GSU game thread

Greetings, all-

Sitting in my hotel room in Newport News, Va., about to leave for the game. Some thoughts and we’ll get this going.

1) I imagine  I’ve said this before, but I think a lot of the game rides on Drew Little’s arm. Old Dominion is pretty stiff against the run – 3.6 yards per carry – and you know the struggles GSU has had running it. Further, ODU’s defense has allowed opposing passers to complete 63.7 percent of their passes, a pretty high number. Bill Curry said this week one particular unit he wanted to watch to see how it stacks up are the receivers. We’ll see how that goes. So, also to that end, tackles Grant King and Clyde Yandell will have to be on their games to slow down ODU defensive end Deron Mayo.

2) GStateBen passes along word that the game will be available at http://www.channelsurfing.net/watch-old-dominion.html. He also says that Six Feet Under has DirecTV, so no game watching there.

3) My guess is a big special teams play will factor one way or the other. Both teams have counted on it plenty this season. It still amazes me that ODU has pulled off four successful surprise onside kicks this year. Kinda gutsy. Colby Goodwyn set a Division I (FCS or FBS) record with 333 kickoff return yards. (It obviously helps that he had nine returns, but still an impressive average.)

4) I am hungry and want to eat before I get to the game, so this is it.

5) I’m watching the Notre Dame-Navy game as I write. Is anything more awkward than hearing an announcer (in this case, CBS’ Craig Bolerjack) read a tease for a sitcom? “Everyone knows you’re not supposed to hit on to your friend’s sister, but what happens when your friend’s sister hits on you?” I guess that’s the plot of the upcoming Big Bang Theory. That’s an original one. Next week, I bet someone accidentally schedules two dates on the same night — and tries to keep both!

5) Any predictions on a score before the game starts? Maybe I can scrounge up some sort of prize for closest to the pin.

Game on!

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Panama

October 23rd, 2010
1:36 pm

Panama

October 23rd, 2010
1:40 pm

Have DirecTV and Comcast New England Channel 630 is showing Delaware and W&M right now and has UMass and UNH listed in the guide at 3:30. Channel 642 (Comcast MidAtlantic) has Texas and Iowa blacked out and also has UMass/UNH listed for 3:30. Praying that 642 is actually showing our game. Meh!

itsmeagain

October 23rd, 2010
2:22 pm

I just walked to Goodfellas on North Ave to pick up some wings for my mini game party. (Of course) i’m wearing my blues today (in Tech territory no less) and someone driving past yelled “go panthers” to me. I’m all tingly inside:)

itsmeagain

October 23rd, 2010
2:39 pm

24 Panthers, 21 Monarchs. I can’t bring myself to say that we’ll lose…

TrueBlue

October 23rd, 2010
3:00 pm

itsmeagain
” and someone driving past yelled “go panthers” to me. I’m all tingly inside:)”

Very cool. We are finally getting some support and recognition in this city. Gotta win today.
GO PANTHERS

Ken Sugiura

October 23rd, 2010
3:30 pm

in my seat. this is a nice little stadium. the impressive part is a three-story section of the stands in the end zone, all club seating and suites. on the other hand, they only serve pepsi here.

Ken Sugiura

October 23rd, 2010
3:33 pm

also, the stadium was built with funding from Franklin Roosevelt’s Public Works Administration. alas, there weren’t any earmarks for a press box elevator.
i’m also told that when norfolk state played here, doug williams played here when grambling came to town.

Ken Sugiura

October 23rd, 2010
3:35 pm

your game captains – bo schlechter, danny williams and mark hogan.

GSU Mens BB Fan

October 23rd, 2010
3:36 pm

@Ken…they only serve Pepsi…proof that Virginia is no longer considered part of the South!

Ken Sugiura

October 23rd, 2010
3:36 pm

gsu wins toss. defer to second half.

Ken Sugiura

October 23rd, 2010
3:38 pm

going to guess there’s about 75 gsu fans here.

Ken Sugiura

October 23rd, 2010
3:39 pm

odu running no huddle

itsmeagain

October 23rd, 2010
3:41 pm

awesome. First turn over over the 50

Ken Sugiura

October 23rd, 2010
3:42 pm

albert wilson returns 21 yards to odu 48.

Ken Sugiura

October 23rd, 2010
3:44 pm

kelton hill in, running “pistol” fomration on third down, converts third and 4 with option pitch to r. watson.

itsmeagain

October 23rd, 2010
3:45 pm

this is making me so damn happy

GSUtimes2

October 23rd, 2010
3:45 pm

Great run!!!

