After a long and hard-fought regular season, the SWAC Championship is here. SWAC West champion Prairie View A&M will visit SWAC East champion Jackson State with a conference title and a Celebration Bowl berth on the line.
It's been over a decade since either the Panthers or Tigers last won SWAC titles, with crowns coming in 2009 and 2007, respectively. Come Saturday evening, one program's championship drought will end as a new SWAC champion will hoist the trophy.
2021 SWAC Championship Game: Prairie View A&M at Jackson State ESPN2
Prairie View A&M enters the SWAC championship on a three-game losing streak since reeling off six straight victories in the middle of the season. The Panthers will look to starting quarterback Jawon Pass to get the offense back to its winning ways. Pass was electric at points earlier 22 f to celsius season, tossing 16 touchdowns on the season.
Jawon Pass had the tough job of taking over for Lamar Jackson at Louisville. — The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) September 30, 2021
On this 59-yd TD run the transfer QB sure did look like the former NFL MVP.
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He's joined in prairie view a&m university football backfield by freshman running back Jaden Stewart. In his first year, Stewart has taken over the lead back role, scoring seven touchdowns and averaging 4.9 yards per carry. Prairie View A&M will need its backfield to play its best if it wants to find success against the SWAC's top defense.
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On defense, Prairie View A&M has three players with all-league accolades. First-team defensive lineman Jason Dumas leads the front seven with 7.5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss and 14 quarterback hurries. He'll be tasked with prairie view a&m university football pressure to an efficient Jackson State offense.
Defensive backs Drake Cheatum and Darius Campbell earned first and second-team accolades, respectively. In the SWAC Championship, the two have to shut down the conference's second-leading pass prairie view a&m university football. If Cheatum, who has five interceptions this year, and the Panther defense can force turnovers, Prairie View A&M can keep this game from becoming a shootout.
Shannon Patrick’s pass is picked off by Drake Cheatum ( @oGlittledrake1 ) 🔒❌ pic.twitter.com/KehiDI3Wv2 — For The Culture HBCU (@4theculturehbcu) October 16, 2021
Jackson State enters the SWAC Championship game led by the conference's coach of the year, Deion "Coach Prime" Sanders. The offense is led by his son, quarterback Shedeur Sanders, a freshman phenom. In his first year under center, Sanders earned SWAC Freshman of the Year, second-team All-SWAC and was named a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award.
TOUCHDOWN, TOUCHDOWN TIGERS!!
The two freshmen, @ShedeurSanders and @mightymal13 connect again on a 23-yard touchdown for their fourth time today. Extra point is good!
Drive: 7 plays, 35 yds 3:06
Mississippi Valley State upsets Prairie View A&M, 24-19
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas (AP) — Caleb Johnson ran for 193 yards and two touchdowns and Mississippi Valley State prairie view a&m university football four turnovers as the Delta Devils upset Prairie View A&M, 24-19 on Saturday, sending the Panthers into the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game against Jackson State on a three-game losing streak.
Prairie View (7-4, 6-2) clinched the SWAC-East title when Jackson State knocked off Alcorn State to complete an undefeated conference season. The Panthers, who lost to Alcorn State and Texas A&M before falling to the Delta Devils, face off with Jackson State Dec. 4 in Jackson, Miss.
Jalani Eason wasted little time putting the Delta Devils on top. After forcing Prairie View to punt on its opening possession, MVSU faced third-and-long when Eason hit Jacory Rankin with a 60-yard launch to take a 7-0 lead.
After Jawon Pass threw an interception on the Panthers’ second possession, Johnson capped an 11-play, 82-yard drive with a 6-yard run for a 14-0 lead. Johnson scored again from the 4 midway through the second quarter, sending Mississippi Valley State into intermission with a 21-7 lead.
The Panthers had the ball in the final minute, but Pass threw his second interception with :13 left.
Jaden Stewart carried 16 times for 49 yards and three touchdowns for Prairie View.
Eason finished 8 of 12 for 182 yards passing. Rankin caught two passes for 79.
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|Prairie View A&M Panthers football |
|First season||1907 |
|Head coach||Heishma Northern |
|Home stadium||Edward L. Blackshear Field|
|Stadium capacity||6,000 |
|Stadium surface||Natural grass |
|Location||Prairie View, Texas|
|All-time record||401–459–34 |
|Postseason bowl record||24–25–1 |
|Claimed national titles||5 Black college football national championships|
|Conference prairie view a&m university football |
|Colors||Purple and Gold |
The Prairie View A&M Panthers are the college football prairie view a&m university football representing the Prairie View A&M University. The Panthers play in NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) as a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
- Black college football national championships
- SWAC Championships
- 1933 (shared with Langston)
- 1960 (shared with Southern and Grambling State)
- William J. Nicks (head coach; 1945-1965)
Alumni in the NFL
Over 30 Prairie View alumni have played in the NFL, including:
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