2021 Cricket Celebration Bowl
6th Celebration Bowl
1234 Total
South Carolina State 010147 31
Jackson State 7030 10
DateDecember 18, 2021
Season2021
StadiumMercedes-Benz Stadium
LocationAtlanta, Georgia
MVPOff: Shaquan Davis (WR, SCSU)
Def: Decobie Durant (DB, SCSU)[1]
FavoriteJackson State by 11.5
RefereeTim Rich (AAC)[2]
Attendance48,653
United States TV coverage
NetworkABC
AnnouncersMark Jones (play-by-play), Robert Griffin III (analyst), Jay Walker (analyst), Quint Kessenich and Tiffany Greene (sidelines)
Celebration Bowl
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The 2021 Celebration Bowl was a college football bowl game played on December 18, 2021, with kickoff at 12:00 p.m. EST at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta,[3] with television coverage on ABC.[4] It was the highest attended and 6th edition of the Celebration Bowl, and was the only one of the 2021–22 bowl games to feature FCS teams. Sponsored by wireless service provider Cricket Wireless, the game was officially known as the Cricket Celebration Bowl.

Each year, the Celebration Bowl matches the champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference against the champions of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. These are the two prominent NCAA Division I conferences of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Teams

The game was played between the South Carolina State Bulldogs, champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), and the Jackson State Tigers, champions of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).

South Carolina State Bulldogs

Main article: 2021 South Carolina State Bulldogs football team

The Bulldogs of the MEAC clinched a berth in the Celebration Bowl on November 13;[5] they completed their regular season with a 5–0 record in conference play, 6–5 overall. This was the first Celebration Bowl appearance by the Bulldogs.

Jackson State Tigers

Main article: 2021 Jackson State Tigers football team

The SWAC was represented by the winner of the SWAC Championship Game, the Jackson State Tigers, who defeated the Prairie View A&M Panthers by a score of 27–10 on December 4.

Game summary

2021 Cricket Celebration Bowl
1 2 34Total
South Carolina State 0 10 14731
Jackson State 7 0 3010

at Mercedes-Benz StadiumAtlanta, Georgia

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP SCSU JSU
1 7:24 9 66 4:58 Jackson State Keith Corbin 7-yard touchdown reception from Shedeur Sanders, Bailey Raborn kick good 0 7
2 2:06 3 5 1:19 South Carolina State Shaquan Davis 6-yard touchdown reception from Corey Fields Jr., Gavyn Zimmerman kick good 7 7
2 0:08 10 36 0:57 South Carolina State 26-yard field goal by Gavyn Zimmerman 10 7
3 12:36 2 16 0:54 South Carolina State Shaquan Davis 16-yard touchdown reception from Corey Fields Jr., Gavyn Zimmerman kick good 17 7
3 8:43 6 19 2:47 South Carolina State Richard Bailey 15-yard touchdown reception from Corey Fields Jr., Gavyn Zimmerman kick good 24 7
3 0:15 7 43 3:02 Jackson State 36-yard field goal by Bailey Raborn 24 10
4 6:19 9 93 6:18 South Carolina State Shaquan Davis 16-yard touchdown reception from Corey Fields Jr., Gavyn Zimmerman kick good 31 10
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 31 10

Statistics

Statistics SCSU JSU
First downs 15 15
Plays–yards 68–268 65–194
Rushes–yards 37–102 29–19
Passing yards 166 175
Passing: comp–att–int 12–31–1 16–36–2
Time of possession 31:37 28:23
Team Category Player Statistics
South Carolina State Passing Corey Fields Jr. 12/31, 166 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT
Rushing Donte Anthony 17 carries, 65 yards
Receiving Shaquan Davis 5 receptions, 95 yards, 3 TD
Jackson State Passing Shedeur Sanders 16/36, 175 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing Santee Marshall 4 carries, 23 yards
Receiving Malachi Wideman 3 receptions, 42 yards

References

  1. ^ "South Carolina State Wins 2021 Cricket Celebration Bowl".
  2. ^ "2021-22 bowl officiating assignments". footballzebras.com. December 6, 2021. Retrieved December 8, 2021.
  3. ^ "Cricket Celebration Bowl homepage". thecelebrationbowl.com. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  4. ^ "2021 College Football Bowl Schedule". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved March 29, 2021.
  5. ^ "Celebration Bowl ticket punched for SC State". HBCU Gameday. November 13, 2021. Retrieved November 27, 2021.