STATESBORO, Ga. — Georgia Southern used its triple-option offense to dominate Western Carolina, rushing for 634 yards in a 52-20 win on Saturday night.
The Eagles (3-0, 2-0 Southern Conference) had three players who each gained more than 100 yards rushing.
J.J. Wilcox led the rushing attack with 155 yards and Jerick McKinnon had 114 yards.
Freshman quarterback Ezayi Youyoute added 119 yards on four carries in the fourth quarter, one of which was an 83-yard touchdown run.
Georgia Southern’s rushing attack almost broke a school record, coming 31 yards short. The school record is 665 yards, which was set against Glenville State, of the NAIA, in 1994.
The 634 yards rushing is the most the Catamounts (1-2, 0-1) have ever allowed. The previous record was 591 by Georgia Southern in 1999.
It’s the second time Western Carolina has been unsuccessful against the triple option this season.
In their season-opening loss to Georgia Tech, the Catamounts allowed 662 total yards – 297 yards on the ground.
Quarterback Jaybo Shaw, who left the game early in the third period with an undetermined injury, pitched the ball to Wilcox on first down and the senior ran 36 yards untouched around the right side.
Although Western Carolina followed with an 80-yard drive to tie the game, 7-7, on a 3-yard run by Michael Johnson, it was all Georgia Southern from that point.
Brandon Pechloff threw for 233 yards for Western Carolina but was intercepted twice.
Johnson, seeing his first game action of the year, had 53 yards and two touchdowns.
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 69, DELAWARE STATE 0
In Orangeburg, S.C., Derrick Wiley threw four touchdown passes as South Carolina State had a breakout game offensively in a rout of Delaware State.
The Bulldogs (2-2, 2-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) had scored a total of only 53 points in their first three games.
Wiley had a hand in South Carolina State’s first five touchdowns, throwing for three and rushing for two.
He was 12 of 20 passing for 238 yards. Caleb Davis led the receiving corps with six catches for 147 yards and a score. Julius Pendergrass had two touchdown catches for the Bulldogs.
FURMAN 62, PRESBYTERIAN 21
In Greenville, S.C., Chris Forcier threw seven touchdown passes to break the Furman single-game record of five as the Paladins routed Presbyterian.
Five of the scoring passes came in the first half, when the Paladins (2-1) opened a 48-14 lead over the Blue Hose (1-3).
Forcier, who completed 12 of 16 for 226 yards, also rushed for a 13-yard touchdown on the Paladins’ opening possession,
ELON 18, THE CITADEL 15 (OT)
In Elon, N.C., Adam Schreiner kicked four field goals, including a game-winning 33-yarder, as Elon (3-1) rallied to beat The Citadel (1-2).
After Schreiner’s kick, The Citadel’s Ryan Sellers missed a 37-yarder to end the game
APPALACHIAN STATE 14, CHATTANOOGA 12
In Boone, N.C., Rodger Walker returned a fumble 74 yards for a touchdown and Jeremy Kimbrough intercepted a pass and returned it 46 yards for a score to lead Appalachian State (3-1).
NORFOLK STATE 33, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 3
In Charleston, S.C., Chris Walley threw for Norfolk State’s first two touchdowns and the Spartans (3-1) defeated Charleston Southern (0-4).