SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 01, 2012
Eagles' rushing attack grounds JU
STATESBORO, Ga. – Quarterback Ezayi Youyoute and running back Dominique Swope each scored two first quarter touchdowns and third-ranked Georgia Southern rushed for 557 yards as the Eagles knocked out Jacksonville University 58-0 in the season opener for both teams here Saturday.
It was the first time the Dolphins have been shut out since Sept. 9, 2009, a 27-0 loss to Samford. Youyoute, from Wauchula, Fla., ran for 79 yards on the second play of the game at Paulson Stadium to set the tone and followed that with an 11-yard score with 7:20 to play in the first.
Swope followed with runs of 1 and 19 yards as the Eagles amassed 242 yards rushing in the opening quarter and raced to a 27-0 advantage.
After a spring and fall camp of battling for the starting spot, JU coach Kerwin Bell opted to open with his son, Kade. Quarterback Bell played about a quarter and a half before being spelled by sophomore Trevius Folston.
Folston came in after JU’s Jamaul Christopher recovered a fumble, but Folston’s first pass was intercepted by Valdon Cooper who returned it 63 yards for a score and a 34-0 lead with 7:25 to go in the first half.
“We knew we were green on offense, we’re still trying to find our way,’’ Kerwin Bell said.
Swope, who had 104 yards rushing, scored his third touchdown of the first half with 13 seconds to play giving the Eagles (1-0) a 41-0 lead at intermission. They rolled up 305 yards rushing in the half with no passing yards.
The Eagles, who never completed a pass, kept grinding out yardage in the second half and scored two more times on drives of 80 and 70 yards and added a field goal to the delight of the 20,132 in attendance.
"Defensively, we didn’t react well to their speed and size and that’s on us,’’ Kerwin Bell said. “I I think defensively we’ll be OK, but this was a big wake-up call and a big lesson. We weren’t a well-prepared football team and didn’t play near the level we’re used to playing at.’’
Kade Bell ended the game nine of 16 for 56 yards and two interceptions and Folston was 2 for 7 for 15 yards and an interception. Bell led JU rushing with 31 yards and running back Erick Baker had 30.
The Dolphins travel to Charleston Southern Saturday for a 1:30 p.m. game.