Georgia State hammered by South Carolina State

Bill Curry said many times during the past nine months that his Georgia State football team had re-dedicated itself to weight room, practice fields, film study and classroom after last year’s disappointing season.

Either the Panthers were looking ahead to next week’s game at Tennessee, or there’s still a lot left to work on after Thursday’s 33-6 season-opening loss to South Carolina State at the Georgia Dome. Either way, it looked familiar, so much so that many of the students who packed their section left by the fourth quarter.

“I don’t think you can avoid that comparison but we aren’t the same group that we were a year ago at all,” Curry said. “Not the same attitude, not the same work ethic. We have drastically improved those things and now we have to improve the performance on the field.”

On offense, quarterbacks Ben McLane and Kelton Hill struggled behind a line that was replacing four starters. McLane committed a costly and inexplicable fumble just before the end of the half that led to a South Carolina State touchdown and changed the game’s momentum. Hill didn’t fare much better as the line couldn’t keep the Bulldogs’ pass rushers away. The Bulldogs had six sacks, five of McLane. Georgia State couldn’t get the ball to Albert Wilson, its best playmaker, as the offense produced 229 yards.

“The sacks were so uncharacteristic; we probably haven’t given up 15 sacks the last two years, total,” offensive coordinator John Bond said.

On defense, cornerback Isaiah Howard fell down looking for the ball on the Bulldogs’ opening possession, resulting in a 72-yard touchdown pass that quickly put the Panthers behind. The defense, breaking in a new 4-2-5 scheme and coordinator in Anthony Midget, played well in spurts, but still gave up 488 yards.

“They caught the ball. They ran the ball in key spots,” linebacker Mark Hogan said. “Five or six plays didn’t go our way. All we can do now…it’s over. All we can do now is move on.”

On special teams, Matt Ehasz, kicking in place of the suspended Christian Benvenuto, missed two of his four field goals and committed a roughing-the-kicker penalty in the fourth quarter.

But the Bulldogs kept giving the Panthers chances.

Quarterback Richard Cue threw two interceptions in the first half that the Panthers couldn’t turn into points.

The Panthers’ best weapon may have been Matt Hubbard, who cannoned a school-record 80-yard punt to pin the Bulldogs on their 2 in the second quarter. The Panthers forced a punt, and took advantage of the field position by getting the ball back on the Bulldogs’ 40. McLane moved the Panthers to the 27, but back-to-back sacks pushed them back to the 39. McLane found Danny Williams for 20 yards on third and 21. Instead of going for it on fourth and short, like they unsuccessfully tried earlier in the game, Curry sent Ehasz out and he hit the 36-yarder to cut Georgia State’s gap to 7-3.

McLendon intercepted an overthrow by Cue and returned it to the 23-yard line to giftwrap a scoring chance for the offense and give the Panthers a lead later in the half. But it was wasted when Ehasz banged the 23-yard field goal off the upright to keep the score 7-3.

After Georgia State’s defense held again, McLane gift-wrapped a scoring chance for the Bulldogs when the ball flew out of his hand as he cocked his arm to throw a pass. South Carolina State recovered on the 23-yard line.

Unlike the Panthers, the Bulldogs didn’t waste their opportunity. Cue threw a strike to Tyler McDonald for a 22-yard touchdown to give the Bulldogs a 14-3 lead.

“Fourteen points, two plays we were in position to make the plays,” defensive coordinator Anthony Midget said. “The first touchdown we had a guy in position to make the play but he just didn’t make it. We told the guys going into the half that in those two plays we gave up 14 points.”

The Panthers bounced back on the first possession of the second half. Hill led the team to the 7-yard line, but a false start penalty – the first on the team in the game – pushed them back to the 12 and Hill couldn’t punch the team into the end zone. Ehasz hit the 25-yard field goal to cut the gap to 14-6. Curry said he didn’t want to get into a field-goal battle, but he didn’t have much of a choice.

“We had really good chances, we had really good chances coming out in the second half running the ball. But when you get in the red zone you’ve got to score,” he said.

South Carolina State marched right down the field, with Cue hitting McDonald for a 13-yard touchdown pass on third and 10 to give the Bulldogs a 21-6 lead.

104 comments Add your comment

Willjbutcher

August 30th, 2012
10:47 pm

It was horrendous.

