The Jacksonville State Gamecocks (5-1, OVC 3-0) made it look easy in Cookeville, Tenn., when they emerged with a 42-13 victory over the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles.
The Gamecocks were able to draw blood first when redshirt junior Dalton Screws caught a four-yard pass from Eli Jenkins that was good for a touchdown.
Tennessee Tech came out aggressive, going 45 yards, but the Golden Eagles had to settle for a 45-yard field goal by sophomore kicker John Arnold.
Before the end of the first quarter, the Gamecocks were able to score again. In a two-play drive, redshirt junior quarterback Jenkins was able to get a good 40-yard run that was good for six points.
The Golden Eagles once again looked like they were gathering good momentum. However, after going 63 yards in 14 plays, Tennessee Tech had to settle for another field goal by Arnold.
The Gamecocks were not easily stopped on offense. After going over 70 yards in right under four minutes, senior running back Josh Clemons only had to run three yards to find his way into the end zone. Although Connor Rouleau missed the extra point, the Gamecocks were on top 20-6.
Jacksonville State was able to add to their lead before they went to the locker rooms for halftime. Senior running back Troymaine Pope caught a 30-yard pass from Jenkins that gave the Gamecocks their fourth touchdown of the contest.
Jacksonville State was able to score first in the second half, just as it had done in the first. Senior running back Miles Jones rushed for 45 yards that put another six points on the board. After Rouleau’s kick split the uprights, Jax State was up 27-6 on the Golden Eagles.
Freshman linebacker Monty Young forced a safety with 24 seconds in the third quarter. The two points made up the difference in the missed field goal, and the one that had been blocked after Pope made his 30-yard reception.
With 1:04 left in the game, Tennessee Tech managed to score their only touchdown of the game. After going 58 yards in only three plays, redshirt freshman running back Dorian Carter only had to go one more yard to get the score.
The Gamecocks were able to score once again with under a minute to play. Redshirt junior running back Jojo Wynn went 65-yards in his only carry of the game.
Once redshirt freshman Cade Stinnett made the extra point, Jacksonville State closed the game with a 42-13 victory.
Jenkins had 18 completions for 184 yards, including two touchdowns and no interceptions. Jenkins was also able to rush for 86 yards including a rushing touchdown. Christian LeMay had eight completions for 94 yards.
Pope rushed for 89 yards, and had one touchdown reception. Wynn had a single 65-yard run that was good for a touchdown.
Screws had four receptions that were good for 31 yards including a touchdown. Josh Barge had six receptions that were good for 60 yards. Anthony Johnson had four receptions that were good for 56 yards. Ruben Gonzales had four receptions that were good for 48 yards.
Next week, the Gamecocks will travel to Clarksville, Tenn., to face the Austin Peay Governors (0-7, OVC 0-4).
On Oct. 31, Jacksonville State will return to Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium for Homecoming. The Gamecocks will face Eastern Kentucky (4-2, OVC 3-0) on Halloween afternoon.