Swope outperforms Breitenstein in the battle of the backs

Randall Hampton

In the battle of the Southern Conferences top two rushing attacks sophomore runningback Dominique Swope out dueled  senior fullback Erick Breitenstein and led Georgia Southern University to a 17-9 victory over the Wofford College Terriers.

With 139 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns Swope propelled the Eagles past WC.  He had all the help he needed as GSU’s defense allowed 3 field goals the entire game.  WC’s best drive stalled at the seven-yard line thanks to a false start penalty.

WC was not alone in squandering opportunities as GSU dropped an interception and failed to recover a pivotal forced fumble.  GSU’s fluid quarterback situation reared its head as junior quarterback Jerick McKinnon went down during the Eagle’s second touchdown scoring drive of the game.

With McKinnon on the sideline, sophomore quarterback Ezayi Youyoute managed to hand the ball off to Swope for his second rushing touchdown of the game.  That, along with a field goal turned out to be all the offense GSU needed.

Much heralded Breitenstein rushed for 102 yards on 13 carries but he couldn’t find the end zone.  GSU’s defense was stout and the scoreboard reflected how well the unit played.