Georgia State post-post-game observations

Greetings, all-

Hope you guys enjoyed the game. Let me just say first that I was fairly stunned at what happened. I figured it wouldn’t be close. My contention is that Georgia State right now rates as a middle-of-the-road FCS team and, given that the Panthers were playing a very good FCS team, it figured that JSU would put it on them.

For what it’s worth, I talked with Al Muskewitz, the JSU beat writer at the Anniston Star (you can read his stuff here when it gets posted) and I asked him if players or coaches on the JSU side said that they played flat, kind of like Georgia State did last week. He said he didn’t hear that, but it’s just that they play that way all the time, apparently against whomever. They were down 18 against Ole Miss in the fourth quarter and 17 to Tennessee-Chattanooga last week. Perhaps they’re just not a team that can put away other teams.

Regardless, whatever the explanation, Georgia State very nearly beat the No. 4 team in FCS.

“I think we can build off this and other teams better watch out,” defensive end Kalan Jenkins said.

So, three observations.

1. Drew Little played improbably better than last week.

I think more than a few of you wrote him off after his three-interception stinker last week. He was on his game today and looked like someone who could make it very hard for Star Jackson to become the starter (more on that in a minute).

He completed passes to nine different receivers. He fit balls into tight spots, converted third downs and looked very comfortable throwing.

Said offensive coordinator John Bond, “I had a feeling after the way Drew had been challenged in practice, I felt like he was going to come out and play well.”

Consider this, too. Little was doing it when GSU was basically one-dimensional. Take away Darren McCray’s reverse and Travis Evans‘ touchdown run – 87 yards total – and GSU ran 20 times for 25 yards. Bond knew going in GSU would have trouble on the ground, so he anticipated relying on Little a lot.

So put that pressure on him, plus he’s got Kelton Hill and Jackson breathing down his neck, and it gives you a little more appreciation for what he did.

On the game-tying drive in the fourth quarter, he was 5-for-8 for 52 yards and converted two third downs with passes.

Your Star Jackson update: Obviously, Little’s play made it something of a moot point to put Jackson in. That said, I asked Bill Curry if there was a thought of playing him going in.

“There’s always a thought of playing Star because he’s a great player,” he said, “but when you’ve got a quarterback that has earned the job, here’s the thing: You’ve got to earn your spot.”

If it sounds denigrating to Jackson, I don’t think he intended for it to be, because, for one thing, he went on to praise Jackson for being so supportive of his teammates during the game. Basically, Jackson still has to keep improving. It probably sounds ludicrous to some that Little is a better quarterback than Jackson. And certainly, everything else being equal, I’d have to believe Jackson is better.

But you have to remember Jackson is still relatively new. I remember on the first day of fall practice, the quarterbacks were just practicing snaps and handoffs, and Little had to tell Jackson what the different plays were.

Now, obviously, that was a long time ago and Jackson’s learned plenty. But not quite enough, apparently, to overtake Little. And let’s remember it’s not like Little can’t play.

“His time will come, but with Drew playing like that, he had to get the ball,” Curry said.

2. Defense better, but still not so hot.

JSU had 10 drives in regulation. One was a kneel-down at the end of the first half. Of the other nine, five ended in a score and a sixth looked like it was headed that way until time expired in regulation. That’s not a good ratio.

The Gamecocks ran 71 plays for 450 yards, averaging 6.3 yards per play despite no play going longer than 21 yards. (Context: GSU ran 62 plays for 339 yards, but a quarter of them came on two plays. Translation: JSU was consistent, GSU was less so but was more explosive.) Georgia State also missed multiple chances for interceptions. And the Panthers got very little pressure on quarterback Marques Ivory, who completed 24 of 32 passes.

This comes with the caveat that this is the same JSU offense that put up 49 points on Ole Miss (which lost 28-14 to Vanderbilt Saturday, if you’re wondering). But if you flip it, the GSU offense managed to play pretty well against a defense that held Ole Miss to three points in the fourth quarter. So you can’t have it both ways.

On the plus side, the defense came up with some pretty important stands, holding JSU twice to field goals after the Gamecocks had gotten inside the GSU 10-yard line.

But, as coordinator John Thompson noted, the big plays were lacking.

“We’ve got to get turnovers,” he said. “We get turnovers in this game, the outcome’s going to be different.”

3. The crowd was better than last week.

The attendance was 16,128. The number includes no-shows, and I guess there must have been a lot of no-shows. I’d say it was half-full at best, and probably a little less than that. I’d put it at 12,000 people in the seats if I had to guess.

A GSU staffer was sort of giving me a hard time (good naturedly, I think) for pinning down school president Mark Becker about student attendance (get to that in a minute) and pointed to the fact that for an FCS game, the school is doing pretty well. (At least I think I remember hearing that.)

It is certainly true. If you take announced attendance, GSU is averaging about 19,000 fans. Last year, 19,000 fans would put you at sixth in FCS, ahead of (ahem) a certain school in Statesboro (16,728 in 2009). You could say, ‘Yeah, well, those numbers are inflated.’ It may be the case – I would say so – but I’m going to guess the other schools are counting the same way.

I guess you have to decide for yourself what success is, attendance-wise, this year and in the future. Is outdrawing most FCS schools what you’re after? Anyway, beforehand, I said a “win” would be 15,000 and the team gave JSU some trouble. So, definitely a win on the field and maybe a tie in the stands. (sorry, no overtime on the blog.)

Anyway, the student section had, I think, a little over 3,000, after 2,800 last week. So, the difference between a no-name opponent and about the best team you can bring into the Georgia Dome is 300 fans. (Kidding. Sort of.)

I asked Becker what he thought about the student attendance, saying it was 3,000 and he said, “I don’t know how many students were here. I thought we had a great crowd.” And then I told him it was 3,000 and asked him if he’d like to see more students at the game. He said, “I’d like to see everybody in Atlanta at our stadium. I’d like to see it sold out.”

So, kind of a non-answer answer. You could reasonably interpret that to mean that he wasn’t exactly bananas about it, but wasn’t going to say it.

Again, I guess you can decide for yourself what 3,000 means. How important is it for students to be there? I’d say, big picture, in terms of the team establishing itself in the market, it’s not that big a deal. If the team eventually starts winning and averaging a legit 15K without much student attendance, I imagine the athletic department would be OK with that. I’m sure GSU wouldn’t be the first school in that boat. But it would be kind of weird.

I talked to a few folks before and during the game who thought that maybe the games were too early. And, again, Georgia Tech and Georgia were playing at the same time. I’m going to guess next season the schedule will be a little different than this year in terms of game times.

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102 comments Add your comment

Go Panthers!

September 19th, 2010
12:40 am

I think every sport announces tickets sold and not actual attendance. The Braves CERTAINLY come to mind.

Oh, and yeah, Southern does the same thing with the attendance counts.

And they also have a student attendance problem, though admittedly not quite as drastic.

I know. I used to go to those games when I was down there.

As students, we’d make our way down there sometime after kickoff.

We’d hang out long enough to empty whatever bottle we snuck in, and then we’d leave the game early.

BTW, I also wonder if the prices of concessions are keeping the students out.

$5.50 for a freaking hot dog? $8 for a cheeseburger? $7 for a BEER?!?!?!

Observer

September 19th, 2010
12:46 am

In my opinion the attendance (or announced attendance) has been acceptable to this point. As far as game times, you cannot try to avoid direct competition with Tech or UGA because their game times with few exceptions are announced only a couple of weeks before each game date due to television arrangements. While GSU may be limited somewhat in game time flexibility due to other events in the Dome, I believe a couple of Thursday night dates with at least two or three Saturday night dates would be beneficial to attendance. Playing in the Dome should always attract a good core of the visiting fans but to get the students out in greater numbers more evening dates are needed.

Ken Sugiura

September 19th, 2010
1:13 am

thanks for jumping on so quickly.
you make a good point, observer, about game times and avoiding competition. i would think the dome would prefer earlier starts, too. there’s a good bit of turnaround that needs to be done post-game.
i guess on saturdays preceding sundays when the falcons are out of town, it’d be easier to arrange a night game. of course, maybe those would end up being the days that tech and uga play at night.

i’m with you, Panthers, on how ridiculous stadium food prices are. i sometimes think how you’d never be willing to pay that much for a hot dog outside a stadium, but many people willingly pony up at the game. but i’d doubt that many people are deciding not to come for that reason.

itsmeagain

September 19th, 2010
1:15 am

Well, i certainly hope this student attendance problem sorts itself out as we continue into the season. I really do think that week day games and later games would probably help out a whole lot, but without another thursday game its hard to tell if the shorter game was a fluke because of the novelty of it or if having students on campus before the game actually makes a huge difference. At any, i think Thursday games should definitely be considered a lot more often next season.

Plus, as much as i love tailgating, getting relatively inebriated at 10 in the morning doesn’t appeal to this college student as much as you might think…

PantherCJ

September 19th, 2010
1:44 am

Don’t become Terrance.

Our attendance was definitely better than last week. If last week was 12000 then this week is at least 16000. Our home side was filled up with Alumni and season ticket holders. Plus Bert Weiss (the bert show).

Lots of other points to argue about, but lets put it this way. It WILL get better.

Uncle Johnny

September 19th, 2010
6:46 am

GSU grad living 12 hours away…like the AJC coverage of GSU. Temple is in the same boat as GSU as far as football –but Temmple has been at it since 1925. They play at the Linc and ONLY draw big crowds for Penn State games. Temple football continues to fall on hard times

The difference is that GSU continues to add more students to downtown and GSU admin supports the program. No worries — it will be fine.

Bandwagon

September 19th, 2010
6:56 am

They need to follow Tech’s lead and give away two hot-dogs and a coke to all student body. That and playing on a Thursday will get the attendance up.

jtaylor27

September 19th, 2010
7:48 am

Two words for those who worry about attendance and such: institutional knowledge. We have NONE. It obviously comes with time, but it also requires ideas about promotion on campus and all of that. I’m not worried about attendance this year. I’ll be more worried if there’s not change when we go into conference play in 2012.

jtaylor27

September 19th, 2010
7:51 am

Also, I don’t think it’s a big deal about the Dome prices. One, you know it’s the Dome, so you should expect Dome prices. Secondly, you are supposed to tailgate if you are in college before football games. I will refer you to my earlier comment. Tailgating and the traditions therein fall under the institutional knowledge that we have just begun to develop.

Erk Russell

September 19th, 2010
8:29 am

Ken, if you take a look at the pictures from the Georgia Southern games you will know the numbers are not overinflated. 20,400 at the first home game and clearly from the pictures it was at least that.

Bandwagon – Ga State cannot do the hotdog plan this year. Think about the economics of it. Right now you can get 7 home games for $70 dollars. You throw a good Ballpark brand hot dog in there at $7 a pop and you have matched the cost of the game ticket.

gsu01

September 19th, 2010
10:44 am

Ken, you’re way too hard on us with the attendance. I thought 16k was a pretty accurate number yesterday. Jax State brought a couple of thousand fans (as opposed to Lambuth who brought like 50 people) and you have to remember that 16k in that place will never look that impressive. You always have people walking around and unfortunately we have a lot of “fans” who rather watch the game from the Verizon Club then stay in their seats.

Huh?!

September 19th, 2010
11:14 am

Ken, I’m not sure if you are familiar with how the Dome staff counts attendance so let me fill you in. Each ticket or student ID is scanned. That’s it. Pretty simple. There was every bit of the 16K+ in the stands yesterday, and it actually appeared more than that. The Dome has a wide continuous track around the lower bowl with plasma TVs, concessions and rest rooms, and people are constantly walking around it, which is what throws off the “eyeball” test. But the number of people that walk through the gates does not lie. Let’s not make stuff up here.

PantherAlum98

September 19th, 2010
11:17 am

GSU students have historically been made up of folks loking for an education and not interested in the “Ra Ra” of the college experience. The fact that any of them show up for games in totally different then when I attended in the 90’s. I think what’s more important than being concerned about who wasn’t in attendance is catering to the people who do show up. I think the announcer/DJ in the dome SUCKS, the music is WAY TOO LOUD, and focused WAY too much on Rap. Trust me I love RAP music but I don’t appreciate being BLASTED with it song after song. I think the whole experience wound be MUCH better if the dome would just turn all of it off and let the bands play, and allow folks to chat, discuss plays and enjoy themselves as opposed to SCREAMING to each other between plays. I think the older alum I happened to sit next to said it best when at one point he couldn’t take it anymore and yelled out “TURN THAT CRAP OFF!!!!”. I concur Mr. Angry fan, I concur.

Dontavius Supremo

September 19th, 2010
12:40 pm

Congrats to the Panthers for an outstanding game. As for prices at the dome, you find that everywhere now. It is a pity, as it keeps a lot of people away; the scourge of modern sports is “screw the fans and make the buck.”

BOOGIES THE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

September 19th, 2010
12:47 pm

wonyt be long before GSU out recruits UGA——

looks like Clemson S.Carolina and GT alreadyare.

playing time

September 19th, 2010
1:14 pm

The future looks very bright indeed!

jtaylor27

September 19th, 2010
1:16 pm

I totally agree with the Dome atmosphere for GSU games. I get why they do it…they do it at Falcons’ games because that’s what they need. No bands at those games, so they need some sort of filler. For GSU, it’s not needed or wanted. As for our band, I hope they took note of the Marching Southerns. Man, that is an excellent college band. It’s as good or better than most SEC bands.

Ken Sugiura

September 19th, 2010
1:20 pm

thanks for the comments. i’ll make a point about attendance – or at least my accounting methods – and not bring it up again on the thread. 16,000 means that the lower bowl was a little less than 60 percent full. i understand that not everyone is in their seat at the same time, and that the home side was fuller than the visiting side – i went down to the concourse to take a look. i am just skeptical that it was 60 percent full. i am not “making stuff up.”
is there a way the number 16,000 was reached without it being a fabrication? i imagine so.
anyway, is anyone interested in talking about drew little and if your opinion of him changed?

itsmeagain

September 19th, 2010
2:06 pm

Drew Little has improved incredibly, although i’m not sure why his talent is only coming out now. After the Lambuth game i really thought that we had a lemon and that our only hope was Star Jackson. Yesterday completely changed things though. He was spot on on a lot of his throws, really performing as one would expect a decent college QB to. I couldn’t say that after the Lambuth game. I’ve said before that it takes a loss to start improving and i dont doubt that that accounts for states improvement. I really didn’t expect to see Little improve that much though. It really shocked me.

Hammer22

September 19th, 2010
2:12 pm

Agreed!! Don’t be a TERRANCE MOORE and try to find something negative in EVERYTHING regardless if the atmosphere was live and we played a very good game. Talk negative about that blown call at the end. We like you so far, but we can and will turn on you.

You simply can’t ignore that GSU is FCS and it’s only fair to compare us to FCS attendance. Doesn’t matter what the future holds b/c when we get to FBS then it would be fair to compare us to FBS. That only makes sense.

Hammer22

September 19th, 2010
2:14 pm

Little played better, but I’m still scared whenever he throws further than 15 yards.

itsmeagain

September 19th, 2010
2:17 pm

@hammer22 – I know what you mean. My heart stopped every time expecting an interception

wxwax

September 19th, 2010
2:26 pm

Ken, why not follow-up on the post that claims attendance at the Georgia Dome is measured by barcodes scanned at the entry gates?

If the poster is correct, then the attendance number is irrefutable. And if it’s irrefutable, then it’s pointless exercise on your part to speculate that it’s exaggerated.

So why not do a little basic research and reporting?

Erk Russell

September 19th, 2010
2:27 pm

Ken – I think what Hammer 22 is saying is that “we need you to be on board with the inflated attendance numbers. wink wink”

Hammer, Ken is just doing his job as an objective journalist which is to report the facts as they are. He can’t help it that less than 10k showed up.

panama

September 19th, 2010
2:28 pm

Ken,

Whatever. It was 60% full and very much apparent in the 4th quarter and OT when everyone was back in their seats. The entire home side was full. Seriously.

Nut you know what, 8th for the week in home FCS attendance, 8th in avg attendance and 1st in total attendance. I’ll take it.

itsmeagain

September 19th, 2010
2:43 pm

Erk Russell, there were definitely more than 10K. You just don’t know cus you weren’t one of them (and therefore stop pretending you do)

jtaylor27

September 19th, 2010
2:47 pm

Seriously guys, get over the attendance already. It’s the first year of the program. The numbers are the numbers, and Ken is entitled to his opinion–that’s why he’s doing this after all. Yesterday, for those of us who were there, was a good day with a good atmosphere, and that’s all we can ask for. A win would have been great, but in year 1 I’m not going to yell for firings.

On Little, I was no less than shocked to see his play yesterday. Based on the Shorter and Lambuth games I was less than impressed. Yesterday, however, he looked like a college quarterback. He did make that mistake before halftime that might have cost us a field goal try. Nonetheless, he looking much better and clearly earned his starting spot. We’ll see if Star can make up the ground, or if Hill can push for more time.

jtaylor27

September 19th, 2010
2:49 pm

Also, STOP FEEDING THE TROLLS. They go away when they get starved.

Ken Sugiura

September 19th, 2010
2:53 pm

wxwax- i was thinking the same thing. thanks for the suggestion. maybe i’m wrong. it happens a good bit.

as for Little, i’d have to say i was a little surprised at how well he played, not necessarily because i thought he was as bad as he played against lambuth, but because he made such a huge jump. i figured he’d get better – he won the job in practice, so he was obviously doing a lot of things right that wasn’t seen against lambuth – but his accuracy was something to behold. he threw a dart to bo schlechter, maybe 12-15 yards downfield, and fit it into very tight coverage. it said something about his ability and also his confidence to pull it off.

panther prowler

September 19th, 2010
2:57 pm

Ken, you are doing a great job covering the team. Watch out for the negative panther talk members that are on here. Hammer can’t give credit where it is due.. Little threw to 9 different receivers yesterday. That is amazing! I bet no other qb in America did that. They bash Little all the time on their site. Who cares if they turn on you. They turn on their own players!

G-State

September 19th, 2010
3:23 pm

Ken,

I agree you are doing a good job but watch out about always bringing up the negative. Keep things in perspective but do not continuously hearken on the bad stuff. I’m interested in attendance too but I also realize it is the first year and that will take time. Time will give us a better product (we are still playing with a mostly Freshman team with a handful of transfers playing together for the first time), time will give us better competition (we just played our first FCS opponent…ppl don’t care about NAIA opponents), also it still takes Atlantans a while before jumping on a new product. I have A LOT of friends that continually ask me about Georgia State and cheer for them and want to see them do well BUT aren’t going to the games yet because it’s the first season and the team isn’t an established product. There’s always a socialite aspect when it comes to Atlantans…if it is the popular thing to do then ppl will be there; if ppl think no one else is going to show up, guess what??? No one shows up.

On Drew Little, he really surprised me yesterday. We’ll see how consistent he, and the team, are from week to week when they do not have the team “that beat ole miss” coming into town. But that was easily our best played game of the yr (definitely better than we played against shorter even with us blowing them out).

I’ve enjoyed the experience of watching Panther games @ the Dome, and like the JSU Coach said, it is surprising how loud that place can get with the size of our crowd. To be honest, the crowd some times feels more lively (not to be confused with louder) than those @ Falcons games. It gets really electric in there when the crowd is into it.

And I agree with panama…i had my doubts about the lower bowl being 60% full until I thought about everyone in there @ the end of the game and overtime and I’d have to say it was definitely 60% full.

Hammer22

September 19th, 2010
3:59 pm

Panther prowler, what are you talking about? Actually read my posts on panthertalk starting back from the first game b/f saying I’m like the rest.

I acknowledged he played very well leading of the team and showed me a lot against Shorter, then I said he played horrible against Lambuth for the 5 potential interceptions (3 actual + 2 dropped), then I said he played better agianst JSU and he did.

But, don’t ignore that fact that he has not shown he can throw accurately past 15 yards. If you think he can, then I’m not sure what games you have been watching. I call it like it is and I’m not blasting him for no reason. Do I think Star is better? Yes, I do. Do I think we can have a winning record this yr w/ Little? Yes, I do. But, know what you are talking about b/f lumping me in w/ other posters b/c I haven’t been outright against Little like others.

panther prowler

September 19th, 2010
4:23 pm

Hammer, Why would you say Star is better? Has he played a snap? You are the same guy that had Hill in front of Little. You and your buddies on your site are bashers and you know it.Play time is earned at this level. If someone earns time they will get their shot. Curry has said Little earned the job. Respect the program and it’s players.

panther prowler

September 19th, 2010
4:28 pm

I have attended all 3 games. The first game Little was 13 of 17. The second he played pretty bad as did the rest of the offense. (5 1st downs). Yesterday he was 25 of 38. Several of his passes were over 15 yards. I would say he is pretty accurate.

Go Panthers!

September 19th, 2010
4:39 pm

The panthertalk crowd might be the worst group of “fans” I have ever seen in sports. And no. I’m not dealing in hyperbole. That website is an embarrassment.

Well, the main guy, Ben, is cool enough. But there are about 4 or 5 who are ruining it for everyone else.

It’s like trying to rationalize with the zombies from “I Am Legend”.

And yeah, this is coming from a State grad, season ticket holder and fan.

Hammer22

September 19th, 2010
4:55 pm

What does saying a person isn’t accurate pass midrange has to do not respecting the program and it’s players? You are right, I had Hill in front Little. If you read closely, I had him there b/c it was clear who had the better Spring Game. Little had the better practices and I have no problem saying he won the job fair and square, despite for whatever reasons you may think I have against Little.

Whatever points you are trying to prove is laughable b/c I don’t see it. Respecting programs: I was there rooting for the athletics, going to every bball game, and signing football petitions b/f you probably even knew GSU was taking football seriously.

gsu01

September 19th, 2010
5:48 pm

Ken, you forgot to include this quote from JSU Head Coach Jack Crowe: “I’ve been in the Superdome playing Michigan. I’ve been inside loud stadiums, but I had no idea that this number of people could make so much noise, especially down in the bowl. It’s loud. I was thinking about it the whole time.”

Just sayin…

panther prowler

September 19th, 2010
5:49 pm

Hammer, fair enough. I know you are a loyal fan. There is a lot of pressure on these kids especially the Quarterbacks. They will have good games and bad. Let’s try and support the players through good times and bad. It comes with the territory for qb’s to take the heat but those guy’s on your site are Little bashers. Saint is terrible. Then he tries to be nice to Little in his interviews. Ben isn’t much better. Regardless I think your more logical then they are.

GSU Alum & Band Mom

September 19th, 2010
5:57 pm

To jtaylor27 and PantherAlum98 – Thanks for advocating for allowing the bands to set the tone in the dome. That’s what the band is there for and they are itching for more time to do it. Also, the Marching Southerners ARE one of the best college marching bands and they are known as such. A great role model for any marching band. Are you aware that our GSU Marching Band gathered as a whole for the first time on August 14…just one short month ago? Considering what they have already put together, they are certainly on their way to becoming one of the best. Congrats to the band members and the band leadership!

