Georgia Southern tops Eastern Michigan 23-21 on Bass’ FG
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Tyler Bass found a way to top his last-play 50-yard field goal to end the first half.
Bass kicked a 40-yarder as time expired to give Georgia Southern a 23-21 victory over Eastern Michigan in the Camellia Bowl on Saturday night.
Shai Werts kept the winning drive alive with a 29-yard scramble on fourth-and-10. Bass came on for his third field goal after Wesley Fields' two runs pushed Georgia Southern (10-3) 7 yards closer.
Georgia Southern, Eastern Michigan meet in Camellia Bowl
Camellia Bowl: Georgia Southern (9-3) vs. Eastern Michigan (7-5), Dec. 15, 5:30 p.m. Eastern (ESPN)
Line: Georgia Southern by 2.
Series Record: First meeting.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Georgia Southern is seeking its first 10-win season at the FBS level, though the program managed it 14 times as an FCS power. Eastern Michigan is trying to pick up the second bowl win in program history.
Georgia Southern rolls over Georgia State, 35-14
ATLANTA (AP) — Shai Werts threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third and Wesley Fields ran for 151 yards and a score as Georgia Southern beat Georgia State for just the second time, 35-14 in a Sun Belt regular season finale on Saturday.
Georgia Southern rolled to a 28-0 lead through three quarters to snap a streak of three-straight losses to the Panthers.
Fields powers Georgia Southern to 41-17 victory
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Wesley Fields ran for 148 yards and two third-quarter touchdowns to help Georgia Southern pull away for a 41-17 victory over Coastal Carolina on Saturday.
Troy beats Ga. Southern, remains undefeated in Sun Belt play
STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Sawyer Smith hit Luke Whittemore on a 29-yard scoring strike in the third quarter to break open a close game and give Troy its 12th straight Sun Belt Conference win with a 35-21 victory over Georgia Southern on Saturday.
Evans has 4 TDs, Louisiana-Monroe upsets Georgia Southern
MONROE, La. (AP) — Caleb Evans threw two touchdown passes to Marcus Green and ran for two scores and Louisiana-Monroe beat Georgia Southern 44-25 on Saturday one week after the Eagles upset No. 25 Appalachian State.
Evans scored on a 5-yard keeper on the opening Warhawks drive, then connected with Green for an 80-yard TD on a slant pattern after a missed Georgia Southern field goal. Evans hit Green on another slant in the second quarter for a 69-yard score and a 20-0 lead.
Werts leads Georgia Southern past No. 25 App State 34-14
STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Appalachian State's time as college football's feel-good story ended after only a few days.
"It was cool while it lasted," Mountaineers center Noah Hannon said.
Shai Werts rushed for 129 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown run, and Georgia Southern forced five turnovers to upset No. 25 Appalachian State 34-14 on Thursday night to spoil the Mountaineers' first week in the Top 25.
Werts has 3 TDs as Ga. Southern jumps on S. Alabama 48-13
STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Shai Werts accounted for three touchdowns as Georgia Southern jumped out to an early lead and coasted to a 48-13 Sun Belt Conference victory over South Alabama on Saturday afternoon.
Werts rushed for 85 yards with two scores and threw for 99 yards and another TD as Georgia Southern (4-1, 2-0) continued to roll with its only loss being to Clemson, which was ranked No. 2 in the nation at the time.
Kennedy scores late, Ga. Southern beats Arkansas St. 28-21
STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Wesley Kennedy III broke for a 47-yard scoring sprint in the waning seconds to give Georgia Southern a 28-21 victory over Arkansas State in the Sun Belt Conference opener for both teams on Saturday night.
No. 2 Clemson plays first game with Georgia Southern
Georgia Southern (2-0) at No. 2 Clemson (2-0), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Line: Clemson by 33½.
Series Record: First meeting.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Georgia Southern will be looking for its first road nonconference win — along with one of the biggest upsets in program history — since joining the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2014. Clemson is seeking a crisp game in its last contest before starting Atlantic Coast Conference play.
Werts accounts for 3 TDs, leads Ga. Southern over UMass
STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Shai Werts threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as he helped Georgia Southern sprint past UMass 34-13 on Saturday.
Werts accounted for 237 of Georgia Southern's 488 total yards as he threw for 154 yards and ran for another 83 yards on 14 carries. Werts was 6-of-9 passing.
The Eagles (2-0) ran the ball 19 straight times to open play before Werts hit Cam Brown in the back of the end zone with a 5-yard scoring toss to go ahead 7-3 early in the second quarter.
Werts 3 TDs leads Georgia Southern to 37-6 defeat of SC St.
STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Shai Werts rushed for 163 yards and three touchdowns to lead Georgia Southern's potent running game in a 37-6 defeat of South Carolina State Saturday night in the season opener for both teams.
The Eagles racked up 319 yards and five touchdowns on the ground out of 348 yards total offense.
Wesley Fields and Monteo Garrett also scored rushing TDs.
Tomarcio Reese made 10 tackles for a Georgia Southern defense that held SC State to 2.9 yards per play and forced two turnovers.
Coastal Carolina defeats Georgia Southern 28-17
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Kilton Anderson threw for two touchdowns to Malcolm Williams, Osharmar Abercrombie ran for two touchdowns and Coastal Carolina defeated Georgia Southern 28-17 on Saturday in the season finale for both teams.
Georgia Southern upsets Ragin’ Cajuns 34-24
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Wesley Fields rushed for a career-high 186 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries and Georgia Southern defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 34-24 on Saturday night.
The Eagles (2-9, 2-5) won their second straight game after opening the season with nine losses and they denied the Ragin' Cajuns (5-6, 4-3) a chance to become bowl eligible. The Ragin' Cajuns will have to win next Saturday at Sun Belt co-leader Appalachian State to have a chance to get to the postseason.
Georgia Southern runs past South Alabama, 52-0
STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Wesley Fields and L.A. Ramsby each scored two touchdowns and Georgia Southern got its first win of the year, blasting South Alabama 52-0 Saturday to hand the Jaguars their first-ever shutout in the program's 101-game history.
Georgia State rallies to get past winless Ga. Southern 21-17
STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Conner Manning threw for 319 yards and two scores and Penny Hart caught eight passes for 191 yards and a touchdown as Georgia State escaped with a 21-17 victory over winless Georgia Southern on Saturday.
Trailing 17-14 with 2:31 left in the game, Manning hit Hart deep in the left corner of the end zone for the final score and then the Panthers (5-3, 4-1 Sun Belt Conference) held off Georgia Southern for its fourth win in the last five games.
Arkansas Stats spoils Georgia Southern’s home opener 43-25
STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Justice Hansen threw for 316 yards and four touchdowns, and Arkansas State overcame his four interceptions to beat Georgia Southern 43-25 in the conference opener for both teams Wednesday night.
Arkansas State (2-2), back-to-back Sun Belt champions, trailed 17-15 with a minute left in the first half but scored 21 straight points for a 36-17 lead on Warren Wand's second touchdown run.
No. 12 Auburn, QB Stidham debut against Georgia Southern
Georgia Southern (5-7 in 2016) at No. 12 Auburn (8-5), Saturday 7:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network) .
Line: Auburn by 34.
Series record: Auburn leads 1-0.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
With a new quarterback and offensive coordinator, the Tigers are looking for a strong season after losing at least five games each of the past three years. Georgia Southern is trying to improve on coach Tyson Summer's 5-7 debut record.