Special teams boost Southern in win over New Mexico State

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Chris Smith

It took a blocked punt, a kickoff recovery, and three forced turnovers, but Georgia Southern topped New Mexico State 22-19. It wasn’t a pretty outing, but a win is a win. The Eagles (4-3, 3-1) finally caught that elusive win during their four-game road stretch.

Quarterback Kevin Ellison led the Eagles and their 11th ranked rushing offense back to their winning ways. Ellison led GS in both passing and rushing. He managed to pick 117 yards on the ground while adding two touchdowns through the air. Wesley Fields was on the receiving end of one of the touchdowns, scampering 42-yards down the field off a screen pass. Fields also racked up 88 yards on 12 carries.

Defensively, the Eagles played the Aggies tough. GS forced them into three turnovers, which helped them in their victory. Chris De La Rosa led the Eagles in tackles with 10 and a half sack. Ukeme Eligwe has nine tackles including one tackle for a loss of three yards.

GS was tormented once again by the same issues that have plagued them all season long. The Eagles have struggled to get off to a good start offensively all season long. They force turnovers, yet turn the ball over themselves. The moments that they do manage to get turnovers, they are rarely capitalized on. Against NMSU, GS managed to only score nine points from the three turnovers. The Eagles still have not put together an all-around performance offensively and defensively in the same game. That can change this week against arch-rival Appalachian State.

The Eagles first home game in over a month will be on Thursday. The game will be aired live on ESPNU at 7:30 p.m. This game is a Blue Out and all fans are encouraged to wear their blue to Paulson Stadium.