Georgia Southern traveled to Jonesboro, Arkansas to play the Arkansas State Red Wolves. It was the first meeting between the two since Georgia Southern’s victory in the 1986 NCAA Division I-AA national championship game. The way Arkansas States’ season has been going so far it should had been a sure win for the Eagles. Well this is way we play the game. Arkansas State last season started 1-3 and went on to win the SunBelt. Georgia Southern had ever opporunity to put this game out of reach. Arkansas State fumbled on their first three drives. The Red Wolves had a total of five turnovers in the game. But they stuck to their game plan and won the game with a game tying touchdown with nine seconds left. The extra point gave them the lead. This lose put Georgia Southern sitting at 2-1 in the SunBelt behind three other teams.
This was Georgia Southern’s first national TV game this season and to me I felt they didn’t play Georgia Southern football. They went to the air more than their normal ground and pound game. Three times they got into the red zone and were only able to put up a field goal and not a touchdown. Georgia Southern got out gained in total yards and rushing yards. Arkansas State had 525 total yards to Georgia Southern’s 365 total yards. The Eagles rushing attack only managed 162 yards. The lowest of the season. Georgia Southern just didn’t execute well this game and it cost them. Hopefully they can work out the mistakes and go into their next game at Georgia Tech next Saturday with a positive mind set to stop this two game losing streak they are on.
Hail Southern and No Place Else!