Gamecock Defense Delivers Late To Secure 100th Win For Jack Crowe

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Jacksonville, Ala. – A homecoming crowd of 17,087 at Burgess-Snow Field saw Jacksonville State continue its all-time dominance of Murray State and give head coach Jack Crowe his 100th career victory.

Washaun Ealey ran for 146 yards and three touchdowns as the Gamecocks beat the Racers 38-35 Saturday for their fourth victory in the last five games. Jacksonville State is 5-3 overall and remains in the hunt for the Ohio Valley Conference title at 4-2.

Ealey’s 37 carries were the second-most in a game in school history.

Griffin Thomas kicked the go-ahead field goal with 8:51 left and the Gamecocks’ Rashod Byers intercepted record-setting quarterback Casey Brockman with just over two minutes remaining to halt the Racers’ final realistic threat.

Murray State blocked a later Thomas field goal try and took over deep in its own territory with 10 seconds remaining. But the game ended when DiMetrio Tyson sacked Brockman as time expired.

JSU became the first OVC team to hold Murray State (3-5, 2-3) below 36 points.

The Racers came in averaging 57.5 points and 458.2 passing yards in their first four OVC games – the Gamecocks allowed just 255 through the air.

“I’m proud of be the coach of this football team and I can’t wait to line ’em up and play the rest of the season,” Crowe said. “You don’t feel good when you don’t win homecoming at JSU. I’ll remember this one, for sure.”

Jacksonville State limited Murray State to only 93 total yards after halftime. The Racers’ streak of having scored in 23 consecutive quarters ended when they failed to put points on the scoreboard in the fourth, a mark dating back to Sept. 15.

Ealey’s 2-yard run on the first possession after halftime finished off a 65-yard, eight-play drive to put JSU ahead 35-28.

Murray State, however, pulled even late in the third quarter after pouncing on Jacksonville State’s third fumble. The Racers quickly moved 55 yards in five plays and forged the fifth tie of the day, 35-35, when Duane Brady scored on a 4-yard run.

The teams combined for 56 points and 472 total yards during the frenetic first half that ended deadlocked at 28-all and saw Brockman become the OVC’s all-time passing leader. The game was tied four times in the first 30 minutes.

Each team committed two first-half turnovers and all four miscues were converted into touchdowns.

The first of Brockman’s two interceptions, this one by freshman cornerback Jermaine Hough on Murray State’s second possession, set up the Gamecocks’ first score. Hough returned the interception – his third in two games – 15 yards to the Racers 29.

Ealey ran to the end zone on first down and Thomas kicked the first of his five extra points for a 7-0 Jax State lead at the 11:13 mark of the first quarter.

The Racers came back with a 74-yard drive to pull even. Brockman finished off the eight-play march by scrambling two yards and Jordan Benton added the PAT to make it 7-7 with 8:41 left in the first.

Murray State grabbed its first lead after the Gamecocks were forced to punt. Brockman had completions of 16 and 36 yards and Brady ran in from the 12 with 5:54 on the clock for a 14-7 Racers lead.

Another Brockman interception, this one by JSU freshman Raheam Buxton, helped the Gamecocks tie it for a second time, with Ealey getting his second touchdown on a 1-yard run with 1:41 to go in the first quarter.

Marques Ivory threw touchdown passes of 41 and 4 yards to Telvin Brown and Alan Bonner, respectively, during the second quarter. Ivory completed 15-of-31 passes for 205 yards and was not intercepted during the contest.

Murray State’s second-quarter scores came on a 6-yard run by Jaamal Brown and Brockman’s 1-yard quarterback sneak.

The Gamecocks travel to UT Martin next Saturday, and play their final home game on Nov. 10 when Austin Peay visits Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium.

