Originally created 11/05/06

Terriers' big plays too much for Eagles



STATESBORO, Ga. - Michael Hobbs scored on a 99-yard run and Brandon Berry returned a punt 92 yards for another score to lead Wofford to a 28-10 victory over Georgia Southern Saturday, assuring the Eagles their first losing season since 1996 and only the second since football resumed in 1982.

Wofford (5-4, 4-2 Southern Conference) trailed 10-7 at halftime before Berry's return ignited the Terriers who beat Georgia Southern for the fourth time in the past five years.

It was the sixth time this season that the Eagles (3-6, 2-4) held a halftime lead, then lost. It was the Eagles fourth loss at home this season. Previously their most home losses was three in 1996.

The punt return by Berry and Hobbs run were both the longest in the history of the Eagles Paulson Stadium. Hobbs set a new Wofford school record for longest run from scrimmage while Berry's return is the second longest in Terrier history.

Wofford took an early 7-0 lead on a 2-yard run by Kevious Johnson, but the Eagles came back with 10 points in the second period.

Patrick Bolen kicked a 24-yard field goal, and Chris Covington scored on a 57-yard run.

The Terriers took the second half kickoff and drove 61 yards on eight plays with quarterback Josh Collier scoring on a 16-yard run.

Wofford then forced an Eagle punt following the ensuing kickoff and Berry scored on the return.

Trailing 21-10 the Eagles had a drive stall at their own 42, but when Dan Jordan's punt rolled dead at the one.

Hobbs, however, dashed those hopes when he took the ball on a simple dive play designed to gain a few yards for running room. He burst into the secondary and got two key blocks from his wide receivers to score with 12:56 to play.