Three post-game takes on GSU

Greetings, all

Hope you enjoyed the game. Not a bad performance for the mighty Georgia State Panthers.

1) Georgia State turned a corner. It’s the first time the team put two strong overall performances back-to-back. The easy thing to say is, Yes, but it was Morehead State and Savannah State, and that’s obviously the case. Regardless of who the opponent was, though, the Panthers played well enough to win on both sides of the ball – +3 in turnover ratio, outgained Savannah State 433-263,  a lot of big plays on both sides.

This is a very different team than the one that slopped past Campbell two Saturdays ago.

2) Cornerback and punt returner Demarius Matthews could be out. Coach Bill Curry called it a sprain and didn’t know more at the post-game press conference. Hopefully it’s a sprain and he’ll be back soon, but it didn’t look good.

3) Run game improves, but run defense can be better. Don’t know if you think it’s hunting for blemishes, but Savannah State did run the ball effectively when it could do it without committing penalties. The Panthers looked better at stopping the run last week. But, obviously, you can’t win consistently if you can’t stop the run most of the time.

Sam Burkhalter looked strong running the ball – 11 rushes, 53 yards and a touchdown. As a team, Georgia State ran 40 times for a season-best 245 yards. Kelton Hill was fast and powerful running Wildcat stuff (six rushes, 95 yards). One of the highlights of the day was his merciless stiff-arm of a would-be Savannah State tackler.

What do you think?

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megan

October 9th, 2010
6:10 pm

georgia state is a football team to look ot for in the future they just started playing and they are doing good

GSUtimes2

October 9th, 2010
6:10 pm

GSUtimes2

October 9th, 2010
6:11 pm

Crap stupid Blackberry!!!!!!!

DJlaysitup

October 9th, 2010
6:47 pm

Looks like the team it getting it’s act together nicely. Stopping the run is still a bit of a problem but it’s hard to complain about 55-21…of course most opponents don’t give you 4 turnovers in the first half…Go Panthers!

Itsmeagain

October 9th, 2010
6:58 pm

It certainly seems like a corner was turned past week and were finally dominating teams that we should be dominating. Considering its the first season and the hiccups that generally go along with that, I think were doing a lot better than we rightfully should have expected. For me this just shows that the team is getting to where It needs to be a lot sooner than necessary. If we can play consistently as we are, we will be a really decent team

Ed

October 9th, 2010
7:02 pm

I’m guessing not too many other people have seen every GSU game…. We looked just OK for much of the first half. Finally started to find our groove toward halftime. GIVE US A RUN DEFENSE AND WE’LL BE A GREAT TEAM. Penalties…man those were awful, especially the one on the last kickoff of the half.

What will it take for us to get ranked in the IAA poll?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Drew Little is a darkhorse Heisman!

ATL krusher

October 9th, 2010
7:15 pm

Drew Little for heisman? hahaha, come on man, Im a GSU fan/student but theres no way your being serious..

ATL krusher

October 9th, 2010
7:17 pm

I went to the game today, it was complete domination. Our pass D was awesome, love seeing all those picks…We are starting to click, when we do this on a consistent basis we will be dangerous.. Watch out Bama, Sam Burkhalter is the Marcus Lattimore of IAA (just kidding), but he is good.

pantherDAWG

October 9th, 2010
7:21 pm

I-AA fotball players are ineligible for the Heisman; the I-AA equivalent is the Walter Payton award which is still a longshot for Drew Little. GSU’s strength of schedule is weak to say the least because it’s their inaugural season.

pantherDAWG

October 9th, 2010
7:22 pm

pantherDAWG

October 9th, 2010
7:26 pm

oops just did some research and I-AA football players ARE eligible for the Heisman… but it’s highly unlikely that they will win it.

MikeyD

October 9th, 2010
7:36 pm

You’re right, pantherdawg. 1AA players are eligible, but will probably never win. Steve McNair was the highest finishing 1AA player. I think he was either runner-up or #3 during his senior season. Our sports information dept at Georgia Southern mounted a campaign for Adrian Peterson the year after he won the Payton Award, but he never got a serious look, and he ended his career as the all-division rushing leader when you factor in playoff games.
Congrats on the win. Hopefully we’ll see the Eagles and Panthers mix it up soon.

panama

October 9th, 2010
8:18 pm

McNair is tied for with Gordy Lockbaum. They both finished 3rd.

Kell Hall

October 9th, 2010
8:29 pm

It’s good to see such interest in Ga. State athletics. As an old grad, I am mighty proud of these young men!

