Seniors shine, Cocks fall to UT-Martin


The Gamecocks outscored UT-Martin in each of the final three quarters, but it wasn't enough to overcome a 21-point first-quarter deficit. UTM's QB Derek Carr threw for seven touchdowns as the Skyhawks kept their hopes of an OVC title alive and ended JSU's.

Carr threw two quick touchdowns to receiver Quentin Sims that gave UTM a 14-0 lead only halfway through the first.

Gamecocks senior QB Marques Ivory with senior receiver Alan Bonner, in what turned into a statistical good day for the pair, struck quick with a 66-yard TD pass to put JSU on the scoreboard.

UT-Martin and QB Carr weren't phased and tossed two more touchdown passes, each over 30 yards, before the first quarter expired. The Gamecocks had no answer.

Trailing 28-7 entering the second quarter, it would have been easy for JSU to throw in the towel and accept that they were going to fall like they did earlier in the season to EKU when they lost by 30 points. But Jax State fought back and began a slow comeback.

Ivory hit senior receiver Trey Smith for a touchdown on the ensuing drive to keep the game in hand, but UTM quickly scored soon after, extending their lead to 35-14 midway through the second.

After the Gamecock defense finally stopped UTM in a key situation late in the second, JSU got the ball back and drove 80 yards just before halftime to score with under a minute remaining when Ivory found Bonner for the second time.

Gabriel Chambers, who returned to action Saturday after an injury, gave the Gamecocks great field position to start the second half with a 51-yard kick return. Again, Ivory connected with Bonner in just four plays to make it 28-35 and bring the Gamecocks back into the game.

UTM was forced to punt following and downed the ball at JSU's seven.

The Gamecocks began marching down the field, mostly by DaMarcus James' ground game. Finally, Ivory went deep for 35 yards for a touchdown to none other than Bonner.

Griffin Thomas' PAT was good, and the Gamecocks had rallied back to tie the game at 35.

The Skyhawks jumped back on top before the third quarter came to an end, 42-35. Early in the fourth, history was made when Ivory hit Alan Bonner again for a passing touchdown, the fifth for the pair on the day. However, Griffin Thomas missed the PAT and the game stood at 42-41.

After Carr threw his seventh TD pass, the Gamecocks got the ball back with one final chance to try to score and tie the game, trailing by eight. Ivory hit Kevin Cooper to start the drive, but the combination of James and Washaun Ealey rushing attack carried the Gamecocks to scoring position once across midfield.

11/08/2012


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