It may have looked bad, but the Georgia Southern Eagles pumped the brakes in the second quarter of their 83-9 win over Savannah State on Saturday at Paulson Stadium.
The Eagles (1-1) attempted only five passes and none in the second half. Eight different players scored a rushing touchdown, and just about everyone on the team got in the game on both sides of the ball.
“We had 92 guys that played in the game tonight,” first-year head coach Willie Fritz said. “It’s great to get some of those guys in. They work so hard, and we gave them repetitions, a reward for what they do for the program.”
Climbing the record books
With two touchdown receptions in the game, Kentrellis Showers moved to a tie for sixth all time in Georgia Southern history with Raja Andrews. Both have nine career TD receptions.
Showers is nine behind Monty Sharpe, the program’s all-time leader.
Military Appreciation Day
In honor of Military Appreciation Day, the Eagles wore red sleeves under their blue jerseys. In the end zones, the word “Eagles” was painted with the Stars and Stripes.
Three paratroopers jumped onto midfield with the American flag — which never touched the ground.
New era symbolism
Georgia Southern players from the 1982 team and each of its six national championship teams were honored before the game as the six national championship flags were moved to the Football Operations Center side to symbolize to move to the FBS.
The flags were replaced on the Bishop Field House side by a Sun Belt Conference flag.
Notes: The Eagles improved to 11-0 all time against Savannah State. … Ean Days’ third-quarter touchdown run was the first of his career, and he followed that up with an 80-yard run in the third quarter. … Senior Dennis Pritchard got his first-career carry in the third, and later ran for a 29 yard touchdown. … Announced attendance was 23,121. It was the sixth-largest crowd in Paulson Stadium history.