After JSU was knocked out of the FCS playoffs by Eastern Washington, the Eagles fell the following week to Towson when the Tigers capped off a fourth quarter comeback by scoring to take the lead with 17 seconds remaining.
Towson’s win sent them to the FCS National Championship game in Frisco, TX on January 4. However, standing in the way were two-time defending champs North Dakota State riding a perfect 14-0 record.
The Bison played the first half close, but broke away late to take a 21-7 lead into halftime. In the second half the defending champs proved their strength and pulled away for a 35-7 victory matching Appalachian State as the only team to win three consecutive FCS national titles.
North Dakota State finished the season as a unanimous pick for the top spot in the year-end FCS polls.
Towson landed a well-deserved second after their runner-up campaign. Eastern Washington finished third after just edging Jax State and then falling to Towson. The OVC’s Eastern Illinois and New Hampshire complete the top five spots.
Jacksonville State landed 10th, the highest year-end ranking in division I history, but fitting coming after the best season the programs had in division I. During the 11-4 campaign in 2013, the Gamecocks set 49 new school records, 13 OVC records and three NCAA records.
The seniors leave as the winningest class in school history with a 33-16 four year record.
Coach Clarks stellar debut in his first season as a colligate head coach certainly caught attention from more than just JSU fans. Last week he name was thrown into the rumor mill when UAB’s head coaching job became available after Garrick McGee left to join the Arkansas staff.
This past Monday one internet source made the statement Clark was expected to sign a deal with UAB by the end of the day, however Clark went as far as to contact the source to refute that message.
As the rumors die down with UAB close to filling their spot as well as numerous other openings around the country, as is the case in the South, with the season only a few weeks behind us, it’s time to begin preparation for the next. Jacksonville State opens 2014 on the road at Big Ten and Rose Bowl champion, Michigan State.