NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State ran into a tough Jacksonville State team as the Ohio Valley Conference newcomer handed the Tigers a 34-7 setback Saturday night.
The Tigers, who had entered the game as the OVC's top offensive and defense team, saw the Gamecocks use a ball-control running attack and blended in timely passing. JSU ended the game with 410 total yards, 278 coming on the ground.
The Tiger offense was limited to 222 yards. Junior running back Charles Anthony had his streak of five straight 100-yard games stopped as he was held to 30 yards on 15 attempts.
"We lost the physical part of this game," said TSU coach James Reese. "We had some opportunities, but we just didn't get it done."
After Jax State kicked a 23-yard field goal late in the first quarter, the Tigers responded with an 83-yard, nine-play drive. Bryson Rosser, making his first start of the season at quarterback, threw a 10-yard TD pass to tight end Anthony Brown.
However, the Gamecocks bounced back to take a 17-7 lead into the locker room on scoring runs of 29 and 26 yards by quarterback Maurice Mullins.
In the second half, TSU was stopped three times in Jax State territory, including once at the 4-yardline. Joey Hudak had a 21-yard field goal blocked.
Kory Chapman had a 1-yard TD run and Anthony Mayo threw a 17-yard pass following a Tiger turnover for a pair of third-quarter scores. JSU concluded its scoring with a 51-yard field goal by Steve Lee with 11:36 remaining in the game.
TSU will look to regroup next week at Samford.