S.C. State 33, Georgia State 6: Quotes, notes and observations

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

It was at a loss at all levels.

The new hurry-up offense was undone by an offensive line that couldn’t stop South Carolina State’s rush (six sacks). As a result, neither quarterback Ben McLane nor Kelton Hill had much time to do anything. The offense finished with 229 yards, or 82 yards less than Matt Hubbard had in punts. (An 80-yard punt he boomed, leading to a 62.2-per kick average).

The new 4-2-5 defense gave up 488 yards, starting when Isaiah Howard fell down covering a receiver in the first series that allowed a 72-yard touchdown pass.

The special teams were once again inconsistent. Matt Ehasz missed two of his four field goals, none worse than a 24-yard attempt that would have cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 7-6. But in the “how was the play Ms. Lincoln” department, Matt Hubbard would have set an FBS record for punting average (min. of five punts) with 62.2 yards per punt. That included an 80-yard bomb. The record doesn’t count because the Panthers are reclassifying to FBS.

This wasn’t Tennessee, next week’s opponent. This was a MEAC school, albeit one with a lot of tradition.

A few numbers to ponder

The Panthers’ defense was on the field for 78 plays.

The Panthers were 2 of 13 on third down.

The Panthers were 2 of 4 in the red zone.

The Bulldogs had 300 yards passing.

The Bulldogs had 188 yards rushing (but just 3.8 yards per attempt).

The Panthers had 130 yards passing.

Running back Donald Russell averaged 10 yards per carry on 12 carries.

The announced attendance was a few folks shy of 19,000.

5 plays that changed the game

Howard falling down, which resulted in the 72-yard touchdown.

Ehasz missing the 24-yard field goal, which would have cut GSU’s deficit to 7-6.

McLane’s fumble just before the half.

S.C. State quarterback Richard Cue finding Tyler McDonald for a 22-yard touchdown pass just before the half, capitalizing on the fumble.

The false start penalty on first and goal on the Panthers’ first drive in the second half, that disrupted the offense. A touchdown would have put Georgia State right back in the game.

Quotes after the game

Bill Curry:

Clearly this was a huge disappointment. We will not concede anything. We will go back to work tomorrow morning and keep working until the way we perform the way we can. … We will be a good football team this year.

On how is this year’s team, and this result, different from last year, when the team went 3-8?

I don’t think you can avoid that comparison but we aren’t the same group that we were a year ago at all. 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 if starting Hill in the second half was the plan, or the result of the offensive line’s poor play?

Both. We didn’t protect well. Kelton gives us more flexibility but both quarterbacks had a rough time tonight.

How would he described McLane’s performance?

I’m not sure he got a chance to show what he can really do. Balls were dropped, protection wasn’t adequate, running game was good in flashes but not what it should have been.

Did you feel like you had your chances in the first half?

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. We missed easy passes.

You had a couple of interceptions. What do you say to the defense to improve their play?

We had a couple of interceptions. We also had a couple of balls thrown over our heads in the end zone. That receiver was tall but we could time our leaps better.

Why did you go with Ehasz instead of David Miller for the field goals?

Miller has an injured foot. He’s come back from it but really struggled in the last week or so. I think he’ll be fine after this.

The defense played well in the beginning, but it still gave up 488 yards and 188 rushing yards.

It’s too much.

It’s even more than last year’s. I know you’ve still got to watch film, but will that result in changes to the starters?

I thought some of the starters played well. Terrance Woodard may have had his best game. He was in the backfield  all night. Other struggled with blocking combinations and getting to the football. We will have to evaluate it in terms of starters but all those guys will have to play. They have to keep growing. Defensive linemen can’t play every play.

Was South Carolina State rolling the safety or doing anything to keep you from getting the ball to Albert Wilson (the team’s best playmaker didn’t have a catch until until the third quarter. He finished with 44 yards)

There were things that they did that denied Albert the ball but there were things we could have done better. There were plays that were voided because of the pass rush or because of a por throw. He was overthrown or underthrown. You just have to be more accurate.

