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The 1998 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game was a postseason college football game between the Georgia Southern Eagles and the UMass Minutemen. The game was played on December 19, 1998, at Finley Stadium, home field of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The culminating game of the 1998 NCAA Division I-AA football season, it was won by UMass, 55–43.[1]

TeamsEdit

The participants of the Championship Game were the finalists of the 1998 I-AA Playoffs, which began with a 16-team bracket.[2]

UMass MinutemenEdit

UMass finished their regular season with an 8–3 record (6–2 in conference); two of their losses had been to rival Connecticut,[3] with one considered a non-conference game. Seeded 11th in the playoffs, the Minutemen defeated sixth-seed McNeese State, 14-seed Lehigh, and second-seed Northwestern State to reach the final. This was the second appearance for UMass in a Division I-AA championship game, having lost to Florida A&M in the 1978 inaugural title game.

Georgia Southern EaglesEdit

Georgia Southern finished their regular season with an 11–0 record (8–0 in conference).[4] The Eagles, seeded first, defeated 16-seed Colgate, eighth-seed Connecticut, and fourth-seed Western Illinois to reach the final. This was the sixth appearance for Georgia Southern in a Division I-AA championship game, having four prior wins (1985, 1986, 1989, 1990) and one prior loss (1988).

Game summaryEdit

Scoring summaryEdit

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring Information Score
Plays Yards TOP GSU UM
1 12:56 7 67 2:04 UM Marcel Shipp 25-yard touchdown run, Jason Cherry kick good 0 7
1 8:29 UM Fumble recovery returned 9 yards for touchdown by Kole Ayi, Cherry kick good 0 14
1 7:25 2 48 1:08 GSU Greg Hill 40-yard touchdown run, Chris Chambers kick good 7 14
1 5:04 1 7 0:07 UM Adrian Zullo 7-yard touchdown reception from Jamie Holston, Cherry kick good 7 21
2 14:46 11 63 3:34 UM 22-yard field goal by Cherry 7 24
2 10:54 6 36 2:11 GSU Corey Joyner 6-yard touchdown reception from Greg Hill, Chambers kick good 14 24
2 7:17 11 64 3:37 UM Todd Bankhead 1-yard touchdown run, Cherry kick good 14 31
2 4:09 5 26 1:35 UM Shipp 4-yard touchdown run, Cherry kick good 14 38
2 2:01 6 55 2:08 GSU Adrian Peterson 1-yard touchdown run, Chambers kick good 21 38
3 8:54 13 78 6:06 GSU Peterson 5-yard touchdown run, Chambers kick no good 27 38
3 0:41 14 98 6:07 GSU Hill 2-yard touchdown run, 2-point run failed 33 38
4 13:42 5 72 1:59 UM Kevin Quinlan 2-yard touchdown run, Cherry kick good 33 45
4 11:51 5 42 1:35 UM Shipp 2-yard touchdown run, Cherry kick good 33 52
4 8:39 12 58 3:12 GSU 38-yard field goal by Chambers 36 52
4 2:21 7 13 3:04 UM 25-yard field goal by Cherry 36 55
4 1:04 8 60 1:17 GSU J. R. Revere 29-yard touchdown run, Chambers kick good 43 55
"TOP" = Time of Possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 43 55

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Game statisticsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 1 Eagles 7 14 12 10 43
No. 11 Minutemen 21 17 0 17 55



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