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Georgia Southern 27, Campbell 26

STATESBORO, Ga. Shai Werts threw a touchdown pass, and added a 41-yard TD run midway through the fourth quarter as Georgia Southern scored 21 straight points to beat Campbell 27-26 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.

The game was delayed 40 minutes because of lightning. Campbell listed 17 players and Georgia Southern had 16 players inactive for the game due to various reasons.

Hajj-Malik Williams threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Kelsey to pull Campbell to within 27-26 with 15 seconds left, but Williams' threw an incomplete pass to Julian Hill on the ensuing two-point conversion attempt.

Werts finished with 155 yards rushing and was 7-of-13 passing for 53 yards that included a 1-yard TD pass to D.J. Butler.

Williams was 17 of 27 for 237 yards and had a threw a 40-yard touchdown pass Jai Williams. Williams also had an 8-yard scoring run in the third quarter.

Attendance was 5,789 at 25,000-seat Allen E. Paulson Stadium. Masks and six feet of social distancing were required. Students were also allowed on the grass hills on both sides of Bishop Field House.


  Campbell Georgia Southern
First downs 17 20
  Rushing 6 14
  Passing 11 3
  Penalty 0 3
3rd Down Efficiency 5-13, 38% 4-11, 36%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 31-132 49-284
Passing Yards 237 62
Return Yards 42 43
Completions-Attempts-Int 17-27-0 8-15-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2--10 0-0
Punts 5 3
Punts-Average 45 43
Fumbles Lost 2-0 3-1
Penalties - Yards 12-138 5-27
Time of Possession 26:04 33:49
Campbell Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. Williams 17 27 237 2 0
Georgia Southern Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Werts 7 13 53 1 0
M. Mosley 1 1 9 0 0
A. Beck II 0 1 0 0 0
Campbell Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
H. Williams 11 73 6.6 1
C. Freeman 6 39 6.5 0
B. Barr 9 38 4.2 1
L. McDowell 3 9 3.0 0
M. Taylor 1 -16 -16.0 0
Georgia Southern Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
S. Werts 14 155 11.1 1
J. King 18 74 4.1 1
L. Wright 9 52 5.8 0
M. LaRoche 5 20 4.0 0
Campbell Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Williams 4 72 18.0 1
J. Kelsey 6 66 11.0 1
J. Hill 3 65 21.7 0
C. Frazier 3 32 10.7 0
C. Freeman 1 2 2.0 0
Georgia Southern Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Butler 3 22 7.3 1
M. Murray 2 18 9.0 0
K. Hood 1 10 10.0 0
D. Lewis 1 9 9.0 0
J. King 1 3 3.0 0
Campbell Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Georgia Southern Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Campbell Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Taylor 5 225 45.0
Georgia Southern Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Beck II 3 129 43.0
Campbell Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Georgia Southern Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Hood 1 0 0
Campbell Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Grate 3 42 14.0
Georgia Southern Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
N. Thompson 1 24 24.0
K. Hood 1 19 19.0
Campbell Missed FG
Player Length
Georgia Southern Missed FG
Player Length


