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Georgia Southern vs. Chattanooga final score: Eagles defeat Mocs in triple overtime

The Eagles had to hold their breaths a few times before finally getting the win over the Mocs in a triple overtime game in the Southern Conference.

Mike Zarrilli

The Georgia Southern Eagles needed three overtimes to do it, but they finally were able to escape the state of Tennessee with a win over the Chattanooga Mocs, 39-31, to take sole possession of first place in the Southern Conference.

GSU was up 21-7 early in the second quarter but trailed heading into the fourth after Chattanooga reeled off 17 straight points. It would be tied at 24 heading into overtime and a 20-yard touchdown run by running back Darreion Robinson and a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jerick McKinnon ended up being enough to finally get rid of a feisty Chattanooga squad.

McKinnon finished with 141 yards on 28 carries and three touchdowns, while Robinson added 74 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns. Chattanooga quarterback Jacob Huesman did his best to keep his team in it with 170 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns to go with 102 yards passing and one touchdown, but it wasn't enough.

Georgia Southern moved to 7-1 overall, 6-1 in the conference, while Chattanooga drops to 4-4, 3-2 in conference.

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