New Hampshire rains on Georgia State’s game, cash drop

There was jockeying for position, speed and strategy in the Georgia Dome on Saturday — and that was just the work done by Georgia State’s students during the “$10,000 cash drop” at halftime of the Panthers’ game against New Hampshire.

During the game, there wasn’t enough of any of that to help Georgia State, which was beaten 44-21 by the Wildcats. The Panthers dropped to 0-6 in coach Bill Curry’s final season because they continued to make the same types of mistakes the 9,531 fans in attendance have frequently seen this year.

Quarterback Ronnie Bell, making the second start of his career, threw two interceptions, giving him six in the past two games and 10 in 57 attempts this year. He also lost a fumble and was sacked three times. The special teams had a punt tipped. The defense created two turnovers and had two sacks, but still gave up more than 600 yards. It was too many unexplainable errors, Curry said.

“That’s just simply a matter of poise and there’s no excuse and no explanation that helps anybody understand why that’s the case,” Curry said. “We can talk about it but we must get that done in order to compete.”

The game changed on three Georgia State mistakes in the game’s first 31 minutes.

Tied at 7 after New Hampshire missed a field goal, Bell was sacked and fumbled on the next play. New Hampshire recovered on the 21-yard line needed just two plays to score a touchdown to take a 14-7 lead with 12:22 left in the first half. Bell was hit as he was about to throw on the fumble.

“We had a chance to drive up and down the field tonight and stopped ourselves repeatedly,” Curry said. “When we did start to drive it was too little too late and once again the tendency was when the defense did make a stop … we go on the field and almost immediately find a way to turn it back over.”

Georgia State’s offense could do nothing on its next possession. The Wildcats tipped the punt after a man came in unblocked from the edge and took over on the Panthers’ 40-yard line. A few plays later, Nico Steriti scored a 7-yard touchdown to give New Hampshire a 21-7 lead with 8:54 left.

On the first play of the second half, Bell threw a pass right to linebacker Alan Buzbee, who returned it to the 5-yard line. The Wildcats scored a play later on a touchdown pass from Andy Vailas to Justin Mello to take a 28-7 lead.

The Panthers started well.

Georgia State tied the game at 7 on a 54-yard touchdown pass from Bell to Albert Wilson with 11:01 left in the first quarter. It was the Panthers’ first opening-drive touchdown this year. Rolling right, Bell saw the safety had come up the field and waved Wilson to turn up field. Bell led him perfectly.

McLane also threw a pretty, 26-yard touchdown pass to tight Emmanuel Ogbuehi in the fourth quarter to cut New Hampshire’s lead to 38-14.

“We knew we could exploit that seam up the middle, and I came clean and Ben found me,” Ogbuehi said.

Of course, in an example of the Panthers’ inability to play with any consistency, the Wildcats returned the subsequent kickoff 63 yards and scored on a 34-yard run on the next play.

McLane found Wilson for a 47-yard scoring pass with 4:51 left in the game.

Curry intimated that there are going to be several changes to the lineup, with veterans who keep making mistakes replaced by younger players. He also said the quarterback position will be determined by who plays better in next week’s practice.

“I just think we try too hard not to make a mistake,” Wilson said. “If we can calm down and play football like we know we can play football, it’ll be a better season.”

*Note: It was billed as a cash drop, but was actually a voucher drop.

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

64 comments Add your comment

zamboni_racer

October 6th, 2012
7:20 pm

I gave my season tix to a coworker this week. Looks like I made the right decision, stayed home and watched SEC football. Looks like this season is a bust for GSU. No real improvement from one losing game to the next. Talking to folks connected with Athletics at GSU, it sounds like no coaching changes will come until after Curry retires.

couldn't have "ben moore" wrong

October 6th, 2012
7:59 pm

couldn’t be happening to a more humble set of fans…. hahahahah

Atlanta_Mafia

October 6th, 2012
8:13 pm

I was leaving the game after this loss and I thought to myself that the only way that this could be worse is if our name was Georgia Southern and we are never going to get invited to the FBS.
That would truly be worth crying about.

eaglenationrising

October 6th, 2012
8:14 pm

Bill Curry and his staff are simply collection a check.This is ADH by Georgia State athletics that continues to display a pathetically sad ability to put a competitive product on the field. Georgia State farms out hiring decisions to search firms. There is no accountibility. ADs are figure heads that have no vision for placing a competitive product on the field. There are only 2 FCS programs in the 9th largest American state (widely viewed as one of thetop 5 football hotbeds). Still, the Panthers are winless. Give Curry his retirement watch and farm out the next hire to an area search firm. What a sham!

Atlanta_Mafia

October 6th, 2012
8:16 pm

Note to Coach Bond: STOP TRYING TO PASS THE FOOTBALL

eaglenationrising

October 6th, 2012
8:17 pm

@ Atlanta Mafia: I would slow down on the Georgia Southern chatter. I was at dinner last night with a big Georgia Southern guy (who told me that their top 10 FBS team is terrible this year at 4-1 or something) told me that Georgia Southern College is heading into the Sun Belt. You heard it me.

StateofSuck