4th Quarter
1st&10 at 50 (0:14) TEAM rush for -2 yards to the GaSo48.
Onside Kickoff (0:14) Onside kick. No return. Ball on 50.
Offensive Penalty (0:15) Campbell penalized -5 yards.
Defensive Time Out (0:15) Georgia Southern time out.
2pt Incompletion (0:15) Hajj-Malik Williams two point pass is NO GOOD - intended for Julian Hill.
Defensive Time Out (0:15) Georgia Southern time out.
4th&3 at GaSo 3 (0:15) Campbell penalized -5 yards.
1st&10 at GaSo 20GaSo 27-26 (0:23) Hajj-Malik Williams pass completion to the right to Jalen Kelsey for 20 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
Defensive Time Out (0:23) Georgia Southern time out.
3rd&2 at GaSo 42 (0:35) Hajj-Malik Williams pass completion to the left to Cedric Frazier for 22 yards to the GaSo20.
2nd&10 at 50 (0:52) Hajj-Malik Williams pass completion to the left to Jai Williams for 8 yards to the GaSo42.
1st&10 at 50 (1:02) Hajj-Malik Williams incomplete pass to the right.
4th&7 at Camp 39 (1:20) Hajj-Malik Williams rush for 11 yards to the 50.
3rd&2 at Camp 44 (1:46) Hajj-Malik Williams sacked by Raymond Johnson III for -5 yards to the Camp39.
2nd&10 at Camp 36 (1:54) Hajj-Malik Williams rush for 8 yards to the Camp44.
1st&10 at Camp 36 (1:59) Hajj-Malik Williams incomplete pass to the left.
4th&12 at GaSo 20 (2:08) Anthony Beck II punts. No return. Ball on Camp36.
Defensive Time Out (2:08) Campbell time out.
3rd&19 at GaSo 13 (2:13) J.D. King rush middle for 7 yards to the GaSo20.
Defensive Time Out (2:13) Campbell time out.
2nd&7 at GaSo 25 (2:22) TEAM rush middle for -12 yards to the GaSo13. Fumble, Shai Werts of Georgia Southern recovers and returns 0 yards.
1st&10 at GaSo 22 (3:06) J.D. King rush middle for 3 yards to the GaSo25.
Defensive Time Out (3:06) Campbell time out.
3rd&4 at GaSo 16 (3:19) Matt LaRoche rush for 6 yards to the GaSo22.
2nd&8 at GaSo 12 (4:05) Logan Wright rush for 4 yards to the GaSo16.
1st&10 at GaSo 10 (4:45) J.D. King rush right for 2 yards to the GaSo12.
4th&6 at GaSo 48 (4:53) McKay Taylor punts. No return. Ball on GaSo10.
3rd&5 at GaSo 47 (5:44) Bryant Barr rush middle for -1 yard to the GaSo48.
2nd&5 at GaSo 47 (5:48) Hajj-Malik Williams incomplete pass to the left.
1st&10 at Camp 48 (6:12) Hajj-Malik Williams pass completion to the right to Jalen Kelsey for 5 yards to the GaSo47.
1st&10 at Camp 28 (6:35) Hajj-Malik Williams pass completion to the middle to Julian Hill for 20 yards to the Camp48.
Kick Return (6:42) Georgia Southern kicks off. Malik Grate returns 14 yards to the Camp28.
Point AfterGaSo 27-20 (6:42) Alex Raynor PAT - GOOD.
1st&10 at Camp 41GaSo 26-20 (6:51) Shai Werts rush for 41 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
3rd&3 at GaSo 45 (7:30) Logan Wright rush for 14 yards to the Camp41.
2nd&3 at GaSo 45 (8:11) Matt LaRoche rush left for 0 yards.
1st&10 at GaSo 38 (8:53) J.D. King rush middle for 7 yards to the GaSo45.
2nd&1 at GaSo 14 (9:46) Shai Werts rush for 24 yards to the GaSo38.
1st&10 at GaSo 5 (10:09) Shai Werts rush for 9 yards to the GaSo14.
4th&10 at GaSo 45 (10:20) McKay Taylor punts. No return. Ball on GaSo5.
3rd&5 at GaSo 40 (11:05) Hajj-Malik Williams sacked by Raymond Johnson III for -5 yards to the GaSo45.
2nd&10 at GaSo 45 (11:42) Bryant Barr rush right for 5 yards to the GaSo40.
2nd&5 at GaSo 40 (11:49) Campbell penalized -5 yards.
1st&10 at GaSo 45 (12:32) Lamagea McDowell rush right for 5 yards to the GaSo40.
2nd&7 at Camp 45 (12:44) Hajj-Malik Williams pass completion to the left to Jai Williams for 10 yards to the GaSo45.
