GSU knocks off WCU 35-19 in final home game of the season

Randall Hampton

Fourth Quarter:

The Georgia Southern University football team knocked off the Western Carolina University Catamounts 35-19 in its final home game as a member of the Southern Conference.

The Eagles used three interceptions to down the Catamounts including two by senior cornerback Lavelle Westbrooks.  His second interception set up the lone scoring drive for GSU in the fourth quarter.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Kevin Ellison would punch the ball in from one yard out after he stepped out of bounds on a long run.  The touchdown iced the game for GSU as the Eagles pushed the lead to 35-13.

WCU fought to the very end and late in the quarter WCU redshirt junior quarterback Eddie Sullivan hit sophomore wide receiver John Sullivan for a touchdown.  That was the last score of the game as the Eagles held on to the 35-19 victory.

Third Quarter:

WCU would score first in the second half after a GSU turnover.  Junior running back Tray Butler muffed a punt to set WCU up on the nine yard line of GSU.

Sophomore quarterback Troy Mitchell threw a fade route to the corner of the end zone and redshirt sophomore wide receiver Karnorris Benson came down with the two yard touchdown over Darius Jones to make it a 21-13 game.

GSU would respond with a 69 yard drive capped off with a two yard touchdown run by sophomore fullback Nardo Govan.  The drive was highlighted by a 34 yard run on a reverse to redshirt freshman wide receiver Montay Crockett.

After taking a 28-13 lead GSU forced the Catamounts to punt but Butler muffed his second punt of the game and WCU recovered at the GSU 30 yard line.  WCU headed into the fourth quarter threatening from the 31 yard line.

Second Quarter:

The Eagles started the second quarter with a quick strike from senior quarterback Jerick McKinnon to redshirt freshman tight end Da’Quan Heard.  The 19 yard touchdown pass pushed the GSU lead to 14-6.

With the team leading 14-6 sophomore free safety Matt Dobson picked off a pass from WCU quarterback Troy Mitchell.  The interception was the second of the game for Mitchell.

GSU would turn the turnover into points thanks to the ground game.  On fourth and five McKinnon kept the ball and outran the WCU defense for a 36 yard touchdown. The touchdown made the score 21-6 in favor of GSU.

First Quarter:

The Georgia Southern University football team got things off to a positive start in the first quarter taking a 7-6 lead early.

Senior cornerback Lavelle Westbrooks intercepted a bobbled ball to set GSU up with great field position.  Senior quarterback Jerick McKinnon would do the rest as he scored on a 23 yard run to give GSU a 7-0 lead.

Western Carolina University would respond with a 75 yard drive that ended in a one yard score by freshman running back Gary Lewis.  The Eagles blocked the extra point to keep the score 7-6.

Senior fullback William Banks broke free up the middle for a long run but was stripped from behind at the 23 yard line.  GSU would get the ball back after a strong defensive stand and march deep into WCU territory again.  The first quarter ended with the Eagles facing third and 11 from the WCU 19 yard line.