Recapping Georgia State’s loss to San Antonio

The game that was

Georgia State reverted to its mistake-prone self in a 17-14 overtime loss to Texas-San Antonio. As a result, the Panthers have six losses, guaranteeing their first losing season.

What we learned

1. Georgia State’s special teams imploded. The Panthers missed four field goals, including one on the opening possession of overtime, and allowed 90 yards on three kickoff returns. One of the missed field goals, a 47-yarder in the third quarter, was blocked, the second time in two weeks that has happened. Each of the misses were from 45 yards or longer.

2. Georgia State’s defense is better. The Panthers allowed season-lows in numerous categories, including rushing yards (108 yards) . In each of the past three games the defense has given the offense a chance to win the game, something that didn’t occur during four consecutive losses early in the season. However, it did commit two roughing-the-passer penalties, including one a third-and-13 situation, which allowed the Roadrunners to kick a field goal at the end of the first half.

3. Georgia State’s offense is inconsistent. Hill threw 15 passes in the loss, completing six for 91 yards. The performance, on the heels of last week’s 12-of-15 effort, continues the up-and-down results the team’s three quarterbacks have had this year. The running game failed to crack 200 yards for the third consecutive week. The team failed to score in the second half, but did have a school-record 97-yard scoring drive in the first half.

Numbers game

0.

The Panthers didn’t have any opportunities inside the 20-yard line.

Sound bite

“UTSA is a good team, but this is a very disappointing loss because we just kept making mistakes and shooting ourselves in the foot. We’ve got to be able to run the ball when we need to, even if the other team knows we’re going to run it, and we didn’t get that done.”

Coach Bill Curry.

Loose ends

Albert Wilson caught a 54-yard touchdown pass, his third scoring reception in the past two weeks. … Danny Williams extended his streak of games with a reception to 19. … Matt Hubbard averaged 47 yards on five punts. … Jake Muasau led the team with two sacks, an interception and 10 tackles.

What’s next

Georgia State will host St. Francis. The Fighting Saints’ (7-2) five-game winning streak was snapped in a loss to Grand View on Saturday. St. Francis scored 21 points in the defeat, the first time this season it has scored less than 30 points. Led by quarterback E.J. White, the Saints are averaging 47.2 points per game this season.

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

44 comments Add your comment

PantherWalk

October 30th, 2011
12:48 pm

FIRE BILL CURRY!

GSU is in Atlanta

October 30th, 2011
1:02 pm

I am embarrassed by this loss, and the entire coaching staff & team should be as well. I understand growing pains, but losing to teams that we could have soundly beat is unacceptable.

Levick needs to take a long hard look at what is going on and get things turned around before a culture of losing starts to define our football program.

disgusted…

Happy St. Pat's!

October 30th, 2011
1:25 pm

Seriously? Like it matters? Is it going to affect even one person’s ability to complete their degree and lead a successful life (which is what universities are about)? Find something real to worry about, like hunger, disease or climate change.

GSU is in Atlanta

October 30th, 2011
1:35 pm

@Happy St. Pat’s!

Sports at all levels equal jobs and those jobs in turn helps create better lives for people. In fact a lot of people who make $ in sports donate that money to help out with those things that you mentioned.

We don’t have to always concentrate on hunger, climate change, or disease (or we as human race would be a really unhappy bunch) and if you think about it those things you mentioned also create jobs and those jobs help people live better lives.

Thanks for telling us what we should do with our lives and what we should worry about.

GSWho

October 30th, 2011
2:07 pm

John Bond is to blame for this. Offensively we are completely ineffective. We have failed to score in 6 of our 8 games in the fourth quarter. Why we did not go for it on two 4th and 1’s is beyond me. It’s as though we do not want to win games. I understand the dropped pass by Giles on the 5yd line, but not being able to get a first down from the 31 w/ 2 minutes left is unacceptable. Our defense looked great and should not feel bad at all about the loss. I know they had a few penalties and we played WAY too soft on their final drive in regulation, however we scored two touchdowns, they scored one and we still lost the game. This is NOT a reflection of the kids however of the coaching staff and play calling.

Additionally, our special teams SUCKS!! Besides kick coverage, how many blocked kicks are we going to have this year? I know Christian does great in practice however he cannot perform in games. PLEASE if you get ahead in the St. Francis game(which at this point is not guaranteed) let our 2nd and 3rd string kickers get some practice. Not only did we NOT beat any teams we weren’t supposed to, we have now lost two of the games that were home runs (Murray & UTSA). At this point I could care less what happens the rest of the year as I refuse to go to any of the final games. I have given too much of my time money and energy to support this losing program and will not give either another minute of my time or another penny until John Bond is gone.

STATEment

October 30th, 2011
4:40 pm

Agreed, coaching not good. We were beat by Freshman. This is clearly relfective of coaching.
Roadrunners Roster

Year # %Ttl Cum%
Fr.-HS 36 35.29% 35.29%
Fr.-RS 36 35.29% 70.59%
Fr.-TR 2 1.96% 72.55%
Jr.-HS 1 0.98% 73.53%
Jr.-RS 6 5.88% 79.41%
Jr.-TR 6 5.88% 85.29%
So.-HS 1 0.98% 86.27%
So.-RS 9 8.82% 95.10%
So.-TR 3 2.94% 98.04%
Sr.-RS 2 1.96% 100.00%
Total 102

GSU is in Atlanta

October 30th, 2011
5:07 pm

Doug, Thanks for the coverage, no matter how bad we are!

Sad GSU Fan

October 30th, 2011
5:08 pm

@Happy St. Pat’s! – I know you’re upset because you can no longer protest in Woodruff Park but you don’t have to come pee in our Cheerios. Oh, ask the people in the northeast who just got a foot of snow in October about “climate change”.

Now onto this loss, sorry, embarrassing loss. We had 2 very costly roughing the passer penalties that extended the UTSA drives into scores. Bottom line, this team is not disciplined. It falls on the players and coaching staff. ALL of the coaching staff. We cannot play a complete or clean game. The coaches are also too conservative. 4th and less than 1 in their territory and we punt? Our special teams gives the other team the ball on their own 40 every time anyways, what was the risk with the defense playing as well as they were?

I’m glad this game wasn’t on TV because I may have thrown something at it watching the collapse in the 4th quarter.

PantherAlum

October 30th, 2011
5:21 pm

WOW 70% were freshman? That’s embarrassing. Lambuth squared….

OutSTATEd

October 30th, 2011
5:42 pm

@ GSWho Agreed, Bond is a cancer and needs to be removed. Pugh needs to get his receivers open also. Routes are weak, most of them aren’t even long enough for 1st downs. O-Line sucks, needs to provide better protection and give time for Kelton to look off receivers and make pump fakes. Where are our tight ends too? Where are our screen passes and crossing routes. With them playing a 4 2 5 we should have been able to pick them apart. Finally we need a new kicker….sorry Christian but you aren’t ready. Again, Bond is terrible.

Alum94

October 30th, 2011
6:15 pm

The well is dry. Levick please please please get rid of Bond, I cannot give my hard earned $ to this.
Disgusting!

Alec Baldwin

October 30th, 2011
6:46 pm

fire the A.D.

GSUAlum89

October 30th, 2011
7:10 pm

“Georgia State is 5-2 all time vs. defensive front sevens that have combined weight of 1700lbs or less.” – GStateBen

Guess now it’s 5-3.

PT

October 30th, 2011
7:14 pm

The problem with Georgia State is they are an undisciplined team. That falls directly on the Head Coach. Unfortunately, sometimes you have to run some people off to get your message across. That’s not Curry personality.

Panther4Life

October 30th, 2011
7:28 pm

ODU beats James Madison???? They’re going to win the CAA in their 2nd year. What’s wrong w/ us?

GSWho

October 30th, 2011
7:34 pm

@Panther4 Coaching is what’s wrong. We dominated the first half and I bet Curry spent most of half-time berating the kids for the “roughing” penalties instead of congratulating them on the great play and reminding them that the game was there’s to take. We should have crushed them by at least 28-10. He should have motivated them to “finish the job”….sound familiar Bill?

STATEment

October 30th, 2011
7:36 pm

“Finsh the job” huh, We’re finished alright. Hopefully Coach Hunter can make us proud in BB this year.

NorthWest Panther

October 30th, 2011
8:28 pm

We SUCK! Glad we are a part of the “University system” Telling folks now I went to West Georgia.

