|Eagles Win SoCon Title|
|Written by SoCon Sports Information|
|Sunday, 13 November 2011 09:07|
Following a 21-point second-half scoring outburst the Georgia Southern Football team (9-1, 7-1) found itself hoisting their first Southern Conference Championship Trophy since 2004 after a 31-10 victory over the Wofford Terriers (7-3, 5-2). Jaybo Shaw converted three
second-half drives of 10 or more plays to break open a nip-and-tuck first half. Shaw converted all into short-yardage touchdowns, tying a career high for third time.
The Eagles scored all three touchdowns in just four second-half drives. GSU scored on their opening drive of the second half, marching 90 yards on 11 plays and added a second third-quarter score on a near seven-minute drive.
Georgia Southern ran out the clock in the fourth quarter after taking control of the ball with 6:52 remaining in the half. Shaw capped off a five minute 11-play drive with a two-yard touchdown score. The Eagles kept control of the ball with an onside kick and took two knees to run out the clock for their first outright SoCon Title since 2002.
The Eagles also held Eric Breitenstein to 64 yards on 15 carries.
Joshua Jones made 13 tackles and returned an interception for what proved to be a game-winning, fourth-quarter touchdown as the Elon Phoenix snapped a three-game skid by upsetting 21st-ranked Furman 41-34 on Saturday. The win was the fourth in a row in the series for Elon. The Paladins had a three-game winning streak snapped and fell to 6-4 overall and 5-3 in the Southern Conference.
Samford 19, The Citadel 14
A fourth quarter touchdown by Dustin Taliaferro in the waning moments of the game proved to be the difference as Samford captured the 19-14 victory over The Citadel in front of 13,591 fans at Johnson Hagood Stadium for Homecoming.
Georgia Southern 7 - 1; 9 - 1
APPALACHIAN STATE 46, WESTERN CAROLINA 14
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19
APPALACHIAN STATE @ ELON, 3 P.M.
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