October 2, 2004
STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) - Quarterback Chaz Williams threw four touchdown passes and scored twice to lead Georgia Southern to a 48-14 Southern Conference win over upstart Elon.
Williams tied a school record held by former quarterbacks Tracy Ham and Greg Hill as he led 3rd ranked Georgia Southern (4-1, 3-0) to its fourth straight win.
The Phoenix dropped to 1-3 in its conference opener.
Ham had four touchdown passes against Furman in the 1988 Division I-AA national championship game won by the Eagles, 44-42, and Hill had four in a 42-14 win over Western Illinois in the I-AA playoff semifinals.
Georgia Southern entered the game as the nation's top rushing team with an average of 391 yards per game.
The Eagles, however, were without their top two fullbacks as starter Jermine Austin was suspended by head coach Mike Sewak for violating team rules and his backup, Brandon Andrews, missed his second straight game with an ankle injury.
Fourth team fullback Bryce Carter gained 112 yards on 14 carries and third team fullback Tim Gehrsitz added 88.
The Eagles had 508 yards total offense, 352 rushing, while limiting Elon to 214 yards.
Georgia Southern is the only I-AA team to be ranked in the top 10 in both total offense and total defense. A
stin's suspension, said Sewak, was for one game only and he said the junior, who was last year's Offensive Player of the Year in the Southern Confernece would probably start next week at Western Carolina.
Elon led the Eagles 14-13 at the end of the period, and joined Georgia as the only team to lead Georgia Southern after the first period.
Georgia Southern entered the game as the nation's top scoring team with an average of 55.7 points per game.
Williams completed 6-8 passes for 156 yards and had scoring passes of 51, 16, 26 and 11 yards to four different receivers.
He scored on runs of one and five yards, gaining 28 yards on 10 carries.
Elon freshman Kye Hamilton completed 14-22 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown while Marcus Johnson had 47 yards on 17 carries to lead the Phoenix ground game.
Phoenix fullback John Taylor entered the game as the nation's seventh leading rusher with an average of 136 yard per game.
He managed only 46 before leaving the game in the second quarter with a shoulder injury.
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