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North Carolina Central Eagles (10-2)


NC Central beats Jackson State in Deion Sanders' final game

ATLANTA (AP) Quarterback Davius Richard ran for 97 yards and two touchdowns, including a 1-yard scoring plunge in overtime, and North Carolina Central beat Jackson State 41-34 in Saturday's Celebration Bowl to spoil coach Deion Sanders' bid for an undefeated season in his final game with the Tigers.

The Eagles' defense made a goal-line stand on Jackson State's first overtime possession to preserve the win. Tight end Hayden Hagler's drop on third down from the 1 set up an incompletion by Jackson State quarterback Shedeur Sanders to end the game regarded as the championship of teams from historically Black college and universities.

Sanders' 19-yard touchdown pass to Travis Hunter as time expired in regulation set up Alejandro Mata's tying extra point to send the game to overtime. It was the fourth scoring pass of the game for Sanders, who also ran for a score.

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Leaders
Passing Yards: D. Richard2661
Passing TDs: D. Richard25
Rushing Yards: L. Collier979
Rushing TDs: D. Richard15
Receiving Yards: E. Hicks613
Receiving TDs: E. Hicks7
Interceptions: None 
Schedule 2022
Date Opponent Result / Time
9/3 vs. North Carolina A&T W 28 - 13
9/10 vs. Winston-Salem State W 41 - 0
9/17 at New Hampshire W 45 - 27
9/24 vs. Virginia-Lynchburg W 59 - 14
10/1 at Campbell L 18 - 48
10/13 vs. Morgan State W 59 - 20
10/22 at South Carolina State L 24 - 26
10/29 at Delaware State W 28 - 21
11/5 vs. Howard W 50 - 21
11/12 at Norfolk State W 48 - 14
11/19 at Tennessee Tech W 22 - 20
12/17 vs. Jackson State W 41 - 34
Mid-Eastern Athletic
  Conference Overall
21 North Carolina Central 4-1 10-2
Howard 4-1 5-6
Delaware State 2-3 5-6
Morgan State 2-3 4-7
Norfolk State 2-3 2-9
South Carolina State 1-4 3-8
Offense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 5331 (19)
Passing Yards: 2804 (32)
Rushing Yards: 2527 (15)
Points per game: 38.6 (6)
Yards per game: 444.3 (16)
Touchdowns: 60 (8)
Field Goals: 13 (30)
Defense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 4004 (42)
Passing Yards: 2425 (54)
Rushing Yards: 1579 (36)
Points per game: 21.5 (23)
Yards per game: 333.7 (21)
Touchdowns: 33 (38)
Field Goals: 5 (10)
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