Some interesting leftovers from Georgia State’s win

Kelton Hill has been through some well-documented issues during his time at Georgia State.

However, things are starting to get better.

Hill, who grew up in Douglasville and played at Lithia Springs, led the Panthers to a 27-20 victory over South Alabama on Saturday in his first start. He completed 12 of his 15 passes, helping Albert Wilson set a school record for receiving yards (175) in the process.

But it’s going to cost him.

Hill promised his offensive line that if the team had more than 400 yards he’d treat them to a dinner at a local restaurant on Sunday. The team had 429. This, after he bought them five pizzas on Friday as a buttering-up gift.

Hill, who also rushed for 45 yards, isn’t the only Panther who benefited from the first-string line playing together for just the third time this season.

Running back Donald Russell rushed for a school-record 136 yards. It was the first time in Georgia State’s short history that a running back hit triple digits.

He offered to help Hill with the cost of dinner.

Hill is a big reason they may both be poorer.

He hasn’t had many chances to throw this season. Considered more of a running threat, Hill mostly ran option plays in limited snaps last year and this year. He did show a nice touch on deep passes, as evidenced by his touchdown pass to Danny Williams against Murray State two weeks ago.

I’m not sure many thought they would see a performance like Saturday. His second touchdown pass to Wilson was a thing of beauty, a rainbow that Wilson said looked like a punt because he threw it so high. It slipped past the jumping cornerback’s hands and into Wilson’s.

Offensive coordinator John Bond smartly mixed up the passes Hill was asked to throw. Most of the passes were short, such as the screen pass that turned into Wilson’s first touchdown. However, Hill did throw a couple of medium-length passes, including a rollout in the third quarter and a pass to Williams in the fourth on a difficult corner route.

What helped Hill a great deal was the running threat Russell provided. The linebackers and safeties had to cheat up, which opened some areas for Hill.

Georgia State’s defense is playing better against the run in its past two games.

South Carolina State rushed for 155 yards, 40 less than the Panthers were allowing at the time. South Alabama rushed for 178, 10 yards less than the Panthers’ average against.

Part of the reason is Georgia State is running a lot more 4-3 formation than 3-4, which is stuck with throughout the first five games, without much success.

The 4-3 is easier to run on a college level because large nose tackles and blindingly quick outside linebackers, must-haves for successful 3-4s, are hard to come by. The 4-3 still requires athleticism, but the defensive linemen don’t have to be as big and quick as they do in a 3-4. The linebackers must still be fast, but not freakishly fast as is necessary.

Jake Muasau, whose pressure created the game-clinching interception by Mark Hogan, was free most of the game to knife in and cut down running backs because a defensive end was taking on the tackle. Plus, for some reason South Alabama didn’t block Muasau often. He guessed they were trying to his aggressiveness against him.

I hope to have more on the 4-3 during the week. It really may not be that big of a deal. Coaches switch defenses all the time during games. Gregg Easterbrook is fond of pointing out that Patriots, allegedly a 3-4 team, didn’t play a single down of the formation in a game earlier this year.

Many of you probably assumed that Georgia State won the game on linebacker Mark Hogan’s first interception, the one at the end of regulation. I know I did.

South Alabama committed a penalty with less than a minute remaining. Therefore, 10 seconds was supposed to run off the clock. Because there were less than 10 seconds remaining, the game should have been over.

Not so my fast. I forgot, even though I wrote a story about it earlier this year, than the penalty applies only on live-ball fouls, not dead-ball fouls. South Alabama’s false start penalty occurred before the snap, making it a dead-ball foul.

So, they got another chance to tie the game, which they successfully did.

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Follow me on twitter @ajcgsu.

27 comments Add your comment

Ryan

October 22nd, 2011
10:33 pm

Great work on this blog post Doug, really enjoyed it.

It is a great day to be a Panther.

Panthersville.com

October 22nd, 2011
10:41 pm

Still wondering why the last play wasn’t blown dead if it was a dead-ball foul. They called it illegal motion, but described is as “never got set”. My blood pressure still hasn’t come down from that. Good notes about 4-3 v 3-4, and the play calling mix certainly did seem better.

GSU is in the ATL

October 22nd, 2011
10:41 pm

Finally, something worth reading from Doug. Not overly positive, not overly negative. A nice change.

BariBlue

October 22nd, 2011
10:49 pm

Great win! Go state! But I still question the refs judgment in that last call. This game never should have gone to overtime

GSU93

October 22nd, 2011
10:53 pm

UNBELIEVABLE GAME!!!! SO proud of our kids, fought hard, never gave up. Thanks Thompson and Bond for letting the kids do what their capable of without mucking it up with your stupid plays. Good old fashined smashmouth football is what they do best……winning!! Get ready for that triple option garbage UTSA plays. From here on out every game means a winning season.

ajg marietta

October 22nd, 2011
10:58 pm

The panther defense played some inspired football today. They were predatory and made some big interceptions. GSU lost the time of possession so they must have been exhausted yet the defense stiffened up when necessary late in the game, especially in overtime.

gsu01

October 22nd, 2011
11:03 pm

The South Alabama Bammer Jagoffs! FBS my butt! Go do one Joey Jones!

