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College football: Eastern Kentucky held without a TD in loss to Jacksonville State

Brandon Stanley (34) and others of the EKU defense converged on Jacksonville State's DaMarcus James, who rushed for 170 yards.
Brandon Stanley (34) and others of the EKU defense converged on Jacksonville State's DaMarcus James, who rushed for 170 yards.

Jacksonville State held Eastern Kentucky without a touchdown on its way to increasing its odds to win the Ohio Valley Conference title with a 20-6 win over the Colonels Saturday afternoon at Roy Kidd Stadium.

The Gamecocks (8-1, 6-0 OVC) have now went 13 straight quarters without allowing a touchdown. EKU managed only 292 offensive yards on 68 plays. It was the first time since the 2010 season opener at Missouri Stae that the Colonels didn't score a TD.

JSU running back DaMarcus James ran for 170 yards on 21 carries. The Gamecocks had 357 yards rushing.

EKU (8-2, 5-2 OVC) had chances to tie or take the lead, but the offense couldn't capitalize on the defense's success.

Early in the second quarter, the Colonels recovered a fumble by JSU quarterback Eli Jenkins deep in Gamecocks territory, but only managed a field goal.

In the middle of the third quarter, the EKU defense stopped Jacksonville State on a fourth down on the EKU 32-yard line. The Colonels drove to the Gamecocks' five-yard line on a nine-play, 63-yard drive, but had to settle for another field goal.

With the loss, Eastern Kentucky falls to third place in the OVC behind Jacksonville State and Eastern Illinois.

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