Recapping Georgia State’s win

The game that was

Georgia State played its best game of the year in defeating South Alabama 27-20 in overtime. The defense was inspired and the offense was patiently effective. Now, can the Panthers build on this as it begins the downhill portion of its schedule?

What we learned

1. Georgia State has found an identity on offense. Led by Donald Russell and an inspired offensive line, the Panthers are grinding teams up with a power running game. The team has totaled 464 rushing yards in the past two games, done mostly between the tackles with some option mixed in on the edge.

2. Georgia State has found an identity on defense. The Panthers are using a lot more 4-3 as its base formation, instead of the 3-4 it used during the opening weeks. Though it is still using multiple fronts, the team is playing with more confidence and effectiveness, for example the two goal-line stands on Saturday.

3. Georgia State is still lost on special teams. As well as the defense is playing, it can’t keep getting put into tough situations by coverage teams that are largely ineffective. South Alabama averaged 36 yards on five kickoff returns, 17 yards on a punt return and blocked a chip-shot field goal that would have given Georgia State a victory in the first overtime.

Injury report

There were no significant injuries to report.

Numbers game


Russell became the first player in Georgia State history to rush for more than 100 yards in a game on a school-record 20 carries. He had 136 and scored his eighth touchdown in six games this season.

Sound bite

“We’ve had some big moments on our team this year. Some of the biggest have involved Kelton and his situation and his relationship with the team. I’m not at liberty to share them but I will tell you that it has been a great life lesson for everybody on the team because of the way Kelton has been so open with his teammates, right in front of God, coaches, everybody. So his play today and winning this game is far and away secondary to the other things he’s accomplished in the last couple of months.”

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

Loose ends

Kelton Hill had the best passing day for a Georgia State quarterback this season: 12 of 15 for 209 yards and two touchdowns. … Albert Wilson set a school record with 175 receiving yards, including a school-record 78-yard reception for a touchdown. … Christian Benvenuto hit a career-best 46-yard field goal. He added a 45-yarder. … The five turnovers were the most created by Georgia State, including a school-record four interceptions. … Danny Williams has caught a pass in 18 consecutive games. … The Panthers are 7-4 at the Georgia Dome. … GSU is 2-1 in overtime games.

What’s next

Georgia State will visit Texas-San Antonio with a chance to keep alive its hope of a winning season. The Panthers must win its remaining games to match last year’s 6-5 record.

– Doug Roberson, AJC and Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

26 comments Add your comment


October 23rd, 2011
10:56 am

1st! GO GSU PANTHERS!!! Take this momentum to UTSA and kick some Roadrunner butt!!!

Doug Roberson

October 23rd, 2011
11:13 am


October 23rd, 2011
11:40 am

Go Panthers. Bleed Blue


October 23rd, 2011
12:55 pm

Incredible game, incredible atmosphere! GO PANTHERS!!!


October 23rd, 2011
1:03 pm

Thank you Doug and the AJC for the awesome coverage!


October 23rd, 2011
1:23 pm

What was announced attendance vs. actual attendance?


October 23rd, 2011
1:56 pm

I’m not sure what you’re asking. The announced attendance is all we have to go by (i guess unless you count every person there). It was announced at 14,086. So the attendance was 14,086.

nelson ash

October 23rd, 2011
4:27 pm

CBC is washed up. Time for a change.

GSU is in Atlanta

October 23rd, 2011
5:12 pm

Hey nelson ash, is Bill Curry still a “looser”?


October 23rd, 2011
5:27 pm

UTSA Is going to wreck EState.


October 23rd, 2011
5:48 pm

Thats what the USA fans said


October 23rd, 2011
6:50 pm

Great win but we are FAR from where we should be. Let’s get back to back wins and keep the momentum going. It is NOT time to be happy with 2 wins on the season.


October 23rd, 2011
10:11 pm

The Fellowship of The Miserable will have to take a few days off.


October 24th, 2011
8:36 am

Great Game! We got to keep working. The defense played the best game its ever played in GaState’s short history. We appear to be getting better. Mike Hall (ILB) was tearing it up on the first goalline stand of the game. Let’s keep it going!!! #GoPanthers


October 24th, 2011
8:41 am

So proud of this team for grinding it out against a good South Alabama team, especially proud of Kelton Hill. If we play with the same game plan there is no reason this team cannot get to 6-5.

@ Tom – You know what, in this case the actual attendance felt like more than announced attendance. I was expecting to hear 16-18K announced.

@ Jason – What has UTSA done to suggest they will “wreck” Georgia State? Their 2 victories (in their 1st season) are against Div 2 independent and NAIA teams. They have yet to win over an FCS level opponent.

GSU Panther

October 24th, 2011
8:47 am

Let keep team focus and working on the fundamental like Coach has said all alone.

Great game

October 24th, 2011
10:18 am

Great game. Glad we won. 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…. Didn’t get to stay for the overtime and if you have kids you can understand why. She was a trooper!


October 24th, 2011
11:16 am

Finally, Curry figures out that our starting quarterback shouldn’t be a punter. We’d be looking at a 1 loss season so far if Hill was starting the whole season. Oh well, that’s what we get.


October 24th, 2011
12:00 pm

UTSA is TEXAS FOOTBALL and Gstate isnt ready for that yet…….SMH


October 24th, 2011
12:43 pm

UTSA fans talking trash, that is funny.

We have very little to hang our hat on in the trash talk department, but you have even less.


October 24th, 2011
2:21 pm

@ TexasMade – Was South Alabama ready for TEXAS FOOTBALL? Because they left the Alamo Dome with a win. Just curious, I want to make sure I understand how this works according to you.


October 24th, 2011
2:48 pm

UTSA did very well against USA. I could see UTSA being a harder team than anticipated, but i still had this marked down as a win.


October 24th, 2011
8:03 pm

The ship has turned, now we just need to get it into port. God willing we might still have a winning season and how cool would that be?


October 24th, 2011
8:55 pm

Enjoyed the win, football is what STATE needed to increase fan support & school pride.

October 25th, 2011
12:10 pm

Records for rushing yards, receiving yards, FGs. Much closer to hitting on all cylinders on offense and defense, now its time to get special teams in order.


October 25th, 2011
5:42 pm

really interested to see how we act this week against UTSA. Man, if we could string together a couple of wins at the end of the semester that could be a big boost into the offseason.