Quotes after the loss

Georgia State Head Coach Bill Curry

It’s obvious that what happened today was a failure of leadership by all of us. I’ve seldom felt better about preparation, and I’ve seldom been more disappointed with a result. I don’t have to tell you about the turnovers and allowing them to run through us the times we couldn’t afford that and the incredible foolish penalties. I would love to play a good game against ODU someday, but we seem to save our worst for ODU. So hat’s off to a good job by that team. We didn’t find out today just how good they are because we really didn’t test them. We gave them opportunities at every turn and they took advantage. So we go back to work and correct the foolish penalties, the turnovers, the tackling, the blocking, and the lack of attention to detail and get ready for the next one. That’s what football teaches you.

Can you talk about the decision to wait to bring in Little until the fourth quarter?

We talked about it all along, and Bo (Schlecter) had started out very nervous a week ago and then rallied to play very well. He did some good things today. So we wanted to stay with him a reasonable amount of time before we went to Drew (Little). But who knows. Maybe we should have done it in the second quarter. You can always look back and wonder if things could have been different before the score got to where it was when we finally put him in.

On the blocked punt and the partially blocked punt, did ODU show you something in the special teams’ packages that you didn’t expect or hadn’t seen?

Our punt protection requires that the punter step in a certain direction, and it’s toward the long side of the shield. We are not sure if Matt (Hubbard) did that or not. It looked like he did not. They should not be able to come through the shield like that regardless. The protection should hold up. He’s a wonderful punter. He gets the ball off quickly. That’s not an excuse. It might have been the same if we had Bo in there. Bo had a foot issue. He couldn’t punt today and that’s the reason Matt was in there.

Did you see anything in the warm-ups with the players before the game that led you to believe ‘this is not going to be good’?

No were weren’t flat. We were exuberant. We were bouncing around. We were coming off the ball. We were handling the ball well. We did everything well in warm-ups. But warm-ups don’t count. Everything that would indicate that we were going to play well has been present. We just didn’t. That’s always leadership. That is a failure of leadership.

… On the coaches’ part?

You have to have their attention. You have to know you have their attention. It has to be in the finest detail. It has to been in the details of staying in front of people when you are blocking on kick-off returns and punt returns. It has to be in the subtle nuances of where you throw the ball. Both the quarterbacks that played today have been out there every day so they know what to do. The receivers know what to do. The guys providing protection have been out there every day. There is just no excuse.

Any positives you can take away from this game?

The only positive I can think of is that out of these situations it has been my experience that good teams always rally and fight back to correct it. That is all I can give. We should get a chance to go back and build off this and learn how to not make excuses and feel sorry for ourselves.

Can you talk about the momentum change at the block punt that led to the TD right before halftime? You come out and are inside the 50 in three consecutive possessions and are forced to punt three consecutive times.

That was huge, absolutely huge. When come out in the third quarter and you have the ball, you drive it for a score. We made a big play. We get the ball in scoring position three times and come away with nothing. That is a very deflating thing. We could have just driven ourselves right back into the game. Sometimes you are better off if you do see these things coming because you know that there are some subtle distraction with your team, but I didn’t see this at all.

Did the defense just wear down in the fourth quarter?

Our defense is in shape. They hurt us early in the game as much as they did late. We had long stretches where we stoned their running game. That is what you have to do, just keep doing that. It wasn’t a matter of wearing down. We didn’t wear down in the first quarter and they ran the ball well. We’ve been practicing at this pace since last March. This is not new to us. This doesn’t surprise us. This wasn’t a conditioning thing. This was a concentration thing. This is staying on your feet, keeping your head up, ripping across the blocker’s neck, turning his body instead of yours being turned and tackling the guy. When we did that we were fine. We have to learn to be the same team all the time.

Old Dominion Head Coach Bobby Wilder

We got pressure all day long. Even more so I thought our offensive line really dominated the football game. We were able to run the ball consistently. We kept the able on offense and Georgia State stayed primarily in their three down front. They didn’t bring a lot of pressure and they were playing coverage so they were basically telling us, ‘We aren’t going to let you throw the ball outside to your receivers, we are going to make you run it,’ so that’s what we did. We were successful doing that.

I thought the key to the game and what really turned it were two plays back to back. We were going into score to go up, I believe, 20-3 and we fumbled in the end zone and they brought it back cut it to 13-10 and what got it back again was when we blocked the punt. We blocked the block and Blair Roberts scored. Probably one of the funniest things I’ve seen in 23 years of coaching was Blair Roberts almost wasn’t on the punt block team because he had to go to the bathroom. We almost lost him to a restroom break but he agreed to stay through it, scored a TD. That really turned it when we blocked the punt and scored. That’s when the momentum swung.

