Georgia Southern upsets Power Five opponent

DJ Cadden, Sports Editor

On Saturday, for just the second time in program history, Georgia Southern defeated a Power Five team when they upset Nebraska, 45-42.

The Cornhuskers attempted a 52-yard field goal with one second remaining, but Timmy Bleekrode’s attempt missed wide left to secure a historic victory for the Eagles.

GS quarterback Kyle VanTrease—who threw for over 400 yards—scored the eventual game-winning touchdown on an eight yard run with just 36 seconds left to play.

VanTrease becomes just the second Eagle quarterback to record multiple 300-yard games (joining Tracy Ham) and the only Eagle to throw for over 300 yards in consecutive games.

The scoring was back and forth all night, with neither team holding a lead larger than a touchdown at any point in the game.

Running back Gerald Green recorded two touchdowns to go along with 132 rushing yards, while Jalen White also racked up two rushing touchdowns. Derwin Burgess Jr. was targeted 22 times and hauled in 12 catches for 119 yards.

However, perhaps the most impressive performance came from the Eagles’ offensive line, who did not give up a single sack despite GS attempting more than 50 passes.

The Eagles now sit at 2-0 on the season with just one more game remaining before conference play commences.

GS will be back in action on Saturday as they travel to take on the 1-1 UAB Blazers. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on Stadium.