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October 17, 2012

JSU tries to bounce back against Tennessee State

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As for the Gamecocks, their biggest issue this season has been turnovers. They committed five of them in the loss to Eastern Illinois, giving them nine in their two conference losses.

"Other than the turnovers, I think we have played pretty good this year," Crowe said. "We have to overcome that. I think we are a better football team than that. If we don't turn over the football, we will be in every game."

THURSDAY'S GAME

North Alabama at West Georgia, 6:30 p.m.

North Alabama freshman quarterback Luke Wingo will receive his first start when the Lions (5-2, 2-1 Gulf South Conference) play West Georgia (2-4, 0-3).

Wingo, the son of former University of Alabama and Green Bay Packers linebacker Rich Wingo, has seen playing time off the bench in every game this season. He earned his first start after nearly bringing UNA back from a 24-0 deficit to Valdosta State last week by leading the Lions on three second-half touchdown drives. He completed 17 of 31 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown in the 24-21 loss.

A victory would guarantee that the Lions will be eligible for at least a share of the GCS crown when they play current league leader West Alabama on Nov. 8.

Samford at Chattanooga, 5 p.m.

The Bulldogs (5-2, 3-2 Southern Conference) will attempt to put the memories of last week's final-minute loss to Appalachian State behind them when they take on Chattanooga (3-3, 2-1).

The Mountaineers scored on a 22-yard touchdown pass with 22 seconds remaining to defeat Samford 28-25. So instead of being tied for first place in the conference, the Bulldogs are tied for fifth.

"Our guys were down on Sunday from the tough loss we had, but I think we've bounced back," Samford coach Pat Sullivan said. "We have to get back, because Chattanooga is playing as well as anybody in the conference right now."

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