CHARLESTON, S.C. — Georgia Southern's triple overtime win at The Citadel was the fourth overtime game GSU has played in this season. The game was also the longest game in Georgia Southern history and tied the longest in The Citadel's history.
The 67-degree weather in early November coupled with three overtimes was enough to make both teams tired, but it's become almost a norm for Georgia Southern to play more than four quarters this years.
"Our conditioning has been outstanding all season," coach Chris Hatcher said. "But today it was unseasonably hot. We were drained at the end. It was just a matter of who could make one more play. Fortunately for us, we bowed our neck on the goal line and forced them to kick that field goal and then we were very patient with what we were doing and were able to get the final touchdown in there for the big win."
Walker gets first blocked field goal
Senior Dakota Walker's blocked field goal late in the first quarter was the first of his career. It was the fifth block by Georgia Southern this season.
"I just try to go out and execute my plays," Walker said. "I just try to go out and ball out and the defense play
Walker also recorded two more sacks against The Citadel. Entering Saturday's contest Walker was tied with teammate Chris Covington and two others for the most sacks in the Southern Conference this season.
"Dakota has been playing well, all the way going back to the Appalachian State game," Hatcher said. "He picked up his play, but I was proud of the entire defense. They played well enough in regulation for us to win the ballgame."
Covington was also credited for a half sack.
Andrews earns more accolades
With 10 catches against the Bulldogs, wide receiver Raja Andrews now owns the school record for receptions in a game. He also had his fourth 100-yard game this season and in his career, both school records.
"I have to give kudos to my team," Andrews said. "These guys came out and played hard. They have a lot of trust in me, a lot of faith in me. Every success that I may have, it's a team effort."
Andrews also set the season receiving yards record with 677.
Mel Capers' blocked punt in the first quarter was his third blocked punt this season... The attendance at Saturday's game was 11,190… The Citadel's safety in the first quarter was Citadel's first safety since 2003 against Charleston Southern. For Georgia Southern, it was the first time in 88 games that an opponent has gotten a safety, dating back to October 2001 against Appalachian State in a 27-18 Eagles victory… Henton also tied the school's season touchdown passing record with 13. He shares the mark with Chaz Williams, who had 13 TD passes in 2004.