STATESBORO, Ga.— Georgia Southern sophomores Ezayi Youyoute and Dominique Swope each ran for three touchdowns and more than 100 yards as the Eagles piled up 557 rushing yards and crushed Jacksonville 58-0 in the teams’ opener Saturday.
Youyoute, who split time at quarterback with junior Jerick McKinnon, finished with 164 yards on 11 carries. His 79-yarder for the Eagles’ first score was the second longest of his career.
Swope had 104 yards on 13 carries and McKinnon carried 11 times for 71 yards and a touchdown as Georgia Southern amassed its seventh-highest rushing total ever. The Eagles did not complete any of their eight passes.
Georgia Southern, which reached the Football Championship Subdivision semifinals last season, led 27-0 after one quarter, their most first-quarter points since a 38-35 win over Appalachian State in 2007.
EAST CAROLINA 35, APPALACHIAN STATE 13
In Greenville, N.C., East Carolina recorded 390 total yards and forced three turnovers as the Pirates defeated Appalachian State.
Rio Johnson threw for 242 yards and Michael Dobson added 78 yards rushing for the Pirates, who have won 32 of their last 37 games when scoring 30 or more points.
SAMFORD 24, FURMAN 21
In Birmingham., Ala., Cameron Yaw’s 27-yard field goal with 37 seconds left helped lead Samford past Furman.
Andy Sumerlin was 23 of 37 for 216 passing yards with three scores to lead the Bulldogs.
THE CITADEL 49, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 14
In Charleston, S.C., the Citadel scored 28 points in the third quarter to pull away from Charleston Southern.
The Citadel rushed for 479 yards, gaining 27 first downs on the run. The Bulldogs ranked third in the Football Championship Subdivision in rushing offense with 3,153 yards last season.
WOFFORD 34, GARDNER-WEBB 7
In Boiling Springs, Eric Breitenstein ran for 219 yards and two touchdowns to help lead Wofford to an easy victory over Gardner-Webb.
The Terriers had an enormous 402-12 advantage in rushing yardage.
SOUTH FLORIDA 34, CHATTANOOGA 13
In Tampa, Fla., B.J. Daniels threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns, helping South Florida open the season with a victory over Chattanooga.
The senior tossed scoring passes of 19 yards to Derrick Hopkins, 38 yards to Terrence Mitchell and 39 yards to Sterling Griffin.