Originally created 10/31/04

Eagles, Williams run past 'Rabbits

STATESBORO, Ga. - Moments after Georgia Southern's 63-7 victory over South Dakota State on Saturday, the attention turned to another opponent.

A few remaining fans from the student section of the 17,463 fans at Paulson Stadium, began the chant, "We want Furman."

"We'll find out next week if we really want them," Georgia Southern freshman wide receiver Jayson Foster said.

Before next Saturday's first-place Southern Conference showdown with Furman, the second-ranked Eagles took care of some nonconference business.

They skinned the Jackrabbitts for 616 yards - the 10th-best amount in school history.

Quarterback Chaz Williams led the onslaught with 102 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. He also added another through the air.

Foster also threw and ran for a touchdown, P.J. Cantrell and T.J. Anderson caught touchdown passes, Tim Gehrsitz ran for two scores and Kevin Davis had one.

Jermaine Austin and Williams both topped the 100-yard rushing mark as the Eagles produced 461 yards on the ground. Austin finished with 115.

For the third consecutive week, Georgia Southern's defense allowed just one touchdown.

"Now we can think about Furman," Eagles linebacker John Mohring said. "We don't want to share (the Southern Conference championship). We want it all to ourselves."

For nine weeks, Georgia Southern (8-1, 6-0) has looked as if it's in a league of its own.

No doubt, there are some believers of that theory in South Dakota State. The Eagles scored touchdowns on nine straight possessions and led 42-7 at halftime against a team that had played fifth-ranked Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and No. 24 Montana State competitively before losing 14-7 and 27-24, respectively.

Georgia Southern's 63 points were the most scored against South Dakota State since Morningside put up 67 in 1990. The 56-point margin of defeat was the Jackrabbits' largest since losing to Montana 58-0 in 1969.

"I anticipated (Georgia Southern) being as good as they were," South Dakota State coach John Steigelmeier said. "They're a good football team. They have a good system and they have athletes. They get you in a lot of one-on-ones. I just didn't expect us to make some many physical mistakes."

The Jackrabbits (4-4) had their shining moment on the Eagles' first possession. On fourth-and-1, Austin was stuffed at the line of scrimmage for no gain, giving South Dakota State possession at Georgia Southern's 44.

The Eagles' defense forced a 43-yard field-goal attempt that kicker Parker Douglass hooked to the right.

It was all downhill from there.


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