Georgia State linebacker Mark Hogan said the defense must learn to finish games if it hopes to snap the five-game losing streak in this week’s homecoming game against South Alabama.
Hogan said the players are comfortable with the scheme, which has been simplified, and are being put in good positions, but they aren’t making the plays.
He said South Carolina State’s final drive, in which it went 80 yards, all by rushing, for the game-securing touchdown in the fourth quarter, is an example.
“One thing that coach Thompson stressed: It doesn’t matter if you play lights out if you can’t finish,” Hogan said.
Hogan said the Panthers played better because they put more men closer to the line of scrimmage, executed their slants and blitzes, and played their gaps better. The Bulldogs totaled 155 rushing yards, 40 less than what the Panthers were allowing coming into the game.
However, that touchdown continued a trend of the Panthers falling flat in the final frame. Georgia State has allowed 57 points in the fourth quarter, more than in any other. It’s a trend that baffles coach Bill Curry.
“If I had an answer as to why we aren’t better in the fourth quarter I would have implemented it,” he said.
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Follow me on twitter @ajcgsu.