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2015 Jacksonville State Gamecocks football team

The 2015 Jacksonville State Gamecocks football team represented Jacksonville State University in the 2015 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by second-year head coach John Grass and played their home games at Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium. They were a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC). Jacksonville State finished the season 13–2 overall with an 8–0 mark in OVC play to win the conference championship. They received the conference's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs, where they defeated Chattanooga, Charleston Southern, and Sam Houston State to advance to the National Championship Game, where they lost to North Dakota State.

2015 Jacksonville State Gamecocks football
Jacksonville State Gamecocks wordmark.svg
OVC champion
ConferenceOhio Valley Conference
Ranking
STATSNo. 2
FCS CoachesNo. 2
2015 record13–2 (8–0 OVC)
Head coachJohn Grass (2nd season)
Co-defensive coordinatorDavid Blackwell (2nd season)
Co-defensive coordinatorBrandon Hall (2nd season)
Home stadiumJSU Stadium
(Capacity: 24,000)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 OVC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 Jacksonville State $^   8 0         13 2  
No. 25 Eastern Illinois ^   7 1         7 5  
Tennessee–Martin   6 2         7 4  
Eastern Kentucky   5 3         6 5  
SE Missouri State   3 4         4 7  
Tennessee Tech   3 5         4 7  
Murray State   2 6         3 8  
Tennessee State   1 6         4 6  
Austin Peay   0 8         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 55:00 PMat No. 8 Chattanooga*No. 7SDNW 23–2015,812
September 1211:00 AMat No. 6 (FBS) Auburn*No. 5SECNL 20–27 OT87,451
September 191:00 PMTennessee StateNo. 1ESPN3W 48–1323,413
September 262:00 PMat Tennessee–MartinNo. 1ESPN3W 48–413,982
October 31:00 PMMississippi Valley State*No. 1
  • JSU Stadium
  • Jacksonville, AL
WJXSW 49–713,889
October 176:00 PMat Tennessee TechNo. 1OVCDNW 42–135,575
October 244:00 PMat Austin PeayNo. 1OVCDNW 27–75,411
October 311:00 PMNo. 13 Eastern Kentucky No. 1
  • JSU Stadium
  • Jacksonville, AL
WJXSW 34–021,988
November 71:00 PMat Eastern IllinoisNo. 1OVCDNW 24–34,221
November 141:00 PMSoutheast Missouri StateNo. 1
  • JSU Stadium
  • Jacksonville, AL
WJXSW 56–2818,995
November 211:00 PMMurray StateNo. 1
  • JSU Stadium
  • Jacksonville, AL
WJXSW 42–2018,555
December 52:00 PMNo. 7 Chattanooga*No. 1
ESPN3W 41–35 OT21,452
December 117:00 PMNo. 9 Charleston Southern*No. 1
ESPN2W 58–3822,279
December 193:00 PMNo. 6 Sam Houston State*No. 1
ESPNUW 62–1023,692
January 9, 201611:00 AMvs. No. 2 North Dakota State*No. 1ESPN2L 10–3721,836

Game summariesEdit

@ ChattanoogaEdit

Jacksonville State @ Chattanooga
1 234Total
#7 Gamecocks 3 7310 23
#8 Mocs 10 037 20

@ AuburnEdit

Jacksonville State @ Auburn
1 234OTTotal
#5 Gamecocks 0 100100 20
#6 (FBS) Tigers 3 3777 27

Tennessee StateEdit

Tennessee State @ Jacksonville State
1 234Total
Tigers 0 0130 13
#1 Gamecocks 0 211710 48

@ Tennessee–MartinEdit

Jacksonville State @ Tennessee–Martin
1 234Total
#1 Gamecocks 14 14146 48
Skyhawks 6 7721 41

Mississippi Valley StateEdit

Mississippi Valley State @ Jacksonville State
1 234Total
Delta Devils 0 700 7
#1 Gamecocks 14 21140 49

@ Tennessee TechEdit

Jacksonville State @ Tennessee Tech
1 234Total
#1 Gamecocks 14 1297 42
Golden Eagles 3 307 13

@ Austin PeayEdit

Jacksonville State @ Austin Peay
1 234Total
#1 Gamecocks 10 1700 27
Governors 0 070 7

Eastern KentuckyEdit

Eastern Kentucky @ Jacksonville State
1 234Total
#13 Colonels 0 000 0
#1 Gamecocks 7 1773 34

@ Eastern IllinoisEdit

Jacksonville State @ Eastern Illinois
1 234Total
#1 Gamecocks 0 3714 24
Panthers 0 300 3

Southeast Missouri StateEdit

Southeast Missouri State @ Jacksonville State
1 234Total
Redhawks 0 7714 28
#1 Gamecocks 7 142114 56

Murray StateEdit

Murray State @ Jacksonville State
1 234Total
Racers 3 377 20
#1 Gamecocks 14 7147 42

FCS PlayoffsEdit

Second Round–ChattanoogaEdit

Chattanooga @ Jacksonville State
1 234OTTotal
#7 Mocs 7 77140 35
#1 Gamecocks 0 21776 41

Quarterfinals–Charleston SouthernEdit

Charleston Southern @ Jacksonville State
1 234Total
#9 Buccaneers 3 7721 38
#1 Gamecocks 10 32124 58

Semifinals–Sam Houston StateEdit

Sam Houston State @ Jacksonville State
1 234Total
#6 Sam Houston State 0 1000 10
#1 Gamecocks 17 24147 62

Championship–North Dakota StateEdit

North Dakota State vs Jacksonville State
1 234Total
#2 North Dakota State 3 21310 37
#1 Gamecocks 0 0100 10

Ranking movementsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final 
STATS FCS 7 5 (24) 1 (39) 1 (93) 1 (89) 1 (89) 1 (89) 1 (108) 1 (107) 1 (139) 1 (149) 1 (145) 1 (135) 2 
Coaches 9 6 (1) 4 (5) 3 (3) 3 (3) 3 (4) 3 (4) 2 (5) 2 (8) 1 (23) 1 (25) 1 (24) 1 (20) 2

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