When: Noon Saturday
Where: Commonwealth Stadium
Radio: WLAP-AM 630; WBUL-FM 98.1
Records: UK 2-4 (0-3 SEC); Jacksonville State 5-1 (4-0 OVC)
Series: First meeting.
About Jacksonville State
Location: Jacksonville, Ala.
Colors: Red and White
Conference: Ohio Valley
Division: Bowl Championship Subdivision
Web site: JSUgamecocksports.com
History: Jacksonville State is playing its 102nd season of football, beginning in 1903, with an all-time record of 485-332-40 (.608). The Gamecocks have made 14 post-season appearances (17-12), most recently losing to Wofford 17-14 in the 2010 FCS playoffs. Jacksonville State won the 1992 NCAA Division II national championship
2010 record: 9-3 overall, 6-2 OVC (second place)
Coach: Jack Crowe (78-49 in 11th season at Jacksonville State; 92-79 in 13th season overall)
Top players: Sophomore QB Coty Blanchard, junior KR Alan Bonner, junior RB Washaun Ealey, sophomore LB Clarence Jackson, senior WR Calvin Middleton, junior DB Brooks Robinson, senior WR James Shaw, sophomore LB Rashad Smith, junior WR Trey Smith.
Fun fact: Crowe was head coach at Arkansas when the Razorbacks lost the 1992 season opener to The Citadel of Division I-AA. Crowe was fired before Arkansas' next game. Now guiding an FCS team (formerly Division I-AA) Crowe plays the role of giant killer, having drawn national attention for leading his Jacksonville State team to an upset at Mississippi last season.
Notable alumni: CNN meteorologist Reynolds Wolf, Alabama lead singer Randy Owen, longtime SEC defensive coordinator Joe Kines, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Rick Bragg.
Herald-Leader Staff Report