Georgia Southern scored all the points it needed in the first half, but still had to recover an onsides-kick attempt in the final minute to end its season with a 13-6 win in Statesboro.
The Eagles (5-6, 4-4 Southern Conference) led 13-0 at the half on two Adrian Mora field goals and a 10-yard touchdown pass from Lee Chapple to Mitchell Williford and held the Bulldogs (4-7, 2-6) off the scoreboard until the final minutes.
The Citadel closed to within seven points on Tommy Edwards’ 5-yard pass to Andre Roberts with 1:05 left. The extra-point kick was blocked.
Georgia Southern’s Jamere Valentine recovered the ensuing onsides kickoff to preserve the win.
Chapple was 20-of-32 for 143 yards and also led the Eagles in rushing with 47 yards on 14 carries.
The Citadel outgained the Eagles 359-245, but couldn’t overcome three turnovers.
North Carolina Central 35, Savannah State 14: North Carolina Central quarterback Michael Johnson threw four touchdown passes, including three to receiver Will Scott, to beat the Tigers in Durham, N.C. It was the final game of the season for both teams.
Johnson completed 15 of 22 passes for 233 yards for the Eagles (4-7), who scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter after Savannah State (2-8) had pulled to within 21-14 on Kurvin Curry’s 17-yard pass to Deleon Hollinger late in the third.
Curry was 18-of-30 for 173 yards and also rushed for a team-high 81 yards and a touchdown.
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