Eagles win battle for the “U”

Georgia Southern defeated Georgia State at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Hayden Boudreaux

Throughout the week animosity grew between the Georgia Southern football team and Georgia State University. The Panthers gave an early scare with their passing game but were unable to keep up with the high octane Eagle offense that took home the win, 69-31.

The opening drive from the Panthers stunned the Eagles with a 39 yard pass set them up for a 44 yard field goal to get on the board, 3-0. Not to be outdone, the Georgia Southern offense strung together a 79 yard drive composed of impressive runs from sophomore running back Matt Brieda, redshirt freshman LA Ramsby, and senior Devin Scott to put the Eagles on top 7-3.

After a Panther drive stalled the Eagles found success again on the ground through a 27 yard run from sophomore quarterback Kevin Ellison who scored on a ten yard carry later in the drive.

The second quarter started off with the Panthers showing off their passing attack and managed to get into the endzone, 14-10 Eagles. After a long kick return Eagle receiver Zach Walker took a pitch to the house, after the failed extra point Georgia Southern kept their lead 20-10.

Panther quarterback Nick Arbuckle hooked up on a 59 yard touchdown pass on the next possession. The fireworks continued as Ramsby rammed his way in for his first score of the night. As Georgia State

marched down the field Arbuckle threw an interception to sophomore cornerback Darius Jones at the Eagle 10 yard line.

Brieda opened the second half with a 75 yard touchdown run for his second score of the night. On the next Eagle drive Brieda drove in from one yard out on third down to extend the lead to 41-17. After a

failed field goal attempt the Eagles were able to drive down the field again with sophomore quarterback

Favian Upshaw at the helm and allow for Ramsby to get his second touchdown.

The fourth quarter began with the Panthers showing they still had life in them with a 39 yard touchdown pass to pull themselves a bit closer, 48-24. Brieda decided he had one more big run left in him and broke

free for a 61 yards and his fourth score of the night. A fumble on the first play of Georgia State’s next drive allowed for Eagle senior running back Ean Days to cut right up the middle for a 15 yard touchdown.

Arbuckle refused to go down quietly and hooked up with receiver Donovan Harden for their fourth score of the game. The Eagle offense continued their dominance as senior quarterback Ezayi Youyoute checked into the game and ran well to set up a five yard plunge by senior running back Dennis Pritchard.