2014 Georgia Southern Eagles football team

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2014 Georgia Southern Eagles football
Georgia Southern Eagles Wordmark.gif
Sun Belt Conference Champions
Conference Sun Belt Conference
2014 record 9–3 (8–0 Sun Belt)
Head coach Willie Fritz (1st year)
Offensive coordinator Doug Rouse (1st year)
Offensive scheme Spread Option
Defensive coordinator Jack Curtis (1st year)
Home stadium Paulson Stadium
(Capacity: 25,000)
Seasons
« 2013 2015 »
2014 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Georgia Southern*   8 0         9 3  
Louisiana–Lafayette   7 1         9 4  
Appalachian State*   6 2         7 5  
Texas State   5 3         7 5  
Arkansas State   5 3         7 6  
South Alabama   5 3         6 7  
Louisiana–Monroe   3 5         4 8  
Troy   3 5         3 9  
New Mexico State   1 7         2 10  
Idaho**   1 7         1 10  
Georgia State   0 8         1 11  
† – Conference champion
    • Appalachian State and Georgia Southern ineligible for postseason play due to FCS-to-FBS transition rules
      ** Idaho ineligible for postseason play due to APR penalties
      As of November 22, 2014; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014 Georgia Southern Eagles football team represented Georgia Southern University in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by first year head coach Willie Fritz and played their home games at Paulson Stadium. They were first year members of the Sun Belt Conference. In their second year of the FCS to FBS transition, the Eagles were eligible for the conference championship; however, they were not bowl-eligible.

The Eagles finished their inaugural FBS season 9–3 and were undefeated in Sun Belt Conference play at 8–0, clinching the conference championship outright. Additionally, with their victory over Georgia State, the Eagles posted their 300th win in the modern era of Georgia Southern football.[1] The Eagles became only the third team ever to win a conference title in its first FBS season, after Nevada in 1992 (Big West Conference) and Marshall in 1997 (Mid-American Conference). They were also the first team ever to go unbeaten in conference play in their first FBS season.[2] Georgia Southern athletic director Tom Kleinlein filed for a postseason waiver to allow the Eagles to play in a bowl game; however, the NCAA denied Georgia Southern's wavier request and a subsequent appeal due to a sufficient number of "full FBS members" becoming bowl-eligible during the season.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 12:30 PM at NC State* Carter–Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC ACCN L 23–24   54,273
September 6 6:00 PM Savannah State* Paulson StadiumStatesboro, GA ESPN3 W 83–9   23,121
September 13 12:00 PM at Georgia Tech* Bobby Dodd StadiumAtlanta, GA ACCRSN L 38–42   53,173
September 20 6:30 PM at South Alabama Ladd–Peebles StadiumMobile, AL ESPN3 W 28–6   11,348
September 25 7:30 PM Appalachian State Paulson Stadium • Statesboro, GA (Rivalry) ESPNU W 34–14   24,535
October 4 8:00 PM at New Mexico State Aggie Memorial StadiumLas Cruces, NM SS W 36–28   10,256
October 11 6:00 PM Idahodagger Paulson Stadium • Statesboro, GA SBN W 47–24   23,250
October 25 2:00 PM at Georgia State Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA ESPN3 W 69–31   28,427
October 30 7:30 PM Troy Paulson Stadium • Statesboro, GA ESPNU W 42–10   18,321
November 8 4:00 PM at Texas State Bobcat StadiumSan Marcos, TX ESPN3 W 28–25   16,772
November 15 3:30 PM at Navy* Navy–Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD CBSSN L 19–52   33,894
November 29 6:00 PM Louisiana–Monroe Paulson Stadium • Statesboro, GA ESPN3 W 22–16   16,283
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time Time.
Schedule Source:[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Georgia Southern Football Handles Georgia State, Posts 300th Win". Georgia Southern Athletics. October 25, 2014. Retrieved October 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Georgia Southern Claims Outright Sun Belt Title - Sun Belt Winners Score Big on Saturday" (Press release). Sun Belt Conference. December 1, 2014. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Georgia Southern's appeal denied". ESPN. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "2014 Georgia Southern Eagles Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved March 2, 2014.