Looking at Georgia State’s loss to Houston, and a request

Before we review Georgia State’s 56-0 loss to Houston, I’m asking you, the fans, to let me know what you would like to know about the athletics department. I’ll be interviewing athletics director Cheryl Levick on Tuesday for a state-of-the-department interview. I have topics I’m interested in, but want to make sure you get a chance. I can’t promise I’ll ask all of your questions, but I’ll try to get the topics covered one way or another. Please post your questions on the blog.

Now, on to the game that was:

Houston 56, Georgia State 0.

As expected, Georgia State fell behind quickly to Case Keenum and Houston and gave up the second-most points in the program’s short history. It’s hard to gauge positives and negatives considering the caliber of the competition, but the Panthers did have a few things to proud of, and a few questions that still haven’t been answered.

What we learned

1. Who is Georgia State’s quarterback. Bo Schlechter, who started and played the majority of the season’s first three games, didn’t play at all against Houston. The coaches wanted to give Drew Little, last year’s starter, and Kelton Hill, yet to play this season because of suspension, long looks. Both had good moments: Little hit a couple of nice passes (117 yards, two sacks, one interception) and Hill (33 rushing yards) had some nice runs, but neither really stood out as the team heads into its off week.

2. Georgia State may want to run the ball more. Travis Evans and Donald Russell have ran hard and effectively this year. Evans showed more of the same on Saturday, averaging 5 yards on 14 carries. Russell missed the game because of a knee injury. Because of situations, the team hasn’t had too many chances to establish a run game this season. It’ll be interesting to see if they try to do so against Murray State.

3. Georgia State can pressure the quarterback. Much was expected from defensive ends Christo Bilukidi and A.J. Portee this season. Because of a leaky run defense, the duo haven’t had too many chances to pressure the quarterback. They looked good against the Cougars, providing pressure that allowed others to collect three sacks.

Injury report

Safety Demazio Skelton (shoulder) is day to day. There are two others who didn’t play because of injuries, Donald Russell (knee, day to day) and Ben Jacoby (knee, could play against Murray State).

Numbers game

732

Houston rolled up the most yards that the Panthers have allowed in their 15-game history. The Cougars passed for 561 yards and rushed for 171.

Sound bite

“I want to see resolve, and I want to see work ethic. I want to see guys who are as embarrassed as we are as coaches and are ready to go to work and get better.”

– Bill Curry

Loose ends

The Panthers special teams played much better than in the previous two games, averaging 32.8 yards per punt with none blocked. … Demarius Matthews filled in at kick returner well for the injured Albert Wilson. He averaged 19 yards on three returns. Travis Evans averaged 16 yards on three returns. … Danny Williams caught four passes for 70 yards, his best game in terms of receptions and yards this season.

What’s next

Georgia State has an off week before it hosts Murray State on Oct. 8. The Racers will provide yet another in a long line of quality tests for the Panthers. The good news is the coaches and players have time to regroup and try to figure out their strengths and how they can be utilized for the rest of the season.

92 comments Add your comment

hammer22

September 25th, 2011
12:35 pm

Good to be playing against teams like them and Tennessee in 2012 that we are aiming to be like.

takerjw

September 25th, 2011
12:48 pm

Whats the excuse for this loss?

Doug Likes To Copy and Paste

September 25th, 2011
1:18 pm

Hmm, looks like someone likes to copy someone else’s work. Give the guys his credit at least…

http://www.panthertalk.com/2011/09/17/georgia-state-falls-to-16-jacksonville-state-37-21/

DJ-Dragon

September 25th, 2011
1:26 pm

This loss was a real mess. While I didn’t expect us to win I certainly expected us to score some points. Our coaching staff, play calling, substitution patterns – everything – is a disaster. Apparently there is a reason all these old codgers got fired from their previous jobs.

Are we running a retirement home for old coots? If we want to build a program we need to get some young aggressive coaches in from successful programs and play 2011-style football. Other new startup programs are zooming past us. At this rate Kennesaw State will be the hot new program in the ATL while we are still trying to figure out who our quarterback is. (shaking my head).

Doug Roberson

September 25th, 2011
1:28 pm

Actually, this is the format that we’ve used for several years. I’ve used it after every game this season. I haven’t posted the others on the blog, because I’ve had other stuff up because I was covering the game. Didn’t get to cover this one, so I posted it on the blog.

