Jacksonville St. beats Murray State, earned FCS playoff berth

Zion Webb went through for one touchdown and ran for two more to help Jacksonville State beat Murray State 28-15 on Sunday to win the Ohio Valley Conference title in the regular season and get a spot in the FCS Secure playoffs.

Webb finished the 17-of-28 pass for 239 yards and added 12 carry for 65 yards. Trae Berry had four receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown for Jacksonville State (9-2, 6-1) that never trailed.

Webb scored an 11 yard run in the middle of the first quarter and added a 1 yard TD to make the 14-0. After DeQuan Dallas caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Preston Rice with a 24-second lead in the first round, Josh Samuel scored a 1-yard run and put the Gamecocks 21-7 ahead at halftime.

Berry’s 18-yard TD reception brought a seven-game, 81-yard drive to a close 5:50 in the third round, and Rice hit Jacob Bell for a 13-yard touchdown to close the scoring mid-fourth quarter to reach.

Rice was 27 of 47 and went for 347 yards for Murray State (5-2, 5-2).

JSU is 16-2 against the Racers and has won seven times in a row.

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