CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Freshman fullback Adrian Peterson rushed for 231 yards and five touchdowns to lead Georgia Southern to a 51-34 victory over The Citadel.
Peterson set an NCAA I-AA freshman record for touchdowns with 20, breaking the 1996 record set by Marshall's Randy Moss.
The Citadel (3-5, 3-3 Southern Conference) led 20-7 at halftime, thanks to a pair of scoring strikes from quarterback Stanley Myers to tight end Jason Barley and a 13-yard touchdown run by tailback Antonio Smith.
The Eagles (8-0, 6-0 SC), ranked No. 1 in I-AA, took over in the second half. The Citadel entered the contest having allowed just 17 fourth-quarter points in seven games this year. They surrendered 27 to the Eagles.
Peterson scored all five of his touchdowns in the second half and his 51-yard scoring dash with just over 9 minutes left to play gave the Eagles the lead for good.