Jason

August 30th, 2012
10:50 pm

So first win in FBS comes in 2015?

shocked

August 30th, 2012
10:51 pm

How many total offensive plays did GA State run trying to hurry up the offense?

A person SMART enough to know.....

August 30th, 2012
10:51 pm

A person SMART enough to know…..
August 30th, 2012
10:43 pm

A person SMART enough to know…..
August 29th, 2012
1:44 pm

I will be impressed if GaState can put up more than 17 points even more impressed if they can keep SCState to 21 or under on the scoreboard.
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Not a Debbie Downer but GaState stepped up in class tonight and is just not ready yet.
Please talk your crap about wanting some of Ga Southern and TECH now.

DowntownAtl

August 30th, 2012
10:52 pm

Anybody want my season tickets?

Madkat

August 30th, 2012
10:54 pm

This was one of the few “lighter” teams on their FCS schedule. Scary outlook.

Willjbutcher

August 30th, 2012
10:54 pm

I’ll be sure to pass judgment on the present and future of both of those schools after their first losses. You know just to circulate Internet hate

A person SMART enough to know.....

August 30th, 2012
10:55 pm

GaSate couldn’t handle a GOOD FCS team and you want to play FBS? LMMFAO

Go get you some Ga Southern…..LOL

You want to talk smack toe TECH?

Go play HBU and be happy.

RidgeRunner

August 30th, 2012
10:56 pm

Sad offense. Some some promise for the defense.

Game Captian Dave

August 30th, 2012
11:10 pm

Well our punter ain’t bad.

hbcuclassics

August 30th, 2012
11:11 pm

HBCU Classic Sports
Week 1

SC State 33
GA State 6
Final

Tenn Tech 31
Hampton 24
4Q

Charleston 44
Shaw 26
Final

http://www.hbcuclassics.com

tron

August 30th, 2012
11:25 pm

so glad i bought season tickets…. waaaan to touch the hiney

HaveCableWatchSports

August 30th, 2012
11:26 pm

@Madkat @Tom Yeager @Woofy One @East Lake Panther @Agent Orange @GSUtimes2 @Panama @Sluggo . . . Really!?!??? SCState did not and does not deserve to be belittled. Lift your team, but don’t down another–especially a perennial Conference Champion that consistently sees its players play on Sundays. I’m all for the Panthers, but just because S.C.State is a HBCU don’t confuse it with Morris Brown, Milles, Prairie View (with all due respect) and other schools with a lot less gridiron tradition and success. 4 Players (Marion Motley, Deacon Jones, Donnie Shell, & Harry Carson) in the NFL Hall of Fame. I appreciate that football is just gettiing started at GaState, but How many from Georgia Southern for example? Check stats, review rosters, and then pop off. Go FOR your team, not AGAINST another especially when your best player is your Punter.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

August 30th, 2012
11:27 pm

Tonight was my first time ever attending a GA State football game. I just have one comment to make….whoever was that starting QB (#16 I believe) should NEVER EVER BE ALLOWED ON THE FIELD AGAIN FOR GA State!!!

He was AWFUL with a CAPITAL “A”……the offense did not start show up and move the ball down the field until he was on the bench…..where he should have been after the 1st Qtr.

Who Cares?

August 30th, 2012
11:27 pm

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah – can’t wait to read the next posts telling us how great gag state is and how gag state is far more superior than ga tech and how every other football team in the state of georgia is afraid to play gag state cuz “we’ll play anyone anytime anywhere”

TD

August 30th, 2012
11:30 pm

After watching McNeese beat Middle Tennessee, the Sunbelt might actually be a step down from the CAA.

A person SMART enough to know.....

August 30th, 2012
11:30 pm

Do they sell Liquor at the Dome for GaState games?
man they will make a killing for the next few years if they do.

panther

August 30th, 2012
11:32 pm

Disappointing to say the least. But i’ll be back for the next game, and the one after that, and hopefully things will get better. It’s still only the third season and hope isn’t lost yet. Stick with your team, it’ll be worth it in the end.

zgoldatl

August 30th, 2012
11:40 pm

Exactly Panther. I’ll be in Tennessee next week and the Dome the week after that. Disappointed but ready for a great future

Stallo Tiger

August 30th, 2012
11:41 pm

Georgia State has nothing to be ashamed of South Carolina State has a good football team. and should make the FCS playoffs.

