Georgia Southern Cruises Past South Alabama For A 48 – 13 Victory

South Alabama came into Statesboro looking for revenge after last season’s rout at the hands of the winless Eagles. Georgia Southern, of course, had plans to pick up right where they left off. The end result was more of the same in this series, as the Eagles remained undefeated against the Jaguars in the series history.
The teams traded possession early on until a Monquavion Brinson interception put the Eagles in business on the Jaguars’ 5 yard line. Shai Werts made quick work of the Eagles possession to give the Eagles the lead, which they would never relinquish. Werts added to the Eagles’ lead early in the 2nd quarter on a beautiful bomb from the traditional flexbone formation that hit a wide open Darion Anderson in stride for a 58 yard touchdown pass. The two teams traded field goals on the next three scores with South Alabama almost getting a touchdown just before the half before it was overruled as out-of-bounds. The half ended with a relatively close score of 17-6.
The second half saw the Georgia Southern offense and defense come alive in a big way. The Jaguars put together a good drive early in the 4th quarter to get their first touchdown of the day, but they were otherwise stymied as Werts had his 2nd rushing touchdown of the game and Wesley Fields added two of his own on top of a Tyler Bass field goal and Alvin Ward JR pick-six to put the icing on the cake for the home team.
While the scoreboard shows domination on the part of Georgia Southern, the stat line definitely shows a close game. The Eagles only out-gained the Jaguars 394 yards to 326 yards and had one more first down (18 to 17). If there’s a difference in this game, it was the turnovers. South Alabama gave up the ball four times to the Eagles’ zero.
If there has been one stat that has gone in Georgia Southern’s favor all year it is the turnover margin. Option teams normally cough the ball up a good bit, but this team has been extremely disciplined with the football. That has been in part due to Shai Werts’ decision making on when to pitch and when to hold on to the ball.
With the victory, the Eagles improved to 4-1 overall, 2-0 in the Sun Belt. They’ll go on the road for the first time in conference play this Thursday night on short rest against the Texas State Bobcats on ESPNU.
Hail Southern and GET AFTER THEIR ASSES!

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