Any word on Alex Arain or T.J. Cowart?
I have not heard yet about Alex. He came in for an x-ray on his neck. J.J. Williams also came in for an x-ray on his neck but he was cleared. T.J., right now, we got the x-ray. We are not sure at this point if the wrist is broken. We will know for certain tomorrow, but he did get it banged pretty good. He was going to an interception, almost had it and collided with one of our guys.

Big win here today against a future conference opponent, how do you guys feel coming back?
I feel really good about a football team as I assess us right now. I thought this would be a really big test because I felt like Coach Curry and his staff had a better football team. I thought they were better this year than last year. Height, weight, speed. They are bigger, faster, stronger. For us to dominate the score, the way we did, I’ll need to see the video to see if we dominated the game, but we certainly dominated the score and I think that speaks very well for where we are as a team right now. We needed to run the ball today. That was something we were average with last week. We needed to run this ball this week. I thought that was the difference in the game, the ability to run the ball.

Did you feel like you guys were maybe could have been up a little more than you were early on?
There is no question that the turnovers really hurt us early on. The mark of a good football team is number one taking advantage of turnovers, which Georgia State did, I give them a lot of credit. They took advantage. That was a heck of a play when they scooped the ball up in the end zone and ran all the way down to our 10 yard line with it. That is a mark of a good, well-coached football team, which they are. But I did feel like we should have been up by a few more scores, at 20-17. If you look at last year’s game, they are up 6-0 then turn the ball over four times and then we are up 34-6. We hung in there with it and our motto as a team is play the next play and not get too down when something bad happens. I’m proud of our kids for that. We didn’t get too discouraged with those mistakes.

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The Dome Is Our Home

September 11th, 2011
9:54 am

The Dome Is Our Home

September 11th, 2011
9:56 am

Reported attendance was 11K. There was no way there were that many people and even the AJCGSU Twitter feed acknowledged that. I’m disappointed more fans couldn’t come out to see how our team stacks up against another start-up program.

takerjw

September 11th, 2011
10:30 am

And you guys think you can compete with Georgia Southern? You have a few more years before you can step on the field with the 6 time national champs. Look at the polls on Monday THE G.S.U. will be # 1.

GSU = Georgia State University, www.gsu.edu

September 11th, 2011
11:00 am

Never heard of any of those schools that you beat in order to obtain your 6 D-II trophies in. Congratulations on your irrelevance. Thanks for supporting GSU’s blog and citing accomplishments form last century.

LETS GO GSU PANTHERS!

GSU = Georgia State University, www.gsu.edu

September 11th, 2011
11:01 am

takerjw

September 11th, 2011
11:45 am

Whenever you beat someone of relevance then you can talk…. and the 6 national titles are from the FCS, the same NCAA division that Ga St plays in. Let me know how it feels sitting at home when GSU is going for national title #7. Big talk from a school that has won nothing.

The real GSU is in Statesboro

September 11th, 2011
11:46 am

Actually our last national championship was this century, in 2000, back when y’all were still dreaming of getting to maybe play one day…also lets understand that those were all against the same level of competition that you are are losing against now..when Southern is playing in Frisco in January well be sure to send ole coach curry a nice postcard

takerjw

September 11th, 2011
11:56 am

You guys are 7-6 overall with wins over 3 of the worst fcs schools, an impressive 2-0 against non scholarship schools, WOW 1-0 against Div II god awful Clark Atlanta, and 1-1 in the NAIA.

itsmeagain

September 11th, 2011
11:57 am

I like how more southern trolls are posting here then anyone else… Nobody even said anything about southern, why are u here?

The real GSU is in Statesboro

September 11th, 2011
12:07 pm

Well i am here because i am a fervent sports fan and like to be educated about all the sports going on in our awesome state…but when o here ignorant statements like this one:

“Never heard of any of those schools that you beat in order to obtain your 6 D-II trophies in. Congratulations on your irrelevance. Thanks for supporting GSU’s blog and citing accomplishments form last century.”

It causes me to want to set the record straight. I love idea of a GSU- GA St rivalry, just not time for that to happen yet, for your guys sake.

I think its the “undeserved since of accomplishment” attitude that is causing the GSU fans in the state to get pissed off. Y’all have been here for a minute but feel like you can make claims like the above statement.

takerjw

September 11th, 2011
12:19 pm

Its all the past comments from ga st fans talking trash about Southern. You have no ground to stand on when your record and youth as a program is what it is. In Ga Southerns 2nd year in football we won a national title. Ga Southern has the 4th best winning percentage in all divisions of college football.

