GSU-South Alabama game thread

Greetings, all-

Hope we can put aside our thoughts about Georgia State’s road to the 2017 BCS national championship for a couple hours.

A couple things for you. Here’s a link to a Mobile Press-Register story. It’s pretty standard, except for a mention that USA hopes for a crowd in excess of 30,000 for the game. Depending on what the excess is, it could be the biggest crowd of the season for a Georgia State game thus far. Here’s another story about Bill Curry talking about South Alabama. And another - it’s supposed to be a “whiteout.” Old Dominion tried a blueout last week and it was kind of high on the lame scale.

You know what the next step in whiteouts is? Plaid-outs. Or, maybe Alabama can have a houndstooth-out. I would be all in for that. Or maybe Hawaii could have a Hawaiian shirt-out.

Two things I’ll look for, and I’m going to guess I’ve mentioned them before for previous games – the running game and turnovers. When Georgia State has lost, those have been pretty big reasons why.

Second, I might not be on as much as the game is later and deadlines are a little tighter, but I’ll try to contribute as much as I can. For those of you outside of Atlanta and the powerful reach of 1160 AM, you can go the website and pull it in. (They’re actually broadcasting Notre Dame right now. They’re part of the the Fighting Irish radio network. Who knew?) (Georgia State sports information chieftain Allison George says the Panthers supercede the Irish on 1160. Notre Dame started at 2:30 p.m., so there will be overlap. But, failing that, locally, you can get the game on 88.5 WRAS or 1690-AM. 1690 carries a live feed on its website, too.)

Anyway, if you’re wondering, Mobile’s downtown is kind of nice. It sort of looks just a little bit like Savannah except a lot smaller and perhaps a little more depressed.

Mobile facts, courtesy of GSU sports information whiz Charlie Taylor. Bear Bryant coached his first game for Alabama at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in 1958, a loss to LSU 13-3.

Mobile is the birthplace of Hank Aaron. If I’d thought of it, and had the time, I’d go visit his childhood home, which was moved next to Hank Aaron Stadium, where the local minor-league team is. I have been to Tupelo to see Elvis Presley’s birthplace, though.

Ladd-Peebles Stadium is named after two civic-minded businessmen.

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GSUtimes2

October 30th, 2010
3:45 pm

Woohoo! First!!

GSU

October 30th, 2010
3:45 pm

Let’s get this game started. Go GSU.

Ken Sugiura

October 30th, 2010
3:48 pm

update: Allison George says Notre Dame will go to 1590 when GSU comes on the air on 1160. Panthers’ first win over an FBS team.

GSU

October 30th, 2010
3:50 pm

Ken will USA have footage of this game?

TheRealGSU

October 30th, 2010
3:59 pm

Have fun up North Georgia State!

GSUtimes2

October 30th, 2010
4:00 pm

Hahahaha, nice Ken. It was nice to see that the second article recognized that GSU is the best team that South Alabama will play all year and that their opponents total record this year is 27-50. Really, we are the best team they’ve played since they started last year. I really feel like we are hungry and are going to come out and make a statement early. Just wish I could see it on TV…or in person!! Go Panthers!!!!!

TheRealGSU

October 30th, 2010
4:03 pm

Wish ya’ll could get in the SoCon. Would be a great rivalry!

GSUtimes2

October 30th, 2010
4:16 pm

@TheRealGSU — You hit the nail on the head. We’ve all been debating that feverishly as of late. As I understand it, the SoCon isn’t available and, well, we are in a committed long term relationship with the CAA. Plus, I’m not sure how interested/enthusiastic either of the GSU/GSU decision makers are about playing each other. Either side stands to lose more than just a game in terms of argument to recruits. I think GSU/GSU is the best rivalry that doesn’t exist…..yet.

TheRealGSU

October 30th, 2010
4:21 pm

It’ll happen. The students and the fans want it. Losing that game though would put a damper on recruiting. But on our level its equal to UGA/GT and it’d be fun!

GSU

October 30th, 2010
4:22 pm

Hey Mike, you are the joke. Should be named Mr. Asshat!

GSUtimes2

October 30th, 2010
4:23 pm

Nice name Mike….but how about you talk to Mike Hawk….

GSUtimes2

October 30th, 2010
4:30 pm

@TheRealGSU — I think you are right, but not in our first few years. I guess ultimately, Southern has more to lose with us being a new team. We can always say “oh, we are new”…. I think by our third year, both sides will be screaming pretty loud for it. It will happen, just a matter of when.

