Tennessee Tech, hoping to end a three game skid, put the Gamecocks in an early 14-0 hole that JSU spent the rest of the first half digging out of. Griffin Thomas kicked a career high three field goals to help JSU draw close to Tech and eventually over take the Golden Eagles in the second half.
Tech QB Tre Lamb punched the ball in on a one yard touchdown run in TTU’s first possession.
Later in the first, Coty Blanchard was caught off-guard when a defender slipped between him and a receiver for an interception that was returned 49 yards for a score, making it 14-0.
While the Gamecock offense couldn’t get the ball in the endzone, Thomas kicked two field goals in the first part of the second quarter.
Finally, with less than a minute on the clock, DaMarcus James took a handoff and crossed the goal line from four yards out to give JSU their first touchdown. After Thomas’ PAT it was 14-13, Tech, going into the half.
After the break the Golden Eagles came out and made another strong push, after the second TTU touchdown the score was 28-16 in favor of Tech with 4:07 remaining in the third.
On the ensuing kickoff, freshman Telvin Brown found space and returned the ball 72 yards to the Golden Eagle 27 yard line.
On the opening play of the drive Blanchard faked a handoff and rush straight through the line 27 yardsfor the score, 23-28.
The JSU defense forced a punt on Tech’s next drive which was downed at JSU’s three yard line. Marques Ivory led the offense to a first down and then on the first down play from his own 14, the senior QB hit Telvin Brown in stride for an 86 yard TD strike to give the Gamecocks their first lead. The pass was tied for third for the longest TD pass in school history, matching Doc Lett’s 86 yard connection to Mike Munhall against Samford over four decades ago.
In the fourth, Washuan Ealey added an insurance score capping a long drive powered by Ealey melting the clock and securing the comeback win for the Gamecocks.
The Gamecocks totaled 566 total yards, or 300 more than the 266 Tennessee Tech gained. It was the most yards JSU had tallied on the road since their 2009 game at Murray State.
Sophomore James led the team with 131 yards on the ground for his third 100 yard game of the season.
Ivory led the Gamecocks passing 15-25 for 268 yards with 1 TD, it was Ivory’s fifth career 200 yard passing performance.
Senior Trey Smith caught six passes, but his 84 yards didn’t match Brown’s 98 coming in just two catches.
The Aussie Hamish MacInnes had five punts, the longest 43 yards, downing two inside the 20. Rashod Byers led the defense with five tackles and a fumble recovery as Brenton Tolson snagged JSU’s first interception of the season.