PT

September 11th, 2011
12:42 pm

I attended the game. The difference in the game was the offensive and defensive line play.
Skill players are relatively equal. Old Dominion’s defensive line was too big and physical for GSU. There offensive line was much the same. There will have to be a large influx of JUCO of D1 transferes to make GSU relevant in the CCA or its going to be hard to get people in the gate.

student Athlete

September 11th, 2011
1:38 pm

Is Georgia Southern so boring that you need to keep up with other schools? I do not care what Georgia Southern does. You could win all of your games and I’ll never know because I don’t care. Go Panthers!

GSWho

September 11th, 2011
1:45 pm

@PT, agreed however I also believe our play calling was highly inadequate. Hill or Russell should have gotten us out of the deep hole we were in on the 9 yard line. No offense to Bo but he is too inexperienced to handle the ball on our goal line. Additionally with a team that has blocked 15 punts and FG’s you would think that we would have had a plan for that. We did not do any of the things we said we were going to do. The running game was not emphasized, Donald Russell was barely used and Bo should have been pulled sooner since he just wasn’t clicking. Both Little & Hill should have played sooner, Little should have been given more time to warm up (i.e. w/ running plays and short passes). Most of all we need to be better at making adjustments while the game is happening. I’m just not sure we are scouting like we should be as most opposing coaches interviewed are calling us predictable. Overall however I believe we have a great foundation and if we can become a little more dynamic and less predictable it should go a long way. We certainly have the talent to compete.

Alex

September 11th, 2011
3:11 pm

Georgia State football…..a program that should have never been started. Georgia State was a decent commuter, graduate school. Trying to be a traditional university with all the frills???? Huge mistake! Carl Patton should have his butt kicked.

Paddy

September 11th, 2011
5:58 pm

26,000 for the opener and now less than 11,000 for the bigest game on the home schedule. Poor marketing effort by GSU. ODU has sold out every seat for every home game before the season begins. Effort of their mkt staff overshadows the effort by GSU. Thats Norfolk folks. Always considered a second tier city with little enthusiasm for sports. Not to mention it is 6 times smaller market than ATL. Their population is military and family. About 1/3 of the total population. Half of them are in port or deployed otherwise. The other 1/2 has no ties to ODU. Poor, poor effort GSU.

Bill

September 11th, 2011
6:22 pm

This is a program that has no reason to exist. I hope Kennesaw State see the handwriting on the wall. They will never compete for the average fans. Even Georgia Tech has trouble filling an Atlanta stadium.By the way I have an advanced degree from Georgia State.

GSWho

September 11th, 2011
6:39 pm

Atlanta fans SUCK!! Look @ Tech, look @ the Thrashers, they’ll turn their back on the Braves & Hawks in a second. All they care about is going to the mall spending money they don’t have and living their meaningless little lives in their trailers or cookie cutter subdivisions vicariously through their worthless uneducated children. The only reason UGA has such a big following is all of the Sub-Alum rednecks that have adopted them and have nothing else to live for.

GSWho

September 11th, 2011
6:59 pm

PS I don’t totally blame the GSU alum. Accept for the handful of athletes who have come and gone 99.99% of the 170,000 alum never went to GSU because of athletics and I would venture to guess that about 155,000 of them had absolutely no idea we even had any sports programs. School spirit is a cultural thing that needs to be cultivated over time. Each year as we graduate the approximately 5,000 students I believe they will become more involved then the previous alums if our program continues to progress. I agree with you the marketing effort needs to be upgraded (and I have a million ideas about that) but the quick fix is to get the students and their families to the games.

Big Ol Stinger

September 11th, 2011
8:47 pm

Wow GSWho @6:39. Did your dog die today or what?

That’s some pretty high and mighty talk. And you’re life is so much better than most Atlantan’s why exactly? Please enlighten us on your take on the meaning of life, we’re dying to know what makes you and your life so superior.

Don’t disappoint us now. There’s about five million Atlantan’s you’re better than, and we need to know your secret to life.

Just kiddin. There’s about five million Atlantan’s that just think you’re an A/H!

GSun78

September 11th, 2011
9:00 pm

Part of the problem is the Georgia Dome is too big. 11,000 or even less is actually a good to decent turn out by FCS standards. GSU does better on attendance with Thursday and Friday night games. They should schedule more of those.

Funny how the Georgia Southern people are so quick to call for Georgia State (or even Kennesaw State) to shutdown its football program. Trying to bury the Georgia State program after any loss or if attendance slips.

Why does GSU alum Bill want both GSU and KSU to give up football?

Pennsylvania CAA fan

September 11th, 2011
9:07 pm

Watched the game on Comcast. Yikes. Defense looked rough. The threads on who is the “real” GSU are entertaining. About as irrelevant as it gets on any level but worth a read to make me feel …about 40 IQ points higher. I hope to see either “real’ GSU team at a Nova or U of D game. You guys must be a hoot

GSun78

September 11th, 2011
9:57 pm

I’m not sure if having two GSU’s in the same state is a blessing or a curse. It created an instant rivalry between two football teams that have never met. When Kennesaw State starts their program, they might feel left out among the intra-state rivals. Although Georgia State might be the most likely rival to KSU so Georgia State might end up with two hated in-state rivals.

