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Johnson throws for 3 TDs, runs for 1 as Sam Houston St. tops Jacksonville St. in FCS playoffs

  • Sam Houston State quarterback Jared Johnson escapes the tackle of Jacksonville State linebacker Ben Endress in the second quarter of an NCAA FCS college football second-round playoff game in Jacksonville, Ala., Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/AL.com, Mark Almond) MAGAZINES OUT

    Sam Houston State quarterback Jared Johnson escapes the tackle of Jacksonville State linebacker Ben Endress in the second quarter of an NCAA FCS college football second-round playoff game in Jacksonville, Ala., Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/AL.com, Mark Almond) MAGAZINES OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Jacksonville State running back DaMarcus James breaks loose as Jacksonville State offensive lineman Kyron Samuels blocks Sam Houston State safety Tyrel Stokes (41) in the second quarter of an NCAA FCS college football second-round playoff game in Jacksonville, Ala., Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/AL.com, Mark Almond) MAGAZINES OUT

    Jacksonville State running back DaMarcus James breaks loose as Jacksonville State offensive lineman Kyron Samuels blocks Sam Houston State safety Tyrel Stokes (41) in the second quarter of an NCAA FCS college football second-round playoff game in Jacksonville, Ala., Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/AL.com, Mark Almond) MAGAZINES OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Jacksonville State wide receiver Josh Barge falls at the 1-yard line in the first quarter against Sam Houston State in an NCAA FCS college football second-round playoff game in Jacksonville, Ala., Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/AL.com, Mark Almond) MAGAZINES OUT

    Jacksonville State wide receiver Josh Barge falls at the 1-yard line in the first quarter against Sam Houston State in an NCAA FCS college football second-round playoff game in Jacksonville, Ala., Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/AL.com, Mark Almond) MAGAZINES OUT  (The Associated Press)

Jared Johnson threw three touchdown passes and ran for another to lead Sam Houston State to a 37-26 victory over Jacksonville State in a second-round FCS playoff game Saturday.

Johnson connected on a 49-yard score with LaDarius Brown with 8:03 left in the third quarter for a 30-26 lead. Jalen Overstreet added an insurance score with a 33-yard run four minutes later.

Johnson completed 13 of 19 passes for 161 yards, also throwing another touchdown pass to Brown plus one to Keshawn Hill. Johnson also rushed for 85 yards and had a 10-yard scoring run for the Bearkats (10-4).

Connor Rouleau's 42-yard field goal as time ran out in the first half gave the Gamecocks (10-2) a 26-24 lead.

Eli Jenkins was 12-of-24 passing for JSU for 253 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. DeMarcus James rushed for 128 yards and a score. JSU had won 10 straight games.