UTM up in all but tally

UTM up in all but tally
UT Martin came out on top everywhere except where it counted during Saturday’s 30-20 defeat to No. 3 Jacksonville State.
Outgained in total offense by 160 yards, the Gamecocks — who upset Ole Miss earlier this season — relied on Calvin Middleton, who rushed 15 times for 97 yards and a touchdown.
Jacksonville State scored on the opening possession of the game and jumped out to a 10-0 lead when James Esco kicked a 22 yard field goal with 6:18 to play in the first quarter.
UT Martin sophomore Cody Sandlin opened the second quarter with a career-long 42 yard field goal. Five minutes later, Sandlin kicked a 21 yard field goal and the Skyhawks cut the Jacksonville State lead to four points, 10-6.
The Gamecocks scored three unanswered touchdowns by taking advantage of short fields to take a 30-6 lead.
Skyhawk quarterback Derek Carr completed 31-of-50 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns.
The McKenzie product was intercepted once.
The 31 completions is a career-high for Carr, while the 338 yards is the second most yards he has thrown for this season.
He threw for 390 yards, Sept. 11, at Southeastern Louisiana. Carr has thrown five touchdown passes in six games this season and has thrown for 1,345 yards.
Junior fullback Jarvis Perry, a Crockett County product, had six receptions for 122 yards.
The setback marked the first time Jacksonville State has won in Martin since 2004.
Senior linebacker Josh Bey led the Skyhawks with 12 tackles, including a sack and a tackle for a loss.
Bey has had 10 or more tackles in three of the Skyhawks six games this season.
He now has 53 tackles this season and 286 career tackles.

Sophomore kicker Cody Sandlin made two field goals, including a career-long 42 yarder, and two PATS. Sandlin has made 10 consecutive PATS without a miss this season and has made seven of his last eight field goal attempts. Sandlin’s only miss of the season was his first career attempt at Tennessee. The sophomore kicker leads the Skyhawks in scoring with 31 points after six games.

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