Football is a crazy game and you never know who’s going to win until they go out there and do it. The Nebraska Cornhuskers played host to the Georgia Southern Eagles and were 23.5 point favorites against the Eagles.
Though they may have been underdogs the Eagles didn’t play like it. Behind an utterly amazing offensive performance and a clutch job by the defense the Eagles pulled out the upset victory.
The Eagles starting quarterback Kyle Vantrease threw for 409 yards, the second most in a game in school history, and a touchdown along with a game winning rushing touchdown.
It was a big day in the backfield as the running back duo of Gerald Green and Jalen White rushed for 217 yards and 4 touchdowns combined. The Eagles were record breaking in the receiving core as Derwin Burgess Jr. had the most receptions in a game in school history tagging on 119 yards with that. Jeremy Singleton also added nine catches and 89 yards.
The defense didn’t play their best, but they came up with the stop when they needed it. It was a back and forth affair all the way through when the Eagles took a 38-35 lead at the start of the fourth quarter.
The Eagles weren’t able to put the game away and with 3:05 left in the game Nebraska took the lead 42-38 on a quarterback keeper. This would give the Eagles little time to score and win the game.
Driving down the field left and right the Eagles, barring mistakes, looked like they were going to make it happen and with 36 seconds left on the clock the Eagles dialed up a quarterback draw and Vantrease was able to get into the end zone and take the lead.
Nebraska would drive and get it to the Eagles 35 yard line and attempt a 52 yard field goal to go to overtime. The Huskers missed the field goal as time expired and the Eagles took down only their second Power Five opponent in team history. Not to mention getting the win and getting 1.423 million to come play them.
The Clay Helton era has gotten off to quite the start in Statesboro and it’s going to be fun to watch them this season. They head to the University of Alabama-Birmingham to take on the blazers at 3:30 this Saturday!