Georgia Southern improves to 3-1 on the season and 2-1 in the Southern Conference with a 35-16 win over previously unbeaten Samford.
The Eagles used the big play effectively with four of their five touchdowns covering at least 40 yards. Dominique Swope got the scoring started for Georgia Southern scoring from 12 yards out with 10:25 remaining in the first quarter to put the Eagles up 7-0. Samford briefly took the lead in the second when Andy Summerlin found Kelsey Pope for a 7-yard score that put the Bulldogs up 10-7.
The Eagles took the lead for good later in the quarter Jerick McKinnon got loose for a 41-yard touchdown to make the score 14-10. The lead grew to 21-10 after Lavelle Westbrooks intercepted a pass from Summerilin and returned it 72 yards for a score.
McKinnon led the Eagles with 162 yards and two touchdowns. Swope also eclipsed the 100 yard mark rushing 21 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Georgia Southern racked up 360 yards rushing and win despite going 0-10 on 3rd down conversions.
Summerilin finished 23-49 for 291 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Pope hauled in eight passes for 80 yards and a touchdown.
Up next for the Eagles is a trip to Western Carolina next Saturday.