Georgia Southern got back to winning football against what looked like a helpless Coastal Carolina team on Saturday, handily defeating the Chanticleers by a score of 41-17.
On paper, this win looked like a textbook performance by Southern’s option offense, with Wesley Fields leading the way with 148 yards on a pair of scores and capping off a day that saw the Eagles rush for 409 yards as a team.
Looking at the final score, it is hard to believe this game was ever close. But with GS looking at a 10-3 deficit with 11:05 to go in the second quarter, Georgia Southern flipped the switch and scored 38 unanswered points to take a 41-10 lead before the Chants scored a garbage time touchdown that set the final score.
In addition to Fields, Wesley Kennedy III, Logan Wright and Monteo Garrett all rushed for at least 50 yards apiece and continued to pound the ball inside against a Coastal team that simply had no answers on the defensive side.
Defensively, the Eagles looked a bit shaky early on in the contest but settled in and started attacking once GS got a lead and came away with three sacks.
Neither Kilton Anderson nor Fred Payton ever looked truly comfortable under center as Southern shut down the running game of Coastal and was forcing one of its quarterbacks to make all the plays.
The Chants were only able to grind out 189 yards of total offense with GS keying in on the rushing attack of Coastal and the Eagles picked up its eighth win of the year.
I am happy to report that I was wrong about how this team was going to respond to being knocked out of contention for the Sun Belt East crown, as GS opened a bit slowly (as they always do) but eventually found running lanes and absolutely dominated Coastal in the second half.
According to NBC Sports, after this week Georgia Southern is projected to play in the Camellia Bowl against a now 7-4 Ohio University in Montgomery, Alabama on December 15th.
Now it’s time to go beat up on the Panthers.