Gamecocks defeat Austin Peay despite slow beginning
energy, pick each other up, and play to our potential. During halftime, the coaches didn’t beat around the bush, they told us that we needed to step up and play better than we did in the first half.”
The Gamecocks picked up some energy in the second half, after Austin Peay fumbled a snap that was recovered by JSU defensive end Darius Jackson. Jackson’s recovery gave the Gamecocks the ball on the 1-yard line early in the third quarter.
Running back Josh Clemons cashed in the opportunity with his touchdown rush. Cade Stinnett followed with the PAT.
The Gamecocks scored again on their next drive with another touchdown rush from Jenkins.
Jenkins finished the game with 117 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. He completed 9-of-20 pass attempts for 72 yards and another score.
During the game, Jenkins became the third OVC player in history with 10,000 total yards of offense.
Clemons delivered the dagger in the fourth quarter, a 46-yard touchdown dash to cap the Gamecocks’ scoring.
Clemons finished the game with 143 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on 19 carries.
“We’ll take the ‘W’ and move on,” Grass said. “The parody of the OVC is that any team is good enough to beat any other team on any given day, so we will need to find ways to get better and improve. We played better the second half, and you can never be disappointed with a win.”
The Gamecocks travel to Richmond, Ky., to take on Eastern Kentucky on Saturday.