On why Russell didn’t get more touches in the red zone

It depends upon what they are lined up in….[Curry went on to say there's something that should work when the other team's defense is stacked. He also talked about reads]

With the offense producing 229 yards and the offensive line breaking in four new starters, are you going to stick with  the no-huddle in upcoming games?

We are going to stick with what we are doing. We’ve only done it one game.

Is there one thing you can work on this week to improve all the little things?

I think cohesiveness on the offensive side. The defense got us the ball enough times that we could have made this an excellent football game had we taken it into the end zone. We had opportunities. … Just about everything that can happen did.

Offensive coordinator John Bond

How will you improve the offensive line?

The sacks were so uncharacteristic; we probably haven’t given up 15 sacks the last two years, total. In ‘10, they gave up seven sacks in 307 attempts. Last year was about the same. I was really surprised at that. It put us in so many third and unmanageable situations in the first half, it was hard to overcome.

We’ve got to do a much better job protecting the pass and a much better job in the red zone. We had opportunities in the red zone and we’ve got to get better in the red zone and we will. Quite honestly, watching Donald Russell run around and watching Albert Wilson run around, I really feel like we still have a chance to have a darn good football team. We’ve just got to make sure with these guys that we keep them in the fold and keep working.

Tonight was certainly frustrating.

How would you describe McLane’s first performance?

I thought he didn’t have an opportunity to show his best stuff, quite honestly. All spring, all summer, all camp we’ve done a good job of throwing the ball on time. Sacks haven’t been an issue at all around here until tonight.

When he came back in he throw some good balls.

He was OK.

Wilson didn’t have a touch until the third quarter.

I’m very disappointed in that; Ogbuehi didn’t get any touches, either. We were trying, we were trying to get them the ball, it just didn’t work out.

That was one of the most frustrating things of the evening to me. Though we were trying to get Albert his touches for one reason or another we couldn’t. We’ve got to make sure that early in the game No. 2 is getting the ball. We tried tonight, it just didn’t work out. We’ve got to find a way to get him some touches early.

Defensive coordinator Anthony Midget

The defense kept the team in the game in the first half.

Fourteen points, two plays we were in position to make the plays. 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.

I thought we played well in the first half. The second half, I don’t think we played well against the pass [S.C. State had 128 passing yards in the second half]. I didn’t think the running game really hurt us. Because they had success passing the ball they were able to get some yards running the ball. For the ost part, one of the most disappointing things was our pass defense.

How much of that goes back to y’all just couldn’t generate a consistent pass rush, which was an issue last year?

This quarterback, the deal was to contain him and keep him in the pocket. We didn’t blitz him a lot. The guy’s an athletic guy and you have to smart about that. I thought we did a good job for the most part. He did get out sometimes tonight but he was on fire tonight. You have to give him credit. He threw two interceptions but for the most part he threw the ball well.

Does it feel like y’all gave up 488 yards?

For me it does. When you give up a 70-yard bomb, and then we gave up another big pass play, that’s 100 and something yards. The stats sometimes can be misleading. We’ve just got to get better and I think we will.

Linebacker Mark Hogan

Does it seem like y’all gave up 488 yards?

Wow. Like I said, they made the plays. We didn’t. They caught the ball. They ran the ball in key spots. 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.

What’s the No. 1 thing you can work on?

Stopping the run, stopping the pass, playing overall better team offense, team defense, etc.

Coach Curry has talked for many, many months about y’all rededicated yourself during the offseason to not have results like last year. Yet, the result is the same as last year. What do you say to those who wonder how y’all are better?

It’s frustrating. We’ve seen a lot of progress, we really have on the practice field, playing overall. But the thing is you have spurts but you’ve got to be consistent. Maybe we’re better one day but not the next.

We’ve got to string together things that will make us a better football team day in and day out.

Wide receiver Albert Wilson

You didn’t have a touch until the third quarter. Did they do anything different to limit you in the offseason?

