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FCS Playoffs Final Score: Georgia Southern Tops Wofford 23-20 After Blown Facemask Call

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For the second time this year the Georgia Southern Eagles and Wofford Terriers battled to a three-point difference, and for the second time the road team left with the win. GSU took advantage of constant Wofford fumbles and a blown call in the closing minutes to avenge their 33-30 midseason loss to the Terriers.

After giving up two scores off turnovers in the first half Wofford finally caught a break in the fourth, when GSU RB Robert Brown fumbled while twisting for extra yardage. The ball skipped around until DE Alex Goltry picked it up and ran in to cut the lead to three, mirroring Georgia Southern’s first-quarter fumble recovery touchdown.

On the next drive, Southern stalled out near midfield with about two minutes to go, as Goltry pulled down QB Jaybo Shaw to force a fourth-and-long. Officials called Goltry for a facemask, but replays showed he didn’t touch Shaw any higher than the chest. The penalty gave the Eagles a first down in Terriers territory. GSU took advantage by advancing the ball a few more yards and burning the clock down to 13 seconds.

Had that personal foul not been called, Wofford would have gotten the ball back with over a minute and a half to go, about 40 or 50 yards from field goal distance. Still, the ref didn’t force Wofford to give up 14 points off turnovers in the first quarter.

The Eagles advance to play Delaware next weekend, reaching the program’s 11th FCS semifinals.

Elsewhere, Eastern Washington is beating North Dakota State 17-10 near halftime.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.