Post-Game Notes: Georgia State Rout

While I was skeptical of the numbers that made Georgia State look like a significant threat the final outcome of the game was still a pleasant surprise.

Arkansas State more than doubled Georgia State in total offense 618 to 269.

Our big concern has been turnovers and penalties and improvement was shown in both areas.

After averaging three turnovers per game against FBS schools that was trimmed back to 2 turnovers against the Panthers.

AState had only five penalties the first time since the opener that AState has been hit with less than eight penalties. Yardage was cut nearly in half to 40.

The return of Michael Gordon remains the story of conference play for the Red Wolves. He rushed 18 times for 188 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 10.4 yards per carry. He added a reception for 2 yards so 190 yards total offense for Gordon.

Fredi Knighten had a very good outing, the threat Gordon poses prevents defenses from building their plans around stopping him. He was 20 of 26 passing with two TD’s and had 93 yards rushing on 12 carries and TD. Knighten averaged 7.8 yards per carry.

The defense gave up only two long passes and neither resulted in a score. The defense recorded four sacks and nine total tackles for loss and added 5 pass break-ups.

The defensive effort was spread around. Qushaun Lee, Andrew Tryon, Austin Copeland, and Xavier Woodson each recorded 7 tackles on the game.

Georgia State had only two drives of more than 50 yards, an 81 yard drive that ended on downs and a 67 yard TD drive on their final possession.

Red Wolves had six drives of 50 or more yards and all six resulted in TD’s. Luke Ferguson made his first field goal since the Montana State game, he had only two punts but both were downed inside the 20. Georgia State started at the 25 or inside the 25 seven times off nine kickoffs. Counting the nine kickoffs and two punts Georgia State started past the 25 off only two kicks.

AState got a dominanting performance and now has a long week get to ready for an ESPN2 match-up with Louisiana Lafayette at Cajun Field on Tuesday October 21.