Jee S. You

September 25th, 2011
1:32 pm

Why don’t you ask Levick if there is anything she can do to get a new beat reporter? You clearly feel that you are too good for your assignment, so wouldn’t we all be better off? Let’s see if we can get someone who can avoid making smart-arse comments on twitter during the game, and stick to reporting.

Doug Roberson

September 25th, 2011
1:36 pm

Not sure what you mean and don’t remember making any smart comments on twitter about the game. I asked about the Wildcat formation, I believe, because they were in a short-yardage situation and it seemed pretty obvious what they were going to do, making it easier for Houston to stop.

DJ-Dragon

September 25th, 2011
1:38 pm

Can we get back to game comments please and not have this thread devolve into a p!ssing contest about who wrote what.

DJ-Dragon

September 25th, 2011
1:53 pm

What we learned

1. Who is Georgia State’s quarterback. Bo Schlechter, who started and played the majority of the season’s first three games, didn’t play at all against Houston.

This was a “setup to fail” play by CBC. He wants Bo to be the QB so he set up Drew and KH4 to fail. He also was smart enough to keep Bo out of this game as he likely knew Bo would have a couple pick sixes and would look really bad.

We will see Bo as our QB for the rest of the season and CBC will be able to fall back on this game as proof that the other guys are no better. We may see KH4 occasionally but I would expect that this game is the end for Drew. Not sure what Drew did to get the 4 game suspension but whatever it was I think it was personal for CBC..and he is vindictive.

Doug Roberson

September 25th, 2011
1:58 pm

Drew was originally suspended for four games, but he has been eligible to play against ODU and JSU. As you know, he played some, but not a lot.

I don’t agree with your thought about “set up to fail.”
Schlechter has completed more than 50 percent of his passes (granted those stats could be considered padded in the win over Clark Atlanta). He offers some of what Drew offers and some of what Kelton offers. Curious to see how he will do the rest of the way.

The Dome Is Our Home

September 25th, 2011
2:01 pm

Ask what can be done to get more students to the game and what they’re doing to sell more season tickets! Ask why we’re 0-3 against other new teams like USA and OD and haven’t looked good against them! Yes we have harder scheds then them but they still beat us like a drum when we played them.

Itsmeagain

September 25th, 2011
2:08 pm

I know a lot of people probably wouldn’t want to be this up front, but maybe it’s time to ask Cheryl Levick head on what our future plans are. Are we intending on moving to FBS? Are we waiting for the right moment to announce? Or are we (fans) barking up the wrong tree, following a program that is destined only to play in the FCS. I don’t know whether she would tell us full on if we are planning to move up, but if we aren’t, I see no reason for her to not just out and out say “we are FCS and we are happy.”

Also, if you could ask about any plans for the Sports Arena in terms of upgrades, and also about future plans with the Panthersville fields.

Thanks a lot

Panthersville

September 25th, 2011
2:08 pm

Ask her one simple question. When is she planning on announcing GSU’s intentions to move up to FBS? Because tell her a lot of us don’t plan on increasing our donations until we hear something concrete on a plan to move up. FCS football is not sustainable in this city long term. If South Alabama and UTSA can make it happen then there is absolutely no reason we can’t.

Doug Roberson

September 25th, 2011
2:09 pm

Thanks for notes Itsme. Some of these were on my topics to consider.

DJ-Dragon

September 25th, 2011
2:11 pm

Definition of VINDICTIVE
1a : disposed to seek revenge : vengeful

This type of person sees the world as a contest and always feels that they must overcome. Once they acquire a target they will go to any lengths to vanquish same – seeing it as a moral quest. For a vindictive personality the ends always justify the means. They are often high acheivers as they hold themselves to very high standards. They lack empathy.

Panthersville

September 25th, 2011
2:13 pm

Also, please ask her why there aren’t more events for students leading up to a game like pep rallies and free giveaways? They did a good job with the block party on campus for incoming freshmen before the semester started and it would be great to see more of those type of events to get students to games.

hammer22

September 25th, 2011
2:36 pm

Ask the administration why they feel, or at least give off the perception, that they can outsmart the fans, the CAA, and the media outlets.

