First off, Jacksonville State is no slouch. The Gamecocks are a top five FCS team with a former five star running back who had two weeks to prepare compared to the Jackets four. That said, this game should not have been close and for a long time in the first half it was. As we approached halftime, the Jackets were down 7-3, still having not scored a touchdown after racking up 650 offensive yards last week. It was then that the Jackets got a huge interception from Lawrence Austin that led to a Ricky Jeune TD catch and a major change of momentum. Tech took that 10-7 lead into halftime and ended up winning 37-10.
After rushing for five touchdowns last week, Taquon Marshall threw for three today, including two to Ricky Jeune. Freshman Jerry Howard had the highlight of the day, breaking out a 65 yard touchdown run on his second career carry.
Jerry Howard's second collegiate carry ... to the ! pic.twitter.com/AT4fiTAPZ0— FOX Sports South (@FOXSportsSouth) September 9, 2017
Although the Jackets were able to force three JSU turnovers, the defense was questionable to say the least for a majority of the day. The Gamecocks controlled the clock on many of their drives, including a 14 play, 75 yard touchdown drive that spanned the first and second quarter.
Kirvonte Benson and Marshall, who combined for 370 rushing yards last week, had just 51 on the day, but the Jackets were rolling in other areas. Marshall threw for 112 yards on just seven attempts, completing five of them and Qua Searcy had 36 yards on just 4 carries. With less than a minute left in the game, Tech fans were able to see Lucas Johnson get the first action of his career, albeit for just two plays.
Be sure to check back later for the full recap, but for now, what are your thoughts? Comments? Observations?