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GSU Eagles fall in double OT, 36-33
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ELON, N.C. — Georgia Southern lost another overtime heartbreaker, dropping a 36-33 decision at Elon on Oct. 13. The Eagles fell to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the Southern Conference.
Georgia Southern allowed the fewest rushing yards in program history (minus-19 by Elon) and the double-overtime matches the longest contest ever (2 OT last year against Appalachian State). It was the first win by Elon in eight meetings with the Eagles.
The Eagles had the ball on their own 12 late in the game and tried four rushing plays but ran out the clock to force overtime.
Georgia Southern started with the ball. Jesse Hartley hit from 41 yards and Elon took over. The defense held and on third down nearly came away with a turnover when Larry Beard nearly intercepted Scott Riddle. Georgia Southern forced Andrew Wilcox to attempt a 39-yarder. He missed the kick but the Eagles were called for offsides. He hit from 34 to force another OT.
In the second overtime, Beard and Branden Daniel got a sack on first down. Two incomplete passes later set Wilcox up from 49 yards and the junior easily hit it. The Eagles’ offense went 3-and-out and Hartley fell short on his 39-yard attempt.
The 21st-ranked Eagles had a pair of 100-yard rushers in the game: Foster tallied 112 yards and Lewis added 103. Hamilton contributed 75 yards and all three recorded a touchdown. Foster completed 5-of-14 passes for 55 yards. Georgia Southern had 360 rushing yards and out-gained the Phoenix in total yards 415-284.
Wiggins paced the defense with a career-high, 10 tackles. Beard had 2.5 sacks, matching his career total heading into the game. The defense sacked Riddle seven times and recorded 10 tackles for a loss. Hartley hit a career-high, four field goals from 49, 29, 22 and 41.
Riddle completed 26-of-48 passes for 303 yards and three TDs to go with his two interceptions. Williamson caught seven passes for 128 yards. Taylor had 16 rushing yards but with Riddle getting sacked seven times he lost 41 yards rushing.
The previous rushing low by a Georgia Southern opponent was five yards by Samford in October 1989.
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