Scores

Final

Jacksonville St 31

(11-3, 6-1 away)

McNeese State 10

(10-3, 5-2 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

7:00 PM ET, December 7, 2013

Cowboy Stadium (LA), Lake Charles, LA

1 2 3 4 T
JVST 7 14 3 731
MCNS 0 0 3 710

Top Performers

Passing: C. Stroud (MCNS) - 255 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: D. James (JVST) - 24 CAR, 127 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: E. Celestie (MCNS) - 7 REC, 94 YDS, 1 TD

Jacksonville State upsets McNeese State 31-10

Associated Press

LAKE CHARLES, La. -- DaMarcus James ran for 124 yards and three touchdowns to lead Jacksonville State to a 31-10 victory at No. 6 seed McNeese State in the second round of the Football Championship Series playoffs on Saturday night.

Jacksonville State (11-3) won for the first time in eight tries against McNeese State and advanced for the first time to the FCS quarterfinals. The Gamecocks will play next weekend at No. 3 seed Eastern Washington (11-2).

James scored his third touchdown in the fourth quarter to cap a time-consuming drive that answered McNeese State's only touchdown. During the drive, he became the Jacksonville State single-season leader in yards rushing at 1,428. He also added to his single-season mark for touchdowns with 28.

The Gamecocks set a school record with 11 sacks and caused all kinds of trouble for McNeese State quarterback Cody Stroud. The Cowboys (10-3) had allowed only 14 sacks this season.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
JVST
MCNS
1st Downs1721
Total Yards383301
Passing120255
Rushing26346
Penalties10-947-44
3rd Down Conversions3-121-16
4th Down Conversions1-13-3
Turnovers23
Possession30:4429:16

Passing Leaders

Jacksonville StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jenkins7/151208.010
McNeese StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Stroud18/402556.412

Rushing Leaders

Jacksonville StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
James241275.3325
Jenkins11978.8030
McNeese StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bennett10707.0024
Wiltz10262.6011

Receiving Leaders

Jacksonville StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown37224.0046
Barge23316.5119
McNeese StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Spencer79613.7037
Celestie79413.4122

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERJVSTMCNS
TD13:03Josh Barge 19 Yd Pass From Eli Jenkins (Griffin Thomas Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERJVSTMCNS
TD12:52DaMarcus James 1 Yd Run (Griffin Thomas Kick) 140
TD01:53DaMarcus James 1 Yd Run (Griffin Thomas Kick) 210
THIRD QUARTERJVSTMCNS
FG03:22Griffin Thomas 39 Yd 240
FG01:15Ryan Rome 35 Yd 243
FOURTH QUARTERJVSTMCNS
TD10:11Ernest Celestie 10 Yd Pass From Cody Stroud (Ryan Rome Kick) 2410
TD04:35DaMarcus James 3 Yd Run (Griffin Thomas Kick) 3110