GAMEDAY College Football

South Alabama 41, Georgia Southern 14

Associated Press

MOBILE, Ala. - Jake Bentley became the first player in South Alabama history to account for five touchdowns in a game, rushing for two and passing for three more as the Jaguars defeated Georgia Southern 41-14.

Bentley had a sixth touchdown negated by a penalty while completing 24 of 31 passes for 389 yards - South Alabama's first 300-yard passing game since the 2018 season.

The Jaguars (4-2, 1-2 Sun Belt) capped a 10-play, 84-yard game-opening drive with a Bentley keeper from the 12. That was the first of five straight scores as South Alabama led 31-0 midway through the second quarter.

Bentley rushed for a 6-yard touchdown and fired scoring passes to Jalen Tolbert from 40 yards and Jalen Wayne from the 5 while Diego Guajardo added a 42-yard field goal.

Tolbert caught 11 passes for a season-best 174 yards, Wayne seven catches for a career-best 117 yards.

Bentley had a big first half, passing for 261 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for two more and helping the Jaguars to a 31-8 halftime lead. South Alabama picked back up in the third, answering a Georgia Southern field goal with an 82-yard touchdown drive. The big gainer was a 58-yard run by Bryan Hill, Bentley capped the drive with a hitting Lincoln Sefcik from the 5.

Georgia Southern (2-5, 1-3) quarterbacks Justin Tomlin and Cam Ransom were held to seven completions on 25 passes for 112 yards. The Eagles ground game was held to 121 yards as South Alabama racked up 545 yards of offense to 233.

Georgia Southern is winless on the road this season.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter GaSoUSA
USA TD 10:16 Jake Bentley 12 yard TD run (Diego Guajardo Extra Point) 0 7
USA FG 2:03 Diego Guajardo 42 yard field goal 0 10
Second Quarter GaSoUSA
USA TD 14:00 Jake Bentley 6 yard TD run (Diego Guajardo Extra Point) 0 17
USA TD 12:29 Jalen Tolbert 40 yard TD pass from Jake Bentley (Diego Guajardo Extra Point) 0 24
USA TD 9:08 Jalen Wayne 3 yard TD pass from Jake Bentley (Diego Guajardo Extra Point) 0 31
GaSo TD 2:00 J.D. King 2 yard TD run (Amare Jones 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 8 31
Third Quarter GaSoUSA
GaSo FG 10:22 Alex Raynor 44 yard field goal 11 31
USA TD 3:41 Lincoln Sefcik 5 yard TD pass from Jake Bentley (Diego Guajardo Extra Point) 11 38
Fourth Quarter GaSoUSA
GaSo FG 14:50 Alex Raynor 34 yard field goal 14 38
USA FG 4:55 Diego Guajardo 31 yard field goal 14 41
Team Stats
  Georgia Southern South Alabama
First downs 10 22
  Rushing 7 7
  Passing 3 14
  Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Efficiency 9-21, 43% 7-12, 58%
4th down efficiency 1-3, 33% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 43-120 32-145
Passing Yards 112 401
Return Yards 47 38
Completions-Attempts-Int 7-25-1 25-33-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 4-26 2-17
Punts 6 3
Fumbles Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 5-30 5-15
Georgia Southern Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Ransom 2 12 63 0 0
J. Tomlin 5 13 49 0 1
South Alabama Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Bentley 24 31 385 3 0
D. Trotter 1 2 16 0 0
Georgia Southern Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
L. Wright 16 64 4.0 0
C. Ransom 10 23 2.3 0
J. Tomlin 7 15 2.1 0
G. Green 4 12 3.0 0
K. Hood 1 10 10.0 0
J. White 1 -2 -2.0 0
J. King 4 -2 -0.5 1
South Alabama Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Hill 8 66 8.3 0
T. Avery 10 47 4.7 0
J. Wilson 3 19 6.3 0
J. Bentley 6 8 1.3 2
A. Phillips 4 4 1.0 0
D. Trotter 1 1 1.0 0
Georgia Southern Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Jones 4 90 22.5 0
E. Smith 2 20 10.0 0
B. Johnson 1 2 2.0 0
South Alabama Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Tolbert 11 170 15.5 1
J. Wayne 7 115 16.4 1
J. Townsend 1 64 64.0 0
J. Hopper 2 22 11.0 0
B. Crum 1 16 16.0 0
L. Sefcik 2 9 4.5 1
C. Sutherland 1 5 5.0 0
Georgia Southern Interceptions
Player Int Yards
South Alabama Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Rias 1 0
Georgia Southern Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Beck II 6 291 48.5
South Alabama Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Brooks 3 120 40.0
Georgia Southern Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Hood 1 13 13.0
South Alabama Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Georgia Southern Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Hood 2 34 17.0
South Alabama Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Rockette 1 16 16.0
J. Townsend 1 22 22.0
Georgia Southern Missed FG
Player Length
South Alabama Missed FG
Player Length
D. Guajardo 43




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