In the Ohio Valley Conference match-up last Saturday, the Jacksonville State Gamecocks (5-1, 3-0 OVC) defeated the Tennessee State Tigers (4-3, 1-2 OVC) 27-20.
With the win, the Gamecocks improve to 8-2 against Tennessee State and 4-0 in Nashville.
Both teams had over 400 yards of total offense. JSU had 213 rushing yards and 190 passing. TSU had 364 passing yards and 43 rushing.
The Gamecocks scored three of their four touchdowns on the ground where DaMarcus James led with two touchdowns and 93 yards. James has now moved to second place on Jacksonville State’s career rushing touchdown list with 42. He trails David Gulledge’s school record of 48.
The JSU defense forced six turnovers with four interceptions and two fumble recoveries. LaMichael Fanning forced a fumble while Terrence Pendleton and Folo Johnson had fumble recoveries. Jermaine Hough had two interceptions along with one interception from Debarriaus Miller and one from Devaunte Sigler. The interceptions gave Miller and Sigler their first career interception.
Tennessee State put the first points on the board as they scored a field goal on their first drive. Jacksonville State would respond with a touchdown where Eli Jenkins completed a 16-yard pass to Bo Brummel. The extra point was blocked so the score would be 6-3 at the end of the first quarter.
James scored the lone touchdown in the second quarter on a 2-yard run. The drive consisted of 3 plays and 61 yards to make the score 13-3 going into the half.
The third quarter had the most scoring and was probably the most effective quarter in the game. After a couple of runs from James and Jenkins, James would finish the drive off with a 7-yard touchdown run to make the score 20-3 with 12:23 left in the third quarter. On the next drive, Tennessee State would march right down the field only to be held to a field goal. It wouldn’t take long for Jacksonville State to score again. On their next drive, the Gamecocks extended their lead to 27-6 with a 19-yard touchdown run by Troymaine Pope.
The Tigers wouldn’t give up that easily as they would score back to back touchdowns. Michael German completed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Wel Garlington to bring the score to 27-13. Then, German would run for one yard to bring the score to 27-20.
The JSU defense was strong in the fourth quarter. There were two important possessions in the fourth where TSU drove down the field in JSU territory. However, both possessions ended in a turnover with interceptions by Sigler and Hough. Hough’s interception closed the game out and sealed the victory for the Gamecocks.
Jacksonville State has now won five-straight games this season after losing the first game of the season to Michigan State.
The Gamecocks will now have an open week, but will return home to action against Tennessee Tech on Oct. 25.