Ga. Southern takes step closer to title
Shaw scores twice as Eagles earn another playoff win vs. Maine
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Quarterback Jaybo Shaw ran for two touchdowns and threw for another Saturday to lead Georgia Southern to a 35-23 win against Maine in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
The Eagles (11-2), who seek their seventh national championship, advance to the semifinals for the second consecutive year.
Georgia Southern will next play the winner of the North Dakota State-Lehigh game in the semifinals.
The Eagles had 476 yards total offense, including 360 rushing, in dispatching the Bears (9-4). It was the third time Georgia Southern and Maine had met in the playoffs. The Eagles have won all three meetings.
J.J. Wilcox led Georgia Southern with 99 yards rushing on touchdown runs of 2 and 7 yards. Shaw scored on runs of 2 and 1 yards, and completed 7 of 8 passes for 116 yards.
Maine's Warren Smith threw for 229 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted three times.