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Eagle rally around injured DuBose in win

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Eagle rally around injured DuBose in win

Jaybo Shaw scores Georgia Southern's fourth and final touchdown Saturday in the fourth quarter of a 28-6 win over Western Carolina Saturday in Cullowhee, N.C.

CULLOWHEE, N.C. — When Georgia Southern defensive end Dion DuBose went down early in the second quarter of Saturday’s game against Western Carolina with a dislocated left knee, he stayed down.

After nearly 10 minutes on the turf, DuBose was placed on a stretcher and later taken to Harris Regional Hospital for evaluation.

Not knowing his condition, the Eagles responded in a big way.

The next five plays by GSU were an interception, a 22-yard pass, a 46-yard pass, an eight-yard run by Darreion Robinson and a touchdown run by quarterback Jaybo Shaw.

"We knew when Dion went down, it was going to be a dog fight," Shaw said. "It was going to be an emotional football game, and we were able to weather the storm and make some plays. We answered the call."

DuBose, who will be evaluated further on Monday, returned to E.J. Whitmire Stadium before the conclusion of the game, and was greeted by his teammates after they left the field with a 28-6 win.

"It’s amazing, man," said cornerback Laron Scott. "For him to hold strong and be strong like that, it lets us know that we’ve got to keep together as a team. If he goes down, we’ve got to take up the slack. He can’t go down in the next to last game of the season and see us let up."

"To everybody on our team, he’s a part of our family," added defensive tackle Brent Russell. "When someone goes down we just have to pick up as an overall group. That’s how we always play. It hurts. It still hurts we lost him. They took him off in a stretcher and I didn’t know what was wrong. It was good to see him on the sidelines after the game. It picked us up."


Sticky fingers

Scott’s two interceptions in the game gave him six for the season, which tied the Georgia Southern record held by five other players. The last player to accomplish the feat was A.J. Bryant in 2004.

The six picks in 2010 give him nine in his career.

Rodney Oglesby holds the career record at GSU with 14 from 1988-91.

"The coaching staff is great," said Scott. "Luckily, I’m in position to do those types of things. I didn’t know those records were in reach like that, but it’s a good feeling."


Figuring it out

Robert Brown’s 80-yard touchdown run wasn’t just the longest run of the season for GSU. It was also a sign to coach Jeff Monken that the true freshman is beginning to understand the fundamentals of the fullback position in the option offense.

"We said earlier this week that we’d like to have the kid hit one like that, so that he’ll hit the hole faster," Monken said. "He’s like a lot of those kids that aren’t confident in the offense yet, and don’t realize there’s going to be something there if you just keep hitting the hole fast. He dances around a little bit and he’s not hitting that thing full speed. I think that run will help his confidence."


Statesboro blues

The Catamounts are no stranger to losing to Georgia Southern.

The Eagles hold a 19-2 advantage in the series, with the last WCU win dating back to 1994. The 16-straight victories by GSU over the Catamounts is the longest current streak between two active Southern Conference members.

The loss for WCU also marks an 0-5 record for the season at home. It is the first time the Catamounts went winless in a season at E.J. Whitmire Stadium since it was built in 1974.

It is the first time the Catamounts have gone winless at home for a season since 1963.


Familiar faces

Georgia Southern defensive coordinator Brent Pry coached at Western Carolina from 1998-2001. Both GSU wide receivers coach Lamont Seward and defensive line coach John Scott played and coached for the Catamounts. Scott graduated in 2000 and Seward graduated in 2003.


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

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