Georgia State vs. West Alabama

Three storylines in this weekend’s game between Georgia State and West Alabama

Will the fourth-quarter blues stop? The Panthers have scored 13 points in the fourth quarter this season — not in a game, for the whole year. The futility has cost the team a chance at earning least three victories. Coach Bill Curry said it’s not an issue of conditioning or want-to, but it’s one he has to solve. Running back Donald Russell (ankle) will be a game-time decision.

Can the defense bounce back? After seemingly having its early season issues ironed out, the Panthers were gouged by NAIA level St. Francis for 475 yards last week. The total was more than a hundred more than they gave up in each of the previous three weeks. Coach Bill Curry said his players had trouble getting off blocks and making tackles. The team will be without linebacker Mike Hall (undisclosed injury). Linebacker Jake Muasau will play.

Will the special teams ever get better? The hope has become a broken refrain each week and each week something else breaks down, culminating in the out-of-bounds kickoff followed by an onside kick St. Francis recovered last week. The team will be without Christian Benvenuto, who will miss the game with an injury.

A Georgia State win would …

Be its third this season.

Be its first on the road this season.

Snap a two-game losing streak.

A West Alabama win would …

Be its eighth this season.

Be its first over a FCS-level opponent this season.

Keep an eye on …

For Georgia State: The offensive line. Georgia State rushed for 158 yards last week, a respectable total but less than expected against a front seven smaller than the Panthers’ offensive line. After rushing for 200 yards in back-to-back games, the team hasn’t cracked that mark in its past two games.

For West Alabama: Matt Willis. He is 89 yards away from tying the school’s single-season rushing record (1,325). He has scored 13 touchdowns this season and is averaging 123.7 rushing yards per game.

The numbers game

3

Georgia State has played in back-to-back-to-back overtime games.

2

The Panthers have lost the past two, missing long field goals in each extra session.

The history book

This is the teams’ first meeting.

The bottom line

Can the Panthers control the game this week by dominating the line? They weren’t able to in last week’s loss, despite having a significant advantage in size. This week, the Panthers’ offensive line outweighs West Alabama’s defensive line by an average of 34 pounds. The Panthers’ defensive line is outweighed by West Alabama’s offensive line by an average of 24 pounds. Just like last week, this is a game the Panthers should win. Just like last week, they can’t overlook the Tigers.

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

57 comments Add your comment

down south fan

November 11th, 2011
12:32 pm

west alabama is the real dealthet will by 3tds no doubt go tigers

GSU

November 11th, 2011
1:02 pm

Let’s go Panthers — close out the season strong and build confidence for next year,

GSU

November 11th, 2011
1:03 pm

Somebody please de-code what @Down South Fan is trying to say. Thanks in advance.

Itsmeagain

November 11th, 2011
2:03 pm

I said at the beginning of the season a loss to st Francis and west Alabama would be a travesty. Well, we lost to St Francis, any maybe it’s fortunate we aren’t in conference this season because it would be terrible for the program. At this point I’m just looking for improvement; these games need to be used to test what has been practiced each week and give the players some feedback so they can start preparing for next season. I think we will come out with a win, but I think a lot of our panthers are disenchanted to the point that it effects their playing ability. stick with it, get the win, finish strong, and you’ll be fine.
GO PANTHERS

GSUAlumBaseball81

November 11th, 2011
2:26 pm

Will be there cheering on the GSU Panthers in Livingston! Come on guys and light it up one time this year on the Tigers! Seniors you have two more games to make it count! Go out as winners 2-0 in the final two and leave the team something to build on in 2012. Play to halves instead of four quarters!!!

GStateBen

November 11th, 2011
3:42 pm

This team is not better than St. Francis. Actually EJ White is better than the 5′7, 150lbs Caldwell that UWA will roll out.

Time to get healthy boys…

Wounded Panther

November 11th, 2011
5:00 pm

I am so disgusted by this team and this season. I really don’t care whether they win or lose. I think the coaching staff is a disgrace and I am ashamed of the entire program. Cheryl Levik needs to get rid of the coordinators and get us a winning team!!! If we lose to this squad I am completely done, no more Huddle Tix, no more PAC donations..finished.

zgoldatl

November 11th, 2011
5:00 pm

Go Panthers, Bleed Blue. Lets play hard, focused, smash-mouthed football, and win these last two games. See y’all in the concrete jungle next saturday

GSUWI94

November 11th, 2011
5:13 pm

Wounded Panther. You are probably not a PAC donor. You are a QUITTER! Sir. Dont sneak back in once thinga are ironed out after this second year program takes off. The team needs true fans get out of the way.