G-State

October 30th, 2011
9:00 pm

lol… Believe the coaching is bad. Think it ultimately falls w/ Bond but Harmon and Riddle need to go as well. Riddle particularly….Our O line is terrible. If we do not win each of the next 3 games by 17 pts each then it’s 100% on the coaches. If we lose any of them I’m totally finished w/ this.

GSUsuck

October 30th, 2011
9:27 pm

I feel the conflict within you! Let go of your hate!….lol you have every right to be mad. This is shameful, coaches are terrible. Kids deserve better.

GSU

October 30th, 2011
10:16 pm

I understand the frustration aimed at the coaches and players in some cases. However, I have taken a step back and realized that as much as we (the fans) are distraught over losses, both the coaching staff and players are even more distraught as they put in the hard work day in and day out. I feel that both are doing all they can to win games–sometimes the ball doesn’t bounce our way. We are a young program with good potential. Don’t give up on the guys yet. I appreciate what they have done so far. Like Paul Johnson said, all we have to do is win one game a week and everything will be fine. Good luck Panthers–stay focused! Win, lose, or draw.

Oh, and CB33 is not a clutch kicker. It’s time to shake it up.

GSUsuck

October 30th, 2011
10:22 pm

Sorry I am not in my “happy place” yet. REALLY concerned that we have not scored a TD in the 4th Qtr since game 1. Hopefully we can step up the recruiting for next year. Last years class was light but good overall. We need better linemen on both sides of the ball, particularly offense. Definately need to get rid of Bond and Riddle….

GA Dawg

October 30th, 2011
10:43 pm

Missed 4 FG’s and lost to a first year team? WOW, you guys suck. Seriously, I get a bad snap, bad hold but if that’s not the case then your kicker sucks. Really all you have to do is kick the ball haven’t you been doing that since 9th grade or earlier…..just saying.

G-State

October 30th, 2011
10:45 pm

@GA Dawg, Actually our coaches suck for putting the kid in that position. I do believe we need to get a better one though.

ajg-marietta

October 31st, 2011
7:03 am

Not a good loss. GSU still had a chance for a winning season. Poor play calling and missed assignments were to blame. We got away from the run in the second half for no good reason.

GState

October 31st, 2011
9:06 am

At this point, we have to consider shutting down the football program. Just not cutting it. More of an embarassment than something that’s benefitting us as a university. Let’s regroup, pump funds into the basketball team and we could be like VCU- a school with no football team but an elite basketball squad!

footballisme

October 31st, 2011
9:21 am

God bless those coaches but they don’t have clue. You read some of the coaches bio’s and there is a lack of or updated experience. DB coach needs to go back to high school. GState are loosing fans and monies with this mess.

CJ

October 31st, 2011
10:44 am

I do not mind losing, I mind losing poorly. I do not understand where the pass protection is and where our receivers are? What happened to Danny Williams? Last year he was a monster and this year nada. Bond, Riddle, and Pugh need to get their act together. We are WAY too deep at QB and RB’s to see this happen. Where is our fullback? Why are we not lining up Bully and creating holes for The Donald. If you are going to run trick plays why not have Schlecter in at QB, pitch to Kelton for a Halfback pass?. Heck, I’d have Kelton, Bo and The Donald in the backfield, and run all kinds of crazy stuff. With all of this talent we should be able to dominate. We look like a bad HS team and we play even worse. John Bond is incompetent.

GSU

October 31st, 2011
1:06 pm

FINALLY!! someone agrees about special teams and kicking situation. Christian is on scholarship and will get as many tries as needed. That is FACT…..Money invested!! 2nd team kicker is a scholarship kicker at least at other places than GSU. Unknown fact is Ehasz passed up 3 offers to play at GSU. Playing for Coach Curry was his parents wishes.

Players not maintaining lanes on kick offs is total BS. Does it happen:sure boy EVERY kickoff! Knowing our opponent we should pooch kick if Christian could pooch kick. Work on it!

Talk is Ehasz to be red shirted but will he stay?? Both kickers are Freshman and he is not on scholarship. Last season he won game vs. Miami Central with 2.6 seconds. Year before kicked 47 yard field goal to beat Lowndes 10-7. Kicked in 2 Georgia 5a State Championships. Tried and tested ; but do coaches know this? The kick blocked in overtime against USA; he has been in this situation chances are the game is over!