1st&10 at Camp 42 (13:15) Bryant Barr rush for 3 yards to the Camp45.
1st&10 at Camp 24 (13:44) Hajj-Malik Williams rush for 18 yards to the Camp42.
Kick Return (13:50) Georgia Southern kicks off. Malik Grate returns 19 yards to the Camp24.
Point AfterTied 20-20 (13:50) Alex Raynor PAT - GOOD.
2nd&4 at Camp 4Camp 20-19 (13:55) J.D. King rush for 4 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
1st&9 at Camp 9 (14:37) Logan Wright rush middle for 5 yards to the Camp4.
4th&5 at Camp 25 (14:44) TEAM rush middle for -16 yards to the Camp9. Fumble, McKay Taylor of Campbell recovers and returns 0 yards.
3rd&5 at Camp 25 (14:49) Hajj-Malik Williams incomplete pass to the right.
2nd&14 at Camp 16 (15:00) Hajj-Malik Williams pass completion to the right to Jalen Kelsey for 9 yards to the Camp25.
3rd Quarter
2nd&9 at Camp 21 (0:07) Campbell penalized -5 yards.
1st&10 at Camp 20 (1:00) C.J. Freeman rush right for 1 yard to the Camp21.
3rd&4 at Camp 16 (1:25) Hajj-Malik Williams pass completion to the right to Cedric Frazier for 4 yards to the Camp20.
2nd&10 at Camp 10 (2:08) Hajj-Malik Williams pass completion to the right to Cedric Frazier for 6 yards to the Camp16.
1st&10 at Camp 10 (2:15) Hajj-Malik Williams incomplete pass to the right.
4th&15 at GaSo 35 (2:26) Anthony Beck II punts. No return. Ball on Camp10.
3rd&14 at GaSo 36 (2:59) Logan Wright rush middle for -1 yard to the GaSo35.
2nd&23 at GaSo 27 (3:43) Miller Mosley pass completion to the right to Darius Lewis for 9 yards to the GaSo36.
2nd&13 at GaSo 37 (4:13) Georgia Southern penalized -10 yards.
1st&10 at GaSo 40 (4:53) TEAM rush left for -3 yards to the GaSo37. Fumble, Miller Mosley of Georgia Southern recovers and returns 0 yards.
2nd&2 at GaSo 35 (5:10) Shai Werts rush for 5 yards to the GaSo40.
1st&10 at GaSo 27 (5:55) Matt LaRoche rush for 8 yards to the GaSo35.
4th&6 at Camp 29 (6:09) McKay Taylor punts. No return. Ball on GaSo27.
3rd&6 at Camp 29 (6:15) Hajj-Malik Williams incomplete pass to the right.
2nd&12 at Camp 23 (6:57) Lamagea McDowell rush for 6 yards to the Camp29.
1st&10 at Camp 25 (7:32) Lamagea McDowell rush for -2 yards to the Camp23.
Kick Return (7:32) Georgia Southern kicks off. Touchback. Ball on Camp25.
Point AfterCamp 20-13 (7:32) Alex Raynor PAT - GOOD.
4th&1 at Camp 1Camp 20-12 (7:38) Shai Werts pass completion to the right to D.J. Butler for 1 yard for a TOUCHDOWN.
3rd&2 at Camp 2 (8:20) Shai Werts rush right for 1 yard to the Camp1.
2nd&6 at Camp 6 (8:57) Shai Werts rush left for 4 yards to the Camp2.
1st&10 at Camp 10 (9:37) J.D. King rush right for 4 yards to the Camp6.
2nd&3 at Camp 13 (10:15) J.D. King rush right for 3 yards to the Camp10.
1st&10 at Camp 20 (11:00) Logan Wright rush for 7 yards to the Camp13.
1st&10 at GaSo 48 (11:39) Shai Werts rush for 32 yards to the Camp20.
3rd&8 at GaSo 27 (12:17) Shai Werts rush for 21 yards to the GaSo48.
2nd&7 at GaSo 28 (13:00) J.D. King rush right for -1 yard to the GaSo27.
1st&10 at GaSo 25 (13:38) J.D. King rush right for 3 yards to the GaSo28.
Kick Return (13:38) Campbell kicks off. No return. Ball on GaSo25.
Point AfterCamp 20-6 (13:38) Robert Brown PAT - GOOD.
1st&8 at GaSo 8Camp 19-6 (13:47) Hajj-Malik Williams rush for 8 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
3rd&4 at GaSo 20 (14:12) Hajj-Malik Williams rush right for 12 yards to the GaSo8.
2nd&10 at GaSo 26 (14:48) Bryant Barr rush right for 6 yards to the GaSo20.
1st&10 at GaSo 26 (14:53) Hajj-Malik Williams incomplete pass to the left.
