Three takes after GSU’s win over Campbell

Greetings, all-

I have two stories to crank out, but three quick takes.

1. Georgia State got a little bit lucky. The Panthers turned the ball over three times, had the ball 10:43 of the first 45 minutes and, most notably, were blessed by two missed field-goal tries by a normally trustworthy kicker.

Players conceded they may have overlooked Campbell a little bit.

“If things had been a little bit different, we’d have been behind by three touchdowns,” coach Bill Curry said. “Very proud on one hand but very bitterly disappointed on the other.”

2. The run defense still needs work. Campbell had 257 yards on 54 carries, which was a big factor in the Camels’ holding the ball for more than 37 minutes. Campbell’s offensive line repeatedly blew Georgia State off the line of  scrimmage. The Panthers are now giving up an average of 203.5 yards per game rushing.

3. The Panthers turned it on when they had to. After running five plays in the third quarter – thanks to two fumbles and a three and out – Georgia State cranked out a 13-play drive to go up 21-14 and then a 10-play drive for the game-winning field goal, a 30-yarder by Iain Vance. Drew Little was 9-for-10 in the fourth quarter for 79 yards.

Said Curry, “I’m proud of my guys for one thing, which we’ve shown every day since we got here, which is resilience.”

53 comments Add your comment

Eagles are Endangered

September 25th, 2010
5:20 pm

Montinod

September 25th, 2010
5:21 pm

Very lucky to get out of there with a win. Not sure how this young team can over look anyone at this point.

gsu0510

September 25th, 2010
5:21 pm

Great win, State! Why no Star Jackson??

Carl34

September 25th, 2010
5:22 pm

Maybe its Campbell that should be sour-searching. But these last three games, GSU found a way to be in the game to the bitter end.

Eagles are Endangered

September 25th, 2010
5:22 pm

Our defense gave up a lot of yardage, but some of that can be attributed to our offense, who kept turning the ball back over to Campbell. “May have overlooked Lambuth a little.” Ya think!!!

Go Panthers!!!!

panther pride

September 25th, 2010
5:26 pm

Ken – What was the announced attendance and what do you estimate the actual was? Thanks for your great coverage.

Ken Sugiura

September 25th, 2010
5:29 pm

gsu0510 – Offensive coordinator John Bond said he’s wanted to get Jackson in in the last two games (including today) but there hasn’t been the right opportunity. One, Drew Little has been playing well. Two, opposing offenses have been holding the ball a lot, limiting GSU’s possesssions (and opportunities for Jackson to play).

Congratulations, eagles are endangered.

Paddt

September 25th, 2010
5:41 pm

Any win for a first year program is a good win!

itsmeagain

September 25th, 2010
5:54 pm

It’s a win and i’ll take it. But really, every single time the offense had the ball i was scared they would fumble it. That is a huge problem and it can’t keep happening

Zamboni_Racer

September 25th, 2010
5:58 pm

Way to go Panthers! Still got a lot of room for improvement on D-fence, but kicking that field goal to win with 1/2 second left has to rate high on the chutzpah scale. Congrats Coach Curry, another one in the W column.

gsu01

September 25th, 2010
7:07 pm

A bunch of true freshmen and redshirt freshmen just played their first ever game on the road and WON! No complaints from me!

English

September 25th, 2010
7:41 pm

GSU_MEX_Panther

September 25th, 2010
7:41 pm

Glad to hear they escaped with a W! I am looking forward to the Home Coming Game and I hope Star Jackson finally gets some playing time. BTW Ken I enjoy your coverage keep it up!

John

September 25th, 2010
8:53 pm

Listened to the game on the iphone app for 1160 newstalk (if I remember right). Nice to follow from far away. I agree that any win this year is a good win. For that- they should be proud. Defense was on the field too much. Yikes

I actually think the Old Dominion game will really be telling on where the program is…

gcs

September 25th, 2010
9:09 pm

Georgia State has a football team?

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itsmeagain

September 25th, 2010
9:25 pm

Yeah… Check out the ESPN magazine cover…

itsmeagain

September 25th, 2010
10:15 pm

Well, looks like State is the only Georgia team to win today…

GSU 78

September 25th, 2010
10:18 pm

Proud of my Panthers. Thanks for the forum Ken.

GSUtimes2

September 25th, 2010
10:39 pm

That was frustrating to listen to…I kept saying that it sounded like we were playing like the Lambuth game. If the pattern holds true though, we will play well next Saturday. ;)

itsmeagain

September 25th, 2010
11:06 pm

Lets try and get it so that we don’t ever play like we did with Lambuth again

6- time national champs

September 25th, 2010
11:19 pm

Good lord. Thank God the Camels didn’t have one scholarship player on the team or Ga State would have lost.

The Real GSU had a dominating 38-21 win on Sportsouth over #10 Elon.

