Scores

Final

Ga. Southern 31

(1-0, 1-0 Southern)

Samford 17

(0-1, 0-1 Southern)

7:00 PM ET, September 3, 2011

Seibert Stadium, BIRMINGHAM, AL

1 2 3 4 T
GASO 0 7 14 1031
SAM 0 7 3 717

Top Performers

Passing: D. Taliaferro (SAM) - 277 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: R. Brown (GASO) - 20 CAR, 140 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: K. Pope (SAM) - 6 REC, 71 YDS

Georgia Southern 31, Samford 17

Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Robert Brown rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown, and Laron Scott returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score to help Georgia Southern pull away in the second half to beat Samford 31-17 on Saturday night.

Jerick McKinnon finished with 80 yards rushing on 12 carries for the Eagles. He scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter and an 18-yard TD run in the fourth.

Brown, who finished with 20 carries, broke a 7-7 tie in the third quarter when he scored on an 8-yard run. After a field goal by Samford, Scott gave Georgia Southern a 21-10 lead on his kick return.

In the season opener for both teams, the Eagles totaled 263 yards rushing and held Samford to 61 yards on the ground.

Dustin Taliaferro completed 24 of 39 passes for 277 yards and a touchdown, but also had two interceptions for the Bulldogs.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GASO
SAM
1st Downs1919
Total Yards358338
Passing95277
Rushing26361
Penalties2-246-40
3rd Down Conversions4-109-19
4th Down Conversions0-00-1
Turnovers42
Possession31:4328:17

Passing Leaders

Georgia SouthernC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Shaw7/14956.800
SamfordC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Taliaferro24/392777.112

Rushing Leaders

Georgia SouthernCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown201407.0137
McKinnon12806.7218
SamfordCARYDSAVGTDLG
Truss21743.5116
Pope4123.009

Receiving Leaders

Georgia SouthernRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bryant14242.0042
Showers2189.0013
SamfordRECYDSAVGTDLG
Pope67111.8015
Hawkins45012.5022

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERGASOSAM
TD12:52Jerick McKinnon 2 Yd Run (Adrian Mora Kick) 70
TD01:45Fabian Truss 6 Yd Run (Cameron Yaw Kick) 77
THIRD QUARTERGASOSAM
TD06:16Robert Brown 8 Yd Run (Adrian Mora Kick) 147
FG03:26Cameron Yaw 39 Yd 1410
TD03:13Laron Scott 99 Yd Kickoff Return (Adrian Mora Kick) 2110
FOURTH QUARTERGASOSAM
FG11:26Adrian Mora 41 Yd 2410
TD06:04Jerick McKinnon 18 Yd Run (Adrian Mora Kick) 3110
TD00:43Kelvin Clay 42 Yd Pass From Dustin Taliaferro (Cameron Yaw Kick) 3117