The TorerosPFL won their 32nd consecutive conference game and 36th straight conference home contest — both the longest active streaks in Division I — with the help of an overwhelming first-half defensive effort. While holding an opponent to less than yards for the second time in the last three weeks, the Torero defense surrendered just 55 yards in the first half, including two yards on the ground, and allowed two first downs.
AP -- Ole Miss quarterback Nathan Stanley threw for three touchdown passes, but it wasn't enough as Jacksonville State quarterback Coty Blanchard completed a 2-point conversion pass to Calvin Middleton in double overtime as the Gamecocks pulled off a stunning victory over Ole Miss on Saturday.
Blanchard threw a yard touchdown pass to Kevyn Cooper on fourth-and to pull within in the second overtime.
Then, the Gamecocks made the call to go for the win in the season opener for both teams. Jacksonville State, a Football Championship Subdivision team from the Ohio Valley Conference, trailed at halftime but outscored Ole Miss in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
He completed 7 of 10 passes for yards and one interception. Ole Miss is all-time in overtime games.
The Ole Miss offense, which debuted eight new starters, scored on five of six first-half possessions, including four touchdowns. After that, Jacksonville State rolled.
Ole Miss kicker Bryson Rose made a yard field goal to extend the Rebels' lead to with left in regulation, but Jacksonville State drove the field for a touchdown to pull within with Marques Ivory threw a 2-yard pass to La'Ray Williams for the two-point conversion to tie the game at 34 and send it to overtime.
Middleton rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown.
The Gamecocks had no turnovers. Using a two-quarterback system with Blanchard and Ivory, the duo combined to complete 22 of 36 passes for yards and four touchdowns.
Ole Miss' Brandon Bolden rushed for yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.