Hill leads Georgia State to big victory

Kelton Hill single-handedly tried to give Georgia State the complete game it hasn’t had all season, including one of the most exciting plays in the team’s short history.

Hill passed for four touchdowns and rushed for another to lead Georgia State to a 42-35 win over Campbell in the Panthers’ regular-season finale on Saturday at the Georgia Dome.

Other than a few hiccups by his special teams, it was close to the type of performance that coach Bill Curry said earlier this week that he’s been waiting all season to see.

The offense dominated with a school-record 514 yards. Hill not only tied a single-game record for scoring passes, but also passed for 213 yards and rushed for 141 more. Combined with Donald Russell’s 146 yards, the team posted its first game with two 100-yard rushers and set a school record with 301 rushing yards.

The defense did just enough, limiting the Camels to 338 yards and creating two turnovers.

Leading 14-7, Hill hit Jordan Giles on the first play of the second half for a 55-yard touchdown, his third scoring pass of the game and the second to Giles, who ran a deep patter across the middle of the field and outraced the defender to the corner of the end zone.

Campbell cut Georgia State’s lead to 21-14 when C.J. Oates strolled in from 2 yards out on an option play. The drive started when Hill was sacked and fumbled the ball. The Camels took over on the 28-yard line.

Hill made up for the mistake by scoring a touchdown on the play of the year on the next series. Hill read the option to Russell, kept it and took off left. After a few yards he spun back to the right to slip out of a tackle and then sprinted all the way back across the field for the 39-yard touchdown. It gave the Panthers a 28-14 lead.

Hill added another touchdown pass, this time a 3-yarder to Arthur Williams, to increase Georgia State’s lead to 35-14 with 12:42 remaining. It was Hill’s fourth touchdown pass of the game, tying a school record.

The Panthers had no trouble running through Campbell, totaling 106 yards in the first half that included a 25-yard loss on a snap that went over Hill’s head, one of several that weren’t on target.

The Panthers answered quickly after Campbell opened the scoring with a 9-yard touchdown run by C.J. Oates.

Following a pass that was nearly intercepted on first down and then a fumbled exchange on a handoff on second down, Hill hit Danny Williams running uncovered down the sideline for a 56-yard touchdown pass.

The Panthers tacked on another touchdown when Hill hit Giles in the second quarter with a 3-yard pass. Hill bought time for Giles to run all the way along the back of the end zone until he was open. The drive started when linebacker Dexter Moody sacked and stripped the ball from quarterback Braden Smith. Linebacker Jake Muasau recovered it and returned it to the 43.

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Complete Game

November 19th, 2011
7:39 pm

Yes a complete game against a High School team! The Cambell Camels have no scholarship players. What a joke to have to hang on to win against this type of school. Ga State should be ashamed. Loosing to St Francis and West Alabama. State has D1 players. Are you kidding me! You said the defense limited the Camels to 300 plus yards. Thats limiting someone? Go ahead celebrate the win, make Hill the mayor, give Bond a raise. They did beat the mighty Camels by 7!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AgentOrange

November 19th, 2011
8:29 pm

@ Complete Lame

It’s Georgia State’s second year of football Hoss.

gsu01

November 19th, 2011
8:37 pm

Great game! KH4 played out of his mind today! Proud of the team and looking forward to the Spring game already!

@ Complete Game – please go kill yourself.

Kaleb

November 19th, 2011
8:46 pm

@ AgentOrange

Hey Hoss, State fans can’t have both sides of the street. Ya it’s your second year of football. So many in your fanbase need to lose the almighty attitude and stop acting like they are the best program in this state.

Glad to see you recovered from losing to a D-II school!!

qwerty

November 19th, 2011
8:47 pm

Still, GSU almost blew it in the 4th quarter. If Campbell had more time, they’d probably have sent it into OT. Campbell is a non-scholarship team and next year GSU will be in CAA conference play with other scholarship teams.

GStateBen

November 19th, 2011
8:59 pm

Good to win with a win. Let the purge of those who need to go begin.

Our recruiting class will include players who already better than current back ups and projected starters. Get ready Panther fans for the jump off point.

A Southern Supporter

November 19th, 2011
9:20 pm

I want to give congrats to Georgia State for the win today. Ending the season on a win is much better than doing so on a loss. It is apparent that you guys are taking the steps needed to build a program and that is to be commended. Any win is a great win. This one is worth celebrating….

Now….., Southern played a whale of a game against Alabama in which the Tide played their 1st stringers until the last minute of the game. Southern lost, we played like we were supposed to win, and Bama knew they played in big game, giving up more more points, more offense, and more yards (almost 350 yards) than any other opponent this season. It was a good day for both teams… Now the Eagles prepare for the playoffs.

TheEagleWay

November 19th, 2011
9:39 pm

Ben… don’t you owe someone a lunch? BTW… congrats on beating a non-scholarship team!

FIRE CURRY

November 19th, 2011
9:50 pm

FIRE CURRY NOW!

GSmackBen

November 19th, 2011
9:51 pm

Jump off point? What is that, like jumping off a cliff?

'99 Camel

November 19th, 2011
10:25 pm

Those boys from Buies Creek were probably in shock the first three quarters from just being in a building the size of the Dome….nothing like that in Eastern NC. Go Camels!!!

GSpinBen

November 19th, 2011
10:28 pm

Clearly Ga State is one of the premier teams in the State of Ga this year and with our top creme de la creme recruiting class coming in we should compete as the top team in the state next year. Did I mention Bill Curry played for the Green Bay Packers? Back on topic. The dome was sooooo loud today. I was at the Falcons game last week and the State game was MUCH louder. We clearly have the best fans in the state as well.

By the way, I am working on writing a Ga State book so keep an eye out for it….You do know I am the official Ga State spokesman right?

One more thing, I was having dinner with the School President, our biggest booster, a coach with that once played for the GB Packers and some other “in the know” people that I know because I am also am the know and I have some bombshells to give you soon. HUGE monumental news that only an insider would know. OK, I’ll go ahead and tell you….I hear that we may possibly move the kickoffs from 2:00 next year to 2:30. More inside news coming soon from GSpinBen

Go Panthers…..be sure to keep an eye out for my book coming out soon.

Itsmeagain

November 20th, 2011
12:26 am

What, are we being trolled by children today?

GSU is in Atlanta

November 20th, 2011
12:33 am

Glad to end the season with a Win!

Doug thanks for all the coverage this football season, and I hope that the basketball team can make up for the mess of a season our football team had.

Go GSU and us fans appreciate all the hate that people give, b/c it is better than not being talked about at all…the more comments the merrier, at least it shows people care whether good or bad!

Complete Game

November 20th, 2011
12:40 am

State has great talent. D1 transfers everywhere. Rusell, Gibert, Yandell etc! Now tell me why State got beat by St Francis, West Alabama, UTSA. Tell me Hoss! Is it because were a 2nd year program? Like I said, if your calling beating Campbell a big win you are in sad shape. That was a High School team that sat in the same defense and coverage the whole game. Good luck in the CAA. One more question. Why does the best player on the team (Wilson) sit out 90%of the time on offense? Lazy or genious coaching strategy?

Ryan

November 20th, 2011
1:00 am

@complete game, Wilson had his shoulder pads off with ice on his shoulder most of the game, that is my guess as to why. The coaching staff used him on kick offs and punts again, like idiots.

We should never lose to St. Francis or West Alabama no one here will try to excuse that, but on a 3 – 8 season, I will take a win over a pee wee team, and be happy for it. We just were not that good.

Panther 10

November 20th, 2011
1:02 am

Why does Hill have to showboat so much? Anyone can be a front runner! He had a great game but be humble about it. You were playing Campbell! Ball security will be a must against real comp!

Ga tech watching

November 20th, 2011
1:07 am

@ Complete Game. You are right ! these guys came from other big time schools. ( TRANFERS )

And all they give you is crap, They should never start with others crap. Always start with fresh players from the start. they will last past the first 2 yrs.

Panther 10

November 20th, 2011
1:17 am

It looks like the offensive and defensive coaches have been playing a little to much play station. Personel substitutions (multiple players) in and out every play. It’s hillarious. 5 guys in for a running play and 5 in for a passing play. Defensively, he must have personel packages for every down and distance known to man. I appreciate the creativity but question the productivity! Put your best players on the field and leave them! Obviously, you will need to sub for short yardage and have a nickel package but today’s substitutions were comical!

