By Myron Hosea
CSN So South Columnist
College Sporting News
The third-seeded Eagles will meet second seed North Dakota State in the semis.
Georgia Southern (11-2) pounded out 360 yards on the ground and led in total offense with 476 yards to 294 for the Black Bears. The Eagles also played keep away, running 75 plays to Maine’s 45 and leading in time of possession 42:24 to 17:36.
Quarterback Jaybo Shaw and running back J. J. Wilcox ran for two touchdowns apiece. Shaw also threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Kentrellis Showers. Wilcox led the Eagle ground attack with 99 yards rushing while Dominique Swope added 81.
Georgia Southern, which never trailed, held double-digit leads much of the game. The Eagles jumped to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but Maine’s Roosevelt Boone cut that in half with a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
The Black Bears cut the lead to four, but Georgia Southern led 21-10 at the half.
After an early third-quarter score by Maine (9-4) trimmed the lead back to four, the Eagles tallied two more scores to post a 35-17 advantage.
Maine’s final score came later in the third quarter.
Neither team scored in the final period.
In fact, Maine managed just two possessions in the fourth, turning the ball over on downs on one and suffering its third interception of the day on the other.