Hope you enjoyed the game. The team was as you might imagine exuberant over the win. I don’t think I’ve seen Bill Curry that excited a game except for maybe the first. Anyway, a few quick thoughts and I’ve got to get back to cranking out my stuff for Sunday.
1. A lot of resilience on the Georgia State sideline, starting with Kelton Hill. The quarterback fumbled his two first carries of the game, and I figured he was done for the day. However, Curry and offensive coordinator John Bond stuck with him, and he finished with 71 yards on nine carries and was one of the most dependable (following the fumbles) parts of the Panthers’ offense.
2. Best run defense effort of the year. After giving up 143 yards in the first half on the ground, Georgia State allowed only 32 in the second half and overtime. Adjustments were made and players tackled better. Defensive coordinator John Thompson said it was the best game the defensive line played of the season.
3. It was very ugly, but could prove valuable. Georgia State, particularly offensively, was not on its game today. But the Panthers twice came back from a deficit and then, after losing momentum at the end of the fourth quarter, came up strong in overtime. I think a game like this gives a team a whole lot of confidence to believe it’s never out of a game.
My apologies for slacking off towards the end on the game thread. I forget that there are still people reading, even if I’m the only one posting. For what it’s worth, if you’re following along, it’s a good reminder to me to keep blogging if people chime in with questions or whatever. And, as a few people posted, the games are also streamed online on 1160 AM and, apparently, WRAS 88.5.