Carl34

October 9th, 2010
8:45 pm

@ Kell Hall

That’s because we finally have a reason to be interested in GSU athletics. ;-) It’s always been about football.

Great win for GSU. They played like an established FCS team which says a lot for a start-up. Even Star is coming along and Kelton Hill is amazing. I hope somehow GSU can hold on to all three quarterbacks. They can be a Lethal Weapon 3. :-)

Ken Sugiura

October 9th, 2010
8:49 pm

thanks for chiming in, all. i hate to rain on the parade, but i’m not going to buy into drew little for heisman just yet. but i love the enthusiasm.

i think this was an important day, which hopefully the story for sunday’s paper reflects.
http://bit.ly/9RcKfw

i think the team is turning a corner, as itsmeagain said. it doesn’t mean they can’t backslide, but taking care of business is a step forward past games vs. lambuth and campbell.

i agree, ed, about the run defense.

Ken Sugiura

October 9th, 2010
8:50 pm

let’s all give mikeyd some props for being civil.

Ken Sugiura

October 9th, 2010
9:07 pm

notes are up, also. star jackson, kelton hill, run defense and savannah state’s comparison of georgia state with liberty and georgia southern.
http://bit.ly/bTyOx7

Zamboni_Racer

October 9th, 2010
9:09 pm

Great win today. The opening few minutes were awesome, the Panthers showed a lot of tenacity in forcing turnovers and getting those first 2 TDs. I realize Sav State was a pretty feeble opponent, but GSU just seemed to dominate throughout most of the game. Funny hearing Coach Curry still complaining at halftime even though team was up 34 – 7. Does he ever take off the game face?

GStateBen

October 9th, 2010
9:46 pm

How about Drew for FCS Independent All American team. Bo Schlecter should get consideration for best FCS punter. Small goals folks.

Best news yet is all of the players that played today. All new front 7, all new offensive lines and TE got in there for 2 quarters. No scholarship seniors.

Onto NC Central!

Bill

October 10th, 2010
12:39 am

Correction. GSU played Wofford in Statesboro today. I don’t know what Georgia State did.

itsmeagain

October 10th, 2010
1:06 am

I think you’re on the wrong thread bill

Panther Football

October 10th, 2010
7:57 am

Drew Little’s QB rating of 147.6 currently ranks him 13th of all 111 QB’s rated in FCS and 2nd among all Freshman QB’s.

God Bless America... and no one else

October 10th, 2010
8:36 am

GSU is in Statesboro, not Atlanta.

PantherAlum98

October 10th, 2010
8:36 am

Awesome Game!! Offense looked tentative to start but obviously got it together. Probably the worst officiated game ever(both sides of the ball). Would love to see an I formation once this season.

RidgeRunner

October 10th, 2010
8:37 am

Correcting Bill – GSU did not play in Statesboro Sat, they played in ATL against SSU.

GSUAlumBaseball81

October 10th, 2010
8:58 am

I’ve heard all you Eagles from the farm in Statesboro claim to be the Real GSU. We are ready for you to stop talking and bring your high school offense to the Concrete Jungle so it can be settled once and for all! You better have a secondary!!! And oh by the way GSU stands for the original and first GSU Georgia State University. Maybe one of your English majors can create you all a Blog in Statesboro or do you all not read and follow the Statesboro news papers! Were in the ATL and proud of it!!! Go Panthers!!! Can’t wait to play some SoCon teams!

GSUtimes2

October 10th, 2010
9:22 am

Great win yesterday. I’m so pleased that I’m not going to give Southern too much guff about the 33-31 loss to Wofford yesterday. Wofford is apparently a pretty good team. Still can’t wait for the Georgia Southern v. Georgia State game.

Go Panthers!

October 10th, 2010
9:37 am

I’ve said it before, and will continue to do so…

The only people to blame for the GSU confusion is Georgia Southern.

They didn’t have the intelligence to realize that putting “University” on the back end instead of the front would create obvious confusion.

It’s not too late.

You can still rebrand yourself as USG, which makes so much sense that I’m sure you won’t do it.

Concrete Campus Man

October 10th, 2010
9:46 am

Congrats to the Panthers on another quality “W”…..I love the fact that we can throw out 3 quality QBs and not miss a beat offensively.
But what’s with all the crap from the Statesboro Tractor Repair Academy people here? Next thing you know we’ll have to put up with crap from ABAC alums.

GSU_MEX_PANTHER

October 10th, 2010
9:48 am

Great game Panthers! Lets continue with another W next weekend.

@itsmeagain: Appreciate your spirit bro you are the loudest fan we have!