– Captains for the Gamecocks: senior QB Marques Ivory, senior DB Brooks Robinson, and senior DE DiMetrio Tyson
– Murray State won the coin toss and elected to receive.
– The win marks JSU head coach Jack Crowe‘s 100th career record.
– JSU is now 9-1 all-time against MSU and 5-0 at Burgess-Snow Field against the Racers. The Gamecocks have won nine straight against the Racers.
– The 2012 JSU senior class has a four-year record of 29-13 which is currently tied for third best in school history.
– JSU is 55-10-2 all-time in Homecoming games since 1946. Under Jack Crowe, JSU has a 9-4 record in Homecoming games.
Jermaine Hough now has three interceptions in the past two games. Hough also finished with a career high 3.0 tackles for loss.
Raheam Buxton recorded his first career interception when he picked off a Casey Brockman pass in the first quarter.
– JSU has now recorded four straight games with an interception, coming up with eight picks in four games.
Washaun Ealey‘s 29-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was his longest rush of the season.
– Ealey’s 29-yard touchdown run was also the quickest offensive scoring drive of the season for the Gamecocks, lasting one play for 29-yards with a time of possession of 0:08.
– JSU has now scored a touchdown in the first five minutes of a game for the third straight week. The Gamecocks scored with 12:03 in the first quarter against EIU, 10:32 against TSU and now 11:13 against MSU.
– Ealey’s third touchdown run of the day was his fourth multiple touchdown game of his career at JSU. He now has eight touchdowns in the past four games.
– Ealey’s third touchdown of the day also tied his career high for TD’s in a game at JSU.
Telvin Brown caught his second touchdown pass of the season off a 41-yard bomb from Ivory. Brown’s other touchdown pass was an 86-yard touchdown catch against Tennessee Tech earlier this season.
– Ivory has now thrown 34 career touchdown passes which ranks him fourth all-time in JSU history.
– The Gamecocks lost three fumbles and have now lost a fumble for the third-straight game. JSU has lost six fumbles during that span.
– JSU’s 19 play scoring drive in the second quarter was the most plays the Gamecocks have ran on a drive this season.
– Ivory’s four-yard touchdown pass to Allen Bonner in the second quarter marks the 10th time in his career and the third time this season he has thrown multiple touchdown passes in a game.
– Bonner’s TD grab gives him 15 in his career, which ties him for 5th all-time with Terry Owens. His 64-yards receiving gives him 1,637 yards receiving, which also moves him into seventh place all-time on the Gamecocks career receiving list.
– The two teams went into halftime tied at 28-28, marking the first time this season the Gamecocks have been tied at halftime and the first time since Oct. 29, 2011 when JSU and Tennessee Tech were tied at 7-7 at the half. The Gamecocks are now 8-1 under Jack Crowe when tied at halftime.
– Ealy has now rushed for 100-yards in three straight games this season after he finished today’s game with 146-yards on 37 carries. It also marks the seventh time he has rushed for over 100-yards in his career at JSU.
– Ealy also finished with a career high 37 rushes, the second most carries in a single game in school history.
– The JSU defense gave up fi ve rushing touchdowns to the Racers, the most since the Gamecocks gave up six rushing touchdowns to Georgia Tech on Aug. 28th, 2008.
– The Racers had scored in 23-straight quarters including overtime going back to the second quarter against Missouri State in week two. The Gamecocks ended that streak when they held MSU scoreless in the fourth quarter.

131 – Consecutive games in which the Gamecocks have scored, a streak that dates back to Nov.18, 2000, when they were last shut out.
811 – Total yards between the two teams.
93 – Total yards the Gamecocks held the Racers to in the second half.
100 – Number of wins in Jack Crowes career.
9 – Straight games JSU has won over MSU. The Gamecocks are now 9-1 against the Racers all-time.
8 – Number of touchdown’s Washaun Ealy has scored in the past four games after failing to cross the goal line in the Gamecocks’ first four games of the season.
0:08 – Time it took JSU to score the games opening touchdown, the shortest scoring drive of the season for the Gamecocks.
7 – Number of interceptions JSU has in the past four games.
4 – Number of multiple touchdown games Ealey has in his career at JSU. He finished with three touchdowns on the day, tying his career high for touchdowns in a game.
34 – Number of touchdown passes Marques Ivory has thrown in his career at JSU. Ivory currently ranks fifth all-time and trails Reggie Stancil (35) for fourth all-time.
0 – Number of sacks the offensive line allowed tonight. The Gamecocks o-line has now given up one sack in the past five games.
37 – Number of carries Washaun Ealey had in the game, the second-most in a game in JSU history. Calvin Middleton‘s 39 last year vs. EKU is the most.
17,807 – Attendance for tonight’s game.
4 – Number of interceptions JSU had in tonights game, the most since the Gamecocks fi nished with fi ve interception against Austin Peay on OCt. 15, 2011.

Courtesy JSU Media Relations

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