GSU drops final SoCon meeting with App State 38-14

Randall Hampton

Fourth Quarter:

The Georgia Southern University football team dropped its third straight game to Appalachian State University 38-14.

GSU started the fourth quarter the same way it started the third quarter, redshirt freshman quarterback Kevin Ellison turned the ball over.  Ellison had a deep pass down the middle of the field picked off by App State sophomore safety Doug Middleton.

App State had the game in hand when Ellison took a hard hit on a carry off the left side and was slow to get up.  Ellison would eventually jog off the field under his own power.

App State ended the game with 31 unanswered points as redshirt sophomore quarterback Kameron Bryant had 381 passing yards and four total touchdowns.  He threw for two and rushed for two as the Mountaineers knocked off GSU in the final Southern Conference meeting between the teams 38-14.

GSU slipped to 4-3 on the season and 2-3 in the SoCon.

Third Quarter:

GSU came out of the locker room on a sloppy note as redshirt freshman quarterback Kevin Ellison pitched the ball at senior running back Johnathan Bryant’s feet.  App State recovered and immediately went on the attack.

App State redshirt sophomore quarterback Kameron Bryant hit senior wide receiver Tony Washington for 24 yards, and on the very next play freshman running back Marcus Cox put App State ahead 24-7 with his twelve yard run up the middle of the Eagles defense.

Bryant spread the ball all over the field in the third quarter.  He completed passes to five different wide receivers on App State’s second scoring drive, and capped the 89 yard drive with a nine yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Simms McElfresh.

Down 31-7 GSU started to establish a rhythm on offense.  Ellison and redshirt freshman running back Irving Huggins helped lead GSU to the end zone for the first time since the first quarter.  Ellison dove into the end zone from one yard out to make the score 31-14.

App State took the field with under 2:30 left after GSU scored, and three plays later senior wide receiver Tony Washington caught a 29 yard touchdown pass on a blown coverage.  App State scored on six straight drives on its way to a 38-14 lead.

Second Quarter:

App State started pushing the ball down the field at the end of the first quarter with redshirt sophomore quarterback Kameron Bryant.  Bryant hit senior wide receiver Tony Washington for 40 yards to put the Mountaineers on the GSU 25 yard line.

In the second quarter Bryant would use his legs to score the first touchdown for App State from two yards out to tie the score 7-7.

GSU senior cornerback Lavelle Westbrooks helped keep the Mountaineers out of the end zone early in the second quarter.  He had a big tackle on Bryant to force an App State field goal.  App State also had 35 penalty yards on its way to the 41 yard field goal.

With the Eagles down 10-7 senior running back Jerick McKinnon tried to play on his injured ankle, but one play later he left the game.

With McKinnon out GSU stalled on offense and was forced to punt.  App State put together a quick drive to get deep into the red zone.  Bryant completed three big passes and had a 17 yard run before he broke seven yards up the middle for a touchdown.

GSU gave up 218 passing yards in the first half and found itself down 17-7 at halftime.

First Quarter:

The Georgia Southern University football team put together several big plays on the team’s first drive of the game to go up 7-0.

A 25 yard run by senior running back Johnathan Bryant and a 19 yard run by redshirt freshman quarterback Kevin Ellison helped set up senior running back Jerick McKinnon for a nine yard touchdown.  The 80 yard drive took 2:40.

McKinnon would leave the game later in the quarter with a left ankle injury, but the GSU defense would keep Appalachian State University off the board.