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South Alabama Recap: Georgia Southern Gets First SBC Win

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More dropped passes and squandered opportunities dooms South Alabama in it's conference opener against Georgia Southern.

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South Alabama suffered from the same problems that they did the week prior. Dropped passes and missed opportunities led to another Jaguar loss.

The Jaguar defense played a good game, but wore down when the offense failed to sustain drives and put points on the board. Overall the defense allowed 420 yards, 335 of them on the ground on 52 carries. The Eagles only attempted 11 passes, completing six of them for 85 yards with one interception.

The Jaguars offensive had 296 yards of total offense, 149 of them through the air. Brandon Bridge was 13-of-34 with a touchdown, two late interceptions and was sacked four times. Opportunity after opportunity foiled with passes too low to catch, slipping right through their hands or just flat out dropped.

Shavarez Smith led the receiver corps with four catches for 69 yards and the only Jaguar touchdown of the game. Kendall Houston led the way on the ground with 38 yards on seven carries. Jay Jones added 37 yards on 12 carries and Xavier Johnson carried seven times for 37 yards as well.

Neither offense was playing particularly well until the final play of the first quarter when Georgia Southern's Matthew Breida went off left tackle and outran the Jaguar defense for a 64 yard touchdown to go up 7-0.

The Eagles doubled their lead with a 1-yard touchdown run by L.A. Ramsby about five minutes into the second quarter. It was set up by a 48 yard pass play from GSU quarterback Kevin Ellison to wide receiver B.J. Johnson.

Late in the first half the Jaguars responded. Facing fourth-and-1 at the Georgia Southern 28, Jaguar head coach Joey Jones decided to go for it. Shavarez Smith ran a short slant pattern and to get the first down, but he broke a tackle and found the the end zone. Aleem Sunanon's extra-point would be no-good leaving the Jaguars trailing 14-6 which would be the score at halftime.

About midway through the third quarter, the Eagles extended their lead when Breida punched it into the end zone from a yard out. But the Jags had an opportunity to get on the board, but on fourth-and-goal from the 7, Bridge suffered a sack to end the drive.

USA would get a lift when Georgia Southern missed a field goal, but the Jags could not take advantage of it or any other opportunities for the remainder of the game.

A six yard touchdown run by Ellison would close out the scoring with 3:21 left in the game for the final score of 28-6.

Breida led the Eagles on the ground with 187 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns. He averaged 8.9 yards per rush. Ellison added 96 yards on 16 carries.

B.J. Johnson led the Eagles receiving with five catches for 76 yards. Kentrellis Showers caught the only other pass for nine yards. Quarterback Kevin Ellison went

The Jaguars fall to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in Sun Belt Conference play. Georgia Southern wins their first SBC game to improve their record to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the conference.

Georgia Southern has a short week as they host Appalachian State on Thursday evening. South Alabama will travel to Moscow, Idaho to face the 0-3 Vandals in the Kibbie Dome.