The 2021 Cricket Celebration Bowl features the 6-5 South Carolina State Bulldogs against the 11-1 Jackson State Tigers. Here is the 2021 Cricket Celebration Bowl Preview.
South Carolina State Bulldogs (6-5)
The Bulldogs started off the season losing four of their first five games, but finished winning five of their last six to win the MEAC. They were able to defeat two teams with an above .500 record in Norfolk State and NC Central. Their only loss to a below .500 team came at the hands of NC A&T.
South Carolina State scores 24.4 points per game, ranking them 74th in the FCS. They rush for 141.9 yards (ranked 66th in FCS) and pass for 210.2 yards per game (ranked 61st).
Corey Fields Jr. leads the team at the quarterback position. He has passed for 1,931 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions on 50.7 percent completion. Three wide receivers have over 300 receiving yards for the Bulldogs. Shaquan Davis leads the team with 652 receiving yards on 33 receptions. He also leads the team with five touchdown catches. Will Vereen has the most catches on the team with 44 for 567 yards and three touchdowns. Richard Bailey has also had a solid season with 33 receptions for 361 yards and two touchdowns.
The leading rusher for South Carolina State is Kendrell Flowers. He has 158 carries for 811 yards and 10 touchdowns on the year. Jacorey Benson and Donte Anthony have each rushed over 150 yards on the season to help give Flowers a breather.
The Bulldogs allow 27.6 points per game, ranking them 67th in the FCS. They concede 131.2 rushing yards (ranked 39th) and 222.2 passing yards per game (ranked 60th). Defensive back Decobie Durant has been a star for the Bulldogs with 11 passes defended and four interceptions.
Jackson State Tigers (11-1)
Deion Sanders was able to lead the Tigers to a 11-1 record. Their only loss of the season came to an FBS team in UL Monroe. The Tigers were able to defeat four teams with an above .500 record this season and win the SWAC Championship.
Jackson State scores 29 points per game, ranking them 42nd in the FCS. They pass for 254.7 yards (ranked 25th) and rush for 93.8 yards per game (ranked 112th).
Freshman Shedeur Sanders is the quarterback for the Tigers with 3,056 yards, 29 touchdowns and six interceptions on 67.9 percent completion. Sanders has five pass-catchers who have over 300 receiving yards on the season. Keith Corban leads the team in receiving with 65 receptions for 897 yards and six touchdowns. Malachi Wideman has a team-high with 12 touchdown catches on 31 catches and 498 yards.
Three running backs have over 200 rushing yards for Jackson State. Peytton Pickett is the leading rusher with 435 yards and five touchdowns. Santee Marshall has 426 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while JD Martin has 224 rushing yards and three touchdowns himself.
The Tigers sport the third-best defense at the FCS level, which allows 13.5 points per game. They give up 99.5 rushing yards (ranked 11th) and 156.4 passing yards per game (ranked third). Linebacker Aubrey Miller has led the team with 100 total tackles. James Houston leads the team with 14.5 sacks.
Jackson State has played on another level under Sanders. The Tigers have a great defense and a good passing offense. They will be too much for South Carolina State in the end.
Jackson State Tigers 30 South Carolina State 21
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