FCS Playoff Preview: YSU at Jacksonville State, 12/3

Over their last 3 games, YSU is averaging 41.3 points.

Youngstown State Penguins vs Jacksonville State Gamecocks college football

2016 FCS Football Playoffs – Second Round
Saturday, December 3 at 2 pm at Burgess-Snow Field in Jacksonville, AL
Youngstown State (9-3) at Jacksonville State (10-1)

FCS Playoff Field
Second Round: Saturday, December 3
San Diego at #1 North Dakota State*, 3:30 pm
Villanova at #8 South Dakota State, 3 pm
New Hampshire at #4 James Madison, 2 pm
Chattanooga at #5 Sam Houston State, 3 pm
Central Arkansas at #2 Eastern Washington, 4 pm
Richmond at #7 North Dakota, 6 pm
Youngstown State at #3 Jacksonville State, 2 pm
Wofford at #6 The Citadel, 6 pm
*-North Dakota State is the 5-time defending champions.
&-Jacksonville State lost to North Dakota State last year in the Championship contest (37-10)

Most Championships
Georgia Southern – 6
North Dakota State – 5
Youngstown State – 4
Appalachian State – 3
Montana – 2
Marshall – 2
Eastern Kentucky – 2

Coaches
Youngstown State: Bo Pelini, 2nd season (14-9)
Jacksonville State: John Grass, 3rd season (33-5)

2016 Ohio Valley Conference Standings
Jacksonville State – 10-1 (7-0)
Tennessee Martin – 7-5 (6-2)
Tennessee Tech – 5-6 (5-3)
Tennessee State – 7-4 (4-3)
Eastern Illinois – 6-5 (4-4)
Murray State – 4-7 (4-4)
Southeastern Missouri State – 3-8 (3-5)
Eastern Kentucky – 3-8 (2-6)
Austin Peay – 0-11 (0-8)

2016 Missouri Valley Football Conference Standings
North Dakota State – 10-1 (7-1)
South Dakota State – 8-3 (7-1)
Youngstown State – 9-3 (6-2)
Illinois State – 6-6 (4-4)
Northern Iowa – 5-6 (4-4)
Western Illinois – 6-5 (3-5)
South Dakota – 4-7 (3-5)
Missouri State – 4-7 (2-6)
Indiana State – 4-7 (2-6)
Southern Illinois – 4-7 (2-6)

2016 Results
Youngstown State (9-3)
Penguins 38 Samford 24
Penguins 65 Missouri State 20
Penguins 21 Southern Illinois 14
North Dakota State 24 Penguins 3
Penguins 13 Indiana State 10
South Dakota State 24 Penguin 10
Penguins 14 Northern Iowa 10
Penguins 20 Illinois State 6
Penguins 30 South Dakota 20
Penguins 38 Robert Morris 6
West Virginia 38 Penguins 21
Penguins 45 Duquense 10

Jacksonville State (10-1)
Gamecocks 33 UT-Martin 7
Gamecocks 33 Murray State 15
Gamecocks 17 Southeast Missouri State 10
Gamecocks 47 Eastern Illinois 14
Gamecocks 24 Eastern Kentucky 7
Gamecocks 34 Austin Peay 14
Gamecocks 40 Tennessee Tech 21
Gamecocks 48 Liberty 19
Gamecocks 27 Coastal Carolina 26
LSU 34 Gamecocks 13
Gamecocks 31 North Alabama 12

Team Statistics
Scoring Offense: Jacksonville State, 31.5; Youngstown State, 26.5
Total Offense: Jacksonville State, 432.0; Youngstown State, 419.6
Rushing Offense: Youngstown State, 262.9; Jacksonville State, 244.5
Passing Offense: Jacksonville State, 187.5; Youngstown State, 156.7
Scoring Defense: Jacksonville State, 16.3; Youngstown State, 17.2
Total Defense: Jacksonville State, 252.6; Youngstown State, 302.9
Rushing Defense: Jacksonville State, 78.8; Youngstown State, 101.2
Passing Defense: Jacksonville State, 173.8; Youngstown State, 201.7

Game Notes
This past week, John Grass earned his third-straight OVC Coach of the Year award. The Gamecocks quarterback Eli Jenkins was named the OVC Offensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season while defensive end Darius Jackson took the OVC’s Defensive Player of the Year honor. Jenkins led the team in rushing (795 yards) as he threw for 1967 yards and combined for 22 touchdowns (12 rushing, 10 passing). The Gamecocks feature three rushers who have gained over 700-yards this season (Jenkins, 795; Roc Thomas, 782; Josh Clemons, 731). Jackson concluded his regular season with 10 sacks and 15 tackles for a loss to lead the team in both categories. Freshman safety Marlon Bridges was also named the Freshman of the Year in the Conference. He snagged 4 picks and led the Gamecocks in tackles with 79.

Youngstown State saw five players take First-Team All-MVFC honors – SR/Tailback Martin Ruiz, SR/Guard Brock Eisenhuth, SR/Defensive End Derek Rivers, SR/Defensive End Avery Moss, and SR/Free Safety LeRoy Alexander. Ruiz rushed for over 1000-yards (1086) as he gained 5.7 yards per carry and scored 11 times on the ground. Eisnhuth and his linemates allowed Penguin ball carriers to rush for an average of 5.3 yards per tote and to aide their quarterbacks who completed 57.2% of their passes. Rivers finished with 11 sacks while Moss had 10. Each of them also finished with a laundry list of rushers who failed to reach the line of scrimmage – Rivers tackled 14 ½ for a loss as Moss had 12 ½ who didn’t get back to the scrimmage line. Alexander led the team in the interceptions (3) and finished third in tackles (55).

Famous Alums at Jacksonville State
QB – Dieter Brock – Canadian Football League Hall of Famer (CFL Most Outstanding Player in 1980 and 1981 as a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
DE Jesse Baker – 2nd round pick by Oilers in 1979 (had 11 QB sacks in 1984)
LT Terry Owens – 11th round pick by Chargers in 1966 AFL Draft (started 95 games in the NFL between 1966-75)
TE Keith McKeller – 9th round pick by Bills in 1987 (finished with 124 receptions from 1987-1993)
CB Eric Davis – 2nd round pick by 49ers in 1990 (finished with 38 INTs during his NFL career, 1990-2002)

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