Distance Fan

August 30th, 2012
11:43 pm

Hey GSU the better play that kid QB Ronnie Bell because what I saw between the first two QB’s will not cut it. This kid is a winner at 29-1 record when he was at Sandy Creek. Play Ronnie Bell before the season get away.

GSU Freshman

August 30th, 2012
11:44 pm

No worry, there is always next year!

willjbutcher

August 30th, 2012
11:46 pm

where is anyone saying GSU can hang with GT? is this the cost of the program getting bigger? The other programs in the state’s fans get all threatened and act like children?

SCSU_Hank

August 30th, 2012
11:48 pm

All I’ve heard about is how much better GA State would be this year and how well-conditioned they are and how someone named Donald would rush for 200+ yards. The Panthers are a joke but at least no one will notice because no one cares about FCS football. You coach can’t get out of his office fast enough because he knows what we all know and that’s GA State has a horrible team, most of you’re players can’t stay on the team and the ones who play can’t handle division two or naia teams, much less a FCS team. To top it all off, you had maybe 12,000 there tonight and a huge chuck of those were Bulldog fans. Your students packed it in by the 3rd quarter and you can forget them giving your team a second chance. You failed them. You complained that they weren’t showing up and when they finally did you gave them 2 field goals and no defense. Go Bulldogs!

SCSU_Hank

August 30th, 2012
11:53 pm

Wait until GA State plays Delaware, Old Dominion and James Madison. We’re good but we’re not CAA good. Yes, the sunbelt will be a huge step down from the CAA.

willjbutcher

August 30th, 2012
11:55 pm

attendance was 18k. Bill Curry is retiring to spend time with his family because he’s old. Our program is new, and expectations should be tapered.

and you’re a hater, even though your team won.

StateOfShock

August 31st, 2012
12:00 am

I am in a real State of Shock. Can only hope that things get better as the season progresses

A person SMART enough to know.....

August 31st, 2012
12:05 am

willjbutcher
August 30th, 2012
11:46 pm

where is anyone saying GSU can hang with GT? is this the cost of the program getting bigger? The other programs in the state’s fans get all threatened and act like children?
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You must read the GaState blogs much.
GaState fans have been running that Mouth their butts can’t cash about Ga Sou and Tech for weeks now.
Do so research and read back the archive blogs.

willjbutcher

August 31st, 2012
12:09 am

I’m sorry that a few fans words got you so worked up. But i’m ecstatic that you felt threatened by them and our football program when any reasonable thought would enable you to draw your own conclusion about how well GSU would do against GT.

A person SMART enough to know.....

August 31st, 2012
12:10 am

Look every FAN is hyped for their team and the start of the season but that has to come with some trepidation as well. GaState fans have been “All Hat & No Cattle” for weeks now. Tonight should SHUT them UP and get them Focused on the movie “What About Bill” used as a tagline. Baby Steps. Don’t Talk SMACK to PROVEN over time teams fans. You can’t say a thing to the REAL Champion GSU much less Ga Tech. BABY STEPS.

A person SMART enough to know.....

August 31st, 2012
12:15 am

willjbutcher………..NOBODY I repeat NOBODY feels Threatened by GaState. What is crazy is to hear GaState fan talk smack and they have never done a thing in football. Moving UP to FBS is not a big deal if you are an EZ win.

Reddawg

August 31st, 2012
12:24 am

GSU fans ,Nothing to hang your head for, GSU played tough and they’ll beat the starch out of many good teams out there. SCSU came to play tonight and they have a season and strong team this year.
They have some work to do as well, but I think they can roll with the best.

marcus

August 31st, 2012
12:26 am

georgia state could not handle a hbcu, second tier sc state and they talk about the progress of the program?

hmmm! no knock on sc state, but for all the money that georgia state gets for their program they should be making strides along the lines of old dominion university (norfolk). there is entirely too much talent in the states of georgia, florida and mississippi, for state not to be competitive at this stage. we don’t expect wins over tennessee (just a pay check) or any other sec school, but it would be nice to see a competitive team on the field. the student body and the community want to support this team, give them a reason. just imagine what a decent program would do for the morale and pockets of atlanta.

bill curry was a georgia tech icon and he did a great job establishing the gsu program, raising the money and getting out the buzz, but we need someone who players can identify with. state offers a quality education, nice facilities, one of the most diverse and attractive student bodies in the south, and a great inner city campus, we deserve a competitive team.

