The season finale with Sun Belt newcomer Coastal Carolina was a game with empowered defense and big plays. The empowered defense vanished for the Eagles in the second half and ended up losing 28-17 to finish the season with a 2-10 record.
All gusto and swagger from Georgia Southern was gone as the team looked completely different than the previous two victories. The Chanticleers were able to do whatever they wanted to in the second half and totaled 365 yards on an Eagles defense that suffered injury after injury.
Coastal Carolina started with the ball and started things off with a 67-yard-touchdown pass from junior QB Kilton Anderson to junior WR Malcolm Williams to take a 7-0 lead under a minute into the contest. The Eagles responded with a long, stealthy drive, but was stalled out. Sophomore K Tyler Bass took the field to easily make a 48-yard field goal, his ninth FG of over 40-yards.
The Chants put together another solid drive capped with a 1-yard run on 3rd down to take a 14-3 lead to start the second quarter. GS played old fashioned GS football with a 74-yard, 16-play scoring drive that ended with a 1-yard-touchdown from senior RB L.A. Ramsby. Both teams went to the locker rooms having played a strong defensive half, but the home team had the lead by four.
Senior WR Myles Campbell started his final half as an Eagle with a strong kickoff return to set the Eagles up at the CCU 46. After a couple of good throws from freshman QB Shai Werts, GS took a 17-14 lead after a wide open strike to junior TE Ellis Richardson.
Coastal Carolina took over with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Williams again. GS was really unable to come up with anymore offense and would forfeit another touchdown before the 2017 season concluded.
Georgia Southern finishes 2-10. My biggest fear came to fruition with the team not playing for Lunsford’s signing. Team returns a lot of guys next year, but they HAVE to continue to look at film from UMASS and 4th qtr GAST game. @GeorgeAnneSport
— Captain (@McclainBaxley) December 2, 2017
The Eagles return home to prepare for the 2018 football season. Chad Lunsford finished the season with a 2-4 as head coach, 0-1 since being named the full time coach.