Absolute Stunner

In what should be the most stunning score of the first weekend of college football, FCS division member Jacksonville State beat BCS division member Ole Miss 49-48 in double overtime.

In the second overtime, with the Rebels leading 48-41 and on fourth-and-15, JSU quarterback Coty Blanchard hit Kevyn Cooper with a pass just inside the end line of the end zone – a spectacular catch that brought the visitors to within one point.

JSU, with nothing to lose except another game to a BCS (formerly Division I) team, decided to go for two points. Blanchard was heavily rushed, threw a short pass into traffic that was caught by Calvin Middleton, who then drove his way into the end zone for the victory.

It was an amazing comeback for a Jacksonville State team that fell behind early 14-0 and trailed 31-10 at halftime.

The story going in had been the addition of quarterback Jeremiah Masoli to the Rebels squad. Nathan Stanley had started and set the tone early for the Rebels' two-touchdown lead. Masoli got playing time throughout the game and played the entire overtime at quarterback.

Ole Miss hadn't scored at all in the second half. A Bryson Rose field goal of 35 yards gave the Rebels an eight-point lead at 34-26 with 2:55 left.

Jacksonville State then did what it did the entire second half – move downfield and most of the time for points. With 18.9 seconds to go in the contest, quarterback Marques Ivory completed a pass to Alan Bonner for 19 yards and a touchdown. The Gamecocks had to go for two to tie it. They did that with an Ivory to La'Ray Williams pass to tie it.

In overtime, JSU scored first, a pass from Ivory to Alan Bonner with a James Esco extra point. Ole Miss tied it with a Brandon Bolden rush of two yards and an extra point by Rose.

Ole Miss got its chance to score first and did in the second OT. Enrique Davis rushed from the two and Rose was true. That's when JSU scored and went for two to end it.


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