MONROE, La. - Matt Breida ran for two touchdowns, and Ken Butler Jr. returned a blocked punt 45 yards for a touchdown to lead Georgia Southern past Louisiana Monroe 51-31 on Saturday night.
The victory was the 10th consecutive for the Eagles in Sun Belt Conference play since they joined the Sun Belt last season. Georgia Southern has a week off before resuming Sun Belt play Oct. 17 against New Mexico State at Paulson Stadium.
Breida finished with 149 yards on 19 carries. LA Ramsby added 98 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Eagles (4-1, 2-0 Sun Belt), who piled up 455 total yards rushing.
George Southern jumped out to a 31-3 lead before Louisiana Monroe finally scored its first touchdown on a 2-yard pass from Garrett Smith to Harley Scioneaux in the final minute of the first half.
Those were the first of 21-straight points reeled off by the Warhawks (1-3, 0-1), which cut their deficit to 31-24 early in the fourth. The Eagles answered on the ensuing drive however, when Ramsby ran for 41-yard score to put the game away.
Smith threw for 232 yards and three TD's for Louisiana Monroe.