Georgia Southern at Samford

Samford outlasts Georgia Southern for a 44-34 win


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Andy Summerlin threw for a school record 495 yards to go along with three touchdowns as Samford beats Georgia Southern in a 44-34 shootout.

Samford overcame a 21-10 halftime deficit with a furious second half. Fabian Truss ran for two third quarter touchdowns to give the Bulldogs (4-2, 2-0 Southern) a 25-21 lead near the end of the third quarter.

Georgia Southern (3-2, 1-2) responded with a 27-yard rushing score by Jerick McKinnon, giving the Eagles a 27-25 lead. The Bulldogs weren't down for long as Summerlin found Karel Hamilton for a 69-yard touchdown. Summerlin then hit Kelsey Pope for a 58-yard score after a Georgia Southern punt.

The Eagles came back with a 75-yard drive, capped by another McKinnon score. He finished with 181 yards.

The comeback fell short as Samford was able to kill the clock, kicking a field goal with 12 seconds left to finish the scoring.

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Scoring Summary
SAMFWarren Handrahan 19 yd FG
SAMFGavin Sinclair 74 yd pass from Andy Summerlin (Warren Handrahan kick)
GASTray Butler 24 yd pass from Kevin Ellison (Younghoe Koo kick)
GASTray Butler 58 yd pass from Kevin Ellison (Younghoe Koo kick)
GASWilliam Banks 15 yd run (Younghoe Koo kick)
SAMFWarren Handrahan 21 yd FG
SAMFFabian Truss 9 yd run (failed 2pt pass)
SAMFFabian Truss 19 yd run (failed 2pt pass)
GASJerick McKinnon 27 yd run (failed 2pt pass)
SAMFKarel Hamilton 69 yd pass from Andy Summerlin (D'Morrise Bledsoe 2pt pass from Andy Summerlin)
SAMFKelsey Pope 58 yd pass from Andy Summerlin (Kelvin Clay 2pt pass from Andy Summerlin)
GASJerick McKinnon 3 yd run (Younghoe Koo kick)
SAMFWarren Handrahan 30 yd FG
Team Stats
First Downs2020
Third Down Efficiency8-157-15
Fourth Down Efficiency0-00-0
Plays-Net Yards67-44871-651
Passing Yds189495
Kick Return Yds5375
Punt Return Yds324
Time of Poss.34:1625:44
Individual Stats
GAS: Jerick McKinnon 33-181, William Banks 10-51, Kevin Ellison 5-18, Nardo Govan 1-5, Devin Scott 1-4, Johnathan Bryant 1-2, Irving Huggins 2-1, Tray Butler 1--3
SAMF: Fabian Truss 14-125, D'Morrise Bledsoe 8-26, Kelsey Pope 1-5, Michael Pierce 1-3, Andy Summerlin 5--3
GAS: Kevin Ellison 7-7-140-0, Jerick McKinnon 0-5-0-1, BJ Johnson 1-1-49-0
SAMF: Andy Summerlin 23-42-495-0
GAS: Tray Butler 3-105, Devin Scott 1-49, Jerick McKinnon 1-13, Montay Crockett 1-13, Kentrellis Showers 1-6, Johnathan Bryant 1-3
SAMF: Kelsey Pope 7-201, Fabian Truss 4-50, Chris Cephus 3-23, Karel Hamilton 2-86, Emmanuel Obajimi 2-39, Kelvin Clay 2-18, Gavin Sinclair 1-74, JaUan Davis 1-9, D'Morrise Bledsoe 1--5
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