They did exactly what we thought they would do. We just couldn’t get the quarterback enough time to get anybody the ball.

Is the offensive line better than it showed tonight?

They are much better than what we saw tonight. We have two returners from last year. In practice, they are way better than what we saw tonight.

Center Michael Davis

Did they do anything different to disrupt the blocking schemes?

They didn’t do anything different than what we practiced. We went out there and tried to execute our game plan. If you look back on it there’s a lot of things we did well. Donald ran the ball really well. We had a lot of good drives going, we just needed to finish them. If we could have finished those drives it probably would have swayed momentum and had a different outcome.

[Asked a similar question]

A couple of times they had a guy come in that we weren’t necessarily supposed to account for, and he was the free guy. For the most part, we have to come together as a unit and fix those things. It’s not like it’s a huge panic thing. I know there are things we can fix and we’ll get them fixed by next week.

On protecting McLane in his first start

We definitely have a lot of pride. We want to protect whoever is back there so we want to work on that, no mental lapses and our footwork is clean. It’s nothing we can’t correct.

On the six sacks

We definitely don’t want to give up that many sacks. We want to hold it at six for the season. I truly believe we have five good offensive linemen. Once we get on the same page and click as a unit we will be pretty dominant, I believe.

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

47 comments Add your comment


August 31st, 2012
1:25 am

Hearing the same old lines again this year. Stop playing games at the QB position and see who performs under the bright lights. I was hoping Ben was our guy, but based on tonight, I’m as confused as ever! What can Ronnie Bell do? Let’s find out.


August 31st, 2012
1:38 am

You just can’t play college football without a QB and that is what we have been doing for 3 years.
We need to run the ball more and quit thinking that we don’t have a QB problem.
I’m not interested in going from bad to worse.

A person SMART enough to know.....

August 31st, 2012
1:44 am

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.

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.

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.

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


August 31st, 2012
2:10 am

HBCU Classic Sports
Week 1

SC State 33
GA State 6


Tenn Tech 41
Hampton 31

Charleston 44
Shaw 26


A person SMART enough to know.....

August 31st, 2012
2:14 am

hbcuclassics……………..sell your CRAZY on the Atl Loves Hip Hop, Ghetto Ho, Tyler Perry station or Wendy Williams TV show. We have all the Black CZ we need. Go Help Morris Brown and his 1 room school house make some money.


August 31st, 2012
5:47 am

Way to go SCSU. Love to silence the doubters. HBCU football is not taken seriously. Bet they won’t make that mistake again. Happy Friday!


August 31st, 2012
6:30 am

They need to win a FCS playoff game to be taken seriously. That hasn’t happened in many years, and there’s not a lot of chest thumping that can be associated with beating Georgia State. They are pitiful.

Christian in Dunwoody

August 31st, 2012
6:45 am

Ugly game. Put it behind you, work hard and do your best against the Vols…character prevails over the long haul.


August 31st, 2012
7:24 am

#stateofshock LOL


Jee S. You

August 31st, 2012
7:35 am

Good to see that Ehasz didn’t “earn” the kicking spot given his performance.


August 31st, 2012
7:56 am

Now the question is, can they fix what they know needs fixing? Hate to see it tested against our toughest opponent next week but that is how it is set up.

Troll Checker

August 31st, 2012
8:09 am

Don’t you clowns have a team to cheer for? I guess you’re not interested in Pee Wee ball either. Yeah, we’re taking our lumps, but out trajectory in the college football landscape is pointing up, while your Podunk team is starting threads about new PA systems. Whatever!

Elayne Kramer, Willoughby, Ohio

August 31st, 2012
8:17 am

To Jee S. You, Did you know that Ehasz was Camden County High School star kicker . I am not footbal savy, but did he not score some of the points? He is only a sophomore and I bet he will go down in Georgia State football history as one of the best kickers!


