Perfection… it’s simply that, perfect, not flawed.
The Gamecocks rallied in the second half to beat OVC foe Austin Peay to complete a perfect 5-0 home record.
Jacksonville State obviously had higher hopes and goals entering the season than just an undefeated home schedule. Still, it’s a significant feat that deserves to be celebrated, and hasn’t been accomplished since 2008.
The Gamecocks came home to face Chattanooga, a tough team from the Southern Conference, in what to this point is the conclusion of a rivalry that goes back to 1904.
JSU took the victory when Griffin Thomas’ field goal slipped through as time expired.
After a tough loss on the road at EKU, the Gamecocks returned to face a running attack SEMO on a wet and rainy day, JSU beat the Redhawks at their own game.
After a few road games, JSU returned to face an undefeated and ranked Tennessee State squad that was hoping for an undefeated regular season, but the Gamecocks changed those plans with a 31-28 overtime win.
The following week Murray State entered Burgess-Snow Field but walked away with a loss which left only Austin Peay remaining on the home schedule.
The Gamecocks started slow and dropped into 14-0 first half hole on senior day. Early in the second Coty Blanchard tossed his season-long pass when he connected with senior Alan Bonner for 71 yards to set JSU for its first score. DeMarcus James rush in for the first touchdown followed later in the quarter by Washaun Ealey’s touchdown which tied the game at 14. A snap over the punter Hamish MacInnes’ head led to a safety that gave the Govs a 16-14 halftime lead.
In the third senior QB Marques Ivory scored his first rushing TD of the season to give JSU a 21-16 lead and the Cocks didn’t look back. Ealey would catch two touchdowns in the quarter, first from Blanchard, then one from Ivory to push the lead to 35-16.
Austin Peay would score in the third, but a few failed fourth down attempts stopped any comeback and the Gamecocks won 38-23.
DeMarcus James rushed for 151 yards and a score, Ealey for 80 yards and a rushing TD as well plus two receiving touchdowns.
Marques Ivory and Coty Blanchard each threw for over 100 yards with a TD and no picks. Alan Bonner racked up the most receiving yards with 91 while Trey Smith and Kevyn Cooper each had a reception on senior day.