Posted: Saturday, October 13th 2012 at 11:56pm
Eagles knock off No. 4 Wofford
By staff reports
STATESBORO -– Dominique Swope rushed 25 times for 137 yards and
two scores to lead No. 7 Georgia Southern to a 17-9 Southern
Conference football victory over No. 4 Wofford Saturday night at
The sophomore logged five carries for 64 yards in a nine-play,
84-yard, game-clinching drive midway through the fourth quarter that
put the Eagles ahead 17-6 and took the wind out of the Terrier sails.
After Wofford punted to the GSU 16-yard line, Swope rattled off a
25-yard run, carrying about five tacklers on his back for the final 10
markers, to start the drive. He ran 17 yards on the next play to move
the ball into Wofford territory, and capped the drive with a 3-yard
touchdown run up the middle. It was Swope's seventh straight game with
a rushing touchdown.
Wofford put together a 62-yard drive on its next possession, but on
3rd-and-goal from the GSU 8-yard line, John Stevenson tackled Michael
Weimer short of the goal on a quarterback keeper. With all three
timeouts remaining, the Terriers elected to take a field goal, and
Christian Reed made good from 23 yards, his third of the day, cutting
the margin to 17-9 with 3:38 to play.
The Eagles moved the ball down to the Wofford 46-yard line, converting
a 3rd-and-6 with a Jerick McKinnon quarterback keeper and causing the
Terriers to burn all their timeouts. GSU elected to go for it on
4th-and-1 with 32 seconds left, and Swope rushed for two yards to put
the game away.
McKinnon finished with 84 yards on 16 carries for the Eagles (5-1, 4-1
SoCon), and the GSU defense held the Terriers to 248 yards, 65 of
which came on an Eric Breitenstein run in the first quarter. Stevenson
and Blake Riley finished with 11 tackles to lead the team.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our team than I am tonight,” said Georgia
Southern head coach Jeff Monken. “Our defense played a fantastic
football game, and there was one play in the entire game, the long
trap play, and our guys did a great job running it down, tacking him
and holding them to three points. The thing that was so impressive
about our football team and why I’m so proud of them is that there
were things that happened in the game that could have gotten them
down, but they just kept fighting and gave great effort. You have to
play that way.”
Breitenstein led the Terriers (5-1, 3-1 SoCon) with 102 yards on 13 carries.
The Eagles did not attempt a pass in the contest, an NCAA FCS record,
and finished with zero passing yards for the eighth time in school
history, all Georgia Southern wins.
Things got off to a rocky start for the Eagles as they fumbled on the
opening drive of the game, giving the Terriers the ball at the GSU
28-yardline. The defense held for three plays but jumped offsides on a
fourth-down field-goal try, giving Wofford a first down.
Then on 2nd-and-7, the Eagles were flagged for pass interference,
moving the ball down to the 2-yard line. The Eagle defense took over
from there, holding the Terriers out of the end zone on three straight
running plays, and Wofford settled for a 19-yard field goal by Reed.
Breitenstein rattled off his 65-yard run near the end of the first
quarter to give the Terriers 1st-and-10 at the GSU 12-yard line. The
Eagle defense came up big again, stopping three straight runs, and
Wofford settled for another Reed field goal, this time from 30 yards
The Eagles got on the board 3:08 into the second quarter on a 48-yard
field goal by Alex Hanks, a career long for the freshman. McKinnon set
up the score with a 33-yard run.
GSU took its first lead of the game just before halftime thanks to
excellent field position set up after a Darreion Robinson 37-yard punt
return that gave GSU the ball on the Terrier 29-yard line. Swope moved
the ball 16 yards on three carries, and McKinnon took it down to the
Wofford 4, where Swope plunged in with 46 seconds left. Hanks added
the extra point, and the Eagles led 10-6 at the break.
The Eagles open a two-game road swing at Furman next Saturday. Kickoff
is slated for 1:30 p.m.
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