McKinnon comes in to lead Georgia Southern
by The Associated Press
September 30, 2012 12:59 AM | 2423 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jerick McKinnon, center, breaks free on a touchdown run for Georgia Southern in Saturday's game against Samford.
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Jerick McKinnon, center, breaks free on a touchdown run for Georgia Southern in Saturday's game against Samford.
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STATESBORO — Former Sprayberry High School standout Jerick McKinnon took over at quarterback in the second quarter and carried 13 times for 162 yards to lead Georgia Southern to a 35-16 Southern Conference win over Samford on Saturday night.

McKinnon gave the Eagles (3-1, 2-1) an immediate lift when he replaced starter Ezayi Youyoute with the Bulldogs (4-1, 2-1) leading 10-7. McKinnon rushed 14 yards on his first play and scored on a 41-yard run three plays later.

Lavelle Westbrooks' 72-yard interception return put Georgia Southern ahead 21-10 at halftime. The Eagles, who won their 13th straight at home, held Samford without a first down for 24 minutes, 36 seconds, starting 8:25 before halftime.

After Samford made it 21-16 in the third quarter on Jaquiski Tartt's 80-yard return of a fumble, McKinnon's 67-yard burst gave Georgia Southern a 28-16 lead.

Dominique Swope added a 40-yard touchdown run in the fourth. He had 133 yards on 21 carries.

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