Scores

Final

Samford 27

(5-4, 2-2 away)

Ga. Southern 17

(5-5, 2-4 home)

12:00 PM ET, November 8, 2008

Allen E. Paulson Stadium, Statesboro, GA

1 2 3 4 T
SAM 0 14 6 727
GASO 10 0 7 017

Top Performers

Passing: A. Henton (GASO) - 202 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Evans (SAM) - 28 CAR, 142 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Andrews (GASO) - 10 REC, 114 YDS, 1 TD

Samford 27, Georgia Southern 17

Associated Press

STATESBORO, Ga. -- Samford survived a sluggish start and got strong performances from Chris Evans and Dustin Taliaferro to beat Georgia Southern 27-17 Saturday.

Evans, the leading rusher in the Southern Conference, ran for 142 yards, and Taliaferro was 14 of 17 for 166 yards and two touchdowns to spark the Bulldogs who trailed 10-0 after the first quarter.

"There was no panic on the sidelines," Samford defensive back Kyle Morton said. "Coach (Pat) Sullivan came over to the defense and told us to take a deep breath and keep playing hard."

Georgia Southern (5-5, 3-4 Southern Conference) had hoped a victory over the Bulldogs (5-4, 3-3) and a win at Furman next week would propel it into the Football Championship Series playoffs.

"I think this may be the most disappointing loss I've ever had as a coach," Georgia Southern coach Chris Hatcher said. "We had opportunities to put it away early and didn't take advantage of them."

The Eagles got a 26-yard field goal from Adrian Mora less than three minutes into the game, and made it 10-0 when Antonio Henton completed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Raja Andrews with 3:42 left in the first half.

Taliaferro got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard when he connected on a 73-yard pass to Jonathan Lowery. With 44 seconds left before halftime, he hit DeMarcus Covington on a 44-yard touchdown pass.

Evans scored on a 31-yard run for a 20-10 lead with 10:46 left in the third quarter.

Georgia Southern scored with two minutes left in the third quarter, but Taliaferro put it away when he ran 9 yards with 9:08 to play.

Antonio Henton passed for 202 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for 69 yards for Georgia Southern. Raja Andrews caught 10 passes for 114 yards, tying the school's single game record.

Henton owns Georgia Southern records for most completions in a season (155), passing yards (1,842), touchdown passes (15), offensive plays (437) and 200-yard passing games (five).

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SAM
GASO
1st Downs1222
Total Yards317330
Passing166239
Rushing15191
Penalties9-779-68
3rd Down Conversions5-149-17
4th Down Conversions1-10-3
Turnovers13
Possession30:0829:52

Passing Leaders

SamfordC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Taliaferro14/171669.820
Georgia SouthernC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Henton27/442024.621

Rushing Leaders

SamfordCARYDSAVGTDLG
Evans281425.1131
Taliaferro6111.8117
Georgia SouthernCARYDSAVGTDLG
Henton20693.5016
Rozier6111.807

Receiving Leaders

SamfordRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lowery27939.5173
Covington24623.0143
Georgia SouthernRECYDSAVGTDLG
Andrews1011411.4137
Camp6559.2019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSAMGASO
FG09:32Adrian Mora 26 Yd 03
TD03:42Raja Andrews 20 Yd Pass From Antonio Henton (Adrian Mora Kick) 010
SECOND QUARTERSAMGASO
TD05:12Jonathan Lowery 73 Yd Pass From Dustin Taliaferro (Bob Hooper Kick) 710
TD00:44DeMarcus Covington 43 Yd Pass From Dustin Taliaferro (Bob Hooper Kick) 1410
THIRD QUARTERSAMGASO
TD10:46Chris Evans 31 Yd Run (Pat Blocked) 2010
TD02:00Michael McIntosh 16 Yd Pass From Antonio Henton (Adrian Mora Kick) 2017
FOURTH QUARTERSAMGASO
TD09:08Dustin Taliaferro 9 Yd Run (Bob Hooper Kick) 2717