MONROE, La. -- J.D. King ran for a career-high 196 yards and a score, Rashad Byrd had a tackle at the 1-yard line in the closing seconds, and Georgia Southern held on for a 35-30 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday night.
Wesley Kennedy III had 64 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 14 carries for Georgia Southern. NaJee Thompson blocked two punts, the second of which was covered in the end zone by Byrd to give the Eagles a 35-17 lead with 5:30 left in the third quarter. Thompson became just the second player (James Williams, 1993) in program history to block two punts in the same game.
Colby Suits completed 31 of his career-high 54 passes for 334 yards and two touchdowns for ULM (0-4, 0-2 Sun Belt), and added seven carries for 51 yards. Josh Johnson had two touchdowns rushing and another receiving.
Following Byrd's touchdown, Suits led a 13-play, 73-yard drive capped by Johnson's 2-yard scoring reception with 29 seconds left in the third quarter. After a punt by Georgia Southern (2-1, 1-1), the Warhawks drove 80 yards in eight plays to trim the deficit to 35-30 on Johnson's second 2-yard rushing TD with 4:59 to play.
The Eagles went three-and-out and ULM took over at its own 27 with 2:42 left. Suits converted a pair of third downs and ran for 7 yards on a fourth-and-6 to make it first-and-goal from the 9 and, two plays later, Byrd stopped a scrambling Suits at the 1 and time ran out.
Attendance at 30,427-seat Malone Stadium was limited to 25% capacity and there was no on-campus tailgating or RV parking due to COVID-19 restrictions.
'In golf?' - Saban trolls Jimbo's bold claim
Nick Saban pokes fun at Jimbo Fisher's comments that Texas A&M will beat Alabama while Saban's coaching.
Parts of lawsuit brought by former Black football players against Iowa allowed to proceed
Former Iowa players allege they were demeaned with racial slurs and forced to abandon Black hairstyles, fashion and culture to fit the "Iowa Way" promoted by head coach Kirk Ferentz.
NCAA proposal would reduce contact practices in preseason football camp
College football teams will be required to hold at least seven padless practices during the preseason and the number of contact practices will be reduced from 21 to 18 under changes proposed by the NCAA's oversight committee Thursday.
Texas Longhorns linebacker Jake Ehlinger found dead off campus, police say
Texas LB Jake Ehlinger, the younger brother of former Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger, was found dead Thursday, according to Austin, Texas, police. He was 20.
Presbyterian football hiring successful, unconventional HS coach Kevin Kelley as new head coach
Presbyterian College is set to hire successful and unconventional high school coach Kevin Kelley as the program's new head coach, a school official tells ESPN.
Seth McGowan, Trejan Bridges no longer on Oklahoma Sooners' football roster, coach says
RB Seth McGowan and WR Trejan Bridges are no longer on Oklahoma's roster, coach Lincoln Riley said, following multiple reports of allegations that they robbed, beat and threatened to kill a man.