Matt Breida leads Georgia Southern past Texas State, 37-13
STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) Matt Breida ran for 205 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries to help Georgia Southern beat Texas State 37-13 on Thursday night.
Breida topped 200 yards for the first time this season and the third time in his career. The junior has run for 1,163 yards and 13 touchdowns this season after finishing with 1,485 yards and 17 touchdowns last season. He’s averaging 9.6 yards a carry this year.
Georgia Southern (6-2, 4-1 Sun Belt) rebounded from a 31-13 loss last week at Appalachian State to run their home winning streak to 10 games. Wesley Fields ran for 158 yards and a touchdown on nine carries and the Eagles finished with 503 yards rushing on 67 attempts.
Robert Lowe ran for 91 yards on 20 carries for Texas State (2-5, 1-2).
Breida opened the scoring with a 37-yard run on Georgia Southern’s first drive of the game. He made it 14-0 with a 48-yard dash up the middle early in the second quarter.
Texas State cut it to 14-6 in the second quarter on Lumi Kaba’s 33- and 28-yard field goals. Georgia Southern had a chance to pad its lead late in the half, but quarterback Kevin Ellison fumbled and the Bobcats’ Trey McGowan recovered at the 12 with 7 seconds left.
The Eagles made it 21-6 on Fields’ 38-yard run on the opening possession in the second half. Texas State countered on Tyler Jones’ 23-yard scoring pass to Jafus Gaines midway through the third, and Georgia Southern pulled away with L.A. Ramsby’s 7-yard scoring run and Younghoe Koo’s three field goals.