Cooper rallies Jacksonville St. past UT-Martin 21-14
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Zerrick Cooper’s 43-yard touchdown pass to Jamari Hester with 29 seconds left gave Jacksonville State a 21-14 win over Tennessee-Martin on Saturday in the Gamecocks’ final home game of the season.
Jacksonville State (7-2, 6-1 Ohio Valley Conference) had a 13-6 lead before Joe Hudson threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Jaylon Moore with 66 seconds remaining that finished a three-play, 57-yard drive which took just 63 seconds to complete. That set up Cooper’s game-winner to Hester.
Cooper finished with 178 yards passing and an interception, and Uriah West had 10 carries for 50 yards for the No. 10-ranked FCS Gamecocks. Jacksonville State’s return to the Top 10 last week marked the 66th time in the last 69 weeks that it has been in the top 10 of at least one of the two major FCS polls.
For Tennessee-Martin (1-8, 1-5), Moore had five catches for 123 yards, while Hudson finished with 238 yards passing and an interception.