Lets get ready for St. Francis and not dwell on past. Lets make best of remaining season.

GState

October 31st, 2011
1:14 pm

If the backup kicker wants to be successful and play, he should probably transfer at this point.

Old Panther ('71)

October 31st, 2011
2:59 pm

Very surprised at special teams play; this has been a problem for weeks now, and the coaching staff (although I am sure they are “on” it) need to solve it. Mnay a game is won or lost by special teams.

Uncle johnny

October 31st, 2011
9:40 pm

PT (above) nailed it. On paper this is not a bad team and should be COMPETITIVE with better CAA caliber teams. They lost to a young team they should have beaten.

Do you think it is simply a matter of the team is individually good players but with no coaching to make them play as a a team?

Sad GSU Fan

November 1st, 2011
10:14 am

GState – “At this point, we have to consider shutting down the football program.”

You are a fool. Yes it was a loss that shouldn’t have happened but you don’t close the program because of it. What is wrong with some of you people? The team is in it’s 2nd year and you’re ready to close it down? People have ZERO patience in today’s world. Plenty of other teams had losing record their 2nd year and they’re still around.

With that said, yes, John Bond either needs a wake up call from Bill Curry or he needs to go. His play calling does not make sense. We are a good running team, why does he not stick with the run until the defense proves they can stop it? Hey Bond – It doesn’t matter if they know it’s coming if they cannot physically stop it!

@ Uncle Johnny – I think the team is not disciplined enough right now. Some of that is because they’re still young and there’s no established leadership to show these young guys how to act. Some of it is probably coaching as well.

At the end of the day, the head coach must take responsibility for his team. Pep talks only go so far.

CJ

November 1st, 2011
11:44 am

If we do not win each of the next 3 games by at least 17 points each I will be VERY disappointed. We MUST prove that we can compete with the other teams at our level (i.e. Jax St & ODU) and the only way to do this is to win by the shameful margins that were put on us. I would love to see the team score early however NO MATTER WHAT we need to score a bunch in the 4th Qtr to get over this psychological disaster we have with not being able to score late.

GState

November 1st, 2011
12:15 pm

Old Dominion also seems to be struggling in their infancy as an FCS program- yeah right! Shut this program DOWN!

CJ

November 1st, 2011
1:16 pm

@ GState, Put down the crackpipe son. You sound like a GS troll that doesn’t have the balls to admit it since you bitches got SPANKED last weekend and now are barely in the rankings. You’ll be TOTally out once Wofford whips you. Actually your sucker-ass teams loss was the only good thing that came out of last weekend

GState

November 1st, 2011
2:31 pm

#1, I’m a fan of the GEORGIA STATE PANTHERS and no other college team.

#2, Georgia Southern is having a far better season than we are, so why on earth would you criticize them? Let’s be honest, if we played Appalachian State, we would get “spanked” by a LOT more than 7 points.

takerjw

November 2nd, 2011
9:40 am

cj spanked…… lose by 7 to the 5th ranked team on the road is getting spanked??? Barely in the rankings….. we are 6th, 5th, and 4th in the polls. If you were to play us you would be spanked by 40 pts easy.

Shut up

November 2nd, 2011
10:43 am

To respond to: Sad GSU Fan
responding to your response “At this point, we have to consider shutting down the football program.”

Anyone on an AJC Blog that says we should shut down the Ga State Football program is a Ga Southern Troll. Please do not waste your time responding to the rhetoric.

Shut up

November 2nd, 2011
11:06 am

To respond CJ;
I don’t see a 7th ring in Southern’s future. I don’t care how good Southern is doing they still aren’t going to get any attention in the AJC win or lose. Nice game Southern… Hopefully you don’t make it to the playoffs where you will surely implode again. Oh and to the fans I wouldn’t take this tone if you weren’t so rude when Trolling our blogs. Act like you been there doesn’t apply at Southern and with that your 2 seconds of attention on AJC website is up.

winner

November 2nd, 2011
12:53 pm

6 National Titles! Nuff said!

takerjw

November 2nd, 2011
12:58 pm

Ya Know

November 3rd, 2011
9:59 pm

Ya Know

November 3rd, 2011
10:00 pm