Three post-game thoughts

Greetings, all-

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.

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Goose

October 16th, 2010
6:42 pm

Goose

October 16th, 2010
6:44 pm

Ken – why don’t we stick to the pass more? It’s more effective and we tend to make less errors.

Alum 78

October 16th, 2010
6:44 pm

I had to give my tix to friends today. Apparently a thriller of a game. Decent crowd, proud of our panthers!

GSU Real Man

October 16th, 2010
6:50 pm

The Offensive Coordinator should be dialing up more long passes for Drew Little. They would have blown them out of the water if that had happened. The D saved GSU today and thankfully came away with a win. Oh yeah, GSU is in Atlanta!!!

bullwinkle

October 16th, 2010
7:47 pm

I love Coach C, but I hate, hate, hate that tactic of trying to “ice” the other kicker by calling timeout just before the snap, so the kicker goes ahead and then has to do it again.

Curry’s timeout just before the NCSU guy’s kick at the end of regulation almost cost us the game, since he missed the first one (that didn’t count b/c of the timeout) and then made the second to force OT.

I know a lot of coaches do it now but it’s bush-league and ought to be banned….you should have to call timeout before the line sets.

ccatlanta

October 16th, 2010
7:52 pm

Thanks for keeping us posted on the score. Glad GSU won. Sounds like an exciting game. I look forward to reading your story about it.

Fire Rodney Ho

October 16th, 2010
8:00 pm

It’s a team with tons of freshman, what do you expect? They’re going to make mistakes and be inconsistent at times, getting the W is the most important part.

dangerousdan885

October 16th, 2010
8:23 pm

I twisted my ankle so I couldn’t be there today,but I listened to the entire game on WRAS. way to hang in there Panthers !! Today’s team would have beaten Jack State. They seem to gain maturity each week. I’m proud of the program, now if we can get more students down there !

GSU_MEX_PANTHER

October 16th, 2010
8:37 pm

Ken what was the announced attendance?

Ken Sugiura

October 16th, 2010
8:52 pm

mex_panther it was announced at 13,378. student attendance was about 1,800, which was the smallest of the year.
Goose – it’s a good question. coaches realize the passing game is stronger, but i think for the sake of balance they want to keep getting the run game going. curry really wants that to improve, so i don’t think they’ll abandon it. i think this would fall under the playing for 2012 vs. playing for 2010 dichotomy. you could rely on drew little for the next two years and win, but do you want to start caa play in 2012 as a one-dimensional team?
bullwinkle – i meant to ask curry that. many consider that maneuver unsporting, but apparently curry is not one of them, which surprises me a little.

Ken Sugiura

October 16th, 2010
9:05 pm

his team won, but kind of a bummer of a birthday for Star Jackson, who didn’t get in. A better birthday for defensive coordinator John Thompson, whose unit played one of its best games of the year.

GSUtimes2

October 16th, 2010
9:05 pm

What is amazing is. The fact that we could easily be 7-0 right now. I was sooooo disappointed in the students. Where are you? We have one more home game and it better be packed!

I hate to bring this up but there was a scuffle on the gsu offensive sideline after the 2nd Hill fumble. Ben Jacoby tried to calm things down and ended up in the middle. Hope a win cures all grudges.

Ken Sugiura

October 16th, 2010
9:08 pm

it’s also cornerback justin hughes’ birthday, i’ve been told.

Ken Sugiura

October 16th, 2010
9:10 pm

times2 – true, and remarkable. the team could also be 3-4, though. campbell and today could have gone the other way.

Go Panthers!!

October 16th, 2010
9:11 pm

Seemed the crowd was better between the goal lines today. The students, however, were definitely not there.

Clearly, the students are the only difference between 13K and 16K.

Honestly, I don’t know why they didn’t come out.

Maybe having 6 home games out of 7 weeks provided too much familiarity?

Regardless, I had a blast todya, and the season ticket holders around me are all planning on renewing also.

We’ll get there.

