) and touchdown passes (32). RB Sy’veon Wilkerson (21 carries, 63 yards, 1 TD) surpassed the 1,000-yarrd rushing mark on the season.
Defensively, JSU held its 10th opponent to 14 points or fewer, recording seven sacks in the game and holding Alcorn to 4 of 17 on third-down conversions.
Jackson State got on the board on its second drive of the first quarter. A 10-play, 38-drive ended with Alejandro Mata’s 38-yard field goal to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead with just over four minutes to play in the opening period.
After Alcorn took a 7-3 lead in the second quarter, the Jackson State defense came up big. Justin Ragin’s sack and forced fumble deep in Alcorn territory was recovered by JSU’s Jeremiah Brown and returned to the Braves’ 2-yard line. RB Sy’Veon Wilkerson scored on the next play to give Jackson State a 10-7 lead with 8:09 to play until halftime.
On the ensuing possession, Hunter’s pick six gave Jackson State a 17-7 lead it would take to the half.
Jackson State will return to action December 3 in the SWAC Championship Game in Jackson at The Vet, with the opponent TBD.
Next Game: vs. TBA 12/3/2022 | 3 PM ESPN2 JSU Sports Network
|04:19 – JSU – Mata,Alejandro 38 yd field goal 10 plays, 38 yards, TOP 03:00||3||0|
|11:42 – ALC – Howard,Jarveon 2 yd run (Kiani,Noah kick), 3 plays, 39 yards, TOP 00:39||3||7|
|08:06 – JSU – Wilkerson,Sy’veon 2 yd run (Mata,Alejandro kick), 1 plays, 2 yards, TOP 00:03||10||7|
|07:39 – JSU – Hunter,Travis 44 yd interception (Mata,Alejandro kick)||17||7|
|11:12 – ALC – Kiani,Noah 27 yd field goal 8 plays, 65 yards, TOP 03:48||17||10|
|14:22 – ALC – Kiani,Noah 43 yd field goal 4 plays, 3 yards, TOP 01:49||17||13|
|11:26 – JSU – Hunter,Travis 19 yd pass from Sanders,Shedeur (Mata,Alejandro kick) 7 plays, 68 yards, TOP 02:49||24||13|