Georgia State coach Bill Curry bemoaned the seven turnovers that doomed his team in Saturday’s 35-3 loss at William and Mary.
“You can’t turn over the ball seven times against anybody and expect to win,” he said during Monday’s Colonial Athletic Association weekly call. “It seems as if every time we did something well to not only get back into the game or take the lead we would make yet another mistake. William and Mary took advantage of every single one of them.”
The Tribe converted four of the turnovers into 28 points to turn a close game into a blowout.
Curry praised his team’s effort on defense, saying they did as well as they could considering how many times they would make a stop only to be forced to go back onto the field again.
The Panthers allowed 413 yards in offense, which seems like a lot but was less than their season average, and were on the field for 34 minutes, 2 seconds.
Curry said two of the turnovers were the fault of Ronnie Bell, who was making his first start at quarterback and threw four interceptions. Curry said the other interceptions were the fault of receivers who either ran the wrong route, or had a chance to break up the interceptions and didn’t.
Curry said he, offensive coordinator John Bond, Bell and Ben McLane watched film yesterday and both quarterbacks understood what went wrong in the game. Bell passed for 157 yards and was sacked twice, but Curry said he made some very good throws.
Bell has 47 attempts this season, with eight interceptions. Before playing against William and Mary, he mostly appeared in the second halves of games in which the Panthers were trailing and had to pass.
Curry said Bell is the starter as of today, but the game plan may dictate who takes the first snap in Saturday’s game against New Hampshire.
“We aren’t demoralized,” Curry said. “We aren’t letting up or giving up; we will keep plugging until we can hold onto the ball like we should.”
Georgia State has turned to a familiar firm, Parker Executive Search, to assist in hiring the next football coach, athletic director Cheryl Levick said on Monday. Curry said earlier this year that he is going to retire from coaching when the season concluded Nov. 10 at Maine.
Parker, based in Atlanta, assisted Georgia State in finding Ron Hunter, who led the men’s basketball team to a 22-12 record last year.
The coaching job will be posted on www.gsu.edu Tuesday. For confidential consideration or to make a recommendation, contact Daniel Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Everyone associated with Georgia State football is completely focused on supporting this team, especially our student-athletes, as we look for a positive finish for this season and for Coach Curry’s career,” Levick said in a statement. “At the same time, we must also focus on the next chapter and the development of this program. The hiring process for a head football coach is intricate and detailed, and it is important that we have ample time to perform our due diligence and find a great coach.
“The selection of Georgia State’s next head football coach is obviously crucial to the future of our athletics program, especially as we move to the Football Bowl Subdivision and the Sun Belt Conference,” Levick said. “We are looking for a program builder – a great recruiter, a leader and a high-energy individual who will roll up his sleeves and get to work to build Georgia State football as we move into our very exciting future.
“The use of Parker Executive Search allows us to identify and evaluate the best possible candidates in a confidential and professional manner.”
While Georgia State’s quarterbacks have continued to struggle, running back Donald Russell is being used more to help the offense.
He has run for 226 yards on 45 carries and caught nine passes for 78 yards in the past two games. He had 107 yards rushing and four catches against William and Mary. He 119 yards rushing and five receptions for 51 yards against Richmond,setting a career-high with 170 all-purpose yards.
Wil Lutz may have settled the carousel that was Georgia State’s kicking job.
He put both of his kickoffs into the end zone against William and Mary. He also hit a 37-yard field goal.
Curry said center Michael Davis, who suffered an undisclosed injury against the Tribe, should be fine. Davis’ backup, Ronald Martin, should be OK to participate in practice this week. … Wide receiver Danny Williams played against William and Mary though he wasn’t 100 percent. Curry said Williams should be back to full speed this week.
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu