Thomasville Times Enterprise

November 17, 2012

Georgia pulls away from Georgia Southern

Associated Press
CNHI

ATHENS — Georgia Southern clinched a spot in the playoffs.

The Eagles were in no mood to celebrate.

Jerick McKinnon scored two touchdowns and Georgia Southern was in position for a shocking halftime lead on No. 5 Georgia. But the Bulldogs turned the momentum and took control from there, romping to a 45-14 victory on Saturday.

"We came here to win," said Georgia Southern coach Jeff Monken, whose team had already claimed a share of the Southern Conference championship. "We had some chances."

While things didn't work out between the hedges, the Eagles (8-3) got some good news on the out-of-town scoreboard. The Citadel defeated Furman 42-20, handing Georgia Southern their league's automatic berth into the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

The Eagles hope to benefit from playing a major-college powerhouse right before the postseason.

"We're disappointed to lose, but we played a great team," running back Dominique Swope said. "We will take this as a lesson leading into the playoffs."

Aaron Murray threw four touchdown passes for the Bulldogs (10-1), and Todd Gurley became only the second true freshman in school history to rush for 1,000 yards.

For full details, see Saturday's edition of the Times-Enterprise.