Samford at Georgia Southern

Georgia Southern 35, Samford 16


STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) - Jerick McKinnon took over at quarterback in the second quarter and carried 13 times for 162 yards to lead Georgia Southern to a 35-16 Southern Conference win over Samford on Saturday night.

McKinnon gave the Eagles (3-1, 2-1) an immediate lift when he replaced starter Ezayi Youyoute with the Bulldogs (4-1, 2-1) leading 10-7. McKinnon rushed 14 yards on his first play and scored on a 41-yard run three plays later.

Lavelle Westbrooks' 72-yard interception return put Georgia Southern ahead 21-10 at halftime. The Eagles, who won their 13th straight at home, held Samford without a first down for 24 minutes, 36 seconds, starting 8:25 before halftime.

After Samford made it 21-16 in the third quarter on Jaquiski Tartt's 80-yard return of a fumble, McKinnon's 67-yard burst gave Georgia Southern a 28-16 lead.

Dominique Swope added a 40-yard touchdown run in the fourth. He had 133 yards on 21 carries.

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Scoring Summary
GASDominique Swope 12 yd run (Alex Hanks kick)
SAMFCameron Yaw 20 yd FG
SAMFKelsey Pope 7 yd pass from Andy Summerlin (Cameron Yaw kick)
GASJerick McKinnon 41 yd run (Alex Hanks kick)
GASLavelle Westbrooks 72 yd interception return (Alex Hanks kick)
SAMFJaquiski Tartt 80 yd fumble return (failed 2pt pass)
GASJerick McKinnon 67 yd run (Alex Hanks kick)
GASDominique Swope 40 yd run (Alex Hanks kick)
Team Stats
First Downs1818
Third Down Efficiency8-210-10
Fourth Down Efficiency0-11-1
Plays-Net Yards85-35458-394
Passing Yds29134
Kick Return Yds9733
Punt Return Yds011
Time of Poss.30:1629:44
Individual Stats
SAMF: Fabian Truss 19-50, Jeremiaha Gates 8-30, Riley Hawkins 1-4, Kelsey Pope 1-3, Stanley Robinson 1-1, Ben Neill 1--12, Andy Summerlin 5--13
GAS: Jerick McKinnon 13-162, Dominique Swope 21-133, Robert Brown 5-40, Darreion Robinson 5-23, Ezayi Youyoute 4-6, Johnathan Bryant 3--2, Team 2--2
SAMF: Andy Summerlin 23-49-291-1
GAS: Jerick McKinnon 1-3-34-1, Ezayi Youyoute 0-2-0-0
SAMF: Kelsey Pope 8-80, Kelvin Clay 4-46, Chris Cephus 3-61, Jeremiaha Gates 3-51, Riley Hawkins 3-41, Zeke Walters 2-12
GAS: Tyler Sumner 1-34

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