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'Hugo Bowl' 25 years later

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

You can't draw a more stark contrast between a football game in Statesboro and the devastation Hurricane Hugo brought to the Carolina coast 25 years ago.

ESPN had convinced Georgia Southern and then-rival Middle Tennessee State to move their game to Thursday night for a national TV audience.

When the storm shifted away from Savannah toward Charleston, they pushed forward with the game. No one could imagine they were creating a legend as they played 150 miles from the eye of a major hurricane.

Thousands of fans braved the gusts of sideways rain, a total of eight inches in four hours.

University leaders stayed in constant communication with the National Hurricane Center in Florida.

The game wasn't played as much as it was endured. Only a few hundred stuck around for the end of that rainy romp, as the Eagles took a 26-0 victory almost as a footnote for that page of history.

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