For the second straight year, Jacksonville State took on a ranked opponent for homecoming.
For the second straight year, the Gamecocks won by a wide margin.
No. 2 JSU outscored No. 22 Eastern Illinois 47-14 on Saturday. The win improves JSU to 7-1 overall, 5-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference and extends their OVC winning streak to 21 games.
JSU’s offense returned to dominant form. It probably helps that Roc Thomas returned to the backfield after missing the last few games. Thomas rushed for a team-high 115 yards on 13 carries, including a 47-yard run.
Even so, Thomas failed to find the end zone in his return.
Josh Clemons, who showed dominance in Thomas’ absence, found the end zone twice. He scored once on a one-yard run and again on a three-yarder. He finished the day with 50 yards on 16 carries.
Quarterback Eli Jenkins crossed the goal line on an 11-yard run. He gained 85 yards on 12 attempts. Two of his 22 passes led to touchdowns.
Jenkins hit Josh Barge from 11 yards out for the Gamecocks’ third score in the opening quarter.
Jamari Hester caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Jenkins in the second quarter.
Bryant Horn replaced Jenkins late in the game. He ran for an 11-yard score in the final quarter.
Marlon Bridges set the pace for the Gamecock defense with nine tackles. Siran Neal was next with six stops.
JSU will travel to Cape Girardeau, MO on Nov. 5 to take on Southeast Missouri State.
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