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.
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