Defense Recovers Fumble (15:00) Campbell kicks off. NaJee Thompson returns 24 yards to the GaSo26. NaJee Thompson fumbles, Josh McNeely of Campbell recovers and returns -2 yards to the GaSo26.
2nd Quarter
3rd&10 at Camp 43 (0:39) C.J. Freeman rush middle for 5 yards to the Camp48.
2nd&10 at Camp 43 (0:42) Hajj-Malik Williams incomplete pass to the right.
1st&20 at Camp 33 (1:06) C.J. Freeman rush left for 10 yards to the Camp43.
1st&10 at Camp 43 (1:14) Campbell penalized -10 yards.
4th&13 at GaSo 27 (1:23) Anthony Beck II punts. No return. Ball on Camp43.
3rd&13 at GaSo 27 (1:30) Shai Werts incomplete pass to the left.
3rd&8 at GaSo 32 (1:30) Georgia Southern penalized -5 yards.
2nd&8 at GaSo 32 (1:36) Shai Werts incomplete pass to the right.
1st&10 at GaSo 30 (1:43) Shai Werts rush for 2 yards to the GaSo32.
4th&9 at Camp 38 (1:53) McKay Taylor punts. Khaleb Hood returns 0 yards. Campbell penalized 15 yards.
Defensive Time Out (1:53) Georgia Southern time out.
3rd&20 at Camp 27 (2:04) Hajj-Malik Williams rush left for 11 yards to the Camp38.
2nd&21 at Camp 26 (2:48) Bryant Barr rush middle for 1 yard to the Camp27.
Offensive Time Out (2:48) Campbell time out.
1st&10 at Camp 37 (3:36) TEAM rush middle for -11 yards to the Camp26. Fumble, Campbell recovers and returns 0 yards.
3rd&3 at Camp 31 (3:51) Hajj-Malik Williams pass completion to the right to Jalen Kelsey for 6 yards to the Camp37.
2nd&10 at Camp 24 (4:39) Hajj-Malik Williams rush right for 7 yards to the Camp31.
1st&10 at Camp 24 (4:46) Hajj-Malik Williams incomplete pass to the left.
Kick Return (4:50) Georgia Southern kicks off. Bryant Barr returns 9 yards to the Camp24.
4th&9 at Camp 22Camp 13-6 (4:56) Alex Raynor 39 yard FIELD GOAL.
3rd&9 at Camp 22 (5:01) Shai Werts incomplete pass to the right.
2nd&9 at Camp 22 (5:12) Shai Werts incomplete pass to the right.
1st&10 at Camp 23 (5:45) J.D. King rush middle for 1 yard to the Camp22.
2nd&3 at Camp 32 (6:15) J.D. King rush right for 9 yards to the Camp23.
1st&10 at Camp 39 (6:34) Shai Werts pass completion to the right to Malik Murray for 7 yards to the Camp32.
2nd&3 at Camp 45 (7:06) J.D. King rush middle for 6 yards to the Camp39.
1st&10 at GaSo 48 (7:50) Shai Werts pass completion to the right to D.J. Butler for 7 yards to the Camp45.
1st&10 at GaSo 37 (8:20) Shai Werts pass completion to the left to Malik Murray for 11 yards to the GaSo48.
2nd&5 at GaSo 28 (8:52) Logan Wright rush for 9 yards to the GaSo37.
1st&10 at GaSo 23 (9:26) Logan Wright rush middle for 5 yards to the GaSo28.
4th&3 at GaSo 8 (9:38) Campbell penalized 15 yards.
3rd&9 at GaSo 2 (10:03) Shai Werts rush left for 6 yards to the GaSo8.
3rd&7 at GaSo 4 (10:03) Georgia Southern penalized -2 yards.
2nd&7 at GaSo 4 (10:12) Shai Werts incomplete pass to the left.
1st&10 at GaSo 1 (10:49) Logan Wright rush middle for 3 yards to the GaSo4.
4th&6 at Camp 43 (11:01) McKay Taylor punts. No return. Ball on GaSo1.
4th&1 at Camp 48 (11:01) Campbell penalized -5 yards.
Offensive Time Out (11:01) Campbell time out.
3rd&2 at Camp 47 (11:45) Bryant Barr rush left for 1 yard to the Camp48.
2nd&4 at Camp 45 (12:30) Hajj-Malik Williams pass completion to the middle to C.J. Freeman for 2 yards to the Camp47.
1st&10 at Camp 39 (13:05) Hajj-Malik Williams pass completion to the right to Jalen Kelsey for 6 yards to the Camp45.
1st&10 at Camp 28 (13:41) C.J. Freeman rush middle for 11 yards to the Camp39.
3rd&2 at Camp 24 (14:07) C.J. Freeman rush right for 4 yards to the Camp28.
