The Gamecocks made sure Homecoming was a success as they dominated Austin Peay 56-0.
Although there was cold, windy weather, the fans still came out to see the Gamecocks as the attendance for the game reached 17,952.
“It was a little cool today, but I think everyone who came out had a good time,” said head coach John Grass during the post-game interview.
The JSU defense was very impressive in their performance as they forced two turnovers and was awarded with the shutout. Troymaine Pope forced a fumble that Lawon Debardelaben recovered. DeBarriaus Miller caught an interception and returned it for seven yards. The shutout was not only JSU first shutout of the season, but it was their first shutout since 2010. Coach Grass felt like the shutout was really impressive.
“In today’s world of offenses, it’s really hard to shut somebody out,” Grass said.
The Gamecocks’ offense was also impressive considering they scored eight touchdowns for 56 points.The 56-point margin of victory was Jacksonville State’s biggest since beating Cumberland University 72-10 in 2001.
Jones led Jacksonville State with three of those eight touchdowns. Jones had a 4-yard touchdown run, a 21-yard touchdown run and a 22-yard touchdown run.
Running backs DaMarcus James and Pope both had touchdowns of their own. Pope scored the first touchdown of the game with a 9-yard run, while James scored the last touchdown of the game with a 2-yard run. James touchdown run gave him 44 on his career and is still second for the school record of 48 by David Gulledge. James has also now rushed for 3,000 career yards which makes him the fourth JSU player to do so.
Jacksonville State quarterbacks Eli Jenkins and Christian Lemay also ran for a touchdown. Lemay’s touchdown run went for seven yards and Jenkins touchdown run came from one-yard-out. Markis Merril caught a pass from Jenkins, but fumbled it in the end zone. Bo Brummel recovered the fumble and was awarded with the touchdown.
The Gamecocks had 416 rushing yards and 239 passing yards. They set the school record for total offensive yards with 655.
“It was good to get a record, and it’s always good to get 600-and-something yards of offense,” said Grass.
The Gamecocks are now 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the conference. JSU is ranked No. 4 in this weeks Top 25 FCS Coaches Poll.
The next game for Jacksonville State is an away game against Eastern Kentucky. The game is set for 12 p.m. Live stats and game information can be found at jsugamecocksports.com.