GSWho

September 11th, 2011
9:58 pm

@ Big Ol Stinger
Thanks for making my point I’m sorry if my comments resemble you. While I am not privy to the meaning of life rest assured, I am working on that. I am saddened that your philosophical ability was limited to five sentences before you needed to resort to vulgarity. I’m sure if you ponder long enough you will muster a full paragraph before degenerating. Regardless, other than your distaste for my god given, first amendment singular opinion, I’m not clear as to what specifically you have added to the aforementioned discussion. Please be advised if you choose to continue this discussion I will oblige however I will not descend to your plane (i.e. you will remain the lowest common denominator in this forum).

Big Ol Stinger

September 12th, 2011
6:56 am

Yeah, I didn’t figure you’d have a real answer.

No apology needed, I’m doing pretty well as a matter of fact, and so are my kids. I do wish my portfolio would start to recover but I’ve got plenty of time for that.

That’s quite an impressive vocabulary you have there. Thanks for making my point as well. I don’t need to insult 5 million people to feel better about myself. I’m sorry that you do. I’m also sorry if my last comment resembles you, too.

Your butler probably has your tea and crumpits ready by now. Don’t forget to stick out your pinky. Toodles.

P.S. I hope those were complete paragraphs, I spend a lot of time proof reading and editing. Pffffffffffffttttttttttt.

Brad Banks Big

September 12th, 2011
8:06 am

Finally made a game. Man, that place was empty. GSU has to get an off campus stadium not named Georgia Dome and soon. There is nothing other than beer that was entertaining about being in an empty building. On the plus side, GSU has football and lot don’t and have a big alum base that increases every year and has the kind of programs that should bring in some major dollars if you can keep them involved, post grad and football certianly helps that. And yes, as said above 11K is good for 1AA I would think, but if there were 11K there Sat then I have 30 toes. Cause I have ten. True support for this program can’t be manufactored. All the ESPN love for Curry don’t mean diddly. Playing in any conference GSU finds won’t mean attendance swells. It has to be done the hard way in Atlanta, and that takes time. I fear GSU fans thought that the Dome doors would open up and it would just happen. Its going to be a long road, uphill. But, again, you got a program so its a start.

StephenGSU

September 12th, 2011
8:36 am

It’s games like these that make me wonder if GSU should have a football program in the first place- bad playcalling, bad execution, little fan support and a blowout loss. When does basketball season start?

GSUGrad06

September 12th, 2011
9:38 am

1) Georgia Southern is the greatest sports team to ever take a field of any kind. Is that better? Will that make you go away or at least quit trying to make everyone see you have won championships? If they don’t know by now it’s because they don’t care. Quit being so sensitive about what a few of our fans say on the INTERNET. Let me repeat that, the INTERNET.

2) Even at 11K in attendance (lowest ever) Georgia State is still 15th for the week in FCS attendance. Like GSun78 said, the Dome is too big for State right now, here’s hoping they grow into it.

3) This was one loss, the program doesn’t need to fold it’s doors. Yes it was an ugly loss but we had one of those last year and came within a d-back holding onto the football on an interception to beating the #4 ranked team at the time last season in week 3. These guys are still trying to play more consistent. Calm down people.

glsjunior

September 12th, 2011
10:09 am

Hey Southern fans, how bout you go to the Savannah times and troll the SSU coverage. This is an ATLANTA paper.

Pennsylvania CAA fan

September 12th, 2011
11:07 am

Are all the people in the deep south this concerned about initials and who the real GSU is? This would make a great study for the rest of the country. KEEP it up! I am going to check in everyday to watch the back and forth. I am a believer. I wish I had a research grant. My friends at work said this was just sad..no way.. pure entertainment. The internet is awesome. I am exposed to a new host of cultural norms. Heck I might vacation down there and see a game? Where should a go? GSU Atlanta or GSU (the other place)? Recommendations?

dwayne

September 12th, 2011
11:45 am

Penn CAA fan….Atlanta for entertainment, just dodge the homeless, or have plenty of one dollar bills handy. Statesboro, to see THE GSU Eagles play football. I’m not disrespecting the Atlanta school, this is their 2nd year? Good luck to them, I hope thay win every game, until they play the Eagles.

Mike

September 12th, 2011
12:08 pm

GSU-How about playing on the football field next to your baseball facility? The students do know they have a baseball complex don’t they? It adjoins Georgia Perimeter College in Decatur. The next Atlanta four year school. If the Falcons lose one more game like they did in Chicago, the dome will be empty for them as well.