Scores

Final

Elon 21

(1-3, 0-1 CAA)

Ga. Southern 38

(3-1, 1-0 Sun Belt)

6:00 PM ET, September 25, 2010

Allen E. Paulson Stadium, Statesboro, GA

1 2 3 4 T
ELON 7 7 0 721
GASO 0 14 7 1738

Top Performers

Passing: S. Riddle (ELON) - 322 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: L. Banks (UNKWN) - 25 CAR, 121 YDS

Receiving: A. Mellette (ELON) - 6 REC, 121 YDS, 2 TD

Georgia Southern 38, Elon 21

Associated Press

STATESBORO, Ga. -- Lee Banks rushed for 121 yards and Georgia Southern shredded Elon's defense for 508 yards while rolling to a 38-21 win in the Southern Conference opener for both teams Saturday night.

Banks, a senior who had two carries for 8 yards in his career, had 25 carries to lead the Eagles (3-1, 1-0) over an Elon (1-3, 0-1) team that was looking for its fourth straight win in the series.

Banks, the Eagles' fourth-team fullback, was playing in place of leading rusher Robert Brown, who missed the game with a back injury.

Georgia Southern, which had struggled on the ground since its opener with Savannah State, had 379 yards rushing on 79 carries. Quarterback Jaybo Shaw, who scored two first-half touchdowns, completed 8 of 12 passes for 129 yards.

Elon, which had only 9 yards rushing, got 322 yards passing from Scott Riddle, who was 25-for-42 with two interceptions.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ELON
GASO
1st Downs1730
Total Yards331508
Passing322129
Rushing9379
Penalties7-535-30
3rd Down Conversions7-1410-17
4th Down Conversions0-13-3
Turnovers22
Possession20:2738:27

Passing Leaders

ElonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Riddle25/453227.232
Georgia SouthernC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Shaw8/1212910.800

Rushing Leaders

ElonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Newsome8243.008
Harris294.506
Georgia SouthernCARYDSAVGTDLG
Banks251214.8023
Robinson13927.1021

Receiving Leaders

ElonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Mellette612120.2246
Jeffcoat57414.8028
Georgia SouthernRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wilcox25125.5031
Sumner22713.5018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERELONGASO
TD07:20Jeremy Peterson 15 Yd Pass From Scott Riddle (Adam Shreiner Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERELONGASO
TD14:22Jaybo Shaw 1 Yd Run (Adrian Mora Kick) 77
TD06:37Jaybo Shaw 2 Yd Run (Adrian Mora Kick) 714
TD04:32Aaron Mellette 3 Yd Pass From Scott Riddle (Adam Shreiner Kick) 1414
THIRD QUARTERELONGASO
TD03:16Darreion Robinson 4 Yd Run (Adrian Mora Kick) 1421
FOURTH QUARTERELONGASO
TD14:33Tobi Akinniranye 4 Yd Run (Adrian Mora Kick) 1428
TD13:09Laron Scott 36 Yd Interception Return (Adrian Mora Kick) 1435
TD08:52Aaron Mellette 19 Yd Pass From Scott Riddle (Adam Shreiner Kick) 2135
FG04:14Adrian Mora 23 Yd 2138