Recapping Georgia State’s loss

The game that was

The game against South Carolina State was Georgia State’s most consistent performance on offense, defense and special teams since the season-opening win against Clark Atlanta. However, the result was the same as the previous five games, a defeat, 23-13.

What we learned

1. Georgia State does have a power running game. There have been glimpses, but the team hasn’t had enough chances because it has too often too far behind to do anything but pass. The Panthers rushed for a school-record 244 yards on 45 carries.

2. Georgia State’s quarterbacks are having issues. Even with a strong running game to ease the burden, neither Bo Schlechter nor Kelton Hill were impressive passing the ball. The duo combined to complete six of their 19 passes for 76 yards with two interceptions, both by Schlechter. Hill did look great running the ball, totaling a game-high 94 yards on 16 carries.

3. Georgia State’s defense looked better … sort of. The good news for the Panthers was the Bulldogs rushed for 155 yards and 3.3 per carry. That’s 44 less than their per-game average. However, when the Panthers needed to make a stop with the game on the line and 6:43 remaining, they couldn’t. S.C. State marched 80 yards, all by rushing the ball, in 16 plays, took 5:27 off the clock and secured the victory with a touchdown.

Injury report

There were no significant injuries to report.

Numbers game

5

The Panthers are mired in a five-game losing streak.

Sound bite

“We’ve got to learn to finish the job. But we took another step forward, and we’ve got to look at it that way. We were in position to give ourselves a chance to win.”

Bill Curry, Georgia State coach, told the school’s website.

Loose ends

Wide receiver Albert Wilson returned from injury and caught two passes for 42 yards. He also threw a pass that was intercepted. … Running back Donald Russell scored another touchdown, his seventh in five games. He has scored in every game he has played. … The Panthers were 4 of 15 on third-down conversions. … The Panthers failed to score on their opening drive. They have totaled one field goal on their opening drive this season. … Christo Bilukidi had the team’s sack.

What’s next

Georgia State will host South Alabama in a homecoming game it must win if it hopes to have its second winning season in as many tries.

36 comments Add your comment

ABAC-North Doggies

October 16th, 2011
4:57 pm

We need to get rid of this has-been coach and hire Chris Hatcher, ASAP!

OutSTATEd

October 16th, 2011
6:52 pm

Hate to say it but you are not far from true. I think CBC is AWESOME however he has surrounded himself w/ some folks whos time has come & gone. I think Both Bond and Thompson need to be replaced. I also think Pugh needs to step up on the recruiting. Joe Hamilton needs to move over to QB coach. Just my opinion…..

VSU Alumnus

October 16th, 2011
7:55 pm

Test…..I’m not able to post more than one line????

VSU Alumnus

October 16th, 2011
8:00 pm

Warning…..West Alabama is good. I was at the VSU- UWA game.

VSU Alumnus

October 16th, 2011
8:01 pm

UWA ia fast ,physical, and well coached. VSU won22-21,but should have lost.We had two pick 6’s by our D.

VSU Alumnus

October 16th, 2011
8:02 pm

Lookout for their RB #15 and receiver #1. Their QB is short ,but very shifty.Good luck. Go Panthers and Blazers.

The Real Bill Curry

October 16th, 2011
8:47 pm

actual sound bite

“We’ve got to learn to start the job. But we took another step backward, and we’ve got to look at it that way. We were never in position to give ourselves a chance to win.”

Pennsylvania CAA Fan

October 16th, 2011
9:32 pm

Ouch – I was looking for the rah rah comments but they are few and far between. Hope GSU turns this around but it isn’t looking good. St Francis is about the size of a large high school (a few thousand) so that might be win #2.

Itsmeagain

October 16th, 2011
11:03 pm

Im content with CBC. This hasn’t been an average season, what with all the QB troubles going in, it’s been difficult to make any progress on consistency. Take solace in the fact that this season is just for fun, and hopefully we can get this inconsistency and losing out of the way now so that next season we’ll be ready to fight.

