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.”