GSU 02

November 20th, 2011
1:34 am

Nothing wrong with transfers. With the talent State has and this years schedule (easier then last years in my opinion), they should have improved on last years 6 and 5. Something was missing this year. Not taking a shot but the staff should be embarrassed. Sould have won 4 more games. (UTSA,SC ST,ST FRANC,WEST AL) JAX ST AND OLD DOMINION were beatable too. South AL was an upset. So should have been 7 and 4 at worst. Oh well!!!!!

GStateBen

November 20th, 2011
8:39 am

Yep. Texted him last night. Told him congrats on the loss and I always pay my bets.

By the way, Southern lost. State won. There is nothing else to discuss. If Southern loses in the FCS Playoffs it is an Epic Failure.

Pantherdad

November 20th, 2011
9:14 am

Hill had some big plays but the real story was Donald Russell and GSU’s ability to hold the ball and get first downs. Game should not have been so close, but still a good way to end the year.

Also, the band was phenomenal. Thanks to all those kids for a fantastic season! And to Dr. Chester Phillips, who has done a spectacular job building that program from scratch.

takerjw

November 20th, 2011
9:23 am

Yep southern lost to bama….. they only scored more points than any other team this year and only shredded the top defense in all of football for 302 yard rushing. What did ga st do against bama? If we lose in the playoffs it will be disappointing but atleast WE ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS something ga st probably will never see.

GSU Band Fan

November 20th, 2011
9:27 am

@Pantherdad. The band was phenomenal. Dr. Phillips has done a wonderful job and provided us with a great marching band in only two years! And, I am pleased that for this game we were able to hear more of the band than that awful ear-splitting music usually played during timeouts. I’m glad we ended with a win and are on to a better season next year!

GSU

November 20th, 2011
10:32 am

Okay season’s over thank God, glad to go out with a win. Shoulda Coulda Woulda whatever….. Yes we BARELY beat Cambell but a win is a win. Hopefully we can have a great offseason in the WEIGHT ROOM (BEN POLLARD!!!!). Would love to see some asst. coaching changes, BOND THOMPSON. Hopefully Pugh can get us more transfers and keep our commits.
GO PANTHERS!!

straightshooter

November 20th, 2011
10:51 am

GA State starts CAA play next year? Here’s to another one or two win season.

Why Are You Here?

November 20th, 2011
10:54 am

@TakerJW, I hope you are right on that playoff thing. Most of us have higher aspirations than minor league football playoffs.

Not taking anything away, because it awesome to put 21 up on Bama anytime, but you are kidding yourself if you do not think Alabama could have beat you 100-0 if they wanted to. They spent the week prepping for the Iron Bowl, not your silly offense.

But good luck the rest of the way!

takerjw

November 20th, 2011
11:03 am

If bama could have won 100-0 they would have, and this silly offense would run all over you. if ga st ran the same offense half as good as southern they would have 5 or 6 wins.

GSpinBen

November 20th, 2011
11:07 am

GStateBen “If Ga Southern loses in the playoffs it will be an epic failure”

Yes, Ga Southern has high standards. They would not “spin” or “sugar coat” losses to NAIA teams a 3-8 season or an empty stadium. Ga Southern fires coaches that do not make they playoffs and do no compete for national championships quickly. Like the Tide, Ga Southern expects to win, no compromises.

Erk

November 20th, 2011
11:27 am

takerjw. Bama had their starters in the entire game and Richardson carried the ball 32 times. What else could they have done to score a 100? Richardson may be a little tired with 50 carries. Bama had to run the ball all game to keep it out of our hands because we were running all over them. 220 yards at halftime. They slowed us down in the 2nd half by dominating the time of possesion, Not to mention Bama scored on a blocked FG, scored on a pass with their starters with 30 seconds left and Ga Southern nearly converted a 4th and goal to give us 28 points.

Student Athlete

November 20th, 2011
11:45 am

WOW, just think if Hill had been out there all by him self all season, passing and catching, blocking and tackling, kicking and returning, wow just wow!!!!!

