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#5 Georgia Southern @ #1 North Dakota State, 2012

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In just over an hour, the rematch will be seen in the Fargodome. A capacity crowd is again expected inside this facility and likely the sound will be the loudest it has been all season as well.

I expect a much closer game than what was seen last year with a 35-7 NDSU win.

The Eagle offense will be able to move the ball at times in this game, I beleive. The Georgia Southern defense is where I see the question marks.

Ball control will likely be in the minds of both teams and believe NDSU will likely try to run the ball a little more than in the past and not allow quarterback Brock Jensen to beat them with another interception return for a touchdown. But I feel NDSU will have to throw it a little bit to keep the Eagle defense offguard.

Like my preview earlier this week, I feel NDSU will pull this one out but will be close. This game likely will go to the final quarter and it will not be a 28 point win this year for the Bison.

I can't wait for the opening kickoff in this one.

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  1. Kent's Avatar
    1st & goal at the GSU 4. Crockett gets near the goal line but not quite in.

    2nd & goal from the GSU 1. Crockett again but is denied on the play. There is a flag on the play--offsides on the Eagles.

    2nd & goal from the 1/2 yard line. Crockett gets in from here.

    GSU blocks this extra point so we remain tied.

    NDSU 6 GSU 6 with 46 left in the 1st qtr.
  2. Kent's Avatar
    Bad snap forced the blocked PAT by Adam Keller. Not too often do you see two missed extra points in a row.

    But NDSU needed that drive. Let's see if the Bison defense makes some adjustments on the Eagles next possession.
  3. rwallace's Avatar
    trading long drives for TDs and blocked PATs
  4. Kent's Avatar
    The NDSU kickoff goes into the end zone for a touchback.

    1st & 10 for the Eagles at their own 25.
  5. Kent's Avatar
    1st & 10 at the GSU 25. McKinnon keeps it for 4 on the ground.

    2nd & 6 at the GSU 29. McKinnon keeps it again for 6 and a first down.

    That is the end of the 1st qtr and Georgia Southern will have it 1st & 10 at their own 35 when we begin the 2nd frame with a tie game at 6-6.
  6. rwallace's Avatar
    NDSU's kickoff almost went out of bounds
  7. Kent's Avatar
    The Bison defense need to key in on the quarterback keeper, I believe on defense. McKinnon is keeping it most of the time and think they need to force the pitch.
  8. Kent's Avatar
    No, the KO was into the end zone. New rule this year for KO touchbacks to the 25.
  9. Kent's Avatar
    1st & 10 from the GSU 35. Swoop gets 7.

    2nd & 3 from the GSU 42. McKinnon keeps for the first down.
  10. Kent's Avatar
    1st & 10 at the GSU 47. McKinnon keeps for 3.

    2nd & 7 from midfield. Swope gets nothing on the dive.

    3rd & 7 from midfield. McKinnon hits Swope over the middle on a pass for a huge play and a touchdown of 50 yards.

    PAT is good.

    GSU 13 NDSU 7 with 12:17 left in the 2nd qtr.
  11. Kent's Avatar
    That play totally fooled the Bison defense with Swope running right up the middle almost uncovered. McKinnon hit him in stride for the score.
  12. rwallace's Avatar
    strong yards after the catch for Swopes on that 49 yd TD reception for GSU
  13. Kent's Avatar
    Let's see if the Bison can do.

    The kickoff has fouls with a face mask and holding so we will rekick.
  14. rwallace's Avatar
    that looked kind of funny with the offsetting kickoff penalties and both teams lined up to play where the ball was downed, AFTER the official said it would be a re-kick
  15. Kent's Avatar
    The rekick is returned by Williams to the NDSU 29.
  16. Kent's Avatar
    NDSU is forced to punt after a penalty and a sack by the Eagles.

    Georgia Southern takes over at their own 27.
  17. rwallace's Avatar
    While GSU's defense is not quite as stout as Wofford's, whom the Bison beat last week 14-7, they have 2 3-and-outs vs. NDSU this game so far
  18. Kent's Avatar
    Brent Russell with the sack for the Eagles was the key play to force the punt.

    The Bison defense has to prove why they ranked as the top unit in the nation here.
  19. Kent's Avatar
    1st & 10 at the GSU 27. Robinson gets 5 on the pitch play to the right.

    2nd & 5 from the GSU 32. GSU with a false start. Crowd noise finally being a factor.

    2nd & 10 from the GSU 27. Swope with the inside give for 9.

    3rd & 1 from the GSU 36. McKinnon sneaks it up the middle for the first down.
  20. Kent's Avatar
    1st & 10 from the GSU 38. McKinnon gets 5.

    2nd & 5 from the GSU 43. Swope gets 3.

    3rd & 2 from the GSU 46. Bison stop McKinnon for a loss. Chop block foul on GSU.
    NDSU takes the 15 yard mark-off.

    3rd & 17 from the GSU 35. Youyoute in a qb. Showers with catch but is short of the first down.

    4th & 4 from the GSU 44. The Eagles will punt and is downed at the NDSU 12.
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