G——–S—————U!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OutSTATED

October 22nd, 2011
11:05 pm

@GSU93 Agreed….FILM FILM FILM… We really don’t need to underestimate Coker. Remember UTSA took USA to OT.

PantherAlum

October 22nd, 2011
11:07 pm

Defense was AWESOME today, congratulations Panthers. Donald Russell has proven that if we get to the 25 yard line we can just pound the ball in no need to get “cute”.
GO PANTHERS!!

07alum

October 22nd, 2011
11:17 pm

Now if we can just get the fans to stay for four quarters. Students especially.

ProudPanther

October 22nd, 2011
11:36 pm

Weird how most of the kids could care less about the game…. Guess I didn’t care much either when I was there age (Note: we didn’t have a football team though…lol). I give the ones who stayed credit though…thanks for a great game Panthers you should be very proud of yourselves.

GSU is in Atlanta

October 23rd, 2011
12:51 am

Thanks you Doug & AJC for the coverage, this coverage is something I could have never imagined while I was at GSU!

GSU Football came through with a huge win and really showed that with the right players & play calls that they can win tough games. I hope that the team plays just as hard, if not harder, next week when they play UTSA and comes out with a victory!

itsmeagain

October 23rd, 2011
1:49 am

I have never wanted a win as bad as i did today. It’s a good day to be a panther and hopefully we can keep this momentum going through the rest of the season. We have a good team, we have all along, we’ve just been held back so much through stupid errors. Today we saw what a real team could do. If we could harness this, stop with the errors, we could really be a force to be reckoned with

GSUtimes2

October 23rd, 2011
9:14 am

Great write up Doug! What a huge win. I don’t think I sat down from 5:00 minutes left in the 4th all the way to the end. I’m ecstatic that the coaches finally started relying on the players with simple play calling. Nothing fancy. The players responded with less penalties. I think this turnaround started last week at SCSU. The team looks like they have gelled (sp?) finally.

GSUtimes2

October 23rd, 2011
9:15 am

Oh, and does anyone remember all the South Alabama trolls on here before the season started, beating their chests about how they were going to destroy us? Where are they now?

Alum98

October 23rd, 2011
9:19 am

Alum98

October 23rd, 2011
9:20 am

Congratulations Panthers you played a great game yesterday. Everyone did well, played hard and never gave up. Kelton looked great and as always Albert, Parris, Travis, Danny and The Donald are a joy to watch. The O line made it happen and especially want to congratulate the defense for the awesome job. The way you tightened up at the goal line all day was inspiring. GO PANTHERS

Alum98

October 23rd, 2011
9:20 am

For some reason cannot post multiple sentences sorry. Congratulations Panthers you played a great game yesterday. Everyone did well, played hard and never gave up.

Alum98

October 23rd, 2011
9:21 am

For some reason cannot post multiple sentences.

Alum98

October 23rd, 2011
9:22 am

Congratulations Panthers you played a great game yesterday.

Alum98

October 23rd, 2011
9:22 am

Congratulations Panthers you played a great game.

Alum98

October 23rd, 2011
9:23 am

Everyone did well, played hard and never gave up. Kelton looked great and as always Albert, Parris, Travis, Danny and The Donald are a joy to watch.

Alum98

October 23rd, 2011
9:23 am

The O line made it happen and especially want to congratulate the defense for the awesome job. The way you knuckled up at the goal line all day was inspiring. GO PANTHERS!!

GSWho

October 23rd, 2011
10:19 am

@ Alum98….lol blog ever? Agree with your redundant thoughts…

GSUAlumBaseball81

October 23rd, 2011
10:41 am

Great Game to all the Panthers! You all should be very proud! Thank you Coach Thompson for giving the 4-3 a chance. Excellent use of the screen pass and overall offensive strategy Coach Bond. Take this momentum into the UTSA game. We will be there cheering our team on to our third victory! GO GSU PANTHERS!!!

Stateside

October 23rd, 2011
12:34 pm

A nice writeup on the “leftovers” from my favorite CFB game I’ve ever attended. Loved seeing Kelton, the Donald, and the 4-3 in action. Also, the USA fans seem like a good crew, and I’d love it if we could figure out a way to bring them back in the future.

Go Panthers!

Great game

October 24th, 2011
10:16 am

Great game. I purchased 20 tickets for all alumni and fraternity brothers. Enjoyed tailgating and the game was fantastic. Took my 4 year old daughter to the game and she loved the whole experience. She did say it was a little to loud win we scored, but over all she loved the football game, the band, cheerleaders, etc…. I didn’t get to stay for the overtime and if you have kids you can understand why. She was a trooper! GSU is a great game experience for your kids!!