Throwback Thursday: From 2005 Georgia Southern vs. Texas State

Who wants a little playoff action from the Bush administration? Here you go. Texas State welcomed those pesky Georgia Southern Eagles. 

Pull out the playoff bullets!

  • Georgia Southern was one of the most decorated FCS schools in the division's history. The Eagles won six national titles from 1985 to 2000. 
  • The Eagles went to the Division I-AA/FCS playoff nineteen times from 1985 to 2012.
  • The legendary Eagle's legendary coach Erk Russell put the program on the map with three national titles from 1985 to 1989. 
  • Option offense is as much a part of Georgia Southern's football culture as anything. Flexbone guru Paul Johnson led the Eagles ground and pound to five conference titles in five seasons as well as two national titles. Current Army coach Jeff Monken ran the program and the ball. 
  • The Eagles transitioned into the FBS in 2014 and promptly won the Sun Belt, finishing undefeated in league play. 
  • In 2005, Mike Sewak, Johnson's offensive coordinator, coached the Eagles. They finished 8-4, second in the SoCon. 
  • Georgia Southern fired Sewak after the 2005 season. Sewak sewed the seeds of his demise by firing Erk Russell's son, defensive coordinator Rusty Russell. That move prompted the elder Russell to cut ties with the program. Imagine Bob Stoops disavowing the Sooners and you get the idea. 
  • Texas State finished 11-3 in 2005, won the Southland and went three rounds deep into the I-AA playoffs. 
  • David Bailiff coached the Bobcats, taking over in 2004 after administrators showed Manny Matsakis the door. 
  • Cultural anthropolgists should study the Matsakis era, i.e. season. To say Matsakis was interesting is an understatement. His team broke boards to relieve themselves of fear, his staff did fire walks, hypnotic yoga and he taught his players block pain with something called a "power move."
  • The best things Matsakis did getting his walking papers, on the eve of signing day 2004, were create the modern Bobcat logo and find Barrick Nealy. 
  • Nealy signed with Houston out of Dallas Adamson High School, he earned the starting gig as a redshirt freshman but tore his ACL, cutting his season short. In 2003 he transferred to Texas State, setting records in Matsaskis' offense.
  • By 2005, Nealy held the keys to Texas State's dominant offense. Nealy lit up Texas A&M's defensive in College Station for 378 passing yards, 76% completion percentage, and four total touchdowns. 
  • Their offensive coordinator in 2005? Tom Herman. 
  • Nealy left San Marcos holding just about every passing record in school history.
  • A week after their come from behind win over Georgia Southern, Texas State beat Cal Poly 14-7. They lost to Northern Iowa, in the semis a week later in overtime. 

Thanks to kaptainklak on Youtube for keeping these games alive and watchable.