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Georgia Southern wins its first-ever bowl game in wild GoDaddy Bowl

Bowling Green and Georgia Southern provided us with some crazy plays, but it was the Eagles who got after the Falcons in the second half.

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With Bowling Green and Georgia Southern matching up MACtion and Fun Belt in the GoDaddy Bowl, there figured to be a lot of fun. And the game delivered.

But it was Georgia Southern that won the second half decisively, and pulled away for a blowout 58-27 triumph that doubles as the Eagles' first bowl win in their first try.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair. On one early fourth-and-one, Bowling Green looked like it was in a tough spot following a bad snap, but then star quarterback Matt Johnson found a way to do this:

That touchdown looked like it would tie everything up, but then Georgia Southern blocked the extra point attempt and ran it all the way back for two points!

After Georgia Southern hit two big runs to cut Bowling Green's lead to 20-16, the Eagles got a stop, and looked likely to get the ball with good field position. Problem with that? The subsequent punt traveled 73 yards.

Georgia Southern still managed to score on that drive, with Kevin Ellison Houdini-ing his way out of trouble on a fourth down and completing the Eagles' fourth pass play of 30-plus yards this year.

And then Bowling Green's Travis Greene hit the Falcons' third running play of 50-plus yards to key a touchdown drive that got them a 27-23 halftime lead.

Things have been no less crazy in the second half, though they've all gone Georgia Southern's way. The Eagles scored on their first drive of the second half, then got a stop on this bizarre fourth-and-nine draw by the Falcons.

The next play? An 80-yard touchdown by jet-quick Favian Upshaw.

Georgia Southern added a third touchdown in the third quarter after a Bowling Green fumble, added a fourth early in the fourth quarter after another Bowling Green fumble, and punctuated its dominance with a fourth Upshaw rushing touchdown in the second half.

Upshaw, who didn't have a carry in the first half, came on for Georgia Southern starting QB Kevin Ellison after halftime, and was simply unstoppable. His 199 yards on 12 carries were more than Ellison and Matt Breida -- who combined for more than 2,100 rushing yards this season -- managed, and more than a third of the Eagles' 452 in their first game since losing former head coach Willie Fritz to Tulane.

Bowling Green, under an interim coach filling in for the Syracuse-bound Dino Babers, didn't fare so well. Johnson, who led the nation in passing yards entering bowl season, threw for just 246 yards and completed only 15 of 34 passes in a driving rain; now, he'll finish behind at least Western Kentucky's Brandon Doughty in that category.

This game was somewhere beyond lit. When next the best teams from the conference that gave us MACtion and the Fun Belt meet, you should probably watch it.