GSWho

October 17th, 2011
7:56 am

I was feeling pretty losy about our team this year and decided to go on the Tech blog just to see what was going on over there. Humored to find out that they (after one loss) were sounding a lot like us in that they are calling for some of the coaches heads. Some of them are so disgruntled they sound like they are 1 and 5 like us. I guess it’s all a matter of perspective but I’d be doing backflips if we had only one loss..lol

Tricked again

October 17th, 2011
8:04 am

No, GSWho. You should feel lousy. You lost to a bad SC State team. (I know, I know…Their record, ranking, etc, blah, blah…Welcome to the FCS, Ga St. MEAC King SC State will make the playoffs and will get trounced like they did in Statesboro last season. They are undisciplined and badly coached. Truth is they and their conference have no business with an autobid.) Anyways, your real problem was that Dan the Man didn’t get you into the FBS. Thats where your anger should lie and why you can’t compete at the FCS level. The only logical thing to do now is to rush into the SEC or the NFL. That is quite obviously the only thing that will save this program. /googlenortheasternuniversityfootball

GSUAlum89

October 17th, 2011
8:38 am

Completely embarassing performance. The main issue is, this is week in and week out. We should be in D2 right now and I don’t think many would argue with that. We’re losing games, playing poorly, drawing very few fans and just bleeding money.

Need to regroup and determine if football is a feasible long-term solution at Georgia State. Right now, I say not at the FCS level.

Go Panthers!

October 17th, 2011
11:45 am

I am buying 20 tickets for the homecoming game for my friends that are GSU alumni and fraternity brothers for the Oct 22nd homecoming game. I don’t care if GSU wins or not…just a great opportunity to reconnect with friends each year. I will be tailgating at noon. Love football at GSU. I feel as if I am doing my part to help the program along.

GStateBen

October 17th, 2011
11:48 am

Bleeding money?

Where do comments like that come from? Have you seen the athletic budget?

We play FCS football and a second year program. The expectations out of some are comical.

HUH?

October 17th, 2011
12:28 pm

Expectations??? Aren’t you do one expecting GSU to go 5-2 in its last 7? Talk about comical expectations!

Panama

October 17th, 2011
12:39 pm

Lots and Lots of comments by people who did not see this past week’s game. The facts are what Doug stated in his three bullet points. I was at this game and there was improvement in all facets except passing. But talk is cheap. Last week is over. Let’s get USA.

Tim

October 17th, 2011
1:58 pm

ABAC-North Doggies, I can assure you that Hatcher is not the answer. After Van Gorder trashed our program (GSU, the winning one), Hatcher came in and left a mediocre taste in everyone’s mouth. Only with our current coach from GA Tech, are we able to remember what a winning season feels like.

GSUAlum89

October 17th, 2011
2:00 pm

I’ve seen the athletics budget. Take a look at how much it costs to rent out the Dome, build the practice field, get equipment, staff a gameday crew, etc. etc. etc. Football has put us in the red and if we don’t start winning, who knows what’s next.

Panama

October 17th, 2011
2:14 pm

GSUAlum89

Please stop stating falsehoods. Either you have not seen the budget or you are deliberately lying with an agenda. Football made a profit last year. I am just incredulous at the number of supposed fans who are just ready to walk out on a ledge after 17 games. A wise ,am recently told me “fact of the matter is this, we dont shoot our dead, and we dont eat our wounded”.

Pride

October 17th, 2011
2:35 pm

Agree with Tim. Southern has a good team this year and should go pretty far in post season this year. Hatcher is not the answer. As of today we have 13 verbal commitments. We will get better.

GSUAlum89

October 17th, 2011
3:27 pm

Panama- football was profitable last year due to the fact that 1. We were winning 2. It was our first season and attendance was high

I have seen the budget but I will leave it at that. Believe what you want, I will do the same.

PantherWalk

October 17th, 2011
3:28 pm

Wow…did I really just see the “Other GSU” on the front page of the AJC sports section???

