Statesboro, GA (Sports Network) - For Georgia Southern quarterback Jerick
McKinnon, guiding the FCS' No. 1-ranked rushing offense isn't as easy as
But on Saturday, in his team's FCS second-round playoff matchup, he really did
make it look easy.
McKinnon rushed for a career-high 316 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries
as fifth-seeded Georgia Southern posted a 24-16 victory over Central Arkansas.
He also threw for one touchdown.
The Eagles (9-3), from the Southern Conference, will travel to No. 4 seed Old
Dominion (11-1) for a quarterfinal-round game next weekend. It will be a
rematch of last season's second-round shootout in Statesboro, when the Eagles
McKinnon was 17 rushing yards short of former Georgia Southern standout Adrian
Peterson's school and FCS playoff records set in 1999 and just five yards
short of the SoCon single-game rushing record set by Wofford's Eric
Breitenstein earlier this season.
The Eagles rushed for 404 yards and controlled the game clock for 38 minutes.
Central Arkansas (9-3) got off to a slow start and trailed 24-9 at halftime.
McKinnon accounted for all three of his touchdowns - 57- and 6-yard runs and
his 32-yard pass to Darreion Robinson - and Alex Hanks kicked a 40-yard field
goal to help Georgia Southern stretch its lead.
The Bears scored the only touchdown in the second half on Jackie Hinton's 19-
Central Arkansas quarterback Wynrick Smothers completed just 16-of-41 passes
for 251 yards. However, he led the Bears with 79 rushing yards on 12 carries.
The Bears finished with 394 yards of offense, but converted just 3-of-12 third
Georgia Southern B-back Dominique Swope rushed for 64 yards on 17 carries.
GSU is now 33-3 all-time at home in the playoffs.
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