Jacksonville State kept its grip on the top spot in the Ohio Valley Conference when the No. 3 Gamecocks beat Austin Peay 34-14 on Saturday.
They found the end zone five times, but the win was overshadowed by the Gamecocks’ uninspiring offensive showing.
JSU entered the game averaging 482.6 yards per game, but only managed 328 against the winless Governors. Peay’s defense gives up an average of 594.6 yards per game.
JSU saw six of its drives end in punts, one end in a missed field goal and finished 1-of-10 on third down.
Austin Peay even won the time of possession battle. The Govs held the ball for 36:08 and JSU held it for 23:52.
Peay opponents typically pass for 349 yards per game. JSU passed for 72.
Quarterback Eli Jankins completed just 9-of-20 passes for 72 yards. He managed to connect with Demontez Terry for an 11-yard score.
He also ran for 117 yards and two scored from four and five yards out.
Josh Clemons was a bright spot in the Gamecocks’ offense. He led JSU in rushing with 143 yards and ran for two scores on gains of one and 46 yards.
Siran Neal led JSU defensively with eight stops. Delwyn Torbert, Quan Stoudemire and Marlon Bridges each finished with five tackles.
JSU (5-1, 2-0 OVC) will continue its quest through the conference on Saturday when it renews its rivalry with Eastern Kentucky on the road.
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