GSU is in Atlanta

October 17th, 2011
5:24 pm

Enter your comments here

GSU is in Atlanta

October 17th, 2011
5:34 pm

There were a couple of key plays that really killed the team this weekend, which might or might not have changed the outcome:
1. the failed trick play
2. punting on 4th & 2 at the SC State 40yrd line with under 6 minutes to play

These two plays killed momentum and left a lot of us scratching our heads as to why the plays were actually called.

I really hope that Kelton, Russell, Evans, Wilson, and Williams all have a lights out game on offense this weekend and that the defense can step it up better than last weekend and give us a much need win, and a homecoming win at that!

GSWho

October 17th, 2011
6:18 pm

@ PantherWalk…. Don’t be fooled what you saw was an advertisement. You do not see many advertisements for GSU because we do not need to. Notice other schools similar to GS that advertise heavily, Phoenix, Regis, Intercontinental, Southern Union, Clayton State, Argosy, West Georgia…ect.

GSWho

October 17th, 2011
6:21 pm

@ Tricked again. Not sure I get your point other than you obviously will be blogging “Fire Monnaker” (or whatever his name is) after you get beat down AGAIN for the 11th straight year..(oh wait a minute I am incorrect because your sorry little program doesn’t even have a blog).

Tim

October 17th, 2011
7:20 pm

GSWho, I admire your optimism. 1-5, and trash talking a school that’s in a higher division, and undefeated. Maybe your recruiting should start advertising.

EagleDawg

October 17th, 2011
7:42 pm

GSWho,,,,speaking of not having a blog…we’ve noticed that your Panther Talk site is downsizing…took down your smack board. Geez. I like Ga State but when you start smacking a program far superior than yours, then I will step in and separate truth from fiction. Good luck to you guys and I hope you turn it around.

SCSU Fan

October 17th, 2011
9:05 pm

@TRICKED AGAIN………you are totally pitfull. You get on this blog and try to downgrade SCSU but who got the big “W”. But you know what I am not going down to your low level because I feel for GA State, a new program, trying to find the right niche and all you have to do is try to talk about our team. The MEAC is just as good as any other conference and our team is welled coached as well as disciplined. To Georgia State Football Team from a SCSU fan………..keep your heads up, it will get better!!!

Uncle johnny

October 17th, 2011
9:23 pm

GSU fans have a rght to and should feel concerned. Lousy play – rough season. Passionate fans don’t let clubs get away with bad product just to be supportive. Young program or not — this is garbage. I applaud the folks on this site who call it like they see it. Demand excellence and you will have a better chance at getting it. Any true competetor will not say “oh this is for fun or oh we are young”

Expectations? I expect solid play, solid coaching and a competitve team.

What you have to avoid is creating a culture of losing

PantherWalk

October 17th, 2011
9:30 pm

It was not an ad for Georgia Southern I saw- it was a game summary in the links section- right above the Georgia State game summary!!!

takerjw

October 17th, 2011
11:15 pm

@scsu fan…. he was pretty spot on about sc st. Great regular season record and ranking but come playoff time when it matters every meac team gets thumped…. remember your trip down 301 last year getting beat by the 2nd team qb? The meac is one of the weakest fcs conferences the southern and the caa are the top 2.

SCSU Fan

October 18th, 2011
4:55 am

I do believe SCSU did not get thumped as you put it in 2009 and which they made it to the National Title game and lost by a field goal mishap. I do not believe that every team makes it through the playoffs every season and come out champions. But as the case may be at this time SCSU is the stronger link coming off of this win………Hats off to Georgia State and the coaches keep your head up!!! No more comments from me because I have more respect for the game of college football than to talk negative about a team that may have beat us regardless of what conference they are from. Praying that Georgia State loyal fans will appear.

GSWho

October 18th, 2011
6:35 am

@ Tim, TOTALLY Agree w/ you on that one…

PantherWalk

October 18th, 2011
7:47 am

SCSU made it to the national title game in 2009? That’s news to me.

takerjw

October 18th, 2011
10:37 pm

Sc st has never made a fcs title game. 2009 national title game was nova beating montana. Sc st lost in the first rd to app st….. sc st has never made it past the 2nd rd. And yes they were thumped by southern last year.