With the second ranked rushing attack in the FCS on one side, and Bobby Wilder on the other, the Old Dominion Monarchs and Georgia Southern Eagles were expected to light up the scoreboard in their second round FCS matchup on Saturday. And both offenses delivered, gaining more than 1200 yards from scrimmage and scoring a combined 103 points in a shootout in Georgia. The Eagles, who did not punt all day, advanced to the quaterfinals with the 55-48 win.
The number three seeded Eagles boast one of the country's best rushing attacks, and on they pounded it on the ground 62 times on Saturday. Dominique Swope led the way, carrying it 31 times for an amazing 255 yards. He averaged more than 8 yards per carry, gashing the Monarchs defense for two touchdowns.
As for the Old Dominion offense, Monarchs quarterback Taylor Heinicke threw for five touchdowns and ran for another in Coach Wilder's high-powered attack. Heinicke finished the day 25 of 44 for 341 yards in the losing effort. It was a tough end to an amazing season for ODU, who made the postseason in just the program's third year.
Georgia Southern moves on, and will face the winner of the Appalachian State vs. Maine game next week in the quarterfinals.