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Jacksonville State shocked the college football Saturday night when senior quarterback Zerrick Cooper connected with Damond Philyaw-Johnson for a miraculous 59-yard touchdown with all zeroes on the clock to lift the Gamecocks to a stunning 20-17 victory at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Jacksonville State got the ball back with 1:23 to go after Florida State was stopped on a third and short and elected to punt the ball with two yards to get a first down instead of going for a game-clinching conversion.
“You’ve got to play at a certain level execution-wise in these type games and we did that night,” said Jacksonville State head coach John Grass. “We missed a chance to score on the same play before. Damond was open and we missed him and we decided to do it again.”
Jacksonville State Gamecocks’ JSU Voice Mike Parris called the game for the Jacksonville radio broadcast and his call is just thrilling:
“… Touchdown, touchdown!” Parris yelled with excitement. “There are no flags. Touchdown pass! On the final snap of the game! Jacksonville State has won it!”
The same call, as heard on the local radio in Tallahassee, can be heard here:
Florida State was led by first-time starter McKenzie Milton who completed 18-of-30 passes for 133 yards while running back Jashaun Corbin totaled 109 yards and scored a touchdown, earning his second consecutive 100-yard rushing game.
While FSU appeared to mostly struggle on defense, there were missed opportunities on offense, as well.
“Congratulations to Jacksonville State,” said Florida State Head Coach Mike Norvell. “I did not have our team ready to play today. We definitely did not play in any way to the standard that what we are capable of. Penalties, self-inflicted mistakes; 100 percent on me. I did not have the guys ready to go and that will be fixed.”
The Noles are now 0-2 after losses to both Notre Dame and Jacksonville State, while the Gamecocks — an FCS team — are 1-1 on the season and left with a highlight they can replay forever.
The Seminoles will next face Wake Forest in North Carolina on Sept. 18 at 3:30 p.m., while Jacksonville State will host North Alabama the same day at 6 p.m.