Jackson State Wins Home Opener Over Delta State

Jackson State wins its home opener over Delta State in a closer-than-comfortable contest.
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Delta State received the football at the JSU 35 yard-line, went 3-and-out, and punted to the Tigers. JSU had an eight-play drive for 33 yards and ended in a 40-yard Misiak kick. Tigers were up 3-0 with 11:07 in the first quarter.

After a pair of fruitless drives by Jackson State and Delta State, the Tigers scored on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Sanders to Corbin. Tigers increased the lead by 10 after Misiak's extra point was good. The scoring drive was for 40 yards in 6 plays and 1:51 off the game clock with 52 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Statesmen and Tigers traded a couple of possessions until return specialist Warren Newman returned the pigsking 55 yards to the Statesmen 10 yard line. A penalty got the Tigers closer on the five-yard before Shedeur Sanders connected again with Corbin for a 13-yard strike with 1:45 left in before halftime. Sanders guided a drive 3-play scoring drive in 1:03. A Misiak extra point try gave the Tigers a 17-0 lead at the half.

When Delta State's Patrick Shegog completed a 35-yard touchdown pass to Dohnte Meyer, the Statesmen finally got on the board on a 6-play, 68-yard march that lasted 2:30 minutes. Conner Mantelli's kick attempt was successful. The Tigers led 17-7 in the 3rd quarter. 

JSU took a long sustained drive of 8-plays and 73 yards in 3:12 minutes when Sanders tossed his 3rd touchdown pass to Warren Newman for 6 yards. 24-7 lead for 1:16 in the 3rd.

Delta State quickly answered on Deion Dampier's 64-yard touchdown scamper through JSU's defense to creep closer at 14-24 with 59 seconds remaining in the 3rd quarter.

Delta State added a Mantelli field goal to get within a touchdown, 24-17, with 14:50 on the clock.

Jackson State (3-1, 1-0 SWAC) ran out the game clock and escaped with a 24-17 victory over the Delta State Statesmen (2-2, 0-1).

Shedeur Sanders had a solid game.  The JSU quarterback passed for 251 yards on 25-of-36 passes, 3 touchdowns, and a 155.5 QBR.   Delta State's Shegog connected on 12-of-33 attempts for 91 yards, 1 touchdown, and 69.5 QBR.

Up Next

Jackson State will have its toughest test of the season on Oct. 9.  The Tigers will visit the No. 1 ranked HBCU football team, Alabama A&M, in Louis Crews Stadium at 2:00 PM CT.  The Bulldogs defeated Tuskegee in the Gulf Coast Classic, 45-35.  A&M improved its record to (3-0, 1-0 SWAC).

The game will highlight two of the top quarterbacks in the SWAC with Shedeur Sanders (JSU) battling Aqeel Glass (A&M).  


Jackson State

  • Corbin: 8 rec., 113 yards, 2 TDs
  • W. Newman: 11 rec., 78 yards, 1 TD
  • S. Marshall: 14 rushes, 64 yards
  • A. Miller: 9 tackles, 1 TFL
  • D. Davis: 6 tackles, 3 TFL
  • G. Misiak: 1-of-2 FG attempts
  • B. Raborn: 5 punts, 177 yards

Delta State

  • D. Meyers:  3 rec., 54 yards, 1 TD
  • D. Dampier:  8 rushes, 93 yards, 1 TD
  • M. Terry: 11 tackles, 4 TFL (3 solo, 1.0 assisted)
  • D. Williams: 11 tackles, 1.5 TFL
  • C. Mantelli: 1 FG, 4 KOs for 248 yards
  • K. Gainwell: 3 returns, 71 yards
  • P. Burleson: 9 punts for 365 yards, 2 inside the 20