Eagles face Black Bears for first time since 2011 playoffs

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  • Georgia Southern ended UMaine’s season in 2011, beating them in the NCAA football quarterfinals.

  • The two head coaches of the programs at the time (2011) shook hands after the game. 

  • The Eagles haven’t faced the Black Bears since 2011.

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Kaitlin Sells

The Georgia Southern football team is set to take on their second opponent of the 2019 season Saturday, but this is not the first time the two teams have met on the gridiron.

The last time the Black Bears and the Eagles matched up was in 2011, where the Eagles won 35-23 in the NCAA FCS Championship playoffs to advance to the semifinals.

Back in the day of Jaybo Shaw and J.J. Wilcox, the Eagles rushed for 360 yards against the Black Bears in 2011, as well as logging 116 passing yards. Maine only rushed for 66 yards, but racked up an impressive 229 passing yards against the Eagle defense.  

The defense played a key role in the Eagle win over the black Bears back in 2011, making three interceptions with Jerick McKinnon hauling in two of them.

“Our defense made some big plays,” former Head Coach Jeff Monken said after the game. “They took a lot of criticism this past week, including some from me, but they gave up only 23 points, seven of those on a kickoff return, against a really good offensive team.”

The two teams faced off two times prior to that, both wins taken by the Eagles. A 31-7 win in 2002 and a 31-28 win in 1987 gives GS a three-game win streak against the University of Maine. The Eagles ended all UMaine’s seasons with all three wins as they were all playoff games.

The Eagles will host Maine Saturday at Paulson Stadium with kickoff set for 6 p.m.


 Kaitlin Sells, The George-Anne Managing Sports Editor, gasports@georgiasouthern.edu