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GAME PREVIEW: Eagles head home to host ranked Dukes


Georgia Southern takes on JMU on Saturday at Paulson Stadium

STATESBORO- After playing four games on the road in its first six games, the Georgia Southern football team returns to the friendly enclosure of Allen E. Paulson Stadium on Saturday when they host No. 25 James Madison. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:02 p.m. and will be streamed online via ESPN+. The game will also be available via radio on the Georgia Southern Sports Network. Here’s everything you need to know about the game:

Game day guide (PDF)
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Match 7: Saturday, October 15, 2022 • 4 p.m.
Location: Statesboro, Georgia (Allen E. Paulson Stadium; 25,000)


#25 James Madison: 5-0, 3-0 SBC
South Georgia: 3-3, 0-2 SBC

Broadcast information
Broadcast: ESPN+ (online)

PBP: Danny Waugh; Analyst: Cole Neely; On the sidelines: Emily Grace McWhorter

Radio: South Georgia Sports Network
PBP: Danny Roseau (@GSEaglesVoice); Analysts: Terry Harvin (@TerryHarvin) and Russ Brown; On the sidelines: Frank Sulkowski (@TheBigGuyWJCL)
Affiliated radios (PDF)


Inside the series

Overall record GS leads, 7-1

In Statesboro GS leads, 4-0

In Harrisonburg GS leads, 3-1

In neutral never met

Cignetti vs. GS never met

Helton vs. JMU never met

Helton vs. Cignetti never met

Current series GS, won 7 (1986-92)

Last meeting GS 24, JMU 17 (1992; Statesboro)

Longest GS streak Seven (1986–present)

Longest JMU streak One (1985)

Biggest win in GS 19 points (1987 at Statesboro)

Biggest JMU Victory 15 points (1985 at Harrisonburg)

GS vs Current Sun Belt Members 64-62-1

GS vs Virginia teams 23-3

GS in the state of Georgia 222-63-1

To note :

  • Georgia Southern and James Madison played eight consecutive seasons from 1985 to 1992. After losing Game 1 21–6 at Bridgeforth Stadium, the Eagles have won seven straight, although none have exceeded 19 points.
  • This will be the first of two straight games against teams from the Commonwealth of Virginia as the Eagles travel to ODU next week. GS is 23-3 against teams from Virginia.
  • defensive back eagle Mari Wingard played for JMU head coach Curt Cignetti when the pair were at Elon in 2019.
  • Sixth-year catcher Ezra Archie played three seasons at JMU (2017-19) before moving to Monmouth.
  • Offensive Analyst Bryan Schor was a Walter Payton Award finalist and All-American as a quarterback at James Madison, leading the Dukes to the 2016 FCS National Title. matt merrit coached running backs at JMU in 2019.

Countdown to kick off

10: Defensive back Free posted back to back ten– tackling games.

9: Amare Jones is on average on 9 yards per punt return this season.

8: Georgia Southern (6) and JMU (2) combined to win eight of the 13 FCS national titles captured by members of the new Sun Belt East. Additionally, App State won three and Marshall won two.

7: After dropping the opener in 1985, Georgia Southern won the past Seven games against James Madison to take a 7-1 series lead.

6: Kyle Vantrease threw a touchdown in six consecutive games to set a new school record for consecutive games with a scoring pass.

5: Linebacker Watson-Trent Brands stalls fifth in the conference with 51 tackles (8.5 saves per game).

4: The Dukes ranked 25th will be the Fourth team to enter the Associated Press-listed Allen E. Paulson Stadium. Georgia Southern beat No. 25 App State at home in 2018 but fell to No. 21 Coastal Carolina and No. 14 BYU last year in Statesboro.

3: Last week marked only the third times in program history, two GS receivers (Hood, 120; Singleton, 101) have gone more than 100 yards in the same game. It also happened against Furman in 1985 and against JMU in 1986.

2: This game will feature the top of them scoring offenses in the Sun Belt Conference with JMU averaging 44.2 ppg and the Eagles averaging 37.0 ppg.

1: Kyle Vantrease now stands at No. 1 on the GS’s single-season passing list with 1,933 yards after throwing for 359 yards at Georgia State last week to pass the 1,852-yard mark set by Antonio Henton in 2008.


Oct. 22 at Old Dominion – Norfolk, Va. – 3:30 p.m. – ESPN+