Scores

Final

Ga. Southern 45

(1-0, 1-0 home)

6:00 PM ET, September 8, 2007

Allen E. Paulson Stadium, Statesboro, GA

1 2 3 4 T
WES 7 14 0 021
GASO 10 0 14 2145

Top Performers

Passing: J. Foster (GASO) - 124 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: J. Foster (GASO) - 11 CAR, 231 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: M. McIntosh (GASO) - 1 REC, 81 YDS, 1 TD

Georgia Southern 45, West Georgia 21

Associated Press

STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) -- Jayson Foster ran for 231 yards, threw for 124 yards and accounted for four touchdowns to lead Georgia Southern to a 45-21 victory over West Georgia on Saturday night.

It was a successful coaching debut for Chris Hatcher, who took over as Eagles coach after winning a national championship at Valdosta State in NCAA Division II. He was brought on to restore Georgia Southern's prestige as a Football Championship Subdivision powerhouse again after finishing 3-8 last season, the last when the division was recognized as 1-AA.

But Hatcher's first win didn't come easy. The Wolves took a 21-10 lead in the second quarter when Keats Baldwin threw a 7-yard touchdown to Daniel Johnson, then Baldwin scored on an 11-yard run.

The Eagles (1-0) took control after halftime, scoring twice on Foster's 56-yard run and a 41-yard touchdown by Zeke Rozier, who finished with 53 yards on seven carries.

Hatcher, known for his passing philosophy, mostly used the running game as Georgia Southern gained its edge. Foster, who completed 6-of-9 passes, connected with Michael McIntosh on an 81-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

After Rozier scored his second rushing touchdown, Foster added a 74-yard touchdown for the Eagles. Foster also had a 54 yard scoring run in the opening quarter.

Lamar Lewis also helped a strong Georgia Southern rushing attack, gaining 150 yards on 14 attempts.

Baldwin completed 21-of-35 passes for 224 yards for West Georgia (1-1). James Kennebrew, who led the Wolves with 49 yards, had a 4-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WES
GASO
1st Downs1916
Total Yards338601
Passing224124
Rushing114477
Penalties4-157-56
3rd Down Conversions0-00-0
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers22
Possession34:1125:49

Passing Leaders

West GeorgiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Baldwin21/352246.410
Georgia SouthernC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Foster6/912413.810

Rushing Leaders

West GeorgiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Kennebrew18492.710
Baldwin12262.210
Georgia SouthernCARYDSAVGTDLG
Foster1123121.030
Lewis1415010.700

Receiving Leaders

West GeorgiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Higgins46516.300
Howard5479.400
Georgia SouthernRECYDSAVGTDLG
McIntosh18181.010
Andrews33511.700

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWESGASO
TD13:59Jayson Foster 54 Yd Run (Jesse Hartley Kick) 07
WESTD09:04James Kennebrew 4 Yd Run (Jared Guberman Kick) 77
FG05:12Jesse Hartley 21 Yd 710
SECOND QUARTERWESGASO
WESTD13:50Daniel Johnson 7 Yd Pass From Keats Baldwin (Jared Guberman Kick) 1410
WESTD02:51Keats Baldwin 11 Yd Run (Jared Guberman Kick) 2110
THIRD QUARTERWESGASO
TD07:13Jayson Foster 56 Yd Run (Jesse Hartley Kick) 2117
TD03:04Zeke Rozier 41 Yd Run (Jesse Hartley Kick) 2124
FOURTH QUARTERWESGASO
TD14:16Michael Mcintosh 81 Yd Pass From Jayson Foster (Jesse Hartley Kick) 2131
TD09:41Zeke Rozier 1 Yd Run (Jesse Hartley Kick) 2138
TD06:21Jayson Foster 74 Yd Run (Jesse Hartley Kick) 2145