JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) Malik Jackson rushed for 193 yards and two touchdowns as Jacksonville State piled up 522 yards and seven scores on the ground in a 56-17 romp over Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

Jackson carried just nine times for Jacksonville State (8-3, 6-1 Conference USA). His longest run covered 68 yards and his first-quarter 2- and 13-yard touchdown runs gave the Gamecocks a 21-7 lead.

Jacksonville State quarterback Zion Webb passed for 106 yards and rushed 10 times for 122 yards and three scores. Anwar Lewis finished with 122 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.

Jacksonville State got a special teams boost when Kekoura Tarnue returned a blocked punt 21 yards for a score, splitting Jackson's first-quarter touchdown runs.

Higgins scoring run pushed the lead to 28-7 and Webb followed with touchdown runs covering 34 and 8 yards as the Gamecocks took a 42-10 lead into halftime. Webb had a 29-yard touchdown run and Lewis had a 9-yarder in the third quarter to cap the scoring.

Hank Bachmeier threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Cyrus Allen in the first quarter for the Bulldogs (3-9, 2-6). Michael Richard returned a blocked punt 6 yards for a score in the third period.

Bachmeier completed 24 of 37 passes for 198 yards with one interception for Louisiana Tech.

Jacksonville State and New Mexico State are tied for second place in the conference, setting up a showdown on the road against the Aggies on Saturday to end the regular season.

Unbeaten Liberty (11-0, 7-0) leads the conference.


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