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Johnson's 3 TDs Lead CSU To Win Over Georgia Southern

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Gartrell Johnson ran for two touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass, leading Colorado State to a 42-34 victory over Georgia Southern Saturday.

Johnson finished with 136 yards on the ground. Caleb Hanie completed 13-of-16 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns, and Damon Morton caught four passes for 100 yards and a score for Colorado State (2-9).

It was the fifth time this season the Rams have had a 100-yard rusher and a receiver reach 100 yards.

Colorado State hasn't lost to a team in the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly known as Division I-AA, since being beaten 37-34 by Idaho on Sept. 12, 1992.

Quarterback Jayson Foster ran for 195 yards on 27 carries and scored three touchdowns for the Eagles. He also threw for 107 yards for Georgia Southern (7-4).

It was the 18th career 100-yard game and 22nd multiple touchdown game for Foster.

Johnson had 108 yards rushing and three touchdowns by halftime as Colorado State built a 28-3 lead. The Rams, who amassed 365 yards of total offense in the first two quarters, punted on their first possession and reached the end zone on their next four.

Georgia Southern appeared to be driving for a score on its initial drive, but Lamar Lewis fumbled and Erik Sandie recovered for Colorado State. The Rams turned around for a season-long 97-yard scoring drive capped by Johnson's 27-yard TD run with 2:36 left in the first quarter.

Colorado State followed it up with a nine-play 84-yard scoring drive. Johnson caught an 8-yard scoring toss from Hanie with 8:25 left in the second quarter.

Foster had a 39-yard run to set up Georgia Southern's only points of the first half, a 35-yard field goal by Jesse Hartley.

Colorado State scored two touchdowns in the final 4:40 of the half. Three plays after Hanie scrambled for a 24-yard run, Johnson ran off tackle for a 7-yard TD run.

Hanie found Luke Roberts alone in the end zone with five seconds left before halftime on a 21-yard TD pass.

Georgia Southern marched down the field on its first possession. Foster ran off tackle for a 33-yard TD run. The Rams responded with a 57-yard TD toss from Hanie to Morton.

Foster ran for a 12-yard TD run just before the end of the third quarter to get within 35-17.

Kyle Bell bulled over from the 3-yard line for the Rams early in the fourth quarter. Lewis made it a 42-24 game with a 19-yard run for the Mountaineers with 8:28 remaining in the game.

Foster got his third rushing TD on a 19-yard run with 3:36 left. Georgia Southern recovered the onside kick and Hartley added a 35-yard field goal to make it 42-34.


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