Deion Sanders’ halftime pep talk ignites Jackson State in Ruth

Jackson, Miss. – As first-year Grambling State coach Hue Jackson led his troops into the locker room trailing 21–17 to the SWAC’s most electrifying program, Jackson State coach Deion Sanders was rightfully annoyed. JSU had not won at home against Grambling since 1999, despite beating GSU in an unprecedented spring campaign in 2011. After one half, JSU gave Grambling confidence.

“He [Sanders] went in there screaming first,” said JSU quarterback Shedeur Sanders, who committed the fumble that led to GSU’s first-half defensive score. Sanders himself could not remember what he told his team. “I was so mad,” he added after the game.

Whatever call to action Sanders gave his players after he finished yelling in the locker room, it worked. Jackson State limited GSU to one touchdown late in the fourth quarter en route to a 66–24 victory.

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