Eagles fly high against the Jaguars in 24-9 victory

Photo by Mick Miller

Chris Smith

Defense was the name of the game this past Saturday when Georgia Southern won its Sun Belt opener against the University of South Alabama 24-9. This is the second week in a row the Eagles did not allow their opponent to get in the end zone.

Defense:

The defense remained strong against the aerial attack of the Jaguars. The Eagles allowed 279 yards in the air on 42 attempts, but they kept the big plays to a minimum. An interception by redshirt freshman Jessie Liptrot in the fourth quarter clinched the victory for GS. The Eagles defense was led by their two linebackers Ironhead Gallon and Ukeme Eligwe. They each had 7 tackles and Eligwe had 1 tackle for a loss.

Offense:

The offense for the Eagles held up their end of the bargain by gaining 441 yards of total offense, 304 of those yards came from the rushing attack. Quarterback Favian Upshaw gained over 200 total yards and broke off a 32-yard run. As usual, the offense was spearheaded by their core group of Running Backs. After serving a one-game suspension, L. A. Ramsby scored his first touchdown of the season. Wesley Johnson scored his second rushing touchdown of the season and rushed for 46 yards on 11 carries.

The Eagles are off to a hot start this season standing atop of the Sun Belt Conference. GS has the 10th ranked run defense in the country and is second in the country in rushing offense. The next game for the Eagles is this Saturday at home against the University of Louisiana-Monroe. It is family, Hall of Fame, and the GATA Club reunion this weekend.