Zamboni_Racer

September 25th, 2010
11:24 pm

Hey 6 times champs, take a look at the panthers logo at the top of this page, since you obviously can’t read at least the picture should tell you this ain’t the GA Southern blog. The Real GSU, gimme a break and get over it already!

EagleDawg

September 25th, 2010
11:46 pm

The FISH WRAPPER

itsmeagain

September 25th, 2010
11:58 pm

Did you win a game Southern? Nice job. Hey, so did we!

GSU 38 - Elon 21

September 26th, 2010
12:15 am

You can’t stop Campbell you can only hope to contain them. Calling all Eagles. We need more posts here, We are starting to get under their skin. :)

Mike

September 26th, 2010
12:47 am

Looks like our own AJC page has gotten under your skin, check the Statesboro Times website for your section

itsmeagain

September 26th, 2010
12:58 am

Lol. Are u starting to get under our skin? It’s funny, i looked at your sn GSU 38 – elon 21 and thought u were talking about Georgia State. I think you wrote it wrong. ESPN writes it GSouth. You should probably go by that. Avoid confusion

Corey

September 26th, 2010
6:53 am

Ugly win, but a win nevertheless. Hopefully we will stop overlooking the smaller schools and start jamming the run on D. Line play has been a bit sloppy, but it can do nothing but improve.

Can’t wait for next week and another saturday at the Dome.

Ken Sugiura

September 26th, 2010
7:41 am

sounds like you all have a pretty good attitude about the win. it’s one to build on, certainly. the final two drives in the fourth quarter after a pretty forgettable third quarter showed a lot of mettle. o-line made holes and protected, travis evans ran with power, drew little did his thing.

Dave

September 26th, 2010
7:43 am

Kind of ironic that a first-year program has a better record that UGA, regardless of who they’re playing. And all you Ga. Southern fans, yuck it up while you can; the Panthers will be ripping your feathers off soon enough, lol (I’ve been rooting for the Eagles since their program started, and will continue, unless they’re playing State, ha, ha).

On a side note, I think they should change the “Football Championship Subdivision” to the “Real Championship Subdivision,” one that’s decided on the field and not by a computer or statistician.

GSUtimes2

September 26th, 2010
9:06 am

GSU v. GSoU. The best rivalry that doesn’t really exist yet. I think both sides agree, that is going to be a fun first game. Here’s to hoping it’s at the Georgia Dome!!!! Go Panthers. By the way, Georgia State University became GSU in 1969….Georgia Southern College became GSU in 1990. Sooooooooooo…..The REAL GSU would be……..

Go Panthers!

September 26th, 2010
10:59 am

I’m thinking that Drew looks really good considering the O-lines troubles.

I’m thinking that the D-line is abysmal.

I’m thinking that it can’t be much longer before the two lines start to gel, right?

Say, how many sacks has our defense generated? Have we had any in the last several games?

6- time national champs

September 26th, 2010
11:06 am

Are the Campell Camels Dromidary or Bactrian? You know, one hump or two hump camels. If they are the Bactrian-two hump camels then I understand the close game because I hear those two-hump camels have a nasty streak like no other!

Panther Prowler!

September 26th, 2010
12:17 pm

Great road trip, great heart-wrenching win, and great day for football!!! Nice to meet you, Ken, and thanks again for the blog.

panther pride: the announced attendance was around 3,000. There were quite a few Panthers fans that made the trip, and after the win, the team came to the sidelines and sang the fight song with us. Awesome trip all around!! See you in Norfolk, Virginia!!

Panther Prowler!

September 26th, 2010
12:27 pm

The GSU fans that attended this game had a collective heart attack every time we fumbled the ball, because the defense was on the field practically the entire 3rd quarter. Luckily, the last 3 minutes of the game were the best the Panthers have played all season.

The Panthers two biggest opponents on Saturday:

1) Turnovers
2) 100-degree heat on the field.

Luckily, they survived both.

On a side note, all of Campbell’s home games are at 1pm, and they have the advantage of putting their competition’s eyes into the sun when choosing endzones. Camels (the real, smelly ones) are known for surviving the heat, and their namesake team definitely used that to their advantage today. The only thing that Campbell didn’t do right was kicking field goals, and fully capitalizing on our mistakes.

Welcome home, Panthers!!

Itsmeagain

September 26th, 2010
3:33 pm

Survive they did and that’s what matters. I really think that we have a very good team, were just going to have to go through all the motions before we will be a really successful team. I do believe we will become a very successful team though.

jtaylor27

September 26th, 2010
4:50 pm

Four games into the program’s history, I would say having to squeak out a W on the road is a good thing for this group. Recall that with 60 Fr or R-Fr. there is still a lot of football to be played by this group of guys. Games like this are important for building the program. I’m looking forward to the Morehead St. game. Homecoming and football…the way it’s supposed to be.