Alum

August 31st, 2012
12:29 am

Most disgusting thing I ever saw.

Paddy

August 31st, 2012
12:45 am

Can’t wait to see what that other new kid on the block, ODU, does to this team.

SCSU '75

August 31st, 2012
1:02 am

Correction SCSU should have four in the NFL. Donnie Shell (SCSU 74) of the 4 Time Super Bowl Champions and a Pro Bowler of the famous Steel Curtain of the ’70s is not a member. Oh, SCSU is the only school from SC with players in the NFL. Go Dogs. Roof! Roof!

SCSU '75

August 31st, 2012
1:05 am

Correction again Correction SCSU should have four in the NFL Hall of Fame . Donnie Shell (SCSU 74) of the 4 Time Super Bowl Champions and a Pro Bowler of the famous Steel Curtain of the ’70s is not a member. Oh, SCSU is the only school from SC with players in the NFL Hall of Fame Go Dogs. Roof! Roof!

SCSU '75

August 31st, 2012
1:08 am

101 Marching Garnet and Blue Band was not bad either. Go dogs! Roof! Roof!

[...] Georgia State was routed by South Carolina State 33-6 on Thursday at the Georgia Dome. [...]

A person SMART enough to know...

August 31st, 2012
1:43 am

I am truly afraid that GSU will one day beat my beloved second class team in Georgia and I want to keep talking smack until GSU gets better….because I am a small person.

A person SMART enough to know.....

August 31st, 2012
1:58 am

A person SMART enough to know…
August 31st, 2012
1:43 am

I am truly afraid that GSU will one day beat my beloved second class team in Georgia and I want to keep talking smack until GSU gets better….because I am a small person.
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Fake Name Thief…………………..is still talking crap but has no GUTS to post as a MAN under his own name.

hey hey goodbye

August 31st, 2012
4:05 am

Dear Vols be sure to score 77pts when you play Georgia state….Please make Bill curry season to forget after all he said SEC is not a great conference remember that when you play them too!

truth

August 31st, 2012
4:23 am

#STATEOFSUCK

Ga State Realist

August 31st, 2012
6:33 am

This game is no surprise; why is everyone shocked?

GSU is in the best 1AA conference, the CAA, this season before “moving up” to get to be a weekly
pinata in the top division, and will not win one conference game. They will get beaten up by very good teams—teams that once in a while beat 1A schools—like James Madison, ODU, William & Mary and Delaware.

The Panthers are worse now than when they first organised four years ago.

Shame on the school administration for the rush to the “big-time” next year in a ramshackle 1A conference composed of some of the worst academic schools in the nation.

Christian in Dunwoody

August 31st, 2012
6:35 am

It was a tough game to watch and there may be many more like it ahead this year but…”go Panthers!” Nowhere to go but up. Hang in there, boys.

David

August 31st, 2012
7:14 am

GSU did not really think they were going to beat SCSU..really…we have a real football program down in Orangeburg….you better ask somebody

Just A Fan

August 31st, 2012
7:19 am

Curry is retiring?… the whole bunch should retire, right now. I think Curry is on to something.. he is like a rat on a sinking ship. And believe me the football program at GA State is sinking fast. SCS put a behinny whipping on the Panthers…And isn’t the SCS program the one that got took down in Statesboro a couple of times? Yeah, you guys are ready for big time football.. Go sell some programs and cokes at the Falcon games….in “yur house.”

I like Bill Curry, but...

August 31st, 2012
7:43 am

the bottom line here is that Bill Curry and his staff have been continually out coached for two–and now two-plus–seasons. He’s a great guy. No one can dispute this, but seriously. Anyone who has watched this program should see that they simply don’t play good football. I can take a loss if the game is clean. If GSU doesn’t have the athletes to compete, well, we can change that in a class or two. This isn’t about athletes–although, I am sometimes shocked by their lack of skill on defense. This is about coaching. At this point, we should be playing SC State tough. Should we win? Maybe not, but this was disgraceful. Seriously. It’s not the kids faults, but these coaches are out to lunch.

NOPanther

August 31st, 2012
7:58 am

OMG – what a joke of a team…….can you cay 0-11 for the season? And we think we can compete at the FBS level. PLEASE! And the dome looked empty last night except for the SC State faithful. Illusions of greatness.

NOPanther

August 31st, 2012
8:00 am

UGA & GT and the other GSU are still afraid to play us