Jackson State, UAPB meet in SWAC title game

Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Jackson State ride winning streaks into

the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game.

Pine Bluff (9-2) has won six straight games enters Saturday’s

game at Legion Field. Jackson State (7-4) has won its last five

since falling 34-24 in the regular-season meeting between the teams

on Oct. 6.

The Golden Lions are trying to win their second SWAC title and

first since a four-way tie for first in 1966. Jackson State has won

at least a share of 12 titles, its last in 2007.

The game features the SWAC offensive and defensive players of

the year.

Jackson State wide receiver Rico Richardson won offensive honors

after catching 56 passes for 1,081 yards. Golden Lions defensive

end Brandon Thurmond leads the Football Championship Subdivision

with 16.5 sacks.