Analysis:3 Takeaways From FAMU’s Jackson State Loss In 2022 Orange Blossom Classic
When Florida A&M Football (0-1) returned its full team through NCAA certifications, they began playing SWAC against the Deion Sanders-coached Jackson State (0-0) in Sunday’s Orange Blossom Classic.
Last week, the Rattlers lost 26 players to North Carolina due to ineligibility or certification rulings. Since Wednesday, the number has been reduced to 17, and then to eight.
Current FCS top defensive player Isaiah Land and right tackle Cameron Covin are among the players who have been declared eligible. The two had contacted attorney Tom Mars to help restore their eligibility.
The Dark Cloud Defense couldn’t hold its own against 2021 Jerry Rice Award-winning quarterback Shedeur Sanders and former wide receiver Travis Hunter.
Last season, FAMU fell 7-6 to Jackson State in the revival of the Orange Blossom Classic that ran from 1933-1978 before playing again in 2021.
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18:30 | FAMU crushed by the Tigers
FAMU never stood a chance against JSU, falling 59-3 in the Orange Blossom Classic at Miami Gardens on Sunday.
It was the Rattlers’ worst loss to a fellow HBCU program in school history. FAMU’s previous low was a 36-0 loss at South Carolina State in 2015.
JSU outscored FAMU 471-155.
5:21 | FAMU allows two touchdowns in the first six minutes of the third quarter
FAMU trails even further after giving up two rushing touchdown runs and a pick six to Ke’Vric Wiggins.
JSU 38, FAMU 3 | 3T | 7:34
4:43 | FAMU goes big at halftime
FAMU’s defense held its ground after a missed snap that gave JSU a shortstop. Dark Cloud Defense prevented JSU from getting into the end zone, forcing them to kick a field goal.
Before the half, FAMU was able to get on the scoreboard with a 43-yard field goal by José Romo-Martínez.
JSU 24, FAMU 3 | HALFTIME
4:18 | Isaiah Land is back, records the first sack
Since being cleared by the NCAA to play on Friday, Isaiah Land was the first to help Dark Cloud Defense show a sign of life.
He sacked Sanders on second down for a 10-yard loss. JSU finally ended up punting on fourth down.
JSU 21, FAMU 0 | 2T | 6:30
3:54 | JSU scores again
Sanders remains flawless on a nine-play, 72-yard drive. He found wide receiver Dallas Daniels for an 8-yard touchdown.
So far, FAMU has been unable to contain Sanders’ 14-of-14, 117 passing yards and two touchdowns.
JSU 14, FAMU 0 | 2T | 10:53
3:44 | JSU leads 7-0 after the first quarter
The only score of the first quarter was Sanders’ pass to Hooks. The second-year quarterback has completed 9 of 9 passes for 67 yards and a touchdown.
The furthest FAMU’s offense went was just short of midfield.
Jeremy Moussa has completed 5 of 9 passes for 18 yards. Running back Terrell Jennings has rushed three times for 12 yards.
3:22 | Cold start for Dark Cloud Defense
Jackson State scores to end a 12-play, 69-yard drive on Shedeur Sanders’ touchdown pass to Shane Hooks for eight yards. Sanders completed all six of his passes in the process.
JSU 7, FAMU 0 | Q1 | 8:02
3:03 | JSU wins giveaway
Isaiah Land, BJ Bohler and Cameron Covin are the team captains.
Jackson State wins the toss and defers in half; will kick
2:43 | the hunter will play
Hunter, the top-ranked 2022 recruit, warmed up with Jackson State on full pads.
2:03 | Teams warming up
Sources: FAMU cornerback BJ Bohler WILL PLAY.
Sources: Jackson State wide receiver/cornerback Travis Hunter is questionable.
14:01 | the weather is good
Weather is reported at 91 degrees; mostly sunny in Miami Gardens