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JSU moves to 5-1 after defeating Tennessee State

~JSU Sportswire
~JSU Sportswire

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.

Marvel Robinson
Sports Editor

Tough debut for Grass ends with a loss

~ JSU Sportswire
                                                          ~ JSU Sportswire

The Gamecocks lost 45-7 to the Spartans in the debut of new head coach John Grass. 

It was clear to see that the Jacksonville State Gamecocks were outmatched by the Spartans of Michigan State. Michigan State is the defending Big Ten champion and a serious contender to be in the inaugural College Football Playoff.

JSU came out strong with the first play of the game. It was a 32-yard pass from quarterback Eli Jenkins to wide receiver Josh Barge. That play turned out to be the Gamecocks longest play of the game. However, they did not score on that drive.

The Gamecocks scored their only touchdown in the third quarter when Max Shortell completed a 9-yard pass to Markis Merrill. Freshman placekicker Conner Rouleau scored his first point as a Gamecock with the extra point. The drive consisted of 9 plays and 54 yards.

Michigan State scored 38 of their 45 points in the first half. Connor Cook completed 2 passing touchdowns to Tony Lippett and a third one to AJ Troup. The three passing touchdowns consisted of 64, 71 and 17 yards. Nick Hill scored twice on a 17-yard run and an 8-yard run. Michael Geiger ended the half with a 35-yard field goal. Michigan State last touchdown came in the third quarter when Tyler O’Connor ran it in for three yards.

The Gamecocks had a low total of 22 rushing yards to Michigan State’s 211 rushing yards. DaMarcus James of the Gamecocks had no touchdowns, snapping a streak of 12-straight games with at least one rushing touchdown.

There were 11 Gamecocks that made their first career start on Friday’s game vs. Michigan State. The four on offense were Ruben Gonzalez, Justin Lea, Casey Dunn and Bo Brummel. The seven on defense were LaMichael Fanning, Devaunte Sigler, Tre Garland, Michael Carlisle, Folo Johnson, DeBarriaus Miller and Jaylen Hill.

Bo Brummel caught a 6-yard pass from Jenkins to give him his first career catch in a JSU uniform. Ruben Gonzalez also made his first career catch as a JSU player with a 23-yard pass from Shortell.

JSU senior linebacker Ben Endress recorded 10 tackles which led all defenders.  This marked his third-career double-digit tackle game.

John Grass became the first coach in Jacksonville State history to face an FBS opponent in his debut with the Gamecocks.

There were 75,127 in attendance at the game. This marks the second-largest crowd to ever watch the Gamecocks play behind 82,691 at Florida on Nov. 17, 2012.

Next up for Coach Grass and the Gamecocks is Chattanooga. The game will take place Saturday at 5 p.m. in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Marvel Robinson 
Sports Editor