ATLANTA -- DeMarcus James' rushing touchdown in overtime was the difference as Jacksonville State (4-0) survived two late scares to defeat Georgia State 32-26 in the Georgia Dome on Saturday.
After falling behind the undefeated Gamecocks in the second quarter, winless Georgia State scored three times in the final quarter -- on a blocked punt, a pass and a field goal, twice rallying into ties. Kicker Wil Lutz hit from 26 yards as time expired to force OT at 26-26.
Then James rushed for his third TD, scoring from the 2. James finished with 41 yards on 16 carries. Max Shortell passed for 263 yards but no TDs for Jacksonville State.
Ronnie Bell led Georgia State (0-4) with 250 yards passing and 57 rushing. In the fourth quarter, Georgia State blocked a punt for a touchdown, and scored again when Bell hit Robert Davis from the 10 to tie at 23-23.
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher hopes quarterback Sean Maguire is ready to go full speed by the middle of June.
Graduate transfer quarterback Davis Webb has officially joined California, giving the Golden Bears an experienced option to replace No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Jared Goff.
First-year football coach Dino Babers, hired by former Syracuse AD Mark Coyle, is on the committee that will search for Coyle's replacement.
Hugh Freeze has some major holes to fill on offense with the departures of Laremy Tunsil and Laquon Treadwell, but there is Chady Kelly and good depth.
After transferring in from Montana State, Dakota Prukop has a checklist he's working from as he prepares to compete for the Oregon job.
The destination for Week 6 of the Big 12 Ultimate Road Trip is unanimous, as all three conference reporters would head to the Red River Rivalry.
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