Wildcats bounced by GSU
Published: Sunday, December 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, December 1, 2002 at 12:35 a.m.
STATESBORO, Ga. - New coach. New players. Yet the same old results for Georgia Southern. When playoff time rolls around, the Eagles find ways to win.
Chaz Williams, running the option offense to perfection, rushed for 113 yards and three touchdowns as the Eagles beat Bethune-Cookman 34-0 in the first round of the Division I-AA playoffs Saturday.
"That was a good football team," Georgia Southern coach Mike Sewak said. "They gave us everything we could handle. But Chaz Williams has grown up a lot. He played an excellent game today."
Sewak took over as coach this season, replacing four-time national coach-of-the-year Paul Johnson, who now coaches Navy. Williams, a sophomore, earned the quarterback job after J.R. Revere graduated.
Redshirt freshman Germaine Austin - replacing the great Adrian Peterson at fullback - added 104 rushing yards, including a 17-yard TD run, for the Eagles, who are seeking their seventh I-AA championship and third in the last four years. It was the eighth time this season the Eagles have had at least two 100-yard rushers.
UCF (7-5) went 6-2 in its first year in the Mid-American Conference and finished second in the East Division.
Schneider was 17-of-28 for 325 yards in his seventh 300-yard game of the year. He also set the school's single-season records with 31 TD passes and 3,770 yards passing.
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