Ken Sugiura

October 23rd, 2010
3:45 pm

gerat blocking on run play for r. watson. down to 2.

Ken Sugiura

October 23rd, 2010
3:46 pm

great blocking for r. watson run play, down to 2.

itsmeagain

October 23rd, 2010
3:47 pm

GSUtimes2

October 23rd, 2010
3:47 pm

Good stop by ODU. Three runs in a row? C’mon.

Ken Sugiura

October 23rd, 2010
3:48 pm

from 1-g on odu 2, odu holds on three straight r. watson runs. 3-0, gsu.

Ken Sugiura

October 23rd, 2010
3:48 pm

would’ve liked to see a pass. what’d you think about the pistol?

GSUtimes2

October 23rd, 2010
3:50 pm

Panthers 3, Butterflies 0.

Ken Sugiura

October 23rd, 2010
3:52 pm

opanubi jogs off field, shaken up. looks ok.

Ken Sugiura

October 23rd, 2010
3:54 pm

forcing odu to punt after gaining two first downs.

GSUtimes2

October 23rd, 2010
3:56 pm

what a great pass!!! Love it!!!

Ken Sugiura

October 23rd, 2010
4:00 pm

timeout for gsu on 3-14 from odu 34.

Ken Sugiura

October 23rd, 2010
4:00 pm

i’d say gsu playing with more energy right now than odu.

itsmeagain

October 23rd, 2010
4:01 pm

We really seem to have the upper hand. Lets hope this lasts

Ken Sugiura

October 23rd, 2010
4:03 pm

would be 37-yard fg. but they’re going.

GSUtimes2

October 23rd, 2010
4:03 pm

Let’s get this short yardage 4th down and keep them on the ropes. Can’t settle for a FG here…

GaStateChris

October 23rd, 2010
4:05 pm

Thanks for posting the channel surfing link! It’s great to finally see a game on TV!

itsmeagain

October 23rd, 2010
4:06 pm

Man we gotta get some field goals

Ken Sugiura

October 23rd, 2010
4:07 pm

field goal for gsu, 6-0, 2:32 to play in first quarter. you’d like to have more than six points after getting inside the 5 on first drive and inside 20 on second. could come back to haunt them.

GSUtimes2

October 23rd, 2010
4:07 pm

Iain Vance is great but let’s get some TD’s

Ken Sugiura

October 23rd, 2010
4:10 pm

3 and out for odu, but punt downed inside gsu 1. 1:14 to play in first.

GSUtimes2

October 23rd, 2010
4:10 pm

Great defensive stand by the panthers after a great kick off return by ODU. Nice punt too. GSU backed up on the 1. Good test here for us.

itsmeagain

October 23rd, 2010
4:11 pm

Our defense is stepping up

GSUtimes2

October 23rd, 2010
4:13 pm

Is anyone else hearing the play by play on channelsurfing? This guy cannot get any of the Panther’s names right!

Ken Sugiura

October 23rd, 2010
4:15 pm

end of first quarter. gsu 6, odu 0. gsu facing 2-3 from own 31.

GSUtimes2

October 23rd, 2010
4:19 pm

BIG STOP!! Nice deflection on the pass!! Go Panthers!!

itsmeagain

October 23rd, 2010
4:20 pm

We need to get better with our possessions. Field goals are ok but touchdowns are better

Ken Sugiura

October 23rd, 2010
4:20 pm

26 yard punt. gsu ball at own 39. gained 8 yards on exchange.

Ken Sugiura

October 23rd, 2010
4:21 pm

i agree, itsmeagain. for as much as gsu is outplaying odu right now, 6-0 isn’t much to show for it.

GSUtimes2

October 23rd, 2010
4:24 pm

We need to punch it in here and keep the crowd out of this game. For as much we are dominating, not much to show for it.

GSUtimes2

October 23rd, 2010
4:32 pm

itsmeagain

October 23rd, 2010
4:33 pm

Dammit. Hopefully we don’t get freaked out

Ken Sugiura

October 23rd, 2010
4:33 pm

odu goes 80 yards for touchdown. 7-6, odu, 7:03 remaining in first half. odu had option game working that drive.

glsjunior

October 23rd, 2010
4:35 pm

Bond is scared to throw down feel. Someone needs to tell him that Reggie Ball isn’t his QB.