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Eagles adapted to what they were given

            CONWAY, S.C. – The Georgia Southern Eagles may have rushed for 209 yards in Saturday’s 43-26 win at Coastal Carolina.

            But in the second half, when the Chanticleers keyed in on the run and the Eagles were without their starting fullback – true freshman Robert Brown, who left in the third quarter and did not return – it was the passing game that secured the win.

            Quarterback Jaybo Shaw passed for a career-high 160 yards and threw two touchdown passes, hitting the play action pass in key moments throughout the second half.

            “A lot of teams will play it soft on the play-action, and they weren’t,” said GSU coach Jeff Monken about the Chanticleers’ defense. “We had a tough time running the football on them. You’ve got to do something to make it easier for your guys to block, and for us, it was the play-action pass.”

            Coastal coach David Bennett chalks it up to defensive discipline.

            “We’ve got defensive backs looking at the backfield rather than taking care of they guy they got,” he said. “Those play-action passes hurt us.”


A new mark for CCU

            Coastal Carolina has only had a football program for eight years, and with Saturday’s loss to GSU, suffered a four-game losing streak – one that dates back to 2009 - for the first time in program history.


A new mark for GSU

            The Eagles won a non-conference road game for the first time in almost four years on Saturday.

            The Last time they did it? September 15, 2007, at Coastal Carolina.


Right place at the right time

            Georgia Southern did not cause a turnover in either of the first two games of the season, but caused two against CCU.

            The first was tipped in the air by a Coastal receiver and picked off by Derek Heyden. The second was tipped in the air by Heyden and caught by safety A.J. McCray.

            “I broke off my guy because it was underthrown,” Heyden said. “I laid out an tried to hit it, and A.J. hustled over there to make the play when we needed it.


A numbers game

            With the touchdown reception by Trey Butler and the fumble return for a touchdown by Kyle Oehlbeck, eight different Eagles now have scored for the first time in their career in 2010.

            As for scoring in the game, GSU scored six different ways – fumble return, catch, run field goal, PAT and two-point return on the blocked CCU extra point.


Getting heavy

            Georgia Southern came out in a Power I look in its first goal line situation, with the entire starting defensive line getting involved. Dion DuBose and Roderick Tinsley lined up at tight end and John Douglas and Brent Russell lined up behind Shaw.

            Robert Brown dotted the I.

The Eagles punched it in on 4th-and-goal from the 1 on a run up the gut by Brown.


Matt Yogus can be reached at (912) 489-9408.

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