Dominique Swope, Jerick McKinnon spearhead Eagles' attack

Scott Cunningham

Duo is only the fifth pair in Georgia Southern history to rush for 1,000 yards each in a season.

Georgia Southern has gone through plenty of success this season. The Eagles finished their regular season with an 8-3 record and are now on the doorstep of an FCS national championship. After winning their first two playoff games, the Eagles will play in the FCS semifinals against North Dakota State on Friday.

And if the Eagles hope to beat the Bison, they'll need to lean heavily on quarterback Jerick McKinnon and running back Dominique Swope . They've been doing this, though, all year long.

"They've gotten better each week, and they've really worked at it," offensive coordinator Brent Davis told the Statesboro Herald. "Some of the guys we've had in the past ... it's the chemistry that comes from working together every single day. They do the same thing so many times, it's hard not to get better at it."

The duo of McKinnon and Swope has combined to rush for 2,818 yards and 35 touchdowns this season, putting them in elite company. They're the fifth pair in Georgia Southern history to reach 1,000 yards each in one season, joining Jermaine Austin and Jayson Foster in 2005, Austin and Chaz Williams in 2002 and Adrian Peterson and Greg Hill in 1998 and 1999.

Georgia Southern travels to North Dakota State on Friday for their playoff semifinal game. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.

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