The Jacksonville State Gamecocks look to get back onto the winning track when they take on the Eastern Illinois Panthers on Saturday. The Gamecocks saw their seven-game winning streak come to an end when they lost to Austin Peay on Sunday, 13-10. The team had not lost since falling to Florida State back on October 3. Eastern Illinois lost their fourth game out of their first five when they fell at Murray State on Sunday, 41-27.
Jacksonville State enters this contest as a prohibitive favorite at -20.5 points. The Gamecocks are the favorite at -1100. The odds for Eastern Illinois are set at +700.
Gamecocks Offense Stymied in Loss to Austin Peay Jacksonville State mustered just 16 first downs and 259 yards of total offense in falling to Austin Peay, 13-10. Zion Webb had a tough afternoon, completing nine of 26 passes for 111 yards and he was picked off four times. Josh Samuel rushed for 89 yards on 20 carries and scored the lone touchdown for the team. Samuel also had two receptions for 63 yards, giving him 152 total yards of offense.
Jacksonville State is averaging 26.0 points per contest while allowing 17.6 per game. They are averaging 372.0 yards per contest while allowing 262.8 per game.
The Gamecocks are led by Samuel, who has rushed for 547 yards on 111 carries, a 4.9 yards per carry average. He has also scored five touchdowns. Uriah West has been a great complement for Samuel, recording 512 yards rushing on 100 carries. He has scored four times. Webb has completed 57.0% of his passes for 1036 yards and eight touchdowns but has thrown seven interceptions. Dave Russell leads the team in receptions with 24.
The defense is led by Nicario Harper with 64 tackles. He also has three interceptions and a fumble recovery. The team has recorded 20 sacks led by DJ Coleman and Chris Hardie who each have five.
Eastern Illinois entered the fourth quarter tied with Murray State but gave up 14 unanswered points in a 41-27 loss. The Panthers produced 19 first downs and rushed for 241 yards on the ground. They had 413 total yards of offense. Otto Kuhns threw for 141 yards but completed just 10 of 26 passes and threw two interceptions. Jordan Smith had a huge day on the ground, carrying the ball 13 times for 142 yards and a touchdown. Kuhns also gained 64 yards on the ground on 13 carries.
Eastern Illinois is averaging 324.6 yards of total offense per game while allowing 363.0 points per contest. They are averaging 19.4 points per game while allowing 31.4 per contest.
Smith has now rushed for 227 total yards on 41 carries, a 5.5 yards per carry average. J. Benefield is second on the team in rushing with 216, averaging 4.7 yards per carry. The Panthers have scored just three rushing touchdowns the season. Kuhns has not had a particularly good season, completing 50.6% of his passes for 509 yards and five touchdowns. He has thrown four interceptions. Harry Woodbery has also seen some time at the quarterback position, completing 45.9% of his passes for 411 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions.
The defense has produced just four sacks but has five interceptions and four fumble recoveries. Jordan Miles leads the team in sacks with two and Mark Williams has two interceptions. Jason Johnson is the team leader in tackles with 55.