Deion Sanders won’t be leaving Jackson State on a high following his appointment in Colorado. The 55-year-old will be in charge of another program next season, so he probably won’t feel as bad after this latest loss, but he must have been keen on ending his JSU era with a win.
The 12-0, 8-0 Tigers entered the Cricket Celebration Bowl as the favorites against North Carolina, one win away from a perfect season, but they couldn’t quite get it done.
North Carolina set the tone early, scoring three points on their first drive before going 10-0 in the first quarter.
The Tigers took the lead in the second quarter to go into halftime with a 21-17 scoreline but the Eagles ended the third period with the advantage, with JSU failing to score any points (26-21). Deion’s squad still managed to take the lead in the fourth yet relinquished it again. North Carolina appeared to have the game won late on, however, Jackson State tied things up as time expired to send it to overtime.
The Eagles got the first possession of the period and found their way into the end zone from a yard out. The Tigers gave themselves an opportunity to do the same, but Deion’s son Shedeur threw two incomplete passes from one yard to hand the win to North Carolina.
Given his accuracy on the final pass, Shedeur should, in no way, be blamed for the loss.
The loss has to be a heartbreaking one considering the manner in which Jackson State kept fighting back. It also means Sanders will leave JSU with an 0-2 record in the Celebration Bowl. He won’t be able to boast a perfect final season either.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.