August 31st, 2012
8:29 am

Did you really get our shat pushed in by some bottom dweller team last night? I couldn’t watch the game on AT&T uverse, well was watching USC/vandy and that was an interesting game


August 31st, 2012
8:58 am

What happens when they play a similar start up team like ODU? Your answer should tell you of the progress each has made in Div 1AA.


August 31st, 2012
8:59 am

First thing,where is GStateBen? I have not heard from him here on the ajc or on his own GSU related website.

Secondly,it is clear that Bill Curry and his coaching staff,maybe excluding Anthony Midget,needs to go. The offensive playcalling was very puzzling. I thank HC Bill Curry for all that he has done for the GSU program and university but time has passed him by as a head coach.

The offense looked unprepared. There were uncharacteristic drops (by Danny Williams for example). WR Albert Wilson is very fast but he cannot separate and run routes. Running back Donald Russell is legit but that is it. Parris Lee and Travis Evans are just depth players.

QB Kelton Hill provide(d) a spark to the offense. It seems like the coaching staff doesn’t want to start KH but when things are not going well,they want to throw him in with expectations of bailing them out. This team suffers and will continue to suffer until it finally finds and settles on a quality QB.

I actually thought the defense played well in the first half. They obviously wore down in the second half. The defensive line has some players but the cornerbacks appear subpar.

This game should have been closer than the final score. I’m not saying GSU should/would have won but no way they should have lost 33-6. First, a couple of missed field goals. Secondly,that stupid playcall with 48 seconds left in the half to drop back and pass the ball leading to a turnover that resulted in a touchdown for SCSU. Finally,the GSU WR was down when he was stripped of the ball and the defender ran in for the TD.

I had (delusional?) hopes of a winning season for GSU FB this year. After last night,I really don’t think that is happening. A team cannot have subpar coaching and subpar quarterbacking and win.

I will still support GSU FB this year….however painful it may/will be.

Just wondering

August 31st, 2012
9:02 am

I was at the game and don’t see how they got 19,000 attendance….Unless we’re counting the band, players, consession workers, parking attendats, security…you get my drift…Of the 19k probably 16k were from SCS… Ears are still ringing from SCS band..they blew their horns and blew us out..Maybe the players were looking ahead to Tenn..LOL..


August 31st, 2012
9:02 am

I forget to mention one thing……

The highlight of the evening was the GSU punter. He was outstanding. Those were some of the longest punts I’ve ever seen. One particular punt was when he punted deep from his own territory and completely flipped the field. The ball landed inside the SCSU 10.

The GSU punter may be the best player on the roster. Kudos to him.

Honest Ingine

August 31st, 2012
9:04 am

Things will get better with time, and time is not what GSU has. Curry’s replacement needs to be able to start the recruiting NOW this fall, unless they are waiting for someone to get fired at season’s end.


August 31st, 2012
9:05 am

I don’t think this says as much about SCSU being good as much as it does about Georgia State being awful. Georgia Southern took a playoff caliber SCSU team to the woodshed a few years back. Georgia State might be the first 0-11 team to transition to the FBS level. Good luck kitties.


August 31st, 2012
9:12 am

So Carolina St is a pretty good team but not that good.


August 31st, 2012
9:17 am

It might be too late but maybe they should forget that Div 1-A thingy for awhile


August 31st, 2012
9:42 am

Welcome to HBCU Football. Came into your house and beat the brakes off GA State. That HBCU Football ain’t nothin to play with.

GSU Panthers

August 31st, 2012
10:12 am

Great game by the Bulldogs, but your band was classless to play when the ball was in play. Solid football team that routed a 3rd year program. Congrats. Btw, we know plenty about HBCU football: we’ve played Clark Atlanta, NC Central, and your pals at Savannah State, we have 2 across the street, and we’ve hosted the Classic (FAMU, TSU, and Southern) for decades. You should get out of O’burg more often.


August 31st, 2012
10:12 am

It was a very disappointing loss… The defense showed some promised in the first half, but our secondary was bad.

I took friends/family to the game and to have our team get beat the way they did will not bring them back.

I’ll always support my PANTHERS no matter what happens. I just hope they continue to grow as a team and get a few wins this year.

Golf Carter

August 31st, 2012
10:29 am

I see now why Georgia State won’t schedule Georgia Southern.

A person SMART enough to know...

August 31st, 2012
10:45 am

I come here and smack talk about GSU because I am a small and fearful person…


August 31st, 2012
10:47 am

Sorry guys, it’s too early in the season for your high quality quarterback to be going on a turf diet.
We will get another shot at the other GSU as well. Someone must wake up an reconize the Bulldogs including Bill Curry. He seems to down play their talent even after getting his zza kicked twice.


August 31st, 2012
10:49 am

Learn how to take a whipping like a real man and move on. This is all from me about that.


August 31st, 2012
10:56 am

@Golf Carter – Ga Southern would whoop our @ss, not only this year for decades to come

A person SMART enough to know...

August 31st, 2012
11:22 am

I am a small person troubled about my sexval identity and I conduct myself poorly in both this forum and at my part-time job at the Mall.

Panama Crack

August 31st, 2012
11:25 am

I support the grass eating Southern boyz that are ultimately doomed to failure since they are in the eastern swamp marshes of this state.

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Still Bleeding Blue

August 31st, 2012
1:35 pm

Tough one last night. We were beat up and outplayed, and I don’t think any of the players view it any differently. I have faith that the team will pull it together and be a different squad by the end of the year. Keep fighting, keep improving.

Some great performances by The Donald and Matt Hubbard, though. That was nice to see, at least.


August 31st, 2012
1:44 pm

I think this game was a great embarrassment to Georgia State. Coach Midget is the worst defensive Coordinator of all times. Not sure what Midget was seeing but there on the field, but he needed to make some major adjustment but didn’t. Defense wins games! Hope they can make the necessary adjustments in practice this week and come with a better game plan for Tennessee.


August 31st, 2012
3:32 pm

A person smart enough (maybe) to know……..You’re a TROLL, be gone! :-)

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September 1st, 2012
11:11 am

If we are to move this football to the next level the caliber of play at QB has to go to the next level. Ask the players themsleves who should be playing QB and you will get a resounding vote for Ronnie Bell backed up by Garrett Schrepfer. They are the only two that are athletic enough to play at this level. Bell has a cannon of an arm and Schrepfer has a strong arm but more importantly at 6′4 240 can bring it home in the red zone.


September 1st, 2012
12:36 pm

Disappointing, but it’s only the first game of the season. Lets hope everyone has learned lessons from all of this and that we can improve and win some games. It’s upsetting to know that there is no chance that we will win the next game, but at least it gives us an opportunity to try everyone out and see what we can get going. I’ll be there no matter what happens, and i’ll be proud.

Pennsylvania CAA fan

September 1st, 2012
8:14 pm

0-10 this year?!!!!

Too bad for the CAA we need a few softies on the sked next year. Will you guys reconsider?

Southern Grad

September 1st, 2012
9:27 pm

Ga Southern defeats Jacksonville (FL) Univ 58-0
before a crowd of 20,132 in Paulson Stadium.

No brag, just fact.

Southern Grad

September 2nd, 2012
1:19 am

Pennsylvania, Apparently the SunBelt needs softies too.


September 2nd, 2012
7:24 am

Let go GSU, kicks some Tenneessee vols behind!


September 2nd, 2012
8:24 am

Great win for the Bulldogs! Good luck this year GSU. You will have a good season.


September 2nd, 2012
1:03 pm

Your coach under-estimated the talent at SCSU. Now, you have seen what they can do. I actually feel sorry for the Panther fans this year. Your team will be lucky to win 2 games. Fire Curry right now and hire a coach that will make your transition a little bearable in the future. At the present rate, the Panters will not have a winning record until 2017. Anyway, don’t schedule those boys from Statesboro. The scoreboard may explode from the point total.

A little advice: learn Rocky Top so you can sing along during your butt whipping next week. Prediction is Tenn 54 – GSU 3.

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