Jerk Russell

November 20th, 2011
12:53 pm

Starters in, Are you STUPID? Great game white trash but they had 7 starters out. They also started playing backups in the second quarter. You played well and should be proud but remember you still are losers and even worse you’ll always be Georgia Southern.

TheEagleWay

November 20th, 2011
1:02 pm

@ Jerk Russell… you wish you had such a legendary Coach. Nice try troll. Your the one with a dumpster fire of a football team. BTW… where are ya’ll placed in the playoffs this year? Ohhh… that’s right… You are .380 as a team. You actually have no right to smack talk or compare your team to our playoff team. We are fighting for our 7th National Title. You are fighting to get above .500. Nobody in this State respects you. NOBODY. When I’ve talked to non-southern fans about State, they just chuckle and wonder why State has a team. That is never said about Southern. You are a delusional fan base that needs to learn it takes hard work to get respect. $$ does not buy respect.

TheEagleWay

November 20th, 2011
1:07 pm

State vs. Bama:
165 yards… no offensive driven points… 5 turnovers

Southern vs. Bama
341 yards…. 14 offensive points… 0 turnovers

The highest amount of yards given up by Bama this year and since 2004 I believe.

I only talk smack because of the lack of respect your fan base has shown. You need to be pointed out, you and the 30 others on Panther talk. Nobody respects you.

Earn it and GATA… then talk.

Jerk Russell

November 20th, 2011
1:16 pm

Again you should be very proud of your football program. You can chat about it at the factory on Monday and when you clock out and head to the trailer you should feel great about it. At the end of the day though, I prefer having a degree I can feel proud of.

takerjw

November 20th, 2011
1:25 pm

Ga st is a joke. Most of bamas starters played the entire game. Ga southern sat 4 of its starters to make sure they are ready for……. THE PLAYOFFS! Have fun sitting at home watching real teams play for the rest of the year. Can’t wait to see what B.S. excuses your sorry program uses next year when you guys finish with maybe 1 win.

TheEagleWay

November 20th, 2011
1:31 pm

Thanks for being a prime example Jerk Russell, inability to talk sports. Stay classy.

Jerk Russell

November 20th, 2011
1:33 pm

HAHA, yes I’ll be watching the “real teams” however that obviously won’t involve any of your games.

TheEagleWay

November 20th, 2011
1:34 pm

Good luck with that Jerk.

Jerk Russell

November 20th, 2011
1:35 pm

Example, are you kidding? Southern trolls have been talking smack from day one on this site. I have never been to a Southern Blog nor will I ever in my life. The classy thing would be for you and your disgusting troll nation to get lives and find your own toilet to crap in.

GStateBen

November 20th, 2011
1:58 pm

Yep. Playoff births are nice. Congrats on that. Our fans will seek and get much bigger.

Two seasons in. Just wait. Jealousy is a powerful emotion.

GSU is in Atlanta

November 20th, 2011
2:00 pm

No delusions of grandeur from this GSU fan, but I am curious as to whether or not GSU fans actually go on GASo boards or regional newspaper sites and talk smack to you guys. If so, please provide some examples b/c I am interested to read what is being said.

FCS

November 20th, 2011
2:07 pm

Hated them all year however now I cannot wait for ODU to crush Southern.

panama

November 20th, 2011
4:44 pm

Nice ending to a tough season. Let the purge begin of those who do not want to be part of this. That includes players, coaches and yes even supposed fans. The Fellowship of The Miserable can exit stage left.

State fanatic

November 20th, 2011
7:22 pm

Lord, we can’t beat NAIA teams and the dome is empty and they are talking about stepping up to tougher competition and throwing more money at it. If there is a dumpster fire, the fire department doesn’t spray gas on it! Use water, not GAS!

Do the admirable thing and give the students a refund and put this pig out of it’s misery. Pretty sad to burden the students with $5,000 in student fee loan debt when none of them even go to the game and the alumni do not donate. I hope they get good jobs and make enough money to have some disposable income to pay off their GSU football debt by year two of their career.

GSmackBen

November 20th, 2011
9:38 pm

Georgia Southern is the #3 seed in the NCAA FCS Playoffs.
Georgia State went 3-8 this season

This was first reported on PantherTalk