RUNDOWN: Georgia State Falls (Hard) to SCSU

The Panthers lost to 33-6 to South Carolina State Thursday night in the worst loss to a non-FBS opponent in their three-year history.

Georgia State hosted the SCSU Bulldogs before a crowd of 18,921.  While there were improvements over last year in areas like kick coverage and run defense, the Panthers showed that they have a long way to go to become the “good team” that Coach Bill Curry has promised.

Passing (Completions-Attempts-Int): GSU, 14-28-1; SCSU, 19-29-2
Average Yards per Attempt: GSU, 4.6; SCSU, 10.3
Average Per Completion: GSU, 9.3; SCSU, 15.8
Net Passing Yards: GSU, 130; SCSU, 300

Rushing Attempts: GSU, 30; SCSU, 49
Average Yards per Rush: GSU, 3.3; SCSU, 3.8
Yards gained Rushing: GSU, 158; SCSU, 210
Yards lost Rushing: GSU, 59; SCSU, 22
Net Rushing Yards: GSU, 99; SCSU, 188

Field Goals: GSU, 2-4; SCSU, 2-3
Average Yards per Punt: GSU, 62.2; SCSU, 42.2
Average Punt Return: GSU, 12.5; SCSU, 5.0
Average Kick Return: GSU, 24.1; SCSU, 20.5

Average Gain per Play: GSU, 3.9; SCSU, 6.3
Penalties-Yards: GSU, 3-20; SCSU, 12-101
Third-Down Conversions: GSU 2 of 13; SCSU, 9 of 17
Sacks-Yards: GSU, 0-0; SCSU, 6-47

When we first thought GSU might be in trouble: When SCSU scored on the initial possession of the game in three plays, the final play being a 72-yard touchdown resulting from cornerback Isaiah Howard falling down in coverage.

When we began to get seriously worried that GSU was in trouble: When they went 3-and-out after three straight passing plays in their first offensive series.

When we knew GSU was in trouble: When, after a 52-yard run by Donald Russell, GSU failed to get another first down with three straight rushes, and then turned the ball over on downs with an incomplete pass.

When we knew that GSU was really in trouble: When kicker Matt Ehasz missed a 24-yard field goal that would have cut GSU’s deficit to 7-6.

When it was pretty much over: When quarterback Ben McLane fumbled on his own 23 with 40 seconds left in the first half.

When it was really over: When SCSU scored a touchdown to go up 14-3 with 14 seconds left in the first half.

When it was really, REALLY over: When GSU had first and goal at the SCSU seven yard line in their first possession of the third quarter, and then had a false start penalty, two incomplete passes, and a Kelton Hill run for four yards (that included a declined holding penalty) and had to settle for a 25-yard field goal.

When it was really, truly, completely and utterly over: When SCSU picked up a Parris Lee fumble and returned it 68 yards for a touchdown to make the final score 33-6.

Matt Hubbard continued his outstanding punting, including an 80-yard punt that was downed at the SCSU 2-yard line. However, he also sent a few punts well into the endzone, which may be why long-snapper Scott McQueen was named the player of the game.

Next week Georgia State travels to Knoxville to face the Tennessee Volunteers of the SEC East.


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