Eagles edge past Aggies 36-28

Hayden Boudreaux

During the week the Georgia Southern football team was picked as the most likely team to win their conference based on ESPN Power Rankings. The Eagles started out the game behind but an impressive comeback allowed them to leave the game with a 36-28 victory.

Both teams traded possessions to start the game. The Aggies then went on a 99-yard touchdown drive for the first score of the game. After the Eagles gave up the ball again on their next possession New Mexico state was able to extend their lead to 14-0. The Eagles managed to get inside the Aggie 30 yard line but a fumble from sophomore running back Matt Brieda gave the ball back to New Mexico State.

The second quarter began with New Mexico State going for a fourth down conversion at the Eagle 30 yard line. After New Mexico State ate up a lot of clock the Eagles took over and put a drive together that ended in a four yard touchdown dive from sophomore Kevin Ellison. An interception by Deshawntee Gallon set the Eagles up for a field goal from junior kicker Alex Hanks.

 With a 14-9 lead the Aggies had two minutes to work and they drove down into Eagle territory before throwing an interception to junior safety Matt Dobson. A huge run from Ellison put the Eagles at the 30 yard line of the Aggies. Alex Hanks knocked down a field goal to send themselves into halftime with only a two point deficit.

The Eagles opened the second half with a huge drive ending in a touchdown run by Ramsby set up by a 33 yard run from Brieda. After forcing a three and out Georgia Southern put together another impressive drive that ended with the third field goal from Hanks. An interception from junior cornerback Deion Stanley gave the Eagles the opportunity to drive down the field and let senior running back Ean Days plow through the goal line for a touchdown, 29-14 Eagles.

Both teams went back and forth with possession for most of the fourth quarter. With four minutes left in the fourth quarter the Aggies finished a 13-play drive with a touchdown to make it a one score game. A 35 yard run into the endzone from Ellison gave the Eagles a 36-21 lead. New Mexico State was able to score and bring the game to 36-28. A failed onside kick attempt gave the Eagles their third conference victory.