Top-ranked Sam Houston rolls on with 16th straight win

Sam Houston players celebrate as they defeat South Dakota State in the NCAA college FCS Football Championship in Frisco, Texas, Sunday, May 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) (Michael Ainsworth, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Eric Schmid threw a pair of touchdown passes, Ramon Jefferson ran for two more scores and FCS top-ranked Sam Houston rolled past Jacksonville State 42-7 on Saturday for the Bearkats’ 16th straight victory.

Zerrick Cooper ran in from 6 yards out midway through the first quarter for the game's first points. But that would be it for the Gamecocks (3-4, 1-1 ASUN-WAC Challenge), who trailed 21-7 at halftime after Jefferson ran for a 33-yard TD on the first play after a JSU punt. Noah Smith finished an 87-yard drive with 2-yard run and Schmid ran in from 3 yards on the third play after an interception.

The Bearkats (6-0, 4-0) broke the game open with touchdowns on three straight drives with Schmid's scoring passes to Ife Adeyi and Jequez Ezzard and Jefferson's second touchdown, a 4-yarder.

Schmid was 17-of-30 for 227 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Jefferson had 110 yards rushing on 14 carries and Adeyi and Ezzard combined for 172 yards receiving.

Cooper was 15-of-33 passing for 169 yards and an interception for the Gamecocks, ranked No. 21 in the coaches poll.

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