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Eagles put fate in hands of commitee
Georgia Southern defensive tackle Brent Russell corrals Furman quarterback Cody Worley Saturday in Greenville. - photo by PAUL BARKLEY/Special to the Herald


GREENVILLE, S.C. –—Georgia Southern left Paladin Stadium with its playoff future up in the air.

The Eagles will gather in Statesboro today at 10 a.m. at Paulson Stadium’s Bishop Fieldhouse to watch ESPNU, which will air the Football Championship Subdivision playoff selection show.

All that’s left to do is sit back and wait for the NCAA section committee to determine the Eagles’ fate.

"If we get an opportunity to play next Saturday, of course we’ll be thankful," said GSU quarterback Jaybo Shaw. "That’s not our worry right now. We got a win at Furman, so we’ll see. That’s not our job. Our job is to win football games, and we came out with a win."

Head coach Jeff Monken knows he’s done all he can do.

"We’d be honored with the opportunity if the committee sees fit," he said. "We’re playing our best football right now and that’s what you hope for at the end. I’d like to have another Saturday with them. I’d like to have that chance."


The end of an era

Furman coach Bobby Lamb, who resigned the post Friday but stayed on to coach the season finale for the Paladins, got all of the emotion out the night before the game — or so he thought.

When the fans gathered at the "Paladin walk" before the game to wish him well, the emotion came back.

"We had so many people there supporting me and patting me on the back, and that got pretty emotional," said Lamb. "Once I hit the field the play, it was all business. It was bittersweet as the clocked clicked down."

Lamb sees big things in GSU’s future.

"I told somebody the other day, I said, ‘This will probably be the worst Georgia Southern team you’ll see in the next five or 10 years.’ I don’t mean that in a bad way," he said. "They’re just going to continue to get better and better and better."


A new record

After Laron Scott’sfirst kickoff return, he broke the GSU record for returns in a season. Last week, his sixth interception tied another single-season record.

The previous record holder for kick return yards was 715 set by May Young in 1986.


A quick end to a streak

Furman scored a touchdown on its first play of the game Saturday against the Eagles. It was the first touchdown allowed by the Eagles in more than seven quarters of play.

The touchdown — a 71-yard pass from Cody Worley to Adam Mims — gave Mims the furman record for career receiving yards.


A new high

Shaw’s rushing touchdowns (3), attempts (36) and yards (101) were all career highs.

The 36 carries ties a GSU record set by true freshman quarterback Jerick McKinnon against The Citadel on October 23 of this season. Shaw also became the first GSU quarterback to beat Furman and Appalachian State in the same season since Chaz Williams in 2002.


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