Andre Roberts' touchdown grab with 65 seconds left gave The Citadel faint hope for a miracle, but Georgia Southern held on for a 13-6 victory before 12,611 fans at Paulson Stadium.
GSU recovered an onside kick to preserve the victory, ending the season at 5-6 overall and 4-4 in the Southern Conference. The Citadel wrapped up at 4-7 overall and 2-6 in the SoCon.
The Citadel turned the ball over three times in the first half, the Bulldogs' defense holding the Eagles scoreless the first two times. But after freshman quarterback Tommy Edwards' second interception, picked off by linebacker Tavaris Williams, GSU cashed in for its only touchdown.
Williams cut in front of running back Terrell Dallas to make the pick, and raced 26 yards to The Citadel 32. On third-and-4, receiver Mitch Williford got behind two defenders to snare a 10-yard TD pass lofted by quarterback Lee Chapple. That, plus two Adrian Mora field goals, was good for a 13-0 lead at the half.
Edward, making his second start for the Bulldogs, had another pass tipped and picked off by linebacker Terrione Benefield late in the first quarter. Running back Van Dyke Jones lost a fumble at the Eagles' 34, but the Bulldogs' defense forced punts each time.