A new champion of HBCU football has been crowned.
Coach Deion Sanders led JSU to a 11-2 record this fall, while coach Oliver “Buddy” Pough coached SCSU to a 7-5 mark.
South Carolina State wide receiver Shaquan Davis grabbed a Celebration Bowl-record three touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Corey Fields Jr. threw four touchdowns.
The Bulldogs neutralized JSU’s explosive punt return package of Florida State transfer Isaiah Bolden and senior Warren Newman III with rugby punts. South Carolina State’s aggressive defense forced either tough passes from freshman quarterback Shedeur Sanders or the Tigers to turn to their limited run game. The Jerry Rice Award winner, Shedeur threw two interceptions in the loss.