Eagles rally to avoid Campbell upset bid

Georgia Southern was without 33 players due to COVID, injuries, and suspensions

Eagles rally to avoid Campbell upset bid
Georgia Southern hosts FAU next week after the season opens with a victory. (Source: WTOC)

STATESBORO, Ga. (WTOC) - It wasn’t pretty or probably the game many anticipated at Paulson Stadium Saturday.

But it was a win,

“A win is a win, whether it’s by one point or 50 points," says head coach Chad Lunsford. "Did we play well? No. Can we play better? Sure. No doubt. We need to clean a lot of things up.”

Southern rallied from a 20-6 second half deficit to FCS foe Campbell Saturday to open the season with 27-26 win in front of a socially distanced Paulson Stadium.

QB Shai Werts ran for 155 yards and a touchdown, while J.D. King added 74 yards and a score of his own.

Running back J.D. King gets to the end zone to tie the game at 20
Running back J.D. King gets to the end zone to tie the game at 20 (Source: WTOC)

The Eagles scored 21 unanswered points, capped off by Werts' 41 yard touchdown run. Campbell would score a late touchdown, cutting the Eagle lead to just one. But the game-tying two point conversion was no good, and the Eagles would hold on for a 27-26 win.

Before the game, Southern announced 33 players would be inactive due to COVID-19, injury, suspension, and “coaches' distinction.”

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