Eagles advance to quarters

William & Mary's Dante Cook can't stop Georgia Southern QB Jaybo Shaw from getting into the end zone during the third quarter. It was one of three touchdowns of the day for Shaw.

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. --- It took care of No. 1 during the regular season and now Georgia Southern has a win over the second-seeded team in the Football Championship Subdivision.

The Eagles pulled away from William & Mary, 31-15, at Zable Stadium in the second round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday.

Georgia Southern (9-4) advances to the FCS quarterfinals for the first time since 2002 and will play at Wofford either Friday or next Saturday.

"There's something very special about this football team," Georgia Southern coach Jeff Monken said.

The Eagles' triple-option offense shredded the Tribe defense for 423 yards.

Knocked out in the first quarter a week ago in the first round against South Carolina State, Jaybo Shaw went the distance Saturday and scored touchdowns on runs of 1, 18, and 3 yards.

"I think we took the field thinking we could play with (William & Mary)," nose guard Brent Russell said.

Georgia Southern beat top-ranked Appalachian State 21-14 on Nov. 6 and hasn't lost since.

"I think our team is playing its best football right now," Monken said.


In Jacksonville, Ala., Eric Breitenstein ran for two touchdowns and Wofford (10-2) defeated Jacksonville State (9-3) to advance to the Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals.

Breitenstein finished with 178 yards on 28 carries and scored two touchdowns.

Ga. Southern 31, William & Mary 15

Ga. Southern 7 7 10 7 -- 31

William & Mary 6 9 0 0 -- 15

First Quarter

GaSo--R.Brown 6 run (Mora kick), 11:38.

WM--FG Kuhn 32, 6:49.

WM--FG Kuhn 36, :05.

Second Quarter

GaSo--Shaw 1 run (Mora kick), 9:27.

WM--Francks 48 interception return (pass failed), 6:25.

WM--FG Kuhn 33, 1:13.

Third Quarter

GaSo--Shaw 18 run (Mora kick), 12:59.

GaSo--FG Mora 21, 3:59.

Fourth Quarter

GaSo--Shaw 3 run (Mora kick), 11:26.


First downs2416
Return Yards948
Time of Possession33:4926:11


RUSHING--Georgia Southern, R.Brown 24-178, Shaw 18-87, Wilcox 7-68, Darre.Robinson 3-60, Akinniranye 4-23, Wilcher 1-9, Team 2-(minus 2). William & Mary, Grimes 14-100, Marriner 3-14, Riggins 1-0, Callahan 8-(minus 13).

PASSING--Georgia Southern, Shaw 3-6-1-31, Team 0-1-0-0. William & Mary, Callahan 16-34-0-113.

RECEIVING--Georgia Southern, Wilcox 1-19, R.Brown 1-8, Williford 1-4. William & Mary, Moody 4-31, C.Hill 3-22, Grimes 3-18, Woolfolk 2-22, Kearney 1-9, Mangas 1-6, Gottlieb 1-4, Marriner 1-1.


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