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Delaware 20, Jacksonville State 14 (FCS Playoffs Quarterfinals)

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JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – Delaware used a pair of touchdowns on its first two possessions to take down No. 4 seeded Jacksonville State, 20-14, Saturday afternoon at Burgess-Snow Field to advance to the FCS Semifinals.

“I’m just really proud of our football team,” said head coach Danny Rocco. “To be able to come down here on the road, in this round, and find a way to win and advance shows this football team can win in a lot of different ways.”

Blue Hen redshirt junior quarterback Nolan Henderson was 18-of-28, throwing for 239 yards, finding senior Gene Coleman II on 10 occasions for a career-best 129 yards. Coleman’s 10 grabs are one shy of the program record for receptions in a playoff game.

Delaware’s defense was dominant again, forcing a pair of interceptions, held JSU to a season-low 200 yards of total offense, and sacked the quarterback five times. Both redshirt senior Nijuel Hill and redshirt sophomore Noah Plack picked up interceptions.

Delaware limited the Gamecocks to seven first downs and became the first FCS opponent since Kennesaw State in 2017 to hold JSU to 200 yards or less total offense. Jacksonville State was 1-for-12 on third-down conversions.

“You have to commend Delaware. They played a solid game,” said Jacksonville State head coach John Grass. “Their quarterback was lights out today. He played a great game.

“The plan kind of changed at the end of the first quarter when [Jacksonville State QB] Zion (Webb) got hurt. I thought we had a good plan coming in – it’s a shame we didn’t get to see the plan work out offensively. Defensively we played better in the second half and had some stops in the red zone to force field goals, but we had a lot of chances to flip the field and just did not get off the field.”

Jacksonville State lost starting quarterback Webb to a leg injury late in the first quarter and struggled to establish any offensive consistency. Delaware led 14-0 at halftime behind long touchdown drives on its first two possessions.

Stadium: Burgess-Snow Field

Location: Jacksonville, Ala.

 

Attendance: 8023
Duration: 3:20

DELAWARE: Nolan Henderson (239 PASS); Nolan Henderson (30 RUSH); Gene Coleman II (129 REC);

JSU: GRAHAM,AC (54 PASS); GRAHAM,AC (62 RUSH); BARRY,Trae (52 REC);

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Jacksonville State 49, Davidson 14 (FCS Playoffs 1st Round)

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JACKSONVILLE – Jacksonville State erupted for three touchdowns in a seven-minute span to conclude the first half en route to a 49-14 win over Pioneer Football League champion Davidson in the first round of the FCS playoffs at Burgess-Snow Field.

The fourth-seeded Gamecocks (10-2) advance to the FCS quarterfinals for the first time since 2015. Davidson, making its first postseason appearance since 1969, finished with a 4-3 record.

The 35-point margin of victory was Jacksonville State’s biggest in postseason play since thrashing Sam Houston State 62-10 in the 2015 national semifinals.

“The last few minutes of the second quarter broke the game open,” said Jacksonville State head coach John Grass. “The drive to go up two scores was a huge drive, especially after we converted on second-and-35. Then to get the pooch kick and score that easy touchdown was really big for us.

“Any time you survive and advance in the playoffs it’s a good day. The atmosphere was a little bit different without the band or cheerleaders, but the limited crowd was great.”

“Very proud of our guys for being here. We weren’t satisfied with that … Our expectations are to become a program that can each-and-every year compete at a level in the playoffs,” said Davidson head coach Scott Abell. “This year was a measuring stick for us. We certainly understood the challenge.”

Stadium: Burgess-Snow Field

Location: Jacksonville, Ala.

Attendance: 5326
Duration: 2:56

DAV: PHELPS, Tyler (59 PASS); WILLIAMS, Coy (62 RUSH); STAPLES, Jalen (27 REC);

JSU: Zion Webb (239 PASS); Uriah West (76 RUSH); Michael Pettway (59 REC);

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Jacksonville State 27, Tennessee Tech 10

JACKSONVILLE — The momentum built during the abbreviated fall 2020 campaign carried over to spring as No. 16 Jacksonville State defeated Tennessee Tech 27-10 on Sunday for its fourth straight win.

The Gamecocks (4-1, 1-0) relied on an opportunistic defense that forced the No. 23 Golden Eagles into five turnovers and a punishing ground game that rolled up 274 yards to win their league opener in their final season as an Ohio Valley Conference member.

Uriah West ran for 106 yards – his second straight 100-yard rushing performance – with one touchdown, Zion Webb rushed for 70 and Pat Jackson finished with 62 yards as Jacksonville State outgained Tennessee Tech 399-227 and beat the Golden Eagles (1-1, 0-1) for the eighth time in the last nine meetings.

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Stadium: Burgess-Snow Field

Location: Jacksonville, Ala.

 

Attendance: 9355
Duration: 3:00

TTU: MILLER, Willie (121 PASS); GIST, David (42 RUSH); ODEN, Justin (78 REC);

JSU: Zion Webb (125 PASS); Uriah West (106 RUSH); Dave Russell (81 REC);

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Jacksonville State 34, Mercer 28

JACKSONVILLE – Neither the remnants of Hurricane Delta nor a 100-yard Mercer kickoff return to begin the game could spoil Jacksonville State’s only appearance at Burgess-Snow Field during this abbreviated fall season.

Zerrick Cooper rushed for two touchdowns and the defense forced two key fourth-quarter turnovers as the Gamecocks (1-1) overcame inclement weather to defeat Mercer 34-28 in the first matchup between the programs. Jacksonville State has now won 15 consecutive home openers.

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MER: Harrison Frost (134 PASS); Tyray Devezin (94 RUSH); Deondre Johnson (49 REC);

JSU: Zerrick Cooper (139 PASS); Pat Jackson (62 RUSH); Trae Barry (84 REC);

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