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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State will open Ohio Valley Conference this weekend with a trip to Jacksonville, Ala. The Tigers will face the top ranked team in FCS, Jacksonville State, on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
The game can be seen on ESPN3 with Kevin Ingram handling play-by-play duties and Bob Belvin providing analysis. Greg Pogue (play-by-play), Albert Dawson (analyst) and Gary Dawson (sideline) can be heard on WVOL 1470 AM. The pregame show will begin at 12:30 p.m.
TSU comes in with a 2-0 record, while JSU enters at 1-1. This marks the second 2-0 start in the Rod Reed era, as the Tigers began 7-0 in the 2012 season. The Gamecocks lone loss came last week as they dropped an overtime contest to No. 6 Auburn.
The meeting will be the 11th in the series with the Gamecocks holding an 8-2 advantage. The positive note for the Tigers heading into Burgess-Snow Field is both wins versus JSU have come in Jacksonville. The Big Blue earned wins on the road in 2006 and 2013.
The Gamecocks gained a 27-20 in last year’s meeting at Hale Stadium. JSU built a 27-6 lead late in the third quarter and had to withstand a charge from the Tigers who scored two touchdowns in the final three minutes bringing the score to 27-20. Jacksonville State’s Jermaine Hough intercepted a Mike German pass in the end zone with six seconds remaining in the game to seal the victory for the Gamecocks.
The game saw ten turnovers, six from TSU and four by JSU - each team fumbled twice. The Tigers outgained JSU through the air, 364 yards to 190 yards, while the Gamecocks won the battle on the ground outrushing the Tigers 213-43.
TSU is coming off a 35-25 win over Jackson State in the Southern Heritage Classic. The Tigers opened each half with a pair of touchdowns to build a 35-12 lead late in the third quarter. Patrick Smith was named the SHC Most Outstanding Player as he finished the evening with 107 yards on four receptions and a touchdown; Smith also averaged 16.0 yards on three punt returns.
Quarterback O’Shea Ackerman-Carter completed 15 passes on 26 attempts for 250 yards and three touchdowns. His performance led to being named STATS FCS National Freshman of the Week.
JSU opened the season with a 23-20 win at FCS No. 6 Chattanooga before falling at Auburn last week. Troymaine Pope is averaging 129.0 yards per game on the ground and 7.2 yards per carry as he has netted 258 yards on 36 carries. Eli Jenkins enters the game completing 63 percent (42-of-67) of his passes and averages 195 yards per game with two touchdowns and an interception.
On defense, four Gamecocks have amassed double-digit tackles, led by Brandon Bender with 14 - 12 solo. Darius Jackson, with 12 tackles, leads JSU with 4.5 tackles for loss.
Since 2012, Jacksonville State is the only OVC team to accrue more wins than the Tigers. JSU has 28 wins during that time period, while the Tigers have won 26 games.
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