G-State

October 16th, 2010
9:35 pm

Agreed with what’s been said about the student section and also agree with ‘Go Panthers!!’. I’m a season tix holder and i’ll be renewing also because the season has been real fun and it will only get better once we are actually playing conference games with the chance to play post season football.

But we knew attendance would be a challenge with this university in this city. It is a work in progress and we have to help build the program on the sidelines as the players help build it on the field. It’s just going to take time because building a following does not happen overnight. Even a few current bigger programs took a while to build a following (miami/florida state/rutgers) and they are FBS (D-1 at the time) so they had that advantage. It sometimes takes a good decade.

itsmeagain

October 16th, 2010
10:47 pm

I was really disenchanted with the student section today. Usually there is a pretty decent crowd behind the goal posts but today it looked bare. I really do hope that 2 weeks of being away will help encourage the students back out, especially as it’ll be the last home game.

I did bring my parents to this game, and fortunately didn’t get too scared to lose my voice yelling (as i always do). They really enjoyed it and think they might come back up for the Lamar game.

itsmeagain

October 16th, 2010
10:52 pm

About the game, that really was a hell of a game and it really showed the determination of the team. I couldn’t be more pleased that we managed to slide by in overtime, because honestly the whole time it looked like it wouldn’t happen. If we can just win one more game we’ll have a winning season.

Ed

October 17th, 2010
12:15 am

For a minute in the game, I thought Drew Little was trying to squander his darkhorse Heisman candidacy but he redeemed himself.

Also, what was up with our center today? There were (IIRC) four really bad snaps.

Why does the school now have a frankly, awful, gameday experience now? First two/three games, there were all those videos, the music was louder, and now its like they let it go silent for minutes at a time. For the JSU game there were bios of the leading professors, it was nice. Now it is just boring.

Oh and Ken, can you explain the FCS rankings? How does a team with a losing record remain ranked while a team with a 5-2 record doesn’t even receive votes? Seems odd.

Itsmeagain

October 17th, 2010
12:47 am

I’m guessing you could only really consider us 3-1 as the first two games were NAIA. And then we lost to one of those teams, so I guess you could actually only consider is 3-crap

GSU_MEX_PANTHER

October 17th, 2010
2:07 am

I agree wit Ed the last two games have been lacking any emotion and part of it has to do with what Ed said and the other is that our student section is diminishing.

GSUAlumBaseball81

October 17th, 2010
8:35 am

I agree as well with all that mentioned the fact that the students were not there on Saturday against NCCU! Obviously, they do not realize what this team means to their University, Alums and Fans. To the ones that showed up AWESOME! To the others that were working change your schedules for home game Saturdays. To the others that just did not show up SHAME ON YOU!!! These guys on the team are playing for you and our school pride. The Band, Color Gaurd and Cheerleaders are there leading us on to Victory!!! Please support GSU football because Coach Curry and the staff and all involved in the creation of this team are giving their all to make our University a top notch fully rounded institution and it’s up to all of us to help make it happen! Thank you Coach Curry!!! Also, it was # 45 Austin Wiley’s birthday yesterday as well. Kelton, keep running, put the ball away and forget the fumbles. Alot of good lessons learned against NCCU. GO PANTHERS! So far 5-2 our first year! Beat Old Dominion this Saturday!!!

VSU Alumnus

October 17th, 2010
8:39 am

Congrats on your win. Please stop the bickering about who the real GSU is. I would like to see GSU and GSU schedule Valdosta State and West Georgia. The Gulf South Conference( VSU’s and UWG’s conference) is spliting due to the Arkansas teams joining with some Texas teams to form a new conference. The GSC is left with VSU,UWG,Delta State, W. ALA., and N.Ala. IMHO..the Arkansas schools are tired of us beating them. Check the records.We need games and GSU and GSU could cut travel cost and get good gate at home.I’m talking home and away series. If you aren’t scared. Go ALL Georgia teams.