Ken Sugiura

October 30th, 2010
4:38 pm

times2 – I’d debate that UC-Davis might be a better team right now than Georgia State, but point taken. This’ll be a good test for both sides.
BTW, Bo Schlechter and Olufemi Opanubi are not playing. Both had knee injuries in practice. Michael Donovan will be taking punts. He’s a transfer from Georgia Military College. If it helps, he just booted one in warm-ups (no rush) about 45 yards with a lot of hang time.
Evan Bostic will go for Opanubi.

Ken Sugiura

October 30th, 2010
4:40 pm

Also, Georgia State women’s soccer team qualified for the CAA tournament (four teams) for the first time in school history today by beating UNC-Wilmington 1-0.

Ken Sugiura

October 30th, 2010
4:47 pm

no stadium video board. arggh. and these guys are going fbs? (ha ha)

Ken Sugiura

October 30th, 2010
4:56 pm

South Alabama was hoping for 30,000. Unless a lot of people are getting hot dogs right now, I don’t think it’s going to happen.

Ken Sugiura

October 30th, 2010
4:59 pm

i’m going to guess about 60 gsu fans in the stands right now. maybe 70.

Ken Sugiura

October 30th, 2010
5:03 pm

gsu will get ball first.

Ken Sugiura

October 30th, 2010
5:07 pm

radio is 1690, after all. sorry for the confusion. they’ve got it on their website.

Itsmeagain

October 30th, 2010
5:07 pm

Good start so far

Ken Sugiura

October 30th, 2010
5:08 pm

everything working for gsu so far. 2-6 at usa 15.

Ken Sugiura

October 30th, 2010
5:09 pm

1-g at 9. underneath crossing routes causing problems.

itsmeagain

October 30th, 2010
5:10 pm

So far so good

Ken Sugiura

October 30th, 2010
5:11 pm

3-g, 2, hill at wildcat forces usa to burn timeout. gsu has gone 51 yards in eight plays.

Ken Sugiura

October 30th, 2010
5:12 pm

like last week, gsu in red zone on opening drive. last week, they had to settle for a field goal.

itsmeagain

October 30th, 2010
5:14 pm

Ken Sugiura

October 30th, 2010
5:15 pm

after danny williams drops would-be touchdown pass on third and goal from 2, gsu goes for it. drew little hits sidney haynes for score. 7-0. pretty gutsy to go on fourth, showing a lot of confidence in little. 9:31 to go in first.

Focused

October 30th, 2010
5:16 pm

Ken Sugiura

October 30th, 2010
5:20 pm

usa returning the favor.haven’t had a third down yet and are at gsu 15.

GSU

October 30th, 2010
5:21 pm

Defense…defense….defense

itsmeagain

October 30th, 2010
5:22 pm

we need to get better run defense!

itsmeagain

October 30th, 2010
5:23 pm

Ken Sugiura

October 30th, 2010
5:24 pm

on td run, rb didn’t get touched – not easy to do going up the middle from the 9-yard line.

Focused

October 30th, 2010
5:31 pm

Ken, whats your guess on the attendance?

Ken Sugiura

October 30th, 2010
5:36 pm

stands have filled in some. maybe 20K?
GSU – i doubt USA will have footage, if you’re talking about a produced telecast.

itsmeagain

October 30th, 2010
5:36 pm

ajhskdlfhajklsdf. Did that look like a fumble ken? I hate listening to the game…

Ken Sugiura

October 30th, 2010
5:37 pm

end of first quarter, 7-6, gsu.
usa looking tough to stop. run defense problems continue. penalty killed second drive for gsu.

GSUtimes2

October 30th, 2010
5:40 pm

Ken, on the radio they said the 35 yd field goal attempt was short. How did they short a 35 yarder? Bad hold?

Ken Sugiura

October 30th, 2010
5:40 pm

not a fumble at all.

itsmeagain

October 30th, 2010
5:40 pm

That missed field goal was damn lucky

Ken Sugiura

October 30th, 2010
5:43 pm

hold looked ok. tough to tell.their long this season is 39 yards. not a strong kicking game.

dbg

October 30th, 2010
5:44 pm

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itsmeagain

October 30th, 2010
5:44 pm

dbg

October 30th, 2010
5:44 pm

dbg

October 30th, 2010
5:45 pm

GSUtimes2

October 30th, 2010
5:45 pm

USA fumble! GSU on the one yard line!! C’mon!!! Punch it in!!!

itsmeagain

October 30th, 2010
5:46 pm

We need this touchdown!

dbg

October 30th, 2010
5:47 pm

Ken Sugiura

October 30th, 2010
5:47 pm

big difference from last week. gsu’s first two chances in red zone this week, 14 points. last week, 6.

GSUtimes2

October 30th, 2010
5:48 pm

Touchdown GSU!!!