The Gamecocks (6-1, 4-0) are atop the OVC standings, ranked third in the FCS, and pushed their conference win streak to 28 games, the best conference streak in Division I.
Bud Martin -- 20-for-40 passing for 219 yards -- directed Eastern Illinois (5-3, 2-1) to a 14-9 lead by halftime but the Panthers were blanked for the last 37 minutes, finishing with 254 yards total offense to 417.
Reggie Hall intercepted Martin on the third play after halftime and found Sanders for a 34-yard touchdown and the lead. The pair hooked up on a 5-yard scoring play later in the quarter.
Terry Tramel picked up 84 yards and a TD on 21 carries for Jacksonville State, which out-gained the Panthers 227-28 yards rushing. Horn threw for 164 yards.
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A close win or bad loss against a quality cross-conference opponent early in the season could be the difference between No. 4 and No. 5 come playoff time.
OK, the 2020 NFL draft is still a long ways out, but Mel and Todd already are thinking about two promising underclassmen quarterbacks who could be the No. 1 overall pick.
SEC Network's Greg McElroy joins The Paul Finebaum Show to give his opinion on this weekend's matchup between the Wildcats and Bulldogs.
The Thinking Out Loud crew make its picks for another week of SEC football.
Thinking Out Loud's Marcus Spears and Greg McElroy highlight the teams that have the best chance to compete with Georgia in the SEC East.
Rutgers senior cornerback Blessuan Austin is going to need knee surgery again.
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