The Georgia Southern Eagles will have a first bowl game to remember if the first half was any indication.
Georgia Southern certainly won the battle between the fanbases, outnumbering Bowling Green Falcons supporters by a wide margin in pregame. A lot of that is because Bowling Green is in northern Ohio, but Southern fans could be heard on TV yelling and cheering throughout the contest.
To the action:
Bowling Green's first drive stalled after a first-down catch was overturned on replay and the Falcons punted.
Georgia Southern's offense has been boom or bust all season, and it was definitely boom on the Eagles' first drive. Quarterback Kevin Ellison and company marched right down the field to get an early 7-0 lead. The drive went for 78 yards, 49 of which came from Ellison himself. LA Ramsby finished off the job to get the score.
Bowling Green struck back on its next drive on what was either a brilliant trick play or a bit of luck when Matt Johnson found a streaking, wide open receiver on fourth and one. Instead of tying the game, the extra point was blocked and Georgia Southern senior Matt Dobson ran it all the way back for two points.
It was 9-6 with just over seven minutes left in the first quarter, and it was wild.
Both teams traded punts, then Bowling Green got moving in a big way. Georgia Southern appeared to have their next drive stopped, but a questionable unnecessary roughness penalty on the Eagles gave the Falcons another shot. They took full advantage by scoring on the very next play and going up 13-9. The drive spanned seven plays and 75 yards, and was not good if you're a Georgia Southern fan.
All of that was just in the first quarter.
Georgia Southern didn't get far before punting again to open the second period. Bowling Green then opened up its first drive of the quarter by scoring instantly. 20-6 after a 51-yard strike and the Eagles looked to be in major trouble. .
Just when it looked like Bowling Green was ready to pull away, Georgia Southern's offense got back in gear and Wesley Fields scored to bring it to within 20-16. Then, for the first time in a while, the Eagle D got a stop, although not without BGSU booming a 70-plus yard punt to pin its opponent deep.
That set up a 12 play, 92-yard drive for the Eagles that ended with this:
Hey y'all. Remember when it was 20-9? pic.twitter.com/MhWFbovQgN— Underdog Dynasty (@underdogdynasty) December 24, 2015
And still, the half would not end! Bowling Green running back Travis Greene broke off a big run on a regular old draw play inside the 10 yard line. Greene scored two plays later by pushing a pile into the end zone.
If you think you can handle it, the second half starts soon.