2012 FCS Playoffs: Jerick McKinnon eclipses 300 yards rushing in Eagles' win

Scott Cunningham

Jerick McKinnon entered the record books by eclipsing 300 yards rushing for the Eagles.

Jerick McKinnon carried the ball 34 times for 316 yards and two touchdowns as Georgia Southern defeated Central Arkansas, 24-16, in the FCS playoffs on Saturday.

McKinnon opened the scoring with a 57-yard run to put the Eagles ahead 7-0 with 9:32 left in the first quarter. McKinnon scored again in the second quarter, this time on a 6-yard run to extend Georgia Southern's lead to 21-6 early in the second quarter.

McKinnon's 316 yards passed Greg Hill (238) and Jayson Foster (279) and placed him second all-time for rushing yards in a single game behind Adrian Peterson who rushed for 333 yards against Massachusetts in the 1999 playoffs, according to Matt Yogus of the StatesBoroHerald.

McKinnon was also 2-of-7 passing for 79 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the game. In total, McKinnon accounted for 395 of the 483 yards of total offense for Georgia Southern.

With the win, the Eagles advanced to the next round of the playoffs where they will play Old Dominion.

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