Georgia Southern handles Morgan State 59-7 in season opener



AJ Henderson – Georgia Southern Athletics



Gerald Green scores on an 8-yard run.



seven




Morgan State
MSU

0-1 , 0-0

59






South Georgia
GS

1-0 , 0-0


Morgan State
MSU

0-1 , 0-0

seven

59


South Georgia
GS

1-0 , 0-0





















Score by quarters
Crew 1st 2nd 3rd 4th F

MSU
Morgan State
0 seven 0 0 seven

GS
South Georgia
0 17 14 28 59


Game recap: Soccer | | Marc Gignac




The Eagles score 52 unanswered points en route to victory.



STATESBORO- Kyle Vantrease threw for 367 yards and tied the school record with four touchdown passes as Georgia Southern opened the Helton clay era and the 2022 season with a 59-7 win over Morgan State on Saturday night at Paulson Stadium.

Game Eagles:
Vantrease completed 29 of 46 passes to 10 different receivers. Sam Kenson caught seven balls for 99 yards, Khaleb Hood had six receptions for 88 yards and a score and Jeremy Singleton finished with five catches for 60 yards and a touchdown. Todd Bradley Glenn led the Eagle defense with seven tackles, while isaac walker, married tyler and Jalen Denton each intercepted a pass.

Key moments:
The Eagles split before half-time when Derwin Burgess Jr. made a one-handed diving grab in the right corner of the end zone to make it 17-7 with 1:28 left in the frame. Bride’s interception gave the Eagles the ball on their own 44-yard line. Vantrease teamed up with Hood for a 24-yard gain, then found Amare Jones for a 14-yard completion.

Hood took a Vantrease screen pass 46 yards for a touchdown with 10:11 left in the third quarter, and Jalen White capped a 77-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run with 4:42 left in the period, extending the margin to 31-7.

The first touchdown of the Helton era came out of a hustle play. Vantrease’s pass hit the defender’s back and bounced in the air where OJ Arnold was able to stay with the play and dive into the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

Key stats and notes:
–Vantrease is the first Eagle to throw for 300+ yards since Lee Chapple threw for 323 on Nov. 15, 2008 at Furman, and his total ranks fourth in a game in school history. Vantrease also set the record for passing yards in a season opener and passing yards in a first career start at Georgia Southern, and his four TD assists are the most for an Eagle. since Chaz Williams had four on October 2, 2004 in Elon. His 46 pass attempts are the third in a game.
– The Eagles have committed only three penalties for 34 yards.
– Georgia Southern has now won 15 of its last 16 home openers and is 32-7-1 all-time in home openers (32-6 at Paulson Stadium).
– Georgia Southern now has an all-time record of 125-17 at Paulson Stadium in non-conference competition.
– Helton became the 10th Georgia Southern head coach (full-time or interim) in the modern era to win his first game as Eagles manager.

Scoring games:
GS – 2nd, 12:20 p.m. – OJ Arnold 4 yard pass Kyle Vantrease (PAT good), 7-0
MSU – 2nd, 9:42 – Jordan Toles 50-yard return INT (PAT good), 7-7
GS – 2nd, 5:33 – Alex Raynor FG from 20 yards, 10-7
GS – 2nd, 1:28 – Derwin Burgess Jr. Vantrease 12-yard pass (PAT good), 17-7
GS – 3rd, 10:11 – Khaleb Hood Vantrease 46-yard pass (PAT good), 24-7
GS – 3rd, 4:52 – Jalen White 5-yard run (PAT good), 31-7
GS – 4th, 1:41 – White 8-yard run (PAT good), 38-7
GS – 4th, 12:47 – Jeremy Singleton Vantrease 8-yard pass (PAT good), 45-7
GS – 4th, 9:06 – Gerald Green 8-yard run (PAT good), 52-7
GS – 4th, 6:43 – Arnold’s 23-yard run (PAT good), 59-7

Next step :
The Eagles open a two-game road tour in Nebraska next Saturday. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and the match will be televised live on FS1.

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