By Justin Gray
The Georgia Southern Eagles were sitting pretty going into this Thursday night matchup with the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns with a 5-4 record, poised for a bowl game. This being one of the last three games of the season did not turn out great for the Eagles.
The Eagles went three and out on their first drive opening the door for Louisiana and they capitalized, driving it 60 yards on six plays and scoring. The Eagles failed to do anything on their next drive and Louisiana drove it down. On the three yard line GSU DB Derrick Canteen came up with a huge interception. The Eagles made that hurt and took it 96 yards on eight plays and RB OJ Arnold hit WR Derwin Burgess for the touchdown on the trick play.
It didn’t take long before it became all Louisiana. They were able to put up twenty straight points and before the Eagles knew it they were down 27-7 at the half.
Coming out of half, Louisiana picked up a field goal and after a few drives that went nowhere the Eagles were able to get some points. QB Kyle Vantrease hit Marcus Sanders Jr. for the touchdown from 25 yards out. After that, Louisiana kicked two more field goals to Georgia Southern’s one. The final score was 36-17 Louisiana.
The Eagles have two remaining games on their schedule both at home, Marshall and rival App State. These are both huge as the Eagles look to make a bowl game. They are eliminated from Sun Belt Championship contention. The first season under Clay Helton has been successful at times and they have had their problems as well, but that's expected in a program’s first year under a coach. This week they host Marshall at 6:00 P.M. at Paulson Stadium.