Jackson State handles Southern 35-0 on College GameDay

Oct 29, 2022, 4:30 AM | Updated: 4:49 pm
Jackson State quarterback Shedeur Sanders looks for an open receiver during the first half of an NC...

Jackson State quarterback Shedeur Sanders looks for an open receiver during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Southern University in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

              Jackson State quarterback Shedeur Sanders passes against Southern University during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
            
              Jackson State wide receiver Kevin Coleman Jr. (3) stretches for additional yards after catching a pass in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Southern University in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
            
              Jackson State linebacker Baron Hopson strips Southern University quarterback Besean McCray of the ball as he tries to run upfield during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. McCray recovered his fumble. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
            
              Southern University running back Kendric Rhymes (6) is pressured by Jackson State linebacker Jeremiah Brown (42) as he runs for a first down during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
            
              Jackson State linebacker Baron Hopson strips Southern University quarterback Besean McCray of the ball as he tries to run upfield during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. McCray recovered his fumble. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
            
              Southern University running back Jerodd Sims (24) runs for a first down against Jackson State during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
            
              Southern University kicker Joshua Griffin (45) has his field goal attempt blocked by Jackson State's defense during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
            
              Jackson State wide receiver Kevin Coleman Jr. (3) bobbles a pass but retains possession during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Southern University in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
            
              Jackson State quarterback Shedeur Sanders (2) is sacked by Southern University linebacker Jalan Campbell (56) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
            
              Jackson State defensive lineman Justin Ragin (92) is held by a Southern offensive lineman as he tries to tackle Southern University quarterback Besean McCray during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
            
              Jackson State quarterback Shedeur Sanders (2) sprints 42-yards to a first half touchdown against Southern during an NCAA college football game in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
            
              Jackson State linebacker Aubrey Miller Jr. pursues Southern University quarterback Besean McCray (11) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
            
              Jackson State's first Latino drum major Marvin Meda walks past the school's "Sonic Band of The South" band as they practice before an NCAA college football game between Jackson State and Southern in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
            
              Jackson State running back Sy'veon Wilkerson breaks away from Southern University defensive back Jordan Carter (7) on his way to a 26-yard touchdown run during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
            
              Jackson State quarterback Shedeur Sanders looks for an open receiver during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Southern University in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Shedeur Sanders handled prime time just fine, leading Jackson State to a 35-0 victory over Southern on Saturday for its best start in more than 40 years.

The son of “Prime Time” Deion Sanders, now known as Coach Prime of Jackson State and the reason College GameDay was in town, ran for two scores and threw for another to lead the Tigers to a weather-delayed win.

After a scoreless first quarter, Shedeur Sanders took control in the second quarter with three scores for the Tigers (8-0, 5-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference). He connected with Sy’veon Wilkerson for a 3-yard touchdown to cap an 18-play, 80-yard drive. Then Sanders ran the final 42 yards of a quick three-play 71-yard drive and three seconds before halftime, Sanders scored on a 12-yard burst then added a two-point conversion pass.

Wilkerson scored on a 26-yard run for the only score in the third quarter and then the game was delayed by more than an hour because of weather.

Southern (5-3, 3-2) was held to 221 total yards with two turnovers.

It’s only the fourth time since 2005 that College GameDay featured an HBCU matchup.

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Jackson State handles Southern 35-0 on College GameDay