GSU_MEX_PANTHER

October 10th, 2010
9:53 am

@ Bill: Georgia Southern lost to Wofford in statesboro and GSU won againt SSU in Atlanta.

blazerdawg

October 10th, 2010
10:52 am

USG= University of South Georgia, which really is Valdosta State University. The “real GSU” stuff is silly. GA State is “GSU” or “State”; GA Southern is “Southern”; both are cool.

Could be a good change?

October 10th, 2010
11:00 am

USG = University of Southern Georgia.

Like USC.

It’s actually a pretty good name.

Itsmeagain

October 10th, 2010
12:26 pm

I mean… When southern plays a football game on tv they don’t write gsu as an abbreviation, they write gasouth or something like that. I don’t really care if they change their name or not, state will always get the gsu abbreviation before southern

Itsmeagain

October 10th, 2010
12:29 pm

Something has to be said when any of our quarterbacks can get the job done. Were not training backup quarterbacks, were training so we can change the quarterback style on a whim and have full confidence in that quarterback

MS. Bully

October 10th, 2010
1:46 pm

Enter your comments here

MS. Bully

October 10th, 2010
1:46 pm

Go State, Beat Bama!!

wsj

October 10th, 2010
3:46 pm

I guess we need to help our friends in Statesboro with a proper name.

Maybe GSRU Georgia Southern Regional University

or SGU South Georgia University

or GSSU Georgia Southeastern State University
but there already is Georgia Southwestern State University

USG is University System of Georgia so that’s already taken too.

And if anyone cares to check http://www.gsu.edu is definitely in ATLANTA.

itsmeagain

October 10th, 2010
4:23 pm

Lol. Are we provoking the Southern girls now?

Goose

October 10th, 2010
6:14 pm

I’ve been to every game so far, and honestly as much as a I love our team I was not that impressed with yesterday’s performance. SSU is just a very bad team. Penalties and turnovers just killed team. They had 2 decent drives on us that really pissed me off. Especially the long ball in the second half. I’m starting to think we need to line up more in 5 receiver sets more. I really believe in Little and we need to put our trust in him just a little bit more and let him throw the ball down field. Especially in the end zone. Our Defense has come a long way, but I’m extremely impressed in our secondary. Every single game, they’ve showed up.

Goose

October 10th, 2010
6:16 pm

If we can stop the run just a little more, we can win out our schedule with the passing game.

*Besides Alabama*
I’d be thrilled with being 8-3

itsmeagain

October 10th, 2010
7:16 pm

I’d be thrilled with a winning season. And it doesn’t seem like a stretch anymore

God Bless America... and no one else

October 11th, 2010
6:56 am

@ WSJ…..

Or you could just use GBU for State – GA Backup Univ. This would be a lot better than the name we had for State when I was in college…. although our name still kept the initials GSU…..

God Bless America... but not Statesboring

October 11th, 2010
10:34 am

Anybody catch the Georgia Southern game this weekend? No, not the greased pig race, the football game! Then again, it was family weekend, so the greased pigs got in free.

PantherAlum

October 11th, 2010
12:15 pm

Great game. Team is really coming together. Too bad SC beat bama, would have been fun to see State put the first L on Bama’s umblemished streak.

Eagle

October 11th, 2010
1:00 pm

Hey you GaHaters. Check out today’s FCS rankings. What position did GaState move up to? Georgia Southern moved up from 16th to 13th even with the loss. Enough said!

Itsmeagain

October 11th, 2010
1:32 pm

You sure are proud of that loss. Its not your fault though, you played to the best of your ability

GSUFAN

October 11th, 2010
1:37 pm

*sigh* at the eagle trolls.
Im with the posters who commented that we didnt look our best the in the first half. We got our groove going near halftime which was great. So far, the best we’ve looked all season was against Jacksonville State, even though we lost.
Drew Little is a great QB! But even better was seeing all three of our QB’s out there looking good.

GSUAlumBaseball81

October 11th, 2010
2:44 pm

Ken, Any idea if we will beable to view the Old Dominon game in Norfolk, Virginia here in the ATL? Saw where it is going to be televised by Comcast on ODU’s Athletic website. Also any news on Demarius? Finally, is the 2011 GSU football schedule listed anywhere? If not can someone summarize what we currently know it to be. I saw where we play South Alabama at the Dome in 2011 on their football page. Too funny that you Eagle trolls keep on trollin on the AJC REAL GSU “Georgia State University” Football Blog. Maybe the Statesboro paper needs to set up a blog for you all to communicate! Go Panthers!!!