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Streak ends, but Eagles fly onward
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Georgia Southern wide receiver Kentrellis Showers grabs a 24-yard touchdown pass at Paulson Stadium Saturday.

Georgia Southern kicker Adrian Mora’s extra-point streak ended at 151 on Saturday when Old Dominion’s Erik Saylor blocked the senior’s point-after-touchdown kick attempt with 3:45 remaining in the third quarter.

Mora made five extra-point attempts (he has scored in every game in his career) during the game. He was a perfect 151-for-151 in his career before Saylor blocked his kick.

Against Furman earlier this season, Mora set the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision record for consecutive extra points, passing Chris Snyder’s (Montana, 2000-03) record of 126 consecutive extra points.

Mora also missed an extra-point attempt with 2:03 left in the game when the ball sailed wide left. He finished 5 of 7 on PATs Saturday.

"It was a great streak," GSU head coach Jeff Monken said. "And he and Charlie (Edwards, holder) and Carter (Jones, snapper) all have been a part of that streak. All three of them have been in there for every kick.

"I guess it’s fitting when he missed, he missed two. We did a very poor job of protecting on the one that got blocked."


McKinnon plays defense

GSU sophomore Jerick McKinnon, who has played at quarterback and slot back this season, played defense for the first time in his Eagle career Saturday.

"He got some pass breakups, made some tackles. He did a real good job. He sparked the defense," GSU cornerback Laron Scott said.

McKinnon started at safety and made two tackles and broke up two passes, including a pass on fourth down with 2:12 left in the third quarter. He celebrated as if he had scored a touchdown.

After the game, McKinnon was asked which feels better — breaking up a pass or scoring a touchdown.

"It’s the same," he said, smiling.

Said Scott of McKinnon’s celebrating, "That’s the offense coming out of him."

Asked to describe the fourth-down play, McKinnon said, "The quarterback threw the ball and I made a play. That was a credit to the D-line. They had pressure and hands in his face, and everybody had their man on lockdown."

Monken said the Eagles had to find a place on the field for McKinnon, who is widely considered GSU’s best athlete in football.

"Our goal is to try to get the very best players that we have in our program on the field," Monken said. "Obviously, we had Jerick on offense earlier in the year. He was playing quarterback and slot. We found several different ways to get him the ball and he was very productive for us. We recognize that he is a good player on offense, but he can help us (on defense)."

Swope runs wild

GSU freshman B-back Dominique Swope ran for a career-high 255 yards on 31 carries to become the first Eagle with more than 200 yards rushing in a game since Jayson Foster ran for 279 yards against Wofford in 2007.


Russell fifth on all-time sack list

With his sack of Old Dominion backup quarterback Thomas DeMarco in the first quarter, GSU All-America nose tackle Brent Russell moved into fifth place on the Eagles’ all-time sack list with 20 sacks.


Noell Barnidge can be reached at (912) 489-9408.