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Jackson St. travels to Tennessee St. in Southern Heritage Classic

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September 11, 2022Updated: September 11, 2022 7:36 AM


MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) — Shedeur Sanders threw a touchdown pass and Alejandro Mata kicked three short field goals to lead Jackson State to a 16-3 victory over Tennessee State in Saturday night’s Southern Heritage Classic in the Liberty Bowl.

The Jackson State defense, which has yet to allow one touchdown this season, had eight sacks and held Tennessee State (0-2) to 140 yards from offense.

Sanders completed 30 of 44 passes for 276 yards for FCS No. 15 Jackson State (2-0). His 27-yard pass to Willie Gaines for the game’s only touchdown came with 2:20 left in the fourth quarter.


Mata’s field goals – 27, 28 and 30 yards – were all on red zone possession.

Shane Hooks had 93 yards receiving and Sy’veon Wilkerson rushed for 81 yards for Jackson State.

Tennessee State’s Darylen Ellis was 10-of-24 and passed 138 yards and was on the receiving end of all eight sacks.

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