1986 Georgia Southern Eagles football
NCAA Division I-AA national champion
ConferenceIndependent
1986 record13–2
Head coach
Home stadiumPaulson Stadium
(Capacity: 18,000)
Seasons
← 1985
1987 →
1986 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Georgia Southern ^ 0 0 0     13 2 0
No. 14 Tennessee State ^ 0 0 0     10 2 1
No. 8 William & Mary ^ 0 0 0     9 3 0
Eastern Washington 0 0 0     5 5 0
James Madison 0 0 0     5 5 1
Florida A&M 0 0 0     4 6 0
Northeastern 0 0 0     4 6 0
Western Kentucky 0 0 0     4 6 1
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll

The 1986 Georgia Southern Eagles football team represented the Georgia Southern Eagles of Georgia Southern College (now known as Georgia Southern University) during the 1986 NCAA Division I-AA football season. The Eagles played their home games at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro, Georgia. The team was coached by Erk Russell, in his fifth year as head coach for the Eagles.

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
August 30at No. 13 (I-A) FloridaNo. 1L 14–3874,221
September 13vs. Florida A&MNo. 1Jacksonville, FLW 35–12
September 20at No. 17 Middle Tennessee StateNo. 4W 34–31
September 27ChattanoogaNo. 4W 34–14
October 4at Tennessee TechNo. 4W 59–13
October 11Bethune–CookmanNo. 3
  • Paulson Stadium
  • Statesboro, GA
W 52–31
October 18at East CarolinaNo. 2L 33–3527,121
November 1at Western KentuckyNo. 9W 49–32
November 8at UCFNo. 5W 33–2311,137
November 15James MadisonNo. 5
  • Paulson Stadium
  • Statesboro, GA
W 45–35
November 22South Carolina StateNo. 5
  • Paulson Stadium
  • Statesboro, GA
W 28–7
November 29No. 20 North Carolina A&TNo. 4
W 52–21
December 6No. 12 Nicholls StateNo. 4
  • Paulson Stadium
  • Statesboro, GA (NCAA Division I-AA Quarterfinal)
W 55–31
December 13at No. 1 NevadaNo. 4
W 48–38
December 19[1][2]vs. No. 2 Arkansas StateNo. 4W 48–214,419[3]

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References

  1. ^ "Georgia Southern goes for 2nd-straight title". The News-Press. Fort Myers, Florida. AP. December 19, 1986. p. 5C. Retrieved May 2, 2019 – via newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Georgia Southern wins I-AA football crown". Reno Gazette-Journal. Reno, Nevada. December 20, 1986. p. 1B. Retrieved May 2, 2019 – via newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "NCAA Official Scoring Summary" (PDF). December 19, 1986. Retrieved May 2, 2019 – via Amazon Web Services. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "1986 Football Schedule". CFBDataWarehouse.com. Retrieved January 26, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)