Saturday, October 6, 2007

Back to work

After an exasperating 27-24 come-from-behind victory Thursday night, the Jacksonville State football team was given Friday and Saturday off by head coach Jack Crowe. But the Gamecocks will be back to work today for another Thursday game, this time at Austin Peay.

Actually, the two-day respite wasn't planned, but it was necessary.

"I thought we made a lot of mistake in (Thursday's) game because we hadn't had recovery time (from the Murray State game)," Crowe said. "We traded recovery time for intense preparation and I think it got us what we got in the fourth quarter (against UT-Martin).

"But I think we've gotta go back and get on a schedule. I think we'd still be recovering from two weeks back-to-back (so) I decided give them two days instead one."

This week's game with Austin Peay, set for ESPN-U television, will be the Gamecocks' first against the Governors since 1979. It'll be their first game at Peay since 1962 -- the last game in a 16-year run.

Even though it's been a while, the Gamecocks know the way. And no jokes about the last train to Clarksville, please.

"We drove past it going to Murray," Crowe said.

JSU leads the series 8-6-3.

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