I can’t say I didn’t see this one coming.
The Eagles offense stunk it up for a full 60 minutes, giving Appalachian State its sixth win of the season.
Neither quarterback in Kevin Ellison or Seth Shuman were anything close to effective, and although I’ve been giving this unit a pass for a while, the offensive line was a sieve all night.
34 unanswered points....at home @TysonSummersGS @Coachrgillespie thank you— Robert Ellis (@therealgsu12) October 28, 2016
Georgia Southern “racked up” just 159 total yards over the course of the game, and the team’s only points came off of a botched field goal attempt that was returned for a touchdown by linebacker Ukeme Eligwe, who was the best player on the field for the Eagles, and a 32-yard field goal by Younghoe Koo.
The 159 yards were the team’s fewest in a game since 1992.
With how bad GS was offensively, could you believe this game was tied 10-10 at the half?
I ragged on Coach Tyson Summers during my Georgia Tech preview for bringing in offensive coordinators that look like high school coaches, and they have proved me right all season.
On a normal football team, the head coach would be looking to make serious changes immediately to calm the fanbase and help take some of the heat off of himself.
But Summers is locked into an incredibly high buyout and knows his job is safe for at least 2-3 years.
But hey, at least Eagle Nation gets highly valuable coachspeak for its troubles!
@Jd00047 "We need to do a better job. We're frustrated and disappointed." I'll go into detail in my column this week— Nathan Deen (@NathanDeenSMN) October 28, 2016
At what point do we start looking at GS athletic director Tom Kleinlein for some accountability? After the bowl game, there was a short list of Charleston Southern’s Jamey Chadwell, Penn State’s Brent Pry, and West Virginia’s Tony Gibson. Summers was seemingly a hire out of thin air, and he for all intents and purposes is Kleinlein’s guy.
Just for the record, Chadwell is 4-2 this season with one of those losses being at the Fargodome to North Dakota State. PSU just upset #2 Ohio State last Saturday, and West Virginia is 6-0 this season and is in a real position to win their conference.
Don’t each of these three look like they would have been better options?
Unfortunately, Georgia Southern gets to travel to take on Ole Miss next week. Hopefully they take some accountability with them on the road trip.