JSU's Byrd OVC defensive player of week

Jacksonville State's Brannon Byrd was named the Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced on Sunday.

Byrd had seven tackles, two tackles-for-loss, and his first career interception as No. 3 Jacksonville State topped Austin Peay 56-3 in its annual Homecoming game on Saturday.

Byrd was part of a Gamecock defense that limited the Govs to just 67 rushing and 90 passing for only 157 yards of total offense. The junior's pick in the third quarter near midfield set up Jacksonville State for a touchdown on its next possession.

The win was the 12th in a row for JSU, the longest streak in FCS football, and ties for the third longest in the school's 107-year history and ties for fifth longest in OVC history. 

The Gamecocks, 8-0 for the first time since 1991, will take this week off before returning to action on Nov. 6 at Eastern Kentucky.