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Five TDs from Sanders, 3 defensive scores power Jackson St. past FAMU at Orange Blossom Classic

Game played Sunday in Miami Gardens
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Posted at 7:21 PM, Sep 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-04 19:28:59-04

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Shedeur Sanders completed his first 16 passes and threw for five touchdowns to lead Jackson State past Florida A&M 59-3 in the Orange Blossom Classic on Sunday.

Shedeur Sanders
Jackson State quarterback Shedeur Sanders (2) stands back to pass during the first half of the Orange Blossom Classic NCAA college football game against Florida A&M, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Sanders completed 29 of 33 passes for 323 yards and the Jackson State defensive effort resulted in an interception return, fumble return and blocked punt for touchdowns.

Deion Sanders
Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders poses with the trophy after the Orange Blossom Classic NCAA college football game against against Florida A&M, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Kev’Ric Wiggins returned an interception 35 yards for a 38-3 lead in the third quarter. After Sanders threw his fifth TD pass, Aubrey Miller Jr. returned a fumble 19 yards for a touchdown, then Anthony Petty had a block-6 on a punt for the game's final score.

Jackson State (1-0), the No. 17-ranked team in FCS, outgained Florida A&M (0-2) 471-155 and forced four turnovers.

Rattlers quarterback Jeremy Moussa was 11-of-30 passing for 102 yards with two interceptions.

Jah'Marae Sheread, Jaylen Alexander
Florida A&M wide receiver Jah'Marae Sheread (10) is tackled by Jackson State safety Jaylen Alexander (29) during the first half of the Orange Blossom Classic NCAA college football game, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Both teams faced unusual circumstances in the week leading up to the game.

The Tigers dealt with the water issues affecting their home in Jackson, Miss. Fox News reported on Sunday that 160,000 people in Jackson are without clean drinking water.

Florida A&M continues to be beset with eligibility problems related to NCAA procedures. The Rattlers had 26 players declared ineligible before their season opener against North Carolina and ESPN reported that eight players remained ineligible for Sunday’s game.