Recap: Ga Southern vs. ULM
Statesboro, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Georgia Southern Eagles rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the ULM Warhawks, 22-16, and clinch an outright Sun Belt Conference title at Paulson Stadium on Saturday.
Kevin Ellison led the Eagles (9-3, 8-0 Sun Belt) offensively with 136 yards on 8-of-19 passing efficiency and 104 rushing yards on 20 carries. Ezayi Youyoute also made an impact for GSU with 81 rushing yards on five attempts, while Matt Breida racked up 51 yards and a score on 19 totes.
Pete Thomas connected on 28-of-45 pass attempts for 307 yards and two touchdowns while under center for ULM (4-8, 3-5). Rashon Ceaser tallied a game-high 138 yards on eight receptions, while Kenzee Jackson compiled 87 yards on 10 grabs.
The only points of the opening stanza came courtesy of a successful 27-yard field goal try by Alex Hanks, who gave GSU a 3-0 lead at the 3:38 mark of the first quarter.
ULM went into the intermission on top, 7-3, after Ceaser scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 63-yard reception with 6:22 remaining before the break.
GSU jumped back in front at the 4:13 point of the third frame, as Ellison rushed 10 yards across the goal line for six points. The Warhawks responded with a five-play, 50-yard drive which was capped off by a 36-yard touchdown throw from Thomas to Ajalen Holley. ULM attempted to make it a six-point lead with a two-point conversion try, however it was stopped short, leaving the Warhawks with a 13-9 advantage on the scoreboard entering the final period.
Breida gave the Eagles a lasting lead with just under nine minutes left in regulation, as he punched it in from a yard out to conclude an 11-play drive. Alfred Ramsby gave GSU some insurance with a seven-yard dash to the end zone at the 5:28 point of the fourth quarter.
Justin Manton sent a 47-yard field goal attempt through the uprights with two minutes left to play to narrow ULM's deficit down to 22-16. The Warhawks regained possession with 1:37 showing on the game clock and Thomas managed to move the offense into GSU's red zone. However, it was too little too late as ULM lost its battle against the clock.
The Warhawks were limited to just 19 rushing yards on 16 attempts. GSU finished with a 469-341 advantage in total yards of offense.Game Notes