GSU Alum 98

October 17th, 2010
9:14 am

Great game!! Offense looked pretty sluggish in the first half but turned it on. Would LOVE to see the I formation with Burkhalter lining up as fullback. Only MAJOR issue was with 2:28 left when getting the ball back on downs around the 40, we didn’t seem to have the where with all to get a first down and ice the game. Seemed as if we thought it was in the bag. Even going for it on fourth down as opposed to kicking a field goal didn’t make any sense to me. Anyway great win!!!

GSU Real Man

October 17th, 2010
9:20 am

Nothing against VSU or W.GA, but I don’t think playing either of them will help GSU move forward/upward with their football program. I really wish they would remove any non FCS team from their schedule and I am guessing when they join the CAA that this will probably happen. I think we will know how decent of a program GSU is after the ODU game this upcoming Saturday.

Ken…any word on whether or not this game will be televised on CSS in the Atlanta area?

GSU Mens BB Fan

October 17th, 2010
1:12 pm

@GSU Real Man – I was watching North Texas play FIU on CSS last night and CSS showed their upcoming schedule – which showed that they will be televising the game. This is the only confirmation I have however, as the Athletics Department hasn’t showed it to be a televised game in their website. When I get home tonight I’m planning on skipping ahead to next Saturday in my channel lineup and seeing if the game is listed.

itsmeagain

October 17th, 2010
2:03 pm

According to the CSS website the game wont be televised. Makes me sad as i know it’s being televised on Cox Sports TV. But for most of us Atlantans, thats not available to us.

itsmeagain

October 17th, 2010
2:22 pm

So i was at the tailgate yesterday in the brown lot and the school had set up karaoke and had Frenchy playing, donut eating contests, etc, and it was cool. But why could they not set that up during school times to try and get student interest for those kids who don’t normally come out to the games? If you put it at the tailgate, assumably you’re only providing entertainment for those people who will already be at that tailgate…

GSUtimes2

October 17th, 2010
4:12 pm

Ken Sugiura

October 17th, 2010
9:37 pm

the game, according to the gsu website, is on Comcast Digital 499. i hope someone else can explain what that means. but i guess principally it means you need to have comcast. maybe you can get it on the channelsurfing.net some folks were talking about on the thread.

as for fcs rankings, it’s voted on, like the ap and coaches polls. i don’t know a ton about it, but i think i remember reading that the voters are writers, broadcasters and various schools’ sports information (PR) directors. why is a 2-3 team included? richmond lost to an fbs team (virginia) and two ranked fcs teams, so i guess you could call them “good” losses. (remember that the only week gsu got votes was after they narrowly lost to jacksonville state.
i might guess it’s harder for fcs voters to toss a reputed team like richmond out of the poll because so little is known about so many other fcs schools (like georgia state).

Panther76

October 18th, 2010
12:24 am

watched the NCCU game on channelsurfing.net., which is great for out of state alum!! I hope Old Dominion game will be on there as well. Don’t like it when the panthers try to run out of the shotgun (except for wildcat). The plays seem to get blown up in the backfield. They seem to have more success running when Little is under center…

fan

October 18th, 2010
1:57 am

GO GA.STATE PANTHERS

GStateBen

October 18th, 2010
10:10 am

Comcast 499, I believe it a Pay Per View situation. I’m going to call Comcast this afternoon to be sure but unless the local CSS folks pick the game up it will not be in the Atlanta market. The current schedule is the FIU-Arkansas State game on at 1pm and the Marshall-East Carolina game will be on at 4:15 for this market.

As Panther76 mentioned, you can find the game on http://www.channelsurfing.net. We should have the link closer to game time.

tiger

October 18th, 2010
11:08 am

Apparently the loss to GSU was not good for the NC Central coach. word out of Durham is that the NCCU coach will get his walking papers today.

lovemypanthers

October 18th, 2010
11:35 am

I think it was a great game. What makes the Panthers so special is that they don’t give up! I changed my work schedule to go to the game and it was absolutely worth it. I’ll do the same for the home game in two weeks and I hope more students come to cheer! The Panthers and GSU deserve it. Go Panthers!!! I’dl ove to hear more of Frenchy’s songs there…