The Jacksonville State Gamecocks improved to 6-1 and are still perfect in Ohio Valley Conference play when they won 27-7 over Austin Peay 0-8 (0-5 OVC) in Clarksville, Tenn.

The Gamecocks extend their win streak to five.

Jacksonville State dominated the Governors on Saturday, ending the day with 427 offensive yards, while only allowing Austin Peay 82.  

A 10-yard touchdown run by Troymaine Pope was the first of two scores the Gamecocks had during the first quarter. Pope’s run capped off a nine-play, 64-yard drive by the Gamecocks.

Later in the first, a 30-yard field goal by Connor Rouleau scored three of his four points in the opening quarter.

With not even three minutes gone off the clock in the second quarter, Miles Jones only had to go one yard to pick up Jacksonville State’s second touchdown of the contest.

Another field goal from 28 yards out by Rouleau allowed the Gamecocks to move ahead 20 to nothing.

The final score by Jacksonville State came when quarterback Eli Jenkins went one yard to score his only touchdown of the game.

The Governors were the only team to score in the second half. Late in the third quarter, a five-yard pass from Trey Taylor to Jared Beard led to Austin Peay’s only touchdown of the contest. The point after attempt from Logan Birchfield was good, and the final score was set at 27-7.

Jenkins had 18 completions for 189 yards, no interceptions and a rushing touchdown. Christian LeMay had five completions for 38 yards and one interception. Dalton Etheridge had one completion for six yards.

Jones ran for 56 yards and had a touchdown. Pope ran for 27 yards and had a touchdown. Josh Clemons ran for 46 yards.

Josh Barge had six receptions for 62 yards. Anthony Johnson had six receptions for 54 yards. Markis Merrill had four receptions for 48 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, Joel McCandless, Devaunte Sigler and Dawson Wells all had five tackles apiece.

The Gamecocks had 25 first downs, while Austin Peay was only able to get seven. The Gamecocks rushed for 194 yards, while the Governors were only allowed 17.

In passing, the Gamecocks had 233 yards, while Austin Peay only had 65. The Gamecocks had a .353 efficiency in third down conversions and were perfect on three fourth downs.  The Governors were only able to get a first down on two of their 15 third down attempts.

The Gamecocks return to Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium for Homecoming and Family Day on Halloween, Oct. 31. They will face the Eastern Kentucky Colonels who are 5-2 overall, and are a perfect 4-0 in Ohio Valley Conference play. The Gamecocks hope to stop the Colonels current three-game winning streak and look to extend their own five-game winning streak. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m.

Timothy Cash
Staff Reporter

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