Eagles soar past Catamounts

Deja Alexander hauled in 8 catches for 143 yards. Photo: Doug Powell

Georgia Southern’s option attack proved too much for Western Carolina to handle, as the Eagles defeated the Catamounts, 52-20 on Saturday Night.

The number 1, FCS ranked Eagles had eleven different players carry the ball on the night and finished with 634 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns. The ground game was sparked by quarterback, Jerick McKinnon, who finished the night with 114 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Western Carolina, who never led in the ballgame, managed just 95 rushing yards, but had 285 through the air.  Deja Alexander had an impressive night with 8 catches for 143 yards.

Catamounts junior tailback, Michael Johnson returned from a shoulder injury to play in his first game of the year and had 2 touchdowns on the ground to go along with his 53 rushing yards.

Western Carolina’s 3 turnovers and their inability to contain the option plagued the Catamounts all night and eventually led to their defeat.

Western Carolina now trails Georgia Southern in the all-time series, 2-20 and dropped its 17th straight meeting to the Eagles.

The Catamounts return home next weekend, October 1, when they take on Furman in Cullowhee, N.C on Family Weekend.