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16 October 2006

JSU Finds Positives in Defeat

While the odds were stacked against the Gamecocks going into the game, the players weren't intimidated. The Bulldogs were struggling on offense, needed overtime to beat UAB for their only victory and had just lost their starting quarterback.

A lot of things would have had to go right for the Gamecocks to pull off the upset, but the players genuinely believed it was a game they could win.

“I thought we had the right state of mind to play them,” Crowe said. “I don't question our state of mind, we just didn't get the execution to back it up.”

Now they have to switch gears and get back to their own level. Crowe called the Tigers “the second-most talented team we've played” - next to Mississippi State.

It's also a game with serious implications in the OVC. TSU, UT-Martin and Eastern Illinois are all unbeaten in the league and the only teams ahead of the Gamecocks in the standings.

Because of its commitment to playing Classic games, TSU does not play UT-Martin in the conference this year. After Saturday's homecoming game, the Gamecocks will have only Eastern Illinois (in the last game of the year) left among the contenders. JSU lost to UT-Martin last month.

“We've got to get back on our horse and get some steam going,” Crowe said.

Understanding the lessons of Saturday's game would be a start.

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