The game that was
By no means was it a complete game, but Georgia State finished its disappointing season with a 42-35 victory over Campbell. The Panthers (3-8) tried to let the Camels back into the game, but for once they were able to keep a win from slipping away in the fourth quarter.
What we learned
1. The offense ended well. The Panthers set numerous school records, including total yards (514) and rushing yards (301). The new mark broke the old mark of 447, set just last week. Quarterback Kelton Hill looks more comfortable running the offense, passing for 213 yards and four touchdowns and rushing for another. Donald Russell eschewed his one-cut style and started bouncing around more looking for creases to run through. The result was a game-high 146 yards.
2. The defense did not end well. The Camels were able to come back from 21 points down in the fourth quarter to within a touchdown. Recovered onsides kick kept them from completing the rally. At times they scored too easily, including the game’s opening drive. Coach Bill Curry said the defense must learn how to stop opponents.
3. Neither did the special teams. They opened the game by kicking the ball out of bounds, and followed it by missing two field goals, increasing the total of wayward misses to nine in the past 11 attempts.
No serious injuries were reported on Georgia State’s team.
The Panthers averaged 6 yards per carry on 50 rushing attempts.
“We are very dissatisfied with the season as we all are, but we’ll go back to work right away and get to work on our academics, recruiting. We’ve got many tings to improve on in our program and I’m really anxious to do that.”
Coach Bill Curry
Danny Williams caught four passes, extending his streak to 22 consecutive games. … Georgia State had 27 first downs, a new school record.
Georgia State enters its offseason with many questions that must be answered. The offensive line must replace four seniors. The quarterback position is deep, which may result in position changes or transfers. The Panthers must find a dependable kicker. They need to get some consistent production from the defensive line. There’s a lot of work ahead.
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu