Three turnovers in Delaware Blue Hens territory gave the Georgia Southern Eagles too big of an obstacle, and Hens QB Pat Devlin’s offense took advantage. Delaware will take on the Eastern Washington Eagles in the FCS Championship Game. Visit SB Nation Seattle for more on that in the days to come.
Delaware only outgained the Eagles by eight yards. From a look up and down the box score minutes those turnovers, you’d guess this was a three-point game.
Delaware RB Andrew Pierce carried more of the day than most expected, running for 186, setting up the all-but-winning touchdown, and burning tons of clock in the second half. Jerick McKinnon and J.J. Wilcox were the Eagles offensive stars, with 101 and 77 total yards respectively. QB Jaybo Shaw didn’t have his best game, losing a fumble on a sack, throwing mostly incompletions, and losing another fumble late in the fourth.
Few expected the Eagles to make it anywhere near this far in their first year under new head coach Jeff Monken’s option offense. With more time for Monken to recruit and teach his system, plus two more years of DT Brent Russell in the middle of the Eagles defense, big things could be on the horizon again in Statesboro.