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2012 FCS playoffs: North Dakota State familiar with triple option

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The unbalanced Eagles offense might not fool the top-seeded Bison.

Scott Cunningham

The Georgia Southern Eagles have a deadly running attack, but it might not be enough to trick the North Dakota State Bison.

North Dakota State played Wofford this weekend, winning, 14-7. Wofford is also an option team, although it may not be as much of a threat as the Eagles, writes Donald Heath of The Augusta Chronicle:

North Dakota State (12-1) didn't completely stop the option, but it held the Terriers' offense scoreless. Wofford, which ran for 262 yards, scored its lone touchdown on an interception return.

"I'm sure it benefits them having to defend an option team," Georgia Southern coach Jeff Monken said.

Georgia Southern has averaged 409 rushing yards per game this season. Against Old Dominion this weekend, the Eagles had a field day, rushing for 602 yards. Dominique Swope led the way with 186 yards on 22 carries. Jerick McKinnon had 171 yards himself, while Darreion Robinson added 76 and Johnathan Bryant had 71.

Georgia Southern's offense was anything but balanced in the 49-35 win over Old Dominion. McKinnon and Robinson each completed a pass, combining for 30 total passing yards.

The Eagles play top-seeded North Dakota State in the FCS semifinals Friday at 8 p.m. ET.

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