Offensive Time Out (14:07) Campbell time out.
2nd&3 at Camp 23 (15:00) Hajj-Malik Williams rush right for 1 yard to the Camp24.
1st Quarter
1st&10 at Camp 16 (0:37) Hajj-Malik Williams rush for 7 yards to the Camp23.
4th&14 at Camp 16 (0:48) Anthony Beck II incomplete pass to the right.
4th&9 at Camp 11 (0:48) Georgia Southern penalized -5 yards.
3rd&9 at Camp 11 (0:56) Shai Werts incomplete pass to the right.
Offensive Time Out (0:56) Georgia Southern time out.
2nd&7 at Camp 9 (1:44) Shai Werts rush for -2 yards to the Camp11.
1st&10 at Camp 12 (2:31) J.D. King rush right for 3 yards to the Camp9.
2nd&4 at Camp 16 (3:09) Matt LaRoche rush for 4 yards to the Camp12.
1st&10 at Camp 22 (3:47) J.D. King rush middle for 6 yards to the Camp16.
2nd&8 at Camp 32 (4:21) Shai Werts pass completion to the left to Khaleb Hood for 10 yards to the Camp22.
1st&10 at Camp 34 (4:47) Matt LaRoche rush for 2 yards to the Camp32.
2nd&7 at Camp 48 (5:18) Shai Werts pass completion to the left to D.J. Butler for 14 yards to the Camp34.
1st&10 at GaSo 49 (5:57) Shai Werts rush for 3 yards to the Camp48.
1st&10 at GaSo 30 (6:24) J.D. King rush left for 4 yards to the GaSo34. Campbell penalized 15 yards.
Kick Return (6:31) Campbell kicks off. Khaleb Hood returns 19 yards to the GaSo30.
Point After (6:31) Robert Brown PAT - FAILED.
1st&10 at GaSo 40Camp 13-3 (6:40) Hajj-Malik Williams pass completion to the right to Jai Williams for 40 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
2nd&3 at GaSo 48 (7:20) C.J. Freeman rush right for 8 yards to the GaSo40.
1st&10 at Camp 45 (8:04) Bryant Barr rush middle for 7 yards to the GaSo48.
1st&10 at Camp 25 (8:37) Hajj-Malik Williams pass completion to the middle to Jalen Kelsey for 20 yards to the Camp45.
Kick Return (8:37) Georgia Southern kicks off. Touchback. Ball on Camp25.
4th&6 at Camp 24Camp 7-3 (8:43) Alex Raynor 41 yard FIELD GOAL.
3rd&9 at Camp 27 (8:50) Shai Werts pass completion to the right to J.D. King for 3 yards to the Camp24.
2nd&10 at Camp 28 (9:28) J.D. King rush for 1 yard to the Camp27.
Offensive Time Out (9:28) Georgia Southern time out.
1st&10 at Camp 28 (9:35) Shai Werts incomplete pass to the right.
3rd&4 at Camp 34 (10:07) Logan Wright rush for 6 yards to the Camp28.
2nd&8 at Camp 38 (10:49) Shai Werts rush for 4 yards to the Camp34.
1st&15 at Camp 45 (11:26) J.D. King rush middle for 7 yards to the Camp38.
1st&10 at Camp 40 (11:48) Georgia Southern penalized -5 yards.
2nd&5 at Camp 45 (12:23) Shai Werts rush left for 5 yards to the Camp40.
1st&10 at 50 (12:56) J.D. King rush middle for 5 yards to the Camp45.
1st&10 at GaSo 35 (13:03) Campbell penalized 15 yards.
Kick Return (13:03) Campbell kicks off. No return. Ball on GaSo35.
Point AfterCamp 7-0 (13:03) Robert Brown PAT - GOOD.
1st&10 at GaSo 10Camp 6-0 (13:06) Bryant Barr rush middle for 10 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
1st&10 at GaSo 40 (13:19) Hajj-Malik Williams pass completion to the middle to Julian Hill for 30 yards to the GaSo10.
2nd&4 at Camp 45 (13:50) Hajj-Malik Williams pass completion to the right to Julian Hill for 15 yards to the GaSo40.
1st&10 at Camp 39 (14:34) Bryant Barr rush middle for 6 yards to the Camp45.
2nd&10 at Camp 25 (14:57) Hajj-Malik Williams pass completion to the left to Jai Williams for 14 yards to the Camp39.
1st&10 at Camp 25 (15:00) Hajj-Malik Williams incomplete pass to the right.
Kick Return (15:00) Georgia Southern kicks off. Touchback. Ball on Camp25.

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