Jacksonville State upsets McNeese State 31-10

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.