NASHVILLE, Tenn. — No. 10 Jacksonville State extended its winning streak to five with a methodical 38-16 victory over the Tigers at Hale Stadium on Sunday. The Gamecocks (5-1, 2-0) currently own the longest active winning streak among FCS programs.
Zion Webb passed for a career-best 280 yards and three touchdowns and the defense limited Tennessee State (0-2, 0-2) to 225 net yards as JSU ran its all-time mark against the Tigers in Nashville to 6-0.
Uriah West ran for a touchdown and caught a 54-yard TD pass, Pat Jackson added a short first-quarter touchdown run and Dave Russell III and Quan Charleston caught touchdown passes from Webb as the Gamecocks overcame two turnovers that led to Tennessee State field goals.
Jacksonville State scored 17 points in an eight-minute span to pull away in the fourth after the Tigers trimmed their deficit to 21-16.
Webb hooked up with West on a 54-yard touchdown pass at the 12:03 mark to finish off a quick 74-yard scoring drive, Alen Karajic kicked a 26-yard field goal less than four minutes later and Webb wrapped up the scoring with a 19-yard touchdown toss to Charleston with 3:57 remaining.
Webb completed 21-of-33 passes for 280 yards with one interception - easily eclipsing his career highs of 12 completions (three times previously) and 137 yards vs. Eastern Kentucky in 2018. His first TD pass of the afternoon was a 29-yard strike that Dave Russell III caught in stride just before halftime to extend Jacksonville State's cushion to 21-6.
The Gamecocks outgained TSU 452-225 and recorded 24 first downs to the hosts' 11.
West accounted for 125 all-purpose yards, running seven times for 40 yards and grabbing three passes for 85 more. His five-yard TD run got the Gamecocks on the scoreboard first less than 4 1/2 minutes into the contest.
The junior back has now accounted for 100-plus scrimmage yards in three straight games.
Mike Pettway caught a team-high six passes for 75 yards for Jacksonville State.
Marshall Clark was the Gamecocks' leading tackler with eight stops, followed by Nicario Harper with seven.