Jags fall flat at Georgia Southern, 52-0
STATESBORO, Ga. – Wesley Fields and L.A. Ramsby each scored two touchdowns Saturday to lead Georgia Southern to a 52-0 Sun Belt Conference football victory over the University of South Alabama at Allen E. Paulson Stadium.
Ramsby's two scores capped the first three drives for the Eagles (1-9, 1-5 Sun Belt), who finished with 583 yards of total offense and 26 first downs in their final home game of the 2017 season. Shai Werts accounted for 220 yards — 113 rushing, 107 passing — and two touchdowns, while Fields ended up with 64 yards on the ground as GS averaged over five yards a carry while posting 356 rushing yards.
Jeremy Reaves recorded 13 stops and Darrell Songy added 11 for the Jaguars, who fell to 4-7 overall and 3-4 in the SBC.
Georgia Southern 52, South Alabama 0
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-In being shut out for the first time in 101 games in the program's history, South was limited to 195 total yards and 10 first downs.
-Georgia Southern held the ball for 11 minutes and 16 seconds in the opening quarter while building a 21-0 lead.
-The Eagles finished the period with a 225-31 advantage in total offense, ending the contest with 583 yards.
-GS came into play averaging 295.2 yards and 16.3 points per game overall but had 361 and 31, respectively, at the half.
-The Eagles scored on seven of their first 10 drives in extending the advantage to 45-0 at the end of three quarters.
-GS was 7-of-16 on third-down conversions in the game while the Jags finished 2-of-13 on third downs.
-The win was the fourth for the Eagles in as many meetings in the all-time series.
-The previous season-high point total recorded by GS was 27 in an Oct. 14 loss at home to New Mexico State.
-The Eagles came into play with 45 points in first quarter on the season before scoring 21 in this game.
-GS's 583 yards of total offense were 90 more than the previous high recorded by the team against Arkansas State on Oct. 4.
-It was three yards shy of matching the most ever given up by South on Sept. 26, 2015, against North Carolina State and two less than the highest total recorded by a Sun Belt opponent against the Jaguars by Troy on Oct. 20 a year ago.
-The Eagles had a nearly two-to-one advantage in time of possession after controlling the ball for 39 minutes and 11 seconds, the second-highest figure ever recorded by a USA opponent.
-It was the fourth career 100-yard rushing game for Eagles' QB Werts, who became the second individual this fall to post 100-plus yards rushing and passing against the Jag defense.
-It was the fifth time this year that Reaves has ended up with 10-plus tackles, marking the first time since the 2014 campaign when Terrell Brigham accomplished the feat that a Jaguar has posted five games with 10 or more stops in a season.
-Reaves also became the first member of the program to ever be credited with 10 or more tackles in four games in a row.
-Songy recorded 10 or more stops as well for the second straight game and the sixth time in the last season-plus.
-It was the first occasion that South has had two or more defenders with 10-plus stops in back-to-back outings since Brigham and Maleki Harris turned the trick in both the 2014 regular-season finale versus Navy and at the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl against Bowling Green.
-David Gardner became the sixth individual to lead the Jaguars in receptions by hauling in a game-high four passes for 28 yards after entering play with one career catch.