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Georgia Southern 34, Ball State 23

Associated Press

STATESBORO, Ga. - Kyle Vantrease threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes and ran for a score to rally Georgia Southern to a 34-23 victory over Ball State.

Georgia Southern (3-1) trailed 23-20 after Ball State's Ben VonGunten kicked a 25-yard field goal with 12:39 remaining in the game.

Georgia Southern was forced to punt on its next possession, but Anthony Beck II's punt pinned the Cardinals at their own 8-yard line. The Eagles' defense forced a three-and-out and they got the ball back on the Ball State 43-yard line.

Six plays later Vantrease hit JJay Mcafee for a 7-yard touchdown and a 27-23 lead with 7:04 left. Ball State (1-3) was forced to punt and Vantrease threw a 47-yard scoring strike to Amare Jones to finish off a 10-play 86-yard drive and close out the win.

Vantrease completed 26 of 39 passes for 310 yards for the Eagles. He had a 4-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter to break a 13-all tie. Derwin Burgess Jr. had five catches for 133 yards.

John Paddock totaled 338 yards on 33-of-47 passing for the Cardinals with two touchdowns and an interception. Jayshon Jackson hauled in 10 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown. Freshman Tanner Koziol had the other TD catch. Carson Steele rushed for 119 yards on 23 carries.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter BallStGaSo
GaSo FG 7:09 Alex Raynor 25 yd FG 0 3
BallSt FG 4:11 Ben VonGunten 22 yd FG 3 3
Second Quarter BallStGaSo
GaSo FG 13:15 Alex Raynor 43 yd FG 3 6
GaSo TD 5:29 Gerald Green 6 yd run (Alex Raynor kick) 3 13
BallSt TD 1:54 Tanner Koziol 9 yd pass from John Paddock (Ben VonGunten kick) 10 13
Third Quarter BallStGaSo
BallSt FG 8:56 Ben VonGunten 27 yd FG 13 13
GaSo TD 7:10 Kyle Vantrease 4 yd run (Alex Raynor kick) 13 20
BallSt TD 3:19 Jayshon Jackson 19 yd pass from John Paddock (Ben VonGunten kick) 20 20
Fourth Quarter BallStGaSo
BallSt FG 12:39 Ben VonGunten 25 yd FG 23 20
GaSo TD 7:04 Jjay Mcafee 7 yd pass from Kyle Vantrease (Alex Raynor kick) 23 27
GaSo TD 1:40 Amare Jones 47 yd pass from Kyle Vantrease (Alex Raynor kick) 23 34
Team Stats
  Ball State Georgia Southern
First downs 25 26
  Rushing 9 11
  Passing 14 12
  Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Efficiency 6-15, 40% 9-16, 56%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 34-158 38-164
Passing Yards 338 310
Return Yards 17 45
Completions-Attempts-Int 33-47-1 26-40-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 1--1
Punts 5 3
Punts-Average 42.4 45.7
Fumbles Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 7-95 4-35
Time of Possession 29:30 30:30
Ball State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Paddock 33 47 338 2 1
Georgia Southern Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Vantrease 26 39 310 2 0
O. Arnold 0 1 0 0 0
Ball State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Steele 23 119 5.2 0
J. Jackson 1 20 20.0 0
V. Pemberton 5 17 3.4 0
J. Paddock 2 3 1.5 0
W. Jones 3 -1 -0.3 0
Georgia Southern Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. White 15 69 4.6 0
G. Green 9 38 4.2 1
O. Arnold 7 38 5.4 0
K. Vantrease 5 15 3.0 1
D. Lewis 1 6 6.0 0
Ball State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Jackson 10 122 12.2 1
Y. Tyler 9 65 7.2 0
B. Hunt 4 49 12.3 0
A. Abdur-Rahman 4 47 11.8 0
T. Koziol 4 41 10.3 1
C. Steele 1 8 8.0 0
N. Presley 1 6 6.0 0
Georgia Southern Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Burgess Jr. 5 133 26.6 0
A. Jones 7 94 13.4 1
K. Hood 4 39 9.8 0
B. Johnson 1 15 15.0 0
J. Singleton 3 11 3.7 0
J. White 2 9 4.5 0
M. Sanders Jr. 1 4 4.0 0
J. Mcafee 2 3 1.5 1
O. Arnold 1 2 2.0 0
Ball State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Georgia Southern Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Birdsong 1 0
Ball State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Borrow 5 212 42.4
Georgia Southern Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Beck II 3 137 45.7
Ball State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Georgia Southern Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Jones 2 13 6.5
Ball State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Uzodinma II 1 17 17.0
Georgia Southern Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Lewis 2 32 16.0
Ball State Missed FG
Player Length
Georgia Southern Missed FG
Player Length




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