Scores

Final

S Carolina St 16

(9-3, 5-2 away)

Ga. Southern 41

(8-4, 4-2 home)

2:00 PM ET, November 27, 2010

Allen E. Paulson Stadium, Statesboro, GA

1 2 3 4 T
SCST 0 10 0 616
GASO 16 3 6 1641

Top Performers

Passing: M. Long (SCST) - 161 YDS, 1 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: J. Wilcox (SOU) - 11 CAR, 50 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: L. Elmore (SCST) - 3 REC, 69 YDS, 1 TD

Georgia Southern 41, S. Carolina St. 16

Associated Press

STATESBORO, Ga. -- Georgia Southern lost starting quarterback Jaybo Shaw to injury in the first quarter, but it didn't matter as the Eagles routed South Carolina State 41-16 Saturday in a first-round Football Championship Subdivision game.

Georgia Southern (8-4) ran for 323 yards on 77 carries against a defense that had been giving up only 70.4 yards per game on the ground, best in the FCS. The Eagles, who kept possession for 41:40, will play at No. 2 seed William & Mary on Dec. 4.

At times, the Bulldogs (9-3), who lost in the first round for the third straight year, were their own worst enemy. The Eagles scored two safeties off mishandled kickoffs and returned a fumble for a touchdown.

The Eagles were leading 9-0 with 6:10 left in the first quarter when Shaw left the game with an apparent concussion. He watched the rest of the game from the sidelines with his pads removed.

Georgia Southern coach Jeff Monken said after the game he hadn't talked to the medical staff about Shaw's status.

Jerick McKinnon replaced Shaw, and after a shaky start he settled down to guide the Eagles to 22 second-half points.

Freshman fullback Robert Brown led Georgia Southern with 77 yards rushing on 15 carries. Brown, however, also had three fumbles and was replaced in the fourth quarter by seldom-used senior Lee Banks, who rushed eight times for 56 yards.

Georgia Southern led 16-0 after the first quarter thanks to a 5-yard run by J.J. Wilcox, a safety and a 34-yard run with a fumble by Josh Gebhardt.

Wilcox, a wide receiver, had 50 yards rushing and he also had a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Third-team quarterback Russell DeMasi, playing in his first game of the season, made it 41-10 with 6 minutes to play on a 1-yard run.

Georgia Southern made it 19-0 on a 32-yard field goal by Adrian Mora 3 minutes into the second quarter.

The Bulldogs got a 90-yard kickoff return by Lennel Elmore and a 21-yard field goal by Blake Erickson to make it 19-10 at the half. Their only offensive score came on a 58-yard pass from Malcolm Long to Elmore with 5:21 left in the game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SCST
GASO
1st Downs721
Total Yards223344
Passing15721
Rushing66323
Penalties8-462-16
3rd Down Conversions2-97-18
4th Down Conversions0-13-4
Turnovers43
Possession18:2041:40

Passing Leaders

South Carolina StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Long11/241616.713
Georgia SouthernC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Edwards1/11414.000

Rushing Leaders

South Carolina StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Wherry45714.3054
Merrill2199.5016
Georgia SouthernCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown15775.1036
Banks8567.0023

Receiving Leaders

South Carolina StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
McDonald67111.8034
Elmore36923.0158
Georgia SouthernRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones11414.0014
Hickey177.007

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSCSTGASO
TD07:37JJ Wilcox 5 Yd Run (Adrian Mora Kick) 07
SF07:30Richard Christie Tackled By Michael Butler In End Zone 09
TD02:26Josh Gebhardt 34 Yd Fumble Return (Adrian Mora Kick) 016
SECOND QUARTERSCSTGASO
FG12:01Adrian Mora 32 Yd 019
TD11:50Lennel Elmore 90 Yd Kickoff Return (Blake Erickson Kick) 719
FG06:34Blake Erickson 21 Yd 1019
THIRD QUARTERSCSTGASO
FG09:41Adrian Mora 23 Yd 1022
FG00:00Adrian Mora 45 Yd 1025
FOURTH QUARTERSCSTGASO
SF15:00Ball Through End Zone 1027
TD09:20JJ Wilcox 1 Yd Run (Adrian Mora Kick) 1034
TD06:06Russell DeMasi 1 Yd Run (Adrian Mora Kick) 1041
TD05:21Lennel Elmore 58 Yd Pass From Malcolm Long (Pat Failed) 1641