Eagles fall to ULL, 33-26

Hayden Boudreaux

Homecoming night for the Eagles and the time to become bowl eligible was running out. Georgia Southern needed two more wins heading into the night for qualification. Unfortunately, the Eagles suffered their second loss in a row to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, 33-26.

With injuries to both Favian Upshaw and Kevin Ellison, true freshman Seth Shuman took over at the helm for the Eagle offense. He impressed fans with a quick 3rd and long completion to keep the opening drive alive. He continued to help work the offense down the field. The drive would end with a 39-yard field goal from Younghoe Koo. A few possessions later, ULL put together an impressive drive to go the length of the field and put their first score of the night on the board. The ensuing possession would see the Cajuns work their way down the field with assistance of a couple penalties. They would end up fumbling the ball into the hands of the Eagles. Shuman ignited the drive with a 53-yard completion to set up another field goal from Koo to make it 7-6. ULL answered by taking the ball down the field and scoring on a 16-yard scramble from the quarterback. The Eagles would work down the field and answer as well with a score from Myles Campbell from Shuman on his first career touchdown pass. With just 1:11 left in the half, the Cajuns took six plays to put another touchdown on the board to extend the lead before half time, 21-13.

The second half opened with the Eagles holding the Ragin Cajuns on offense and sending life back into the team. However, the offense couldn’t seem to get things going throughout the quarter. ULL was able to take their next drive down the field to pick up a field goal. On their following drive, the ULL quarterback hit a wide-open receiver who pranced his way into the end zone for the score. The Eagles begun a drive with time winding out in the third quarter and looked to have found a rhythm. They worked their way down the field with the passing game and set up a short plunge into the end zone with L.A. Ramsby. Following the score, a two-point conversion attempt was intercepted and brought all the way back, resulting in a two-point score for the Ragin Cajuns. The fourth quarter was time for the Eagles to mount their comeback, down fourteen points. With 5:21 remaining, Eagle defensive lineman Darius Sapp blocked a punt that was picked up by Ironhead Gallon and returned all the way to the one-yard line. Ramsby would score his second touchdown of the night on a plunge to bring the Eagles within seven points of tying the game. The Eagles needed a stop to get the ball back and put themselves in a position to tie things up. However, ULL was able to pick up the first downs needed and run out the clock.