Georgia Southern’s momentum that seemed to spring up out of nowhere in the shutout of South Alabama last week continued on today, as the Eagles rolled through UL-Lafayette in a 34-24 win and its first road victory since Oct. 22, 2016.
Wesley Fields was the star of the show for the upstart Eagles, rushing for a career high in yardage with 186 to go along with a first quarter score to put GS ahead with an initial 7-0 lead seven minutes into the game.
The Eagles looked sharp offensively early on, rolling up 17 unanswered points to start the game, including a 53 yard strike from Shai Werts to Ellis Richardson to put the Ragin’ Cajuns behind the eight-ball early.
UL-Lafayette made a game of it, scoring 17 points of its own in the second half and had a chance to pull even closer with possession down 34-24 before a Joshua Moon interception helped ice the win for Georgia Southern.
Offensively, the Ragin’ Cajuns simply took too long to get its offense up and running. A score before the half cut Southern’s lead down to 17-7, but another 10 unanswered points left UL-Lafayette scrambling for answers and forcing the issue while trying to catch up on the scoreboard.
The key for this Eagles team today was the turnover margin. Being able to force three major mistakes on defense while not shooting itself in the foot is huge in this ball control offensive scheme.
Sadly, there is only one game left in the season for the Eagles, and with the way this group is playing right now, its a real shame it won’t get to play any of the three major conference title contenders again.
There will be eight seniors graduating from this year’s team, and sadly the momentum gained from this late season stretch may or may not translate to 2018 depending on the hire of the next full-time head coach.
There’s no doubt this team is firing on all cylinders at this point in the season, but it remains to be seen if interim coach Chad Lunsford is given serious consideration following next week’s season finale against Coastal Carolina.
Either way, this end stretch of the year has given the Eagles a big boost in recruiting for next season and will give Southern fans hope, something that had been missing early in this year and even dating back to last season.