Eagles Make a Run at Top-Ranked Georgia
The capacity crowd of 92,746 matches the Eagles’ record for largest attendance they have played in front of (2004 game at
The Eagles held
Late in the first GS drove into
GS drove down to the one, but an offsides then a sack set up 3rd-and-goal from the 10. Henton was intercepted in the endzone by Dannell Ellerbe.
Right before halftime UGA marched 72 yards in 2:37, capped by
UGA needed two plays to score a TD to start the second half.
On the Eagles’ ensuing drive Lee Chapple found Marcus Russ for a 21-yard completion on a 4th-and-5 from midfield. Darell Norman took a 26-yard reverse down to the one. Chapple dove in on the next play to put the Eagles on the board with 4:27 left in the third.
Chapple drove the Eagles 82 yards on their next drive for another touchdown, this time a pitch to fellow freshman Samair Baker from two yards.
Joe Cox hit Green on a 4-yard score but again the Eagles responded. Adam Urbano returned a punt 14 yards to set up GS on its own 46. Henton found Russ for 20 yards but three plays later was facing a 4th-and-9. The sophomore quarterback found Leander Barney on a 35-yard scoring strike for the final margin.
“We had a lot of questions at the beginning of the season. You could tell that our nerves got to us in the red zone. Our offensive line did well, we ran the ball exceptionally well today,” said head coach Chris Hatcher. “We fought for 60 minutes and played very hard. We had a bunch of guys who will come out and fight. As the game went along the nerves went away.”
Chapple started the game at quarterback and the redshirt-freshman completed 9-of-18 passes for 86 yards. He rushed for six yards and scored a touchdown. Henton was 10-of-18 for 102 yards and one touchdown.
Jesse Hartley connected on all three extra point attempts, extending his streak to 50 straight since the start of his junior year (2007).
Redshirt-freshman Charlie Edwards averaged 44 yards on seven punts, including a long of 55 and launched one that was downed on the
“Their team speed is phenomenal, their receivers are bigger than some of our linemen,” said Hatcher. “We found some things we are good at and some things we have to work on. Our two quarterbacks played well and they both made good and bad decisions today. We brought up 72 players and rotated them in and out to keep them fresh. The freshmen played well today.”
Corey Irvin and Darryl Gamble paced the defense with six tackles each.
NOTES: The Eagles held nearly a six minute advantage in time of possession in the first quarter, 10:52 to 4:08 but were down 10-0. Overall the Eagles held a 33:08-26:52 edge... GS was only 4-of-16 on third down but a perfect 2-of-2 on fourth down conversions. Last year the Eagles led the nation in fourth down conversions... UGA held a 535-290 edge in total offense but committed 11 penalties to the Eagles’ three... In all 24 redshirt- and true-freshmen played and 33 saw their first game action as an Eagle... Georgia Southern had set a season-opening record for most rushing yards the past three years, but that came to an end. Jermaine Austin started with 199 yards at Northeastern then Covington rushed for 216 yards against Central Connecticut State in 2006. Last year Jayson Foster accumulated 231 yards against West Georgia.
- Category: Football
- Published on Saturday, 30 August 2008 00:06