After a miracle victory over the state of Florida, the state of Jacksonville returns to Burgess-Snow Field.
The Gamecocks (1-1) will host longtime rival North Alabama (0-2) on Saturday (6 p.m., ESPN +). The Lions just lost 20-0 to Chattanooga.
Jacksonville State pulled off the 20-17 upset against the Seminoles with a pass from Zerrick Cooper to Damond Philyaw-Johnson at the end of the time limit.
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Historical rivalry or just another game?
The game will be the 49th meeting between the two schools, but only the sixth since JSU moved to Division I after the 1992 season.
The Gamecocks lead the all-time streak 27-18-3 and have won 12 of the last 14 games.
JSU defeated North Alabama 24-17 in the spring.
To a lot of Jacksonville State alumni, this game still means a lot. For gamers, the rivalry just isn’t there.
“Personally, I’ve played them twice,” Cooper said. “It’s like any other game. We have to take the same approach as any other game.”
To move on
JSU certainly enjoyed the win over FSU, but the Gamecocks were back to work this week. Coach John Grass reminds his players to keep a cool head.
“All we talked about last week was pull your head out of the cloud and put your feet on the ground,” he said. “We talked to the guys about being balanced. They didn’t get too depressed after (the UAB loss). They just got back to work. We’re going to work this week and find ways to improve.”
The Blazers beat the Gamecocks 31-0 in Week 1.
One weakness Grass identified early on are the penalties. The Gamecocks had 10 for 75 yards in Game 1 and 13 for 111 yards against the Seminoles.
“With our brand of football, we will have penalties,” said Grass. “I’m not going to take away our aggression. We are focusing on the penalties before and after the game. We will play until the whistle. We have things to clean up.”
- Cooper became the school’s all-time leading passer (7,819 yards) and touchdown leader (63) during the FSU game.
- Cooper, a senior, enters the game with 8,649 career total yards, second to Eli Jenkins (2013-16) at 11,448.
- JSU has won 15 straight home opener games, with its last loss coming in 2005, a 37-35 loss to Furman.
Jacksonville State 28, North, Alabama 17: There will be no hangovers for the Gamecocks. JSU will be ready to play, scoring on his first two records, heading for a win over the Lions.
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