Scores

Final

Samford 16

(4-1, 2-1 Southern)

Ga. Southern 35

(3-1, 2-1 Sun Belt)

6:00 PM ET, September 29, 2012

Allen E. Paulson Stadium, Statesboro, GA

1 2 3 4 T
SAM 3 7 6 016
GASO 7 14 7 735

Top Performers

Passing: A. Summerlin (SAM) - 291 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. McKinnon (GASO) - 13 CAR, 162 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: K. Pope (SAM) - 8 REC, 80 YDS, 1 TD

Georgia Southern 35, Samford 16

Associated Press

STATESBORO, Ga. -- Jerick McKinnon took over at quarterback in the second quarter and carried 13 times for 162 yards to lead Georgia Southern to a 35-16 Southern Conference win over Samford on Saturday night.

McKinnon gave the Eagles (3-1, 2-1) an immediate lift when he replaced starter Ezayi Youyoute with the Bulldogs (4-1, 2-1) leading 10-7. McKinnon rushed 14 yards on his first play and scored on a 41-yard run three plays later.

Lavelle Westbrooks' 72-yard interception return put Georgia Southern ahead 21-10 at halftime. The Eagles, who won their 13th straight at home, held Samford without a first down for 24 minutes, 36 seconds, starting 8:25 before halftime.

After Samford made it 21-16 in the third quarter on Jaquiski Tartt's 80-yard return of a fumble, McKinnon's 67-yard burst gave Georgia Southern a 28-16 lead.

Dominique Swope added a 40-yard touchdown run in the fourth. He had 133 yards on 21 carries.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SAM
GASO
1st Downs1818
Total Yards354394
Passing29134
Rushing63360
Penalties5-434-42
3rd Down Conversions8-210-10
4th Down Conversions0-11-1
Turnovers12
Possession30:1629:44

Passing Leaders

SamfordC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Summerlin23/492915.911
Georgia SouthernC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McKinnon1/33411.301

Rushing Leaders

SamfordCARYDSAVGTDLG
Truss19502.6013
Gates8303.808
Georgia SouthernCARYDSAVGTDLG
McKinnon1316212.5267
Swope211336.3240

Receiving Leaders

SamfordRECYDSAVGTDLG
Pope88010.0119
Cephus36120.3041
Georgia SouthernRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sumner13434.0034

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSAMGASO
TD10:25Dominique Swope 12 Yd Run (Alex Hanks Kick) 07
FG00:46Cameron Yaw 20 Yd 37
SECOND QUARTERSAMGASO
TD11:47Kelsey Pope 7 Yd Pass From Andy Summerlin (Cameron Yaw Kick) 107
TD10:28Jerick McKinnon 41 Yd Run (Alex Hanks Kick) 1014
TD04:09Lavelle Westbrooks 72 Yd Interception Return (Alex Hanks Kick) 1021
THIRD QUARTERSAMGASO
TD05:57Jaquiski Tartt 80 Yd Fumble Return (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 1621
TD05:40Jerick McKinnon 67 Yd Run (Alex Hanks Kick) 1628
FOURTH QUARTERSAMGASO
TD01:30Dominique Swope 40 Yd Run (Alex Hanks Kick) 1635