We are halfway through the schedule and only three teams remain undefeated in conference play, and we have only two weeks into it. This week it was the ground game that was the star, with three teams putting up over 200 yards on the ground in victories. The battle for second place in the conference, and possibly an at-large into the FCS Playoffs, is up for grabs.
5-1 (1-1 OVC)
3-3 (0-2 OVC)
#22 UT Martin
3-2 (1-1 OVC)
4-2 (2-0 OVC)
0-5 (0-1 OVC)
0-5 (0-2 OVC)
3-3 (1-1 OVC)
5-1 (2-0 OVC)
Jacksonville State bounces back against #22 UT Martin
The Gamecocks go pass happy in the first half and ground game the second half as they take out UT Martin 41-27. DaMarcus James goes off for three touchdowns for the third straight game against a defense that we thought was one of the best in the conference.
The Skyhawks offense was forced into throwing the ball after only getting 123 yards on the ground. Head Coach Jason Simpson did start the game by letting Dylan Favre throw the ball but the Gamecock defensive line had the mobile QB running for his life. For more about this game, check out our team report.
Murray State hangs on against Tennessee Tech
Two things happened that we should have known. Murray State’s opportunistic defense is going to force turnovers, and Tennessee Tech is going to rally from behind. This time it was Murray State keeping the Golden Eagles from coming back and giving the team a 2-0 conference start for the first time since 1998.
Murray State’s defense held Tennessee Tech to 363 yards, which is a major improvement and forced three turnovers, one of which was taken back for a touchdown. The Racers special teams also got involved as Walter Powell took back TTU’s first punt 88 yards for the opening score.
Tennessee Tech continued their streak of playing two quarterbacks, but this time it wasn’t the same two. Freshman backup Jared Davis got the start as Darian Stone was injured and didn’t play. Davis did ok but tossed two interceptions that halted their progress. In the fourth quarter with the Golden Eagles driving to make a comeback, Davis would get injured and third-string Trent Thompson would be forced into action.
Eastern Kentucky runs over Austin Peay
The Colonels go back to their team identity and end up with over 300 yards on the ground as they roll over Austin Peay 38-3. The game was over in the first half, as EKU had put up almost 200 yards of offense compared to just 51 yards for the Governors.
The ground attack for Eastern Kentucky had four Colonels with over 50 yards each in the win. With J.J. Jude not playing, Jared Saunders and Caleb Watkins split carries and combined for 126 yards, while Thomas Owens erupted for 100 yards on just six carries. While running the ball, the Colonel defense stopped the run that Austin Peay attempted, limiting the Govs to just SIX yards on the ground on 25 carries.
The Govs offense just can’t catch a break. The tried to establish a ground game, and as you can see it didn’t work at all. Quarterback Andrew Spivey was 12 of 21 for 102 yards but was intercepted twice in the loss.
Tennessee State ground game defeats Southeast Missouri
Telvin Hooks came alive for Tennessee State and was the spark the offense needed as they took care of SEMO 40-16.
Hooks who had never gotten going this season, nearly doubles his rushing yards for the season, running for 159 yards on a team high 25 carries. The Tigers would finish the game with over 250 yards on the ground and the passing attack balanced out the Tigers as Michael German threw for 202 yards. Defensively the Tigers continued their turnover streak forcing a fumble and getting two interceptions from safety Daniel Fitzpatrick.
The Redhawks had their worse passing game of the season, as their two quarterback system combine for just 59 yards and two interceptions (both by Kyle Snyder). There hasn’t been much teams have been able to do against Tennessee State’s defense and for a team still searching for a QB, it didn’t help. The ground game was the only life the Redhawks had, rushing for 170 yards but 99 of them came from Lewis Washington against the backups.