Sims led Jackson State's rushing attack with 152 yards on 26 carries. His 46-yarder in the fourth quarter created the final margin.
Gooden added 64 yards on eight carries and scored touchdowns of 11 and 28 yards on back-to-back third-quarter possessions for the Tigers (7-4, 7-2 Southwestern Athletic Conference).
Alcorn State (4-7, 4-5) got on the board first after Ernesto Santillan converted a 37-yard field goal. But Clayton Moore connected with Rico Richardson for a 37-yard touchdown, sparking a 30-point spurt for the Jaguars.
Linebacker Myles Jack, who suffered a season-ending knee injury, said Thursday he decided to leave UCLA and enter the 2016 NFL draft because he wants to be compensated for his skills.
The tougher tests await down the road for No. 3 Baylor Bears, but coach Art Briles has seen enough of his Bears to know this is his best team.
A decision has been made that Randy Edsall will not be the football coach at Maryland next season, and discussions are taking place about how and when to separate, a source said Thursday night.
Florida State running back Mario Pender has been released from the hospital but could be given a medical redshirt if he cannot return to the field this season.
Tennessee chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek has issued a statement amid rumors that alleges coach Butch Jones fought and punched senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during a fall practice session.
With the addition of a few tweaks, UConn football coach Bob Diaco is still planning to bring a rivalry trophy with him to Florida on Saturday when the Huskies play UCF.