DaMarcus James rushed for five touchdowns to lead Jacksonville State to a crushing 42-10 victory over Austin Peay Saturday night.
James, who leads the team in rushing and rushing touchdowns, ran for 102 yards on 19 carries. The win improves Jacksonville State's road record to 5-0 and keeps alive its outside shot at capturing the Ohio Valley Conference championship.
The Gamecocks (7-2, 3-2 OVC) scored first as Rashod Byers intercepted the Governors' Jacob Sexton and returned it 95 yards for a touchdown. Austin Peay (0-9, 0-5) started the second quarter with a 34-yard field goal. Four unanswered rushing touchdowns by James followed, leaving the Governors trailing 35-3 midway through the third quarter.
Timarious Mitchell's touchdown pass late in the third brought the Governors to within 25 before James would score again from 40 yards out to seal the Gamecocks victory.
Austin Peay is 3-24 dating back to the 2011 season.