It certainly wasn't the way we wanted the season to end, but despite the 35-7 loss to North Dakota State, it was a great season for Georgia Southern.
All Eagle fans would love to go back and have JJ Wilcox not fumble on the Bison 3, GSU score to tie it at 14 and see what happens after that. But that's not the way it works.
In the end, Georgia Southern lost to the best opponent, outside of Alabama, they played all season inside a dome that gave the Bison an incredible home field advantage. North Dakota didn't turn the ball over and took away the edges on the option. It was a hard-fought, cleanly played game that the better team won.
So we say farewell to Jaybo Shaw, Wilcox, Laron Scott, Roderick Tinsley, Brett Moore and a whole bunch of seniors who helped bring the Eagles back to the edge of the championship heritage that earned them six national titles. Is there any doubt Dominick Swope, Kentrellis Showers, Deion Stanley and Brent Russell won't bring the Eagles back to the top again next season?
And Jeff Monken's fiery leadership only adds to the confidence of GSU fans everywhere that a championship is in the very near future.
(Sorry for the pressure, coach. But we know you wouldn't have expectations any other way.)
So we say thanks to Jaybo and all graduating seniors for a great season and representing Georgia Southern with such class. It was a lot of fun.
Only 240 days, or so, until the 2012 season kicks off!
It is hard to see the seniors leave the teams. Next year new players and a different team. It is so fun to watch the newer players learn and excel, hopefully to win the National Championship game at the end of the year. I know GSU will recover, regroup and excel in the years to come. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Bruce
Listened to the game on the radio. You guys had a game plan, and you executed. Congratulations!!
I heard nothing but good things about Fargo and NDSU. Knowing a few people from that region, I know it's true. Thanks for being such good hosts (off the field).
Good luck in the title game!
Yeah they just whupped us good. North Dakota State proved they are winners at the Division II and Division FCS Level. They have a great chance to win the championship this year. Wonder how long North Dakota State will continue to play in the kiddie pool before they move up to 1A? Wonder what Boise State should consider going back to 1AA?