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.
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