The Eagles (4-1, 3-1) scored on their first two possessions. Darreion Robinson broke free for a 48-yard touchdown run and Dominique Swope ran it in from 5 yards to give Georgia Southern an early 14-0 lead.
“I think I’ve said it enough times, but we have to run the ball if we’re going to be successful,’’ Georgia Southern coach Jeff Monken said. “We try to establish the run in every game, and fortunately we were able to gain some yards and keep the chains moving on those first two drives. It was a good job by the offense to start the game.”
Robinson finished with 124 yards on 11 carries, and Swope rushed 20 times for 117 yards. William Banks and James Dean added 101 and 95 yards rushing, respectively, and two scores as the Eagles beat the Catamounts for the 18th consecutive time.
WOFFORD 20, FURMAN 17
In Spartanburg, S.C., Eric Breitenstein had 158 yards rushing to pace Wofford (5-0, 3-0) in a comeback victory over Southern Conference foe Furman (2-4, 1-2).
Wofford ran the ball 53 times for 303 yards, including touchdown runs by Cam Flowers and Brian Kass.
SAMFORD 38, THE CITADEL 7
In Birmingham, Ala., Andy Summerlin threw for 320 yards, including an 82-yard touchdown to Riley Hawkins, to lead Samford (5-1, 3-1 Southern Conference) over The Citadel (3-3, 2-2).
APPALACHIAN STATE 35,
In Boone, N.C., Jamal Jackson threw four touchdown passes, ran for one more and totaled 398 all-purpose yards to lead Appalachian State (4-2, 2-1 Southern Conference) over Elon (2-4, 0-3).
NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL 40,
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 10
In Indianapolis, Jordan Reid ran for one touchdown and threw for another to highlight a 30-point second quarter as North Carolina Central (3-2, 2-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) defeated South Carolina State (2-4, 1-2) in the Circle City Classic at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Julius Pendergrass scored South Carolina State’s lone touchdown on a 29-yard run in the second quarter. He finished with a game-high 84 yards.
NEW HAMPSHIRE 44, GEORGIA STATE 21
In Atlanta, Andy Vailas threw for four touchdowns, Nico Steritis scored three times and New Hampshire (4-2, 2-1 Colonial Athletic Association) beat Georgia State (0-6) at the Georgia Dome.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Ben McLane came off the bench to pass for 169 yards and two touchdowns for Georgia State.
VMI 17, PRESBYTERIAN 7
In Lexington, Va., Adam Morgan had two interceptions to lead a strong defensive effort as Virginia Military Institute (2-3) beat Presbyterian (2-4) in their Big South Conference opener.
The Keydets forced four turnovers, two to snuff out the final Blue Hose drives.