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Eagles Fly Over West Georgia

Head Coach Chris Hatcher gets his first win at GSU Head Coach Chris Hatcher gets his first win at GSU
The GSU Eagle pumps up the crowd The GSU Eagle pumps up the crowd
Michael McIntosh after an 81 yard TD reception Michael McIntosh after an 81 yard TD reception
QB Jayson Foster outruns the defense for a GSU touchdown QB Jayson Foster outruns the defense for a GSU touchdown
Players rub Erk's statue for good luck before the game Players rub Erk's statue for good luck before the game

Georgia Southern kicked off the season in style with a 45-21 win over West Georgia, this win is huge for a number of reasons, it breaks the 5 game losing streak they were on that dated to last season, plus it's their first win since October 14th, 2006 when they beat Elon.

The win marks the first for head coach Chris Hatcher as the head Eagle.

"It's been a long time since GSU won a game," says Hatcher, "the last 5 games they came out on the wrong end of the score, so it's really good for our guys to get a taste of winning again."

GSU managed only 135 yards of total offense in the first half, but the second half was a different ballgame, literally. The Eagles put up over 450 yards of total offense, when the final seconds ticked off the big board at Paulson, GSU had tallied 601 yards of total offense. Senior quarterback, Jayson Foster had a lot to do with that.

Senior quarterback, Jayson Foster had 4 total touchdowns, he threw for one and ran for 3, "It's a great feeling to come out and get a win. Everyone wants to see the new era and what it's going to be like, and it's great to come out and get a victory, it's great."

Foster finished the game 6 of 9, throwing for 124 yards. He added 231 yards on the ground on 11 carries to lead the team. Lamar Lewis helped quite a bit by rushing for 150 yards on 14 carries.

Chris Covington had 7 tackles against West Georgia and he's happy to get the monkey off their collective backs, "It's a relief, it's always a relief to win your first game but it's a great feeling to put a big win up in front of all the fans at Paulson and it always feels good."

Freshman running back, Zeke Rozier, had quite a debut in an Eagle uniform. He had 7 carries for 53 yards and he had two touchdowns to help the Eagles win.

GSU is 1-0 on the season, they will go for 2-0 next week at Coastal Carolina.

Reported by: Melissa Maikos, mmaikos@wtoc.com

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