PTC DAWG

September 26th, 2010
4:56 pm

GSU is in Statesboro.

sam

September 26th, 2010
5:31 pm

Panther Prowler another great job on overrating your team just writing campbell off like everyone else. GSU is a soft team soft up front and soft in the secondary. They were extremely lucky to get a win. What makes you better than campbell? Just because you pay a coach $600,000 and borrow someone elses stadium doesnt make you a good program. Just wait till the competition gets ramped up

6- time national champs

September 26th, 2010
5:43 pm

Serious question here. Did Campbell have an actual Camel at the game? If so, that was definitely the most interesting thing going on that day.

jtaylor27

September 26th, 2010
6:48 pm

Sam, you are correct. The defense has a long way to go. However, if you would take a look at the number of true freshmen getting serious playing time, consider the age of the program, and the take into account the fact that the coaches are trying to keep the team motivated while they play for nothing other than the pleasure of doing so for the next 2 years I think you’ll see that we aren’t doing so badly.

4 games, folks. That’s how many games this PROGRAM has under its belt. The future is certainly promising.

PTC Dawg: Please see GSUtimes2 at the top of page 4.

itsmeagain

September 26th, 2010
7:07 pm

@sam – By that logic, GSU is possibly a better team than Jacksonville State (Campbell almost won but lost due to mistakes they made, State almost won but lost due to mistakes they made) . Which by the transitive property means that Campbell is actually better than Jacksonville State. But the likelihood is that that is not really the case. Come on people, lets use a little more logic in our arguments here.

State is a brand new team, a bunch of Freshman who are playing football with each other for the first time ever. And they won against a more experienced team at the other teams turf. We give the team some crap when they perform poorly, but honestly it matters very little. If they still perform at this level in 2 years when they’re in the CAA then feel free to judge, but until then understand that each game, what each loss and each win means to the team. At this point, losses are just as significant in growing the team as wins are. This is, after all, just practice for the CAA (and hopefully more later on).

Panther Prowler!

September 26th, 2010
8:36 pm

sam: I didn’t overrate my team. I knew they would win, and they did. They made some dangerous mistakes, but they got the result, and that’s all that matters.

What makes us better than Campbell is winning the match-up, and we played a better team last week. Ask Jax State if Georgia State is overrated. Did they expect overtime against a team playing its 3rd game of all time?

Get back to me when you get your facts straight, especially if you’re stupid enough to call my out by name again. Chances are you’ll eventually disappear into oblivion like every other troll on this blog. Nice knowing you, loser.

itsmeagain

September 26th, 2010
9:08 pm

I kind of miss all the trolls… It looked impressive when we had 100 comments per blog

6 meaningless titles in minor league football

September 26th, 2010
9:13 pm

blah blah blah the real gsu is right beside eagle stream and you boys from atlanta smell funny!!!

Yeah, I miss them too. Maybe they’re still celebrating that big win against…Elon?

Seriously?

GSUtimes2

September 26th, 2010
9:39 pm

So, if we beat Savannah State (a team that Georgia Southern beat this year) do we get some street cred, or is that just wishful thinking?

itsmeagain

September 26th, 2010
9:49 pm

Lol. I’m pretty sure beautiful eagle creek is what smells funny… Isn’t it a drainage ditch? Or a sewage spill or something?

6 meaningless titles in minor league football

September 27th, 2010
8:15 am

Maybe it’s radioactive sewage that so addled Georgia Southern’s fanbase that they think they’re relevant. Why else would they troll this blog to boast about their pee-wee league titles.

Speaking of Savannah State, isn’t that Georgia Southern’s real rival? Statesboro isn’t half the town Savannah is, but still.

fritobandito

September 27th, 2010
12:39 pm

Wasn’t the game versus Campbell supposed to be a scrimmage? weren’t some spreads 70 points? didn’t an Olineman from GSU comment in a blog and call Campbell pathetic and say GSU would win 40-6?. The fact that 8 of the 11 starters on defense were juco transfers, and all of them have scholarships is impressive. however, they did not react very well to the beating that the “non-scholarship” players put on them saturday. Maybe we should all thank campbell for showing our panthers how not to play football. Sorry the camels didnt get a win, they deserved it and wanted it alot more than the panthers did saturday. Next time, we shouldnt serve everything to our player son silver platters and make them work for something, and maybe they wont get thrown into the dirt on a 105 degree feild by a bunch of “camels”.

GSUAlum98

September 27th, 2010
1:01 pm

Clearly we are getting better. Making different mistakes mind you but learning from our old ones. If we had taken care of the ball against Lambuth on that last drive the game would have been 17-16 and we would be 3-1. Luckily we learned from that Lambuth game and I was very proud how we composed ourselves down the stretch.