Tom

September 25th, 2011
2:44 pm

Marketing department has to do a better job in promoting this young Panther team ; so more people would get out of their homes and come to dome to watch the game. This is the key to success.

GSU

September 25th, 2011
2:56 pm

Ask her how does she feels about being place in the CAA north division, a division that may see a mass exodus. It doesn’t seem to be a sustainable model.

Panthersville.com

September 25th, 2011
2:57 pm

Just FYI, the Panthersville above is not me.

GSUFan

September 25th, 2011
3:01 pm

I agree with others…we need to know the direction of the program. Where are we headed? If we are staying in the CAA, how do they plan on getting more than 30k in the seats every game because too much less makes for a sad atmosphere. If we are going into FBS, how are we getting there and when?

GSU= Georgia STATE University, www.gsu.edu

September 25th, 2011
3:05 pm

1. What is the current direction of the program in terms of FCS and FBS. What is our 5 year plan? Our 10 year plan?

2. What facility upgrades are on the horizon to take us to the next level from an athletics stand point?

GSU

September 25th, 2011
3:05 pm

The administration can take a page from the the Falcons. They offered $100 season tickets to get fans to the Dome and gradually increased prices. GSU could offer packages in the endzone for $35 to $40. Offering family plans could also prove to be beneficial. Heck, last year, FIU had a package where fans who paid $40 for its game against Rutgers also got season tickets. It’s all about creative marketing strategies to get people in the Dome.

GaStateChris

September 25th, 2011
3:25 pm

Doug,

I want to apologize for the rude comments. While I may disagree with an assessment or a tweet here and there (btw, I think the poster was referring to comments about the special teams getting punts off etc.) I greatly appreciate the coverage you give us.

Questions I have.
1. Not football related, but what are the plans for getting all GSU sports on campus or at least downtown. There have been rumors of a new baseball and soccer complex. What is the progress on those?

2. Has there been any talk of long term stability at head coach for Football?

3. What changes can we expect from the basketball arena?

4. Has there been any more talks with other Georgia schools about playing games?

Most of those she probably can’t or won’t answer. But thats my 2 cents.

Thanks again for all you do.

Doug Roberson

September 25th, 2011
3:30 pm

I did tweet that the special teams had gone three punts with none blocked, which was good. Honestly, after having three blocked in two games that seemed to be a pretty fair comment. Didn’t think it was snarky but I can see how it could have been interpreted that way.

Sewanee

September 25th, 2011
3:59 pm

I’m a UH alum and I was at the game last night, primarily because I recently applied to one of the graduate programs at Kennesaw State and I wanted to get an idea of what level of football Georgia State was playing in their second year. We were on the 50 yard line behind the GSU football team. I’ve seen an awful lot of UH football over the decades. My take is this: (1) GSU has some good athletes, (2) their pass coverage was good, but UH receivers were catching short passes underneath the coverage. Most of the passing yardage was from runs after completions. This has been a consistent trait of this program for a long time. I don’t remember seeing Case open it up last night and air out the ball, (3) UH opened things up with the running game which is unusual for them, (4) GSU had a number of penalties which appeared to be from frustration (we understand), but the coaching staff quickly curbed players, (4) GSU coaches were making adjustments as the game went on, but field position was a major factor. All in all, we would have liked to see Case pulled earlier in the game, but GSU fans should be optimistic. There are some good athletes on that team and they don’t look like a team in their second year or a team that is a FCS team (Div I-AA). I was impressed and once again I think GSU fans, students, and alumni should be positive.

GSUFan

September 25th, 2011
4:29 pm

@ Sewanee Hey man, thanks for the props. I too was at the game (section 225). Thought our kids played well just out matched. Thought it was a good experience for them to see what they should strive for. Particularly thought it was good for the O & D lines to see what better programs are doing. Sort of disgusted that Case was in after the half tought your coach had more class then that. I know part of that was probably helping him go for the record. Nevertheless I was proud of our kids and I think they have a lot to feel good about. I was also impressed with the campus and the atmosphere. Y’all had a lot of great fans and a ton of scool spirit that I hope we can have someday as well.

