As it always goes with the 2023 Georgia Southern Eagles, the Myrtle Beach Bowl game down to turnover machine Davis Brin.
Brin, who will ultimately lead the FBS in interceptions when this season ends, tossed 3 interceptions to bring his season-long total to 19 and cost his team a shot at winning over a shorthanded Ohio team on Saturday, 41-21.
The Bobcats and running back Rickey Hunt dominated the time of possession, as the team from Athens held the ball for 33 minutes and smothered Georgia Southern for much of the game on defense.
Hunt finished his day with 115 yards and a whopping four rushing touchdowns in the victory, as the Bobcats picked up their 10th win of the season despite missing many offensive contributors.
Ohio quarterback Parker Navarro did just enough to manage the game, something Brin could not do, throwing for 120 yards and rushing for 71 on the ground in the victory.
By the time Hunt cashed in his third rushing score in as many quarters, the Bobcats held a commanding 27-0 lead and the Eagles effectively had no shot of coming back.
Georgia Southern ultimately scored three touchdowns in the second half and had an opportunity to pull within a score, but a turnover on downs in the mid-fourth quarter all but put an end to any hope of a comeback bid.
This season was essentially a disaster for Clay Helton and company, who I am on board with firing at this stage, at a 12-14 record through two seasons.
GS Athletic Director Jared Benko was quoted during the 2021 season as saying 7-5 records are unacceptable in Statesboro.
We’ll see how the program responds after a pair of 6-7 seasons and if any changes are eventually made.
My money is on Helton being canned following a flameout in 2024, similar to how previous coach Chad Lunsford was unceremoniously dismissed in 2021.