JACKSONVILLE, Ala. -- Calvin Middleton's 3-yard run with 13 seconds left to play sealed a 26-21 comeback victory for Jacksonville State over Tennessee State on Saturday.
Middleton's touchdown run capped an 84-yard possession in the game's waning minutes that propelled the Gamecocks (8-3, 6-2 Ohio Valley Conference) to victory.
Daniel Jackson rushed for 105 yards on 17 carries, marking the third-straight game in which he's accomplished the feat for the Gamecocks. Ryan Perrilloux completed 13 of 21 passes for 119 yards with one interception, adding 50 yards on 11 carries.
Antonio Heffner completed 11 of 23 passes for 170 yards with one touchdown, and added 55 yards on the ground for the Tigers (8-3, 5-2).
Heffner's 63-yard pass to JaJuan Spillman opened the scoring, but Jacksonville State returned a field goal block for a touchdown to tie the game at 7 after the first.
Tennessee State's Dante' Thomas scored from one yard out to open the second, and Middleton did the same to tie the game at 14 before Gavin Hallford's 48-yard kick as time expired gave the Gamecocks a 17-10 lead at the half.
Hallford's 36-yard field goal was the only score of the third quarter, extending the Gamecocks' lead to 20-14.
Brandon Belvin recovered a fumble in the end zone for a 21-20 Tennessee State lead to start the fourth, a lead which was washed away by the late Jacksonville State comeback.
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