It goes without saying that Deion Sanders is eager to win his final game with Jackson State.
The Tigers (12-0) aim to beat North Carolina Central (9-2) in the Celebration Bowl on Saturday and cap an undefeated season. Sanders will then turn his attention to Colorado, the next stop on his coaching journey, where he will hit the recruiting trail as soon as time permits.
Sanders, 55, will take over a program that has had just one winning season since 2005 and last signed a four-star prospect in 2020. The Pac-12 Buffaloes were 1-11 this year, and most of the matches were. Does not close with 10 losses by at least 23 points.
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But for at least the next few hours, Sanders’ attention is focused solely on Jackson State, a program that coaches “Prime,” as he likes to be called, embedded in a powerhouse among historically black colleges and universities. The Tigers went 27-5 under his watch and Sanders was twice named the Southwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
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The Celebration Bowl isn’t the only college football action on Saturday. It’s actually one of seven bowl games on the schedule, including the Las Vegas Bowl, which features the nation’s No. 14 team, Oregon State, against Florida.
Here are the highlights from Saturday’s best bowl games.
Celebration Bowl: Jackson State vs. N. Carolina Central
Coach Prime was emotional as he addressed his team before the game. And the love was mutual.
Eagles all business
However, it was North Carolina Central that dominated the first half of the game, outscoring its opponent 127-21 during the first pair of drives and taking a 10-0 lead when Davius Richard ran it from the 4 yards
On the board!
However, Jackson State struck on its next drive, pulling to within 10-7 when Colorado-bound Shedeur Sanders hit DJ Stevens with a 24-yard touchdown pass.
Las Vegas Bowl: Florida vs. No. 14 Oregon State
Highlights to come.
Oregon State Beavers
LA Bowl: Washington State vs. Fresno State
Highlights to come.
Washington State Cougars
Fresno State Bulldogs
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