Itsmeagain

November 11th, 2011
5:26 pm

So wounded panther, you’re only interested in the team of there winning? I believe that’s what we call a fair weather fan. Stick by your alma Marta through thick and thin or don’t follow at all. Just sayin’

Wounded Panther

November 11th, 2011
6:34 pm

@GSUWI94, Yes PAC donor here, and not a small one either. Could care less about the losses, just cannot stand the incompetence within the program. How many misprinted T-Shirts do you need before you realize the program is full of incompetence from top to bottom?

House Divided

November 11th, 2011
6:36 pm

And so it continues…….you guys are funny.

GSUAlumBaseball81

November 11th, 2011
9:16 pm

Don’t Give Up Panther Faithful! We are only in our second year and it takes time! Back when I decided that GSU was my school the GA BULLDAWGS and GA TECH were my teams. I always dreamed of GSU having a football team. Unbelievably, Bill Curry and his wife were walking down Marietta Street after Summer Graduation 1987. At that time, he has just become the head coach at Alabama and Carolyn had just received her Masters at GSU. I had also just finished my BBA in Management (Truett Cathy was the keynote speaker) and I thought to myself how wonderful it would be if he could come to GSU and be our first football coach. (Ha Ha never thought that would have been possible) Noah Langsdale was our President on Leave, as he was an All American football player from Alabama! Call me crazy but it happened and now we cannot give up on our SCHOOL!!! We should be a 4-3 Defense! We should probably be calling more traditional offensive plays without our last year’s offense (Drew Little’s ariel show!) But don’t give up!!! We will overcome and just realize that IT TAKES TIME and the people in charge will make sure it happens! Just look at Coach Hunter and watch what he does with our basketball team! We are on the way to a Greater Athletic GSU!!!!!!!!! GO GSU PANTHERS!!!

NorFolk

November 12th, 2011
9:48 am

“Startup” argument dosen’t work folks. ODU about to go 9-2 WITHOUT a bye week. You’re just soft and your coaching isn’t good. You will remain the CAA doormat for many years to come.

Andrew

November 12th, 2011
11:01 am

Amazing video of a high school player from Columbia TN who kicks the ball dead straight 75-80 yards in the air. He was 54 of 54 this year…a perfect 100%. Now he needs a college team. Can you please help?

Watch for yourself…it is unreal!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_JKwgwFY3g

DJ-Dragon

November 12th, 2011
3:51 pm

GO PANTERS !!

DJ-Dragon

November 12th, 2011
3:53 pm

takerjw

November 12th, 2011
4:17 pm

HAIL SOUTHERN! 2011 SOCON CHAMPS!

NorFolk

November 12th, 2011
4:44 pm

Told Ya!! 9-2….ODU gonna win National Championship in first eligible year. Southern and GSU are a JOKE compared to the mighty MONARCHS….

takerjw

November 12th, 2011
6:55 pm

Ha! Doubt that odu schedule is not very impressive in a down year for the caa. We will see what you can do come playoff time. Good luck

theRealGsuMy@$$

November 12th, 2011
11:00 pm

wow – NAIA and a D2 in the same season. Southern won’t win the conference again? State is on the cover of ESPN the Mag and the best thing since sliced bread? Your fan base seems to have prepared for internet message board posting about as well as State’s coaching staff prepared for this season. Oh and to re-iterate my previous comments…..HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Scout

November 12th, 2011
11:00 pm

@GStateBen, any more words of wisdom ? That team just whipped us like St. Francis did. Time to stop being such a suck up. That 5′7″ 150 midget just beat us.

Pantherdad

November 12th, 2011
11:08 pm

UWA 30, GSU 23. We came back from being down 20-14 at half to be tied with a few mins left. UWA finished their final drive and we didn’t. Wipeout season but hopefully the team will give the fans one more win to cheer about against Campbell.

GSU

November 12th, 2011
11:25 pm

We have a bunch of football players who do nothing but complain instead of lining up and winning their individual battles. I wouldn’t mind seeing a bunch of these guys move on. Bring in players who want to compete. Obviously the coaching staff and administrators have dropped the ball. We need a complete overhaul.

FIRE CURRY

November 13th, 2011
12:57 am

HOW DOES BILL CURRY HAVE A JOB???

Alec Baldwin

November 13th, 2011
1:56 am

Jesus you guys suck.

Alec Baldwin

November 13th, 2011
1:58 am

Are you gonna schedule Georgia Gwinnett College next year? Man you’re terrible. Bring back Greg Manning.

NAIA, Now D2?

November 13th, 2011
7:42 am

This is inexcusable!! Cheryl, I am officially not donating another dime until you make some drastic changes. I will not be at the football banquet (why you would have one is beyond me). And I DARE you or any of your WORTHLESS staff to call me for money. Either our kids deserve much better or I deserve better kids but I believe it’s the former. DO YOUR JOB!!!!!!!!!!

Pennsylvania CAA Fan

November 13th, 2011
8:15 am

West Alabama has 5,000 students with 37% male. This will likely be the icing on the cake. Curry or most of his staff will have to go. The ODU posters are correct. They are a start up team and not losing to the teams GSU is losing to…… like Joe Pa up here….. it is over for the staff. I hear he is looking for a job

GHWho

November 13th, 2011
8:26 am

No excuse for this loss. 5′7″ 150lb QB? That kid should have been taken out in a bodybag. Thompson is a train wreck. Pollard needs to get these kids on steriods or something. Defense is a TOTAL JOKE!!! Gave up 30 pts to a first year startup (UTSA), a NAIA and a D2 team?

OutSTATED

November 13th, 2011
8:41 am

WHAT??? We lost again!!!!! To a D2 school now. Shameful, disgusting, and every other horrific thing I can think. The entire FB world is laughing at us. Thanks Bill.

Alum89

November 13th, 2011
8:50 am

Shameful doesn’t begin to describe…… FIRE LEVIK, and ENTIRE coaching staff.

Alum89

November 13th, 2011
8:55 am

@Pantherdad…. 1 more win are you kidding? We will be destroyed by Campbell. If your kid is on the team, my condolences. Hopefully you can get him therapy soon and he can move on w/ his life.

STATEofSHOCK

November 13th, 2011
9:13 am

SHUT THIS EMBARASSING PROGRAM DOWN!

Blah

November 13th, 2011
9:28 am

Im looking the other way. I guess that little Qb beat the tar out of us. Nice prediction GStateBen, lemme guess … wait till the FBS bid??

Overrated

November 13th, 2011
9:37 am

Can you believe that some random housewife in the UWA section was screaming this to our team? OMG we SUCK!!

GSU Band Fan

November 13th, 2011
9:40 am

This loss is very embarrassing. For anyone who went to Livingston, did the band go and did we have a good crowd on our side? At the last Dome game, other than the GSU band there were less than 200 people in the end zone student section. I’m worried the students do not support the football team. Hopefully, they will show up for the last game.

Overrated

November 13th, 2011
9:49 am

No Band, 50 folks

GSU Band Fan

November 13th, 2011
9:53 am

@ Overrated Thx. Hopefully, we’ll have a big crowd for the Campbell game. Team need’s a big boost!

UWA?? WHOSE THAT?

November 13th, 2011
9:58 am

No excuse… real teams don’t do this at all.

Overrated

November 13th, 2011
10:05 am

GSU Ban Fan.. Sorry the humane thing would be to put this team down..

Disgraced Panther

November 13th, 2011
10:18 am

Pugh needs to do a better job at recruiting. Why do we have 8 RB’s and no FG kickers? Great planning there Pugh…Oh and you’ll need to recruit me as a fan going forward the kool-aid has wore off.

ASHAMED!!

November 13th, 2011
10:24 am

Not unlike cheryl Levik…..My wallet has officially dried up. Becker needs to grow a pair and stop riding that bitch from 30,000 feet. Pound her and thoses worthless coaches on the ground DAMNIT!!

PantherAlum

November 13th, 2011
10:30 am

Thanks Mark..Yes the value of my degree did go up. It’s almost worth as much as one from Penn State.

GState-89

November 13th, 2011
10:39 am

Thompson and Bond are morons. FIRE THEM NOW, not tomorrow, not Monday, NOW! Let them coach HS since that is what our team looks like.

NorFolk

November 13th, 2011
10:42 am

WOW..you guys are terrible. Now looking embarrassing for the CAA great job. Just another GSU team I guess.

GStateBen

November 13th, 2011
10:53 am

So why do we fire Bond again? Did he fumble entering the end zone? Did he throw two INTs?

We threw two interceptions, lost two fumbles and went 0/4 in the red zone in the 4th quarter. We did not deserve to win. We beat ourselves again.

GState-89

November 13th, 2011
11:02 am

@GstateBen Seriously? Dude get a clue. The last three games should not even have been close. The coaching staff sucks man. It’s time to face facts. If you want to become complacent with losing fine but some of us expect more from our school.

GState-89

November 13th, 2011
11:10 am

Oh and 2 INT’s? More than half the game Kelton was solo in the back field (duh pass play). Kelton had no business passing as much as he did. Per normal Bond ditched the run when we needed it. BTW he is the OC so O/4 in the redzone is on him as well.

GHWho

November 13th, 2011
12:20 pm

Thompson is the real problem. Yes Bond needs to go but how do you let a lower division school put 30 pts on you TWO weeks in a row? Defense wins games.