Georgia Southern Suffers Tough Loss to Coastal Carolina
By: Justin Gray
The 3-1 Georgia Southern Eagles faced a tough road test against an undefeated Coastal Carolina team. The game was a low-scoring affair early on before Coastal scored after a long 89-yard drive. The Eagles responded on a Kyle Vantrease pass to Derwin Burgess Jr. for the touchdown. The Eagles defense forced a punt, but the Eagles didn’t keep the ball long before throwing an interception.
As you can tell this one was also a bit sloppy as Coastal fumbled their next drive. A few punts and a missed field goal later the Eagles and Chanticleers went into the half tied at seven.
The Eagles were the first to put points on the board in the second half after a long punt return and a Vantrease to Jeremy Singleton touchdown pass. On the ensuing drive, the high powered Coastal Carolina offense responded well with a long drive and capped it off with a 27 yard touchdown pass.
The Eagles had another good drive going before settling for a field goal. The Eagles defense forced a quick punt and set the Eagles up to take a bigger lead and they did just that on a Jalen White 18 yard touchdown run.
The Eagles lead then shrunk and shrunk fast, Coastal scored on just four plays to make it 24-21. The Eagles were driving to extend their lead and would settle for another field goal. Coastal has another four play touchdown drive to make it 28-27 Coastal. The Eagles drove down the field hoping to gain the lead back with a touchdown, but that was cut short after a terrific drive and they had to kick a field goal, but it gave them the lead 30-28.
Coastal’s high powered offense had two minutes to score and wouldn’t even need that as they went 82 yards in 1 minute and 23 seconds. The Eagles had a little time left to respond but was denied and the Eagles were handed their first Sun Belt loss of the year. Next week they head to Atlanta to take on their in-state rival the Georgia State Panthers.