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A record-breaking night

09/12/2013

Saturday night at Burgess-Snow Field was a historic night for Jacksonville State University. In a 48-13 victory over Jacksonville University (FL), the Gamecocks had a record setting performance running the ball.

The rushing quartet of running backs DaMarcus James, Troymaine Pope, Miles Jones and quarterback Eli Jenkins all rushed for over 100 yards. This was the first time in recorded history that a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) school accomplished such a feat.

The 539 combined rushing yards between the four set a rushing record for FCS schools across the nation.

Late Saturday night, after reaching out to NCAA, the JSU Sports Information Department had it confirmed to them that no FCS school had ever had four 100-yard rushers in a game.

In total, JSU finished the game with 523 rushing yards as a team, setting a school record for the most in a game surpassing the previous record of 453 yards against Samford in 2004. The Gamecocks attempted 70 rushing plays, another Jax State record, with the old mark being 66 at Arkansas State on Sept. 22, 2001.

In recognition of their achievement, the Ohio Valley Conference named all four Gamecock 100-yard rushers as Co-Offensive players of the week.

Redshirt freshman quarterback and Birmingham native Eli Jenkins was also award the OVC Newcomer Award for his breakout game in his collegiate career.

Pope, a sophomore out of Anniston, led the way with three touchdowns and finished with 160 yards on 16 carries. The Demopolis, AL, product James netted 105 yards on his 12 carries adding a score as well, and Jones put in 20 carries late that led to 138 yards. Jenkins supplied another 128 yards throughout the night.

Prior to Saturday night, Jacksonville State had never had three 100-yard rushers in a single game.

Last week only adds to the prestige of Gamecock athletics which has had its share of spotlight moments.

In 2010, JSU was the talk of the college football world after upsetting SEC Ole Miss in double overtime.

In 2001, JSU kicker Ashley Martin garnered national news and was featured in every sports magazine and newspaper and had appearances on “Good Morning America” and “Live with Regis and Kelly” along with CNN and ESPN networks after she became the first female to ever score in an NCAA football game.

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