Jacksonville State stuns Florida State with scoreless TD as Seminoles tackle crumbles

The teams are starting a trend: leaving the field of Doak Campbell Stadium with a victory over the State of Florida.

First off, it was Notre Dame # 9 in a thrilling end of extra time. So it was. . . Jacksonville State at the end of the fourth quarter?

The final game on Saturday night started with six seconds to go. Quarterback Zerrick Cooper threw wide receiver Damond Philyaw-Johnson at FSU 20. Philyaw-Johnson stuttered to shake a defenseman before his teammate, wide receiver Ahmad Edwards, stepped onto the field to throw a block. Philyaw-Johnson entered the end zone to wrap up the game for 59 yards at the end of the time limit and give Jacksonville State (1-1) a shocking 20-17 victory.

The Gamecocks’ victory continues what had already been a remarkable start to the year for FCS football programs: FCS teams now have eight wins against FBS opponents in over two weeks.


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Jacksonville State scored twice in the 4:45 final to erase a 17-7 Florida State lead. The Gamecocks also dominated the Seminoles 350-335.

Just the week before, the Seminoles felt like they had reason to be excited about the season. They took the Irish – who reached college football qualifiers a season ago – into overtime, but then missed a field goal attempt. Notre Dame scored a field goal and escaped Tallahassee with a 41-38 victory.

The state of Jacksonville is not exactly Notre Dame. The Gamecocks had just suffered a 31-0 home loss to UAB in which they were outscored 517-156.

Notre Dame, meanwhile, won a close game on Saturday against a team they are expected to beat. It went last minute with Toledo before quarterback Jack Coan saved the Fighting Irish from a potentially damaging loss in terms of CFP CVs.

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