Eagles fall in heart-breaking fashion to GSU

State takes the W with just 26 seconds left in the game

DJ Cadden, Correspondent

The Panthers now lead the series against the Eagles 5-3 following this weekend’s 21-14 victory.

The Eagles executed their first half game plan to near perfection on the defensive side, shutting out GSU and taking a seven-point lead into halftime.

However, despite constant success moving the ball, the Eagles left numerous points on the field. A fourth-down stand at the goal line and a redzone interception proved costly for the GS offense.

“First half, we gave up a few opportunities,” said interim head coach Kevin Whitley. “Just trying to give ourselves a chance to win.”

After falling behind early in the fourth quarter, the Eagles tied the game with just over three minutes remaining.

Quarterback Justin Tomlin completed numerous deep balls to highlight a career high 16 completions for 279 yards.

But the game would not remain knotted for long, as the Eagle defense gave up what became the game-winning touchdown with just 26 seconds remaining.

“I don’t think they gave up on that last drive,” said Whitley, defending the effort level of his players. “We had good coverage and the quarterback scrambles. Gave up a few big runs, got to tackle better.”

Following the loss, GS now sits at 2-6 (1-4 SBC) on the season.

Things only get more difficult for the Eagles as No. 21 Coastal Carolina will visit Paulson Stadium next weekend. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN+.