Written by SoCon Sports Information
Sunday, 04 December 2011 09:53
Behind 255 yards on the ground from Dominique Swope, the Georgia Southern Football team outlasted Old Dominion in high-scoring affair 55-48 at Paulson Stadium, Saturday afternoon. The first back to rush for over 200 yards since Jason Foster did so in 2007, Swope led the Eagles
to 477 yards of rushing offense.
Georgia Southern (10-2) tallied 500 or more yards of offense for the fourth time this season and finished with 607 yards of total offense. Jaybo Shaw added to the total with seven passes for 130 yards and a touchdown.
The game featured an Eagle touchdown followed by an Old Dominion (10-3) score for most of the contest. That trend finally ended in GSU's favor in the third quarter, The Eagles took a 41-35 lead on a Nico Hickey's 13-yard run. Adrian Mora's FCS consecutive extra point streak ended at 151 on the ensuing extra point, but Georgia Southern extended their lead to 49-35 with a one-yard rush by Shaw in the fourth quarter.
The Eagles would score once more on a Hickey fumble recovery in the end zone with 2:03 to play and outlasted the Monarchs in the final quarter. Taylor Heinicke was responsible for two scores in the fourth
quarter. The first a 19-yard pass to Prentice Gill and the other a 20-yard scamper with 39 seconds remaining.
Heinickie accounted for most of the team's 560 total yards, passing for 341 yards on 25 completions. The Georgia native carried the ball seven times for 75 yards and a score on the ground. Gill caught eight passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns.
Northern Iowa 28, Wofford 21
In the second round of the NCAA FCS Playoffs, Wofford was defeated 28-21 at the University of Northern Iowa in the UNI-Dome. Three turnovers and penalties were too costly for the Terriers to overcome, despite rushing for 457 yards in the game.
The Terriers are 8-4 on the season. UNI is 10-2 overall and ranked second in the nation. For Wofford, Eric Breitenstein and Mitch Allen each had over 100 rushing yards. Breitenstein had 131 with three touchdowns and Allen had 156 rushing yards. The Panthers we led by quarterback Tirrell Rennie with 95 rushing yards and 7-of-12 passing for 67 yards and two touchdowns.
Wofford got the ball back with 7:20 left in the fourth quarter. The Terriers were able to cover 88 yards in 15 plays and score a touchdown with two minutes left in the game. Eric Breitenstein took it in from three yards out for a 28-21 score. Wofford tried an onside kick, but it was recovered by the Panthers. The Terriers were able to force a 47-yard field goal attempt that was short and Wofford got the ball back with 53 seconds left. A sack on fourth-and-nine ended the Terriers chances.
Wofford had 478 total yards, with 457 on the ground. UNI had 238 total yards, 171 of which were rushing. Wofford was 8-of-15 on third downs and 2-of-4 on fourth down. UNI was 3-of-9 on third down. Wofford had ten penalties, while UNI was flagged twice. Wofford had the time of possession by a 34:29 to 24:04 margin.
Photo Courtesy: Jaybo Shaw, SoCon Athletics