DJ-Dragon

September 25th, 2011
4:30 pm

….The administration can take a page from the the Falcons. They offered $100 season tickets to get fans to the Dome and gradually increased prices. GSU could offer packages in the endzone for $35 to $40. Offering family plans could also prove to be beneficial….
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But you have to have a product. the Atanta Falcons versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers might not be all that exciting but it is an NFL product. The Georgia State Panthers versus the Campbell Fighting Camels? Not so much.

Mike Rickie's ABAC-North doggies

September 25th, 2011
5:27 pm

Ask her how quickly can she hire Chris Hatcher to replace our current elderly coach.

GSUWI94

September 25th, 2011
5:44 pm

I watched the gamw on CSS last night. I really thoght the boys played their hearts out. Of course a few young mistakes with penalties, but overall I was pleased. The team is banged up. I believe the S&C coaching situation should have been resolved after the end of last season. But, hey nobody is perfect. Football is the ultimate battlground where the troops are wounded. I love the Panthers and will support them at any level. BE PATIENT and support the boys. We will be better just as UCF, FAU USF and FIU have become in a short time. Remember most programs are over 100 years old and it will bw a matter of time please support them and dont be like the Braves and Falcons fans. Here when they are winning. I was born in Atlanta and this is what I have witnessed no true fans. I wish we were half the fans the KC Chief fans are. Welcome to fairweather, Georgia.

married to an alum

September 25th, 2011
6:22 pm

1. totally agree on the quarterback. Drew Little had most of season last year. I thought the situation was too unsettling last year and it’s not helping them get settled this year. Pick someone and move on so people know what they’re doing.
2. STOP CHANGING THE GAMETIMES. They announced changes to 3 games, yet again, this week. How does that help people show up?
3. How about tie-ins with the student groups. If rush is a problem, then do some kind of activity with rush. The school evidently has a lot to learn about interacting with both ticketholders and the students.

GSUAlum

September 25th, 2011
6:25 pm

Amen GSUWI94!! Cannot tell you how disheartening it is to watch the Monday morning QB’s whine about how we’re not where we should be. If it were actually up to them we wouldn’t even have a team as all their good for is complaining. I am not happy about the results this year but it looks like CBC finally heard the calls for “all hands on deck”. I think if Drew and Kelton were involved earlier in the ODU and Jax St games their outcomes would have been different. I think Bo is a great QB but we need to focus on scoring using our best weapons. I also think we need to start using the hurry-up offense that everyone is using on us. I think John Bond needs to be upgraded and Thompson needs to give up the 3-4 until we have the personnel for it. If he could show some different looks and utilize the talent he has they way they can play instead of trying to fit a square peg into a round hole we’d be much better. Looking forward to spanking Murray ST on the 8th.
GO PANTHERS!!

VSU Alumnus

September 25th, 2011
6:26 pm

@ ABAC……I could not resist chiming in on the Chris Hatcher comment. If you get Hatch leave Coaches Bostick and Anders in Kentucky. They are buddys of Hatcher’s ,but weak links as coaches. I’ve posted this before on here.Your boy is Buster Faulkner at Middle Tennesee State. A Parkview grad and a protege of Hatcher’s. Go Panthers and Blazers.

takerjw

September 25th, 2011
7:40 pm

You don’t want hatcher….. great person but not sure about his leadership. In my opinion Ga Southern was a split squad during his time here.

Wearing a raccoon coat waving a GSU pennant

September 25th, 2011
8:27 pm

Doug, I would like to know what our offensive philosophy is … wildcat, option, pro-style, student-body right … we may not have the athletes to compete with the Tide and Cougars, but for heaven’s sakes, let’s at least have a consistent offensive philosophy

Tom

September 25th, 2011
8:48 pm

I understand we got to start somewhere. However, GSU will not be a contender until we have more $$$, better recruiting, and a REAL Athletic Director. Having a female athletic director is a HUGE mistake.

Tom

September 25th, 2011
8:51 pm

I don’t understand why kids wouldn’t want to come to GSU for football. They have a great opportunity to get a ton of playing time and exposure. Something else that will help GSU is having a stadium of our own, better tailgating atmosphere so more fans will come, and more student support. I’D GIVEN ANYTHING TO HAVE FOOTBALL WHEN I WAS A STUDENT AT GSU. I’m calling out the students, quit being apathetic!!!!!