Oldschool

September 19th, 2010
6:17 pm

First of all Benny boy you can’t banned me from this site. Ha Ha Ha!!!
Ken I think you are doing a great job; however, you have these guys from Panthertalk that are nothing but fair weather fans. They all like to bash their own team and then hate anyone that doesn’t agree. I think Little played great, and I think the rest of the team did as well. I liked the play call with Hill in OT. Bring him in and make it look like a run. The play calling was better this week also. You have to give your QB a chance and not wait till 3rd and long to throw. As for the haters from Panther talk, Just SHUT UP and watch the young men play and shut up with all the baisis opinions.

Go Panthers!

September 19th, 2010
6:38 pm

I will say that I was looking around during the 4th quarter wondering “where did everyone come from?”

It does appear that everyone finally decided to sit down in their seats when it got serious.

And I remember getting giddy, not because we were simply making it a good game, but because it looked like everything finally clicked together. For the first time, we looked like a legitimate football team.

jtaylor27

September 19th, 2010
7:01 pm

@Ken: I know that JSU has an excellent football team, but what’s up with our pass defense, Ken? I thought the offense–spurred by Little–played a great, complete ball game. Our run defense was good as well. They really couldn’t get much going, which was key because JSU is known as a power football team. However, our pass defense left a little to be desired. Especially in the second half, I couldn’t tell if it was personnel or scheme, but we were getting ripped. Any thoughts on that, Ken?

GSU Band Mom: Trust me, I meant no disrespect for our GSU band. I think they are great! I just wanted to point out that the Marching Southerners the exact model for ANY college band, not just ours. As we are just starting out, why should we not use them as a model? Tell your son or daughter that they sound great, and I love the fight song.

panama

September 19th, 2010
8:11 pm

Oldschool, nice to see you crawl out from whatever rock you have been hiding under :D

As for supposed “haters” on Panther Talk…seriously? We have as many differing opinions on Panther Talk as there are colors in the rainbow. But there is not one person you can seriously accuse of hating on this team. I think a lot of people who are in one of any of these three QB’s camps need to cool off. People have their opinions and guess what sometimes it may be a negative one about your guy. So folks, step back in off the ledge, it will be ok. I also suspect many of these supposed GSU alums are really fans of another school with similar initials.

Important thing here is that we had a pretty game and showed tremendous improvement. On to Campbell.

Erk Russell

September 19th, 2010
8:23 pm

GSU01 – As far as Jack Crowe’s quote below, what he meant is that he didn’t believe the amount of noise that could come from a mostly empty dome and empty seats. I guess he figured he would hear crickets chirping.

“I’ve been in the Superdome playing Michigan. I’ve been inside loud stadiums, but I had no idea that this number of people could make so much noise, especially down in the bowl. It’s loud. I was thinking about it the whole time.”

Erk Russell

September 19th, 2010
8:25 pm

If Panther Talk is any indication of the support level of the program, things are pretty bad. That place has about 15 people on it at any time, while gsufans.com for Ga Southern has 300+ average at any time with a high of nearly 900.

panama

September 19th, 2010
8:31 pm

I could ask you Erk why you care enough to lie but why even bother. LOL, Panther Talk has been around less than 8 months and has doubled in membership in the past 2 or 3 months. I have been on at 1 am and there were 20 people online. But what does any of this have to do with the GSU post game observations. I know, I know…talking to myself.

Carl34

September 19th, 2010
8:31 pm

Erk Russell

Well, it depends if Georgia State would have to pay the concession price for a hot dog. The actual cost is probably about $1. Even a soft drink’s actual cost is cheap. So if GSU could pay the real cost, offering a free hot dog and a coke is worth trying if it brings in more students. GSU should definitely not schedule games when Georgia and Georgia Tech play.

But Georgia State’s attendance is good for an FCS team.

panama

September 19th, 2010
8:32 pm

Go Panthers

+1000

Clint

September 19th, 2010
8:34 pm

I would like to blog for GeorgiaSoUthern here on the AJC site. Someone needs to write about a GSU that wins games and not a GSU that gets excited because they almost won a game against JustShowUp.

panama

September 19th, 2010
8:41 pm

Clint
Nobody in Atlanta cares about Southern or Statesboro.