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Georgia Southern vs. Furman: Eagles have history on their side

Georgia Southern head coach Jeff Monken says rivalry with Furman is school's greatest.

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Georgia Southern and Furman have a deep history with each other. The two teams split national championships in 1985 and 1988.

While they might have split those years, the Eagles have dominated the all-time series, winning 15 of 23 meetings.

But those split titles have fueled a rivalry regardless of Georgia Southern's success, according to

"The rivalry between Georgia Southern and Furman runs deeper than any other rivalry we have at our school," GSU coach Jeff Monken said.

Last season, Georgia Southern defeated Furman, 50-20. In that game, the Eagles scored six rushing touchdowns and had 361 rushing yards.

Furman last won in 2009, when it defeated Georgia Southern, 30-22. Despite losing the yardage battle that day, Furman jumped out to a 30-7 lead that day and held on for the win.

The two teams will take the field on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Eagles have a 4-1 record in the Southern Conference.

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