Larry

September 25th, 2011
9:31 pm

Ga. Tech rushed for 297 yards against Western Carolina, the REAL GSU – Georgia Southern University rushed for 634 yards with 694 total yards against WCU. Ga. State – be verry glad you don’t have GEORGIA SOUTHERN on your schedule. Or maybe Ga State needs to play Southern to learn how the Big Boys play.

GSUAlum

September 25th, 2011
9:41 pm

Georgia Southern College will not win a minor league title this year. All the yards, wins and demolition by Alabama will amount to nothing. No one remembers last year and they will not remember this one. Go back to the peanut patch Charlie Brown. Besides, you will not even win the SoCon AGAIN..

Hey Tom

September 25th, 2011
9:46 pm

Women are just as capable of being leaders as men are, whether you like it or not.

GSUAlumBaseball81

September 25th, 2011
10:30 pm

The two big questions I have heard over and over is FCS vs. FBS and how long is CBC going to hold the head coaching job at GSU. I think both are legitimate questions for the future of our football program. Probably not going to get answer on either question. How about the CAA and how we plan on handling the tremendous logistical challenge we face playing teams located beyond a decent drive time from the ATL? Seems like this will create some challenges for Alumni and Parents of athletes attending away games.

GSU_2012

September 25th, 2011
10:36 pm

It has been stated beforehand, but I will state it again. What is the news on new sport complexes? We will never move up in conference with Panthersville being our hub. I have a theory that we cannot have a good football team and good football support and not support anything else. Everything needs to rise up. People need to cheer for GSU year round, not just in the fall. You lose all momentum. It is hard to acknowledge our other sports teams when we have most of facilities at Panthersville.

just wondering

September 25th, 2011
11:06 pm

just wondering if CBC purposely allowed Houston to run up total offensive yardage to take that honor away from GT? Looking forward to basketball season…

Panther Phil

September 25th, 2011
11:28 pm

What the H…are we playing the University of Houston for in the first place. Will Curry play Oklahoma and LSU next year too?? :)

GaSt is a joke

September 25th, 2011
11:37 pm

Hey gsualum you can only wish and dream about making the playoffs in the next 10 years…. you wont finish better than 4th when you start in a conference. You guys act like you are some college superpower, you need to beat someone of significance to even get any respect. Ga Southern won its 1st of 6 national titles in its 2nd year of Football. Ga St would give anything to win a “minor title” Ga St football is NOTHING and will never be ANYTHING!

Itsmeagain

September 25th, 2011
11:39 pm

No. Playing Tennessee next year

Itsmeagain

September 25th, 2011
11:45 pm

Dear GaSt is a joke,
Congratulations on your titles and winning one in the second year you played. However, this is 30 years later and it is literally impossible for us to win a title in our second year, as in from the get go we knew that in years one and two we couldn’t. But congratulations. Im sure that your students are dry smart as a result.

Regarding us thinking were superpowers; nobody thinks that. Nobody has said that. Nobody believes that. What we do believe is that in we have the potential to quickly compete not only with the lower level FCS teams (like you), but also the higher level FBS teams. We are clearly not there yet but we are striving for it and would like to be there before we have won six national FCS titles. Now that might not be your cup of tea, but it’s ours, so let us have it and be on your way.

Itsmeagain

September 25th, 2011
11:46 pm

Very, not dry. Typing on a iphone

GaSt is a joke

September 26th, 2011
12:14 am

When fcs opens up again in 2014 to possibly expand and invite new schools Ga Southen, App St, Delaware, Richmond, Montana and teams with winning traditions and a great followingme will be at the head of the selction list if they so choose to move up. Ga Southern is expanding its current stadium to add any where from 10k to 20k more seating and a new 50k sq ft football building in its first steps of possibly joining fbs when and if fbs decides to expand. I am sure that when Ga st gets its act together it might be able to compete with us “lower level” fcs teams. By the way Ga Southern has never in its 30 years of football lost to a naia level school, maybe you should try to win against naia “lower level”

Itsmeagain

September 26th, 2011
12:59 am

Georgia Southern and App State won’t move up easily simply because they are in absolutely crap media markets. UTSA and USA got in not because of winning tradition but because of the media markets and potential. Also, Southerns AD can’t even remember to apply for a home game during the playoffs, so let’s see if he even realizes he should apply to FBS. Also good job on making a stadium with 25,000 seats (eventually). We have 70,000.