A look back, in images, at how they did it (photos by Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)
Georgia Southern running back Matt Breida cuts back against the Western Michigan defense on his way to a 34-yard touchdown. Breida score the Eagles' first four touchdowns of the game.
Georgia Southern running back L.A. Ramsby gets a lift from teammate Andy Kwon after scoring the final touchdown of the game against Western Michigan.
Georgia Southern fans cheer as the defense makes a stop against Western Michigan.
Georgia Southern head football coach Willie Fritz gives the defense some spirited instructions during a timeout in the fourth quarter against Western Michigan.
After scoring four touchdowns and rushing for 176 yards during a 43-17 victory over Western Michigan, Georgia Southern running back Matt Breida, right, celebrates with teammate L.A. Ramsby, left, and fans in the student section at Paulson Stadium.
Georgia Southern mascot Gus leads the troops out of the tunnel in fatigues on Military Appreciation Day against The Citadel.
In the midst of another big performance on the field, Georgia Southern running back Matt Breida strikes a triumphant post in the end zone after scoring on a 25-yard run in the second quarter against The Citadel.
Georgia Southern quarterback Kevin Ellison, top center, slips an attempted tackle by Citadel defensive lineman Jonathan King on the way to a 9-yard touchdown run.
Georgia Southern safety Antonio Glover (16) and teammate Tay Hicklin celebrate Glover's fumble recovery in the third quarter against The Citadel.
The cheering crowd is a blur as Georgia Southern running back Matt Breida flies down the field on his way to an 87-yard touchdown run in the second quarter against The Citadel.
With the team sporting white helmets and throwback uniforms for Homecoming, Georgia Southern senior safety Matt Dobson straps up before taking the field against New Mexico State.
Georgia Southern running back L.A. Ramsby finishes a 23-yard run by going airborne during the first quarter against New Mexico State.
The Georgia Southern all-girls cheerleading squad receives their latest National Cheerleading Association championship rings during halftime against New Mexico State. That makes back-to-back championships for the squad, and their fifth overall.
Georgia Southern linebacker Antwione Williams, top center, introduces New Mexico State running back Larry Rose III to the turf during a first quarter run.
Georgia Southern cheerleader Katherine Daniel gets a lift from teammates before kickoff against Texas State.
Georgia Southern defensive tackle Jay Ellison celebrates a sack on Texas State quarterback Tyler Jones during the second quarter.
Georgia Southern safety Antonio Glover, bottom, is helped up off the field by teammate Georgia Southern cornerback Darrius White after snagging an interceptions for a pass intended for Texas State wide receiver Demun Mercer during the fourth quarter.
Georgia Southern running back Wesley Fields beats diving Texas State defensive end Roosevelt Pearson to the corner and heads upfield for a 29-yard run int the fourth quarter.
Georgia Southern place holder Ryan Nowicki, left, and placekicker Younghoe Koo find an original way to celebrate after Koo knocks his third field goal of the day in the fourth quarter against Texas State.
D.J. Ray, of Ellijay, left, reaches across the hedges at Sanford Stadium to wish son and Georgia Southern cheerleader Joey luck before kickoff of the big matchup between the Eagles and Georgia. "This is a special game," said the elder Ray. Joey is a senior.
Country music star and Georgia Southern alumnus Cole Swindell, center, leads the Eagles onto the field at Sanford Stadium to take on Georgia.
Georgia Southern running back Matt Breida, top, leaps over Georgia cornerback Aaron Davis but steps out of bounds just short of the goal line on a 23-yard run in the second quarter at Sanford Stadium. Teammate L.A. Rambsby finished off the drive with a one-yard TD plunge to tie the score at 7-7. Breida was held to 66 yards rushing on 20 carries.
Georgia Southern running back LA Ramsby, top, goes up and over the Georgia defense for a 1-yard, game-tying touchdown run during the second quarter at Sanford Stadium.
Georgia Southern cornerback Caleb Williams scoops up a fumble by Georgia's Isaiah McKenzie and returns it 62 yards for a touchdown to give the Eagles their first lead of the game at 14-7 during the third quarter at Sanford Stadium.
Georgia Southern head coach Willie Fritz runs out on the field to congratulate wide receiver Myles Campbell after a catch for a first down on a fourth quarter scoring drive against Georgia at Sanford Stadium.
Georgia running back Sony Michel, left, squares off against Georgia Southern safety Tay Hicklin as tempers begin to flair during a tied ball game at Sanford Stadium.
A disappointed Georgia Southern cornerback Caleb Williams hangs his head after Georgia running back Sony Michel's winning touchdown run in overtime at Sanford Stadium. Williams' third-quarter touchdown on a fumble return gave the Eagles their first lead of the game at 14-7 before succumbing 23-17 in the first extra period.
Georgia Southern mascot Freedom soars past fans in the upper deck before kickoff against South Alabama at Paulson Stadium.
Georgia Southern head coach Willie Fritz puts on his game face before kickoff against South Alabama.
Georgia Southern football fan Wes Bonner carries on his tradition of wearing a Santa suit to games to usher in the holiday season against South Alabama.
Georgia Southern running back Matt Brieda, bottom, squeezes into the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter against South Alabama.
Georgia Southern quarterback Kevin Ellison, center, celebrates his second touchdown of the day during the second quarter against South Alabama.
Georgia Southern running back Wesley Fields leaps over South Alabama safety Roman Buchanan to finish a 23-yard run in the third quarter at Paulson Stadium.
With fireworks going off in the background, Georgia Southern center Andy Kwon celebrates a touchdown by teammate L.A. Ramsby against South Alabama at Paulson Stadium.
The bust of iconic Georgia Southern coach Erk Russell presides over the field at Paulson stadium.
Georgia Southern wide receiver Derek Keaton, left, gets behind Georgia State cornerback Jerome Smith but can't hang on to a pass from quarterback Kevin Ellison in the first quarter at Paulson Stadium.
After catching a touchdown pass in the third quarter, Georgia State wide receiver Robert Davis, right, gets a shove from Georgia Southern linebacker Antwione Williams, center, who gets a shove from Georgia State's Keith Rucker at Paulson Stadium. The exchange typified the feisty play between the two teams, which netted seven personal fouls for the game.
Georgia Southern wide receiver B.J. Johnson seemingly catches a pass for a first down against Georgia State on fourth down. The catch was ruled incomplete after the ball briefly hit the ground on the sideline.
The faces of Georgia Southern fans in the student section tell the story of what was happening on the field during the Eagles' 34-7 loss to Georgia State at Paulson Stadium.