JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 18, 2018) – The wait is over.
The ETSU football team will get its chance at Opportunity No. 12, as the 22nd-ranked Buccaneers earned a spot in the 2018 FCS Playoffs, which was announced Sunday afternoon on ESPNU.
The Bucs will take on No. 7 Jacksonville State on Saturday, Nov. 24 inside Burgess-Snow Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN3.
ETSU, who earned a share of the Southern Conference championship, enters postseason play with an overall record of 8-3. The eight wins are the third-most in program history and the most in a season since the 1996 Buccaneers finished 10-3.
The Bucs are making their second playoff appearance in program history – the first coming in that 1996 season. ETSU is 1-1 all-time in the playoffs, as the Bucs defeated Villanova in the first round before falling to eventual national runner-up Montana.
Jacksonville State went 8-3 in the regular season en route to capturing its fifth straight Ohio Valley Conference title. This marks the Gamecocks’ sixth straight FCS Playoff appearance, while JSU is 39-5 at home since 2012. The Gamecocks played in the 2015 FCS National Championship against North Dakota State, while this marks the first year JSU is playing a first round playoff game since 2014. The Gamecocks are coming off a 60-52 five-overtime loss to No. 2 Kennesaw State last Saturday at Sun Trust Park.
Saturday will be the third-ever meeting between the two programs. ETSU defeated the Gamecocks 20-14 in Johnson City back in 1960, while JSU won the first-ever meeting in 1959, 13-0.
Playoff tickets can be purchased through the Jacksonville State ticket office via www.JSUGamecockSports.com/Tickets or by calling (256) 782-8499. Tickets purchased online prior to game day will be $15, while all tickets purchased in the ticket office or on game day will be $20.
The winner of ETSU-JSU will face No. 7 national seed and CAA champion Maine in the second round on Dec. 1. The game will be play at Maine and will kickoff at Noon.
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