Scores

Final

Cent Arkansas 16

(9-3, 3-3 away)

Ga. Southern 24

(9-3, 6-1 home)

2:00 PM ET, December 1, 2012

Allen E. Paulson Stadium, Statesboro, GA

1 2 3 4 T
CARK 6 3 7 016
GASO 14 10 0 024

Top Performers

Passing: W. Smothers (CARK) - 251 YDS

Rushing: J. McKinnon (SOU) - 34 CAR, 316 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Lewis (CARK) - 4 REC, 90 YDS

Georgia Southern 24, Cent. Arkansas 16

Associated Press

STATESBORO, Ga. -- Georgia Southern quarterback Jerick McKinnon ran for 316 yards on 24 carries, scored two touchdowns and passed for another as the Eagles defeated Central Arkansas 24-16 Saturday to advance to the Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals.

McKinnon's rushing total was the second best ever for the Eagles (9-3), 17 yards short of Adrian Peterson's 1999 school and FCS playoff record. He fell 5 yards short of the Southern Conference record of 321 set this season by Wofford's Eric Breitenstein.

McKinnon ran for touchdowns of 57 and 6 yards and hit Darreion Robinson for a 32-yard score -- one of just two completions in seven attempts for McKinnon.

The Eagles, the FCS' leading team in rushing, piled up 404 on the ground to improve their playoff record at home to 33-3. They'll play at Old Dominion next week.

Wynrick Smothers passed for 251 yards for the Bears (9-3) but was just 16-of-41.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CARK
GASO
1st Downs2020
Total Yards394483
Passing25179
Rushing143404
Penalties6-408-70
3rd Down Conversions3-126-14
4th Down Conversions0-20-1
Turnovers11
Possession22:0038:00

Passing Leaders

Central ArkansasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smothers16/412516.100
Georgia SouthernC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McKinnon2/77911.311

Rushing Leaders

Central ArkansasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smothers12796.6023
Hinton8536.6119
Georgia SouthernCARYDSAVGTDLG
McKinnon343169.3257
Swope17643.8012

Receiving Leaders

Central ArkansasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lewis49022.5036
Croom27035.0042
Georgia SouthernRECYDSAVGTDLG
Walker14747.0047
Robinson13232.0132

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCARKGASO
TD09:32Jerick McKinnon 57 Yd Run (Alex Hanks Kick) 07
FG07:30Eddie Camara 34 Yd 37
TD04:37Darreion Robinson 32 Yd Pass From Jerick McKinnon (Alex Hanks Kick) 314
FG01:13Eddie Camara 42 Yd 614
SECOND QUARTERCARKGASO
TD13:52Jerick McKinnon 6 Yd Run (Alex Hanks Kick) 621
FG02:31Alex Hanks 40 Yd 624
FG00:00Eddie Camara 30 Yd 924
THIRD QUARTERCARKGASO
TD08:54Jackie Hinton 19 Yd Run (Eddie Camara Kick) 1624

Research Notes

Jerick McKinnon rushed for 316 yards, five yards shy of the Southern Conference record for rushing yards in a game, set by Wofford's Eric Breitenstein earlier this season.

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