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  Kyle Vantrease threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Ezrah Archie for the game-winning score to lead Georgia Southern to a dramatic 51-48 double overtime win over Appalachian State on Saturday night. Despite entering with six wins, the Mountaineers needed the victory to become bowl eligible because two of their wins were against FCS-members Robert Morris and The Citadel, leaving them one win shy of five required wins against FBS teams. Appalachian State started the season with a 63-61 home loss to North Carolina before going to College Station, Texas and beating then No. 6 Texas A&M 17-14.

Georgia Southern (6-6, 3-5 Sun Belt) needed the win to become bowl eligible. Each team scored a touchdown in the first overtime, and the Mountaineers' Michael Hughes kicked a 32-yard field goal in Appalachian State's second overtime possession. After Vantrease threw incomplete on first down, he came back with a laser to Archie and Georgia Southern fans stormed the field. Hughes missed a 30-yard field goal as time expired in regulation with the game tied at 38. Vantrease threw for 385 yards and three touchdowns. Nate Noel ran for 171 yards on 12 carries with three touchdowns for the Mountaineers (6-6, 3-5). - Georgia Southern/AP College Football


rSr/2023 QB Kyle VantreaseGeorgia Southern
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  Gerald Green ran for two touchdowns and Jalen White ran for 138 yards and a score to carry Georgia Southern to a 28-23 win over Old Dominion on Saturday night. The Eagles (5-3, 2-2 Sun Belt) took the lead for good with 10 seconds left in the first quarter on a 29-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Vantrease to Amare Jones. White scored just before intermission to make it 14-3 and Green scored on runs of 30- and 3-yards in the second half. Ethan Sanchez kicked field goals from 44-, 35-and 33-yards for Old Dominion. Vantrease was 22-of-27 passing for 192 yards and a touchdown. Green added 91 yards on a dozen carries. Hayden Wolff threw for 328 yards and a touchdown on 23-of-40 passing for Old Dominion (3-4, 2-1). Blake Watson had 108 yards on 16 carries. - Georgia Southern/AP College Football

Jr/2024 RB Jalen WhiteGeorgia Southern
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  OCT 17 SUN BELT FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kyle Vantrease, Georgia Southern, (6th Yr., QB - Stow, Ohio),...Eagles sixth-year quarterback Kyle Vantrease connected with a laid-out Derwin Burgess Jr. for a 22-yard touchdown strike with 1:10 remaining to lead Georgia Southern to a 45-38 victory over previously unbeaten No. 25 James Madison. The Stow, Ohio, native finished the shootout-which featured 1,265 yards of total offense-with a program-record 578 passing yards, the third-most in Sun Belt Conference history. Vantrease had three receivers with 100-or-more yards in a game for the first time in school history and set the program's single-season passing touchdown record with 17 thus far. - Sun Belt Football

rSr/2023 QB Kyle VantreaseGeorgia Southern
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  Georgia Southern's Kyle Vantrease set the national season high and his career high with 578 passing yards against James Madison. Vantrease blew away his previous high of 409 yards against Nebraska five weeks ago. Washington's Michael Penix Jr. also went over 500 yards, throwing for a career-high 516 against Arizona. Penix (365.7) and Vantrease (358.9) are 1-2 in the FBS in passing yards per game. They are the only two quarterbacks with 500-yard passing games against Bowl Subdivision opponents. - AP College Football

rSr/2023 QB Kyle VantreaseGeorgia Southern
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  Kyle Vantrease threw four touchdown passes, including a 22-yarder to Derwin Burgess Jr. with 1:10 remaining, and Georgia Southern beat No. 25 James Madison 45-38 on Saturday to spoil the Dukes' first appearance in the AP Top 25. Vantrease passed for a school-record 578 yards and had three receivers with more than 100 yards as the Eagles (4-3, 1-2 Sun Belt Conference) shredded James Madison's proud defense. James Madison (5-1, 3-1) led 14-0 early in the game and 24-14 early in the second half. The Dukes, who moved into the Top 25 in their first FBS season by ranking second in the nation in total defense, couldn't stop Georgia Southern's comeback despite holding the Eagles to 12 rushing yards. Todd Centeio's 25-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Greene Jr. gave James Madison a 38-37 lead with 2:28 remaining.

Vantrease brought the Eagles down the field quickly and completed an 11-yard pass to Burgess to set up the decisive score. Anthony Wilson's interception with 18 seconds remaining ended James Madison's final drive. Centeio ran for three touchdowns and completed 28 of 48 attempts for 468 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Georgia Southern scored 20 unanswered points after trailing 24-14. The Eagles took their first lead on Vantrease's 37-yard touchdown pass to Jalen White late in the third quarter. Alex Raynor's 41-yard field goal pushed the Eagles' lead to 34-24 early in the fourth. Centeio's 28-yard scoring pass to Reggie Brown cut Georgia Southern's lead to 34-31, and after Raynor's 24-yard field goal extended the Eagles' lead 37-31, Centeio put the Dukes back in front. Georgia Southern's Amare Jones had seven catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns. Khaleb Hood had eight catches for 131 yards and Jeremy Singleton had seven catches for 108 yards. It was Georgia Southern's second noteworthy win of the season, following a 45-42 win at Nebraska on Sept. 10. - Georgia Southern/AP College Football


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  The plague of injuries that has marred Todd Bradley-Glenn's football career appears to have no bounds. The Georgia Southern inside linebacker will miss the rest of this season with a knee injury requiring surgery, head coach Clay Helton said Monday. Bradley-Glenn, a seventh-year player, already was sidelined two games because of a dislocated elbow and returned to action Saturday at Georgia State, only to suffer the knee injury on the first series of the second half. In parts of four games for the Eagles (3-3, 0-2 Sun Belt Conference), he has 10 solo tackles, nine assisted tackles, one tackle for loss and one quarterback hurry. Bradley-Glenn is a team co-captain and the quarterback of the defense as the mike linebacker relaying the play call to teammates. Helton used the word "unfortunate" when announcing the knee injury, which follows the player's personal history of adversity. - Savannah Morning News

rSr/2023 ILB Todd Bradley-GlennGeorgia Southern
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  Kyle Vantrease threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes and ran for a score to rally Georgia Southern to a 34-23 victory over Ball State on Saturday night. Georgia Southern (3-1) trailed 23-20 after Ball State's Ben VonGunten kicked a 25-yard field goal with 12:39 remaining in the game. Georgia Southern was forced to punt on its next possession, but Anthony Beck II's punt pinned the Cardinals at their own 8-yard line. The Eagles' defense forced a three-and-out and they got the ball back on the Ball State 43-yard line. Six plays later Vantrease hit JJay Mcafee for a 7-yard touchdown and a 27-23 lead with 7:04 left. Ball State (1-3) was forced to punt and Vantrease threw a 47-yard scoring strike to Amare Jones to finish off a 10-play 86-yard drive and close out the win.

Vantrease completed 26 of 39 passes for 310 yards for the Eagles. He had a 4-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter to break a 13-all tie. Derwin Burgess Jr. had five catches for 133 yards. John Paddock totaled 338 yards on 33-of-47 passing for the Cardinals with two touchdowns and an interception. Jayshon Jackson hauled in 10 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown. Freshman Tanner Koziol had the other TD catch. Carson Steele rushed for 119 yards on 23 carries. - Georgia Southern/AP College Football


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  Georgia Southern coach Clay Helton said after Saturday's loss to UAB that inside linebacker and team captain Todd Bradley-Glenn suffered a dislocated elbow that caused him to leave the game near the close of the third quarter. "We'll see how significant it is," Helton said. "They did get it back in place and they've got it slinged up. Depending on what the MRI says later on, we'll see how it goes." Bradley-Glenn, in three quarters of play, made four solo tackles and assisted on three others and also had a quarterback hurry. He is in his seventh year after a series of season-ending football injuries and overcoming cancer in high school. He voted one of the team captains before the 2022 opener. - Savannah Morning News

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  Georgia Southern wide receiver Sam Kenerson is out for the season with a knee injury suffered on Sept. 10 in the win at Nebraska. Kenerson's jersey No. 14 is hanging in the visitor's locker room, symbolic of the family culture developed with the football program. - Savannah Morning News

rSo/2025 WR Samuel KenersonGeorgia Southern
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  SEPT 12 SUN BELT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kyle Vantrease, Georgia Southern (6th Yr., QB - Stow, Ohio),...Eagles sixth-year quarterback Kyle Vantrease had a game for the record books as Georgia Southern went into Lincoln and took down Nebraska, 45-42, behind 642 yards of total offense. The Stow, Ohio, product completed 37-of-56 passes for 409 yards and a touchdown, before diving into the end zone for the game-winner with 36 seconds to play. Vantrease's 56 attempts tied the program record, while his 37 completions and 409 passing yards were the second-most in program history. With the performance, Vantrease became the first Georgia Southern quarterback to post back-to-back 300-yard passing games. - Sun Belt Football

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  SEPT 11 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: KYLE VANTREASE, GEORGIA SOUTHERN, 6th Year, Quarterback, Stow, OH/Stow-Munroe HS,...Kyle Vantrease passed for 409 yards (37-of-56) and one touchdown and had a game-winning eight-yard touchdown run with 36 seconds left to lift Georgia Southern to a 45-42 road victory at Nebraska. Vantrease completed passes to eight different Eagle receivers as the team - which totaled 642 yards of total offense - improved to 2-0. Notes: Kyle Vantrease is the first Georgia Southern player to earn Walter Camp National Player of Week honors. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

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  Kyle Vantrease scored on an 8-yard run with 36 seconds left after Nebraska had taken its first lead, and Georgia Southern beat the three-touchdown-favorite Cornhuskers 45-42 on Saturday night. The Huskers' Timmy Bleekrode was wide left with a 52-yard field goal attempt as time ran out, and Georgia Southern players ran onto the field to celebrate the program's first win in 13 games against Power Five opponents. The loss again turns up the pressure on embattled Nebraska coach Scott Frost, who now faces a home game next week against No. 7 Oklahoma. The Huskers (1-2) had come into the Georgia Southern game 214-0 when scoring at least 35 points at Memorial Stadium.

The Eagles (2-0) piled up 642 yards, none bigger than the 75 they moved in 11 plays for the winning touchdown. Kyle Vantrease converted a fourth-and-2 pass and threw 27 yards to Khaleb Hood before he took off up the middle on a designed quarterback run for the go-ahead score. Casey Thompson moved the Huskers from their 23 to the Eagles' 34 before Bleekrode pulled his field-goal try to the left. Nebraska had taken the lead on Thompson's 1-yard run with 3:05 left after Marques Buford's second interception of the game turned back the Eagles as they tried to build on a three-point lead. Thompson led the Huskers 98 yards in 15 plays. Thompson and Anthony Grant churned out yards on the ground and Marcus Washington made a catch at the 1 that was upheld on video review before Thompson went over the pile at the goal line. The victory comes in only the second game for Georgia Southern coach Clay Helton, and it came almost a year to the day that Southern California fired him two games into his seventh season. - Georgia Southern/AP College Football


rSr/2023 QB Kyle VantreaseGeorgia Southern
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  Kyle Vantrease threw four touchdowns passes and Georgia Southern gave new coach Clay Helton a 59-7 victory over Morgan State on Saturday night. Helton was Southern California's head coach from 2015-2021 before being fired last September after a 1-1 start. Seven weeks later, Georgia State hired Helton for the 2022 season. Vantrease put the ball up 46 times, completing 29 for 367 yards for a Georgia Southern program that has traditionally emphasized the run. He was intercepted once. Ten receivers made catches with Sam Kennerson grabbing seven passes for 99 yards and Khaleb Hood nabbing six for 88 and a touchdown. OJ Arnold and Jalen White had two scores each. It was 17-7 at halftime and 31-7 after three quarters before the Eagles added 28 points in the fourth. Alfonzo Graham rushed for 106 yards on 14 carries and Jordan Toles had a 50-yard pick-6 for the Bears, who have a new head coach in Damon Wilson. The Bears had four turnovers. Georgia Southern has won all 11 of its matchups against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference teams. - Georgia Southern/AP College Football

rSr/2023 QB Kyle VantreaseGeorgia Southern
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  Wylan Free takes longer than most people to list siblings. He's got a long roll call with four brothers and five sisters. "I'm right in the middle," said Free, who has a twin sister, Kyja. Free also has been right in the middle of the action this fall practice at defensive back for Georgia Southern, where he transferred this summer after five years at Fresno State. The graduate transfer has one season of eligibility remaining, and the early returns are impressive. Here, Free is very quick when handling a task. "He's had two picks in two days," new head coach Clay Helton said Thursday after the second team practice.

Free intercepted a pass on Saturday as well. "He's somebody when we signed him, we actually said this kid can probably play all five positions in a nickel package," Helton said of the three cornerback and two safety roles. "He's very versatile. We started out over the summer looking at him at corner, got some work there. "Now we're looking at him at safety and he really has gone out there and made some plays on the back end. He's very rangy. He's got great length, great speed and great ball skills. Has a knack for coming down with the ball." Free, at 6-2 1/2 and 180 pounds, is taller than most of the defensive backs and gives the Eagles someone to match up with big receivers on the opposite side. It's a role he handled with Fresno State, where he started 22 of 43 games played from 2018-21 after redshirting in 2017. - Savannah Morning News


rSr/2023 CB Wylan FreeGeorgia Southern
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  Derrick Canteen can remember the last time he felt this healthy - which is a good thing in this context, but it came after a bad thing. "I'm 100% healthy," the redshirt junior cornerback said Wednesday on the first day of fall practice for the Georgia Southern football team. "The last practice was 2021, early in the season going into FAU - that was the last time I could say that." Canteen had trained hard to follow his breakout season of 2020, when he was a Freshman All-American and All-Sun Belt Conference first team after tying for the FBS lead and tying a program record with six interceptions. He had practiced and prepared for the second game of the 2021 season on Sept. 11 at Florida Atlantic, where he recorded one tackle before tearing his pectoral muscle and missing the rest of the season.

Though he was around the team on the sidelines, Canteen was missed greatly on the field as the Eagles' defensive secondary suffered though numerous injuries, inconsistent lineups and inexperienced players pressed into service. The team's overall struggles in a 3-9 campaign were reflected in the defense. Georgia Southern ranked 126th of 130 FBS teams, having yielded 3,474 yards, 289.5 per game, and 28 passing TDs. "It was all a learning experience," said Canteen, an Evans High School graduate. "We had young guys. We had different people at different places, but it was a learning experience. I think what we learned from last year, we'll carry to this year." - Savannah Morning News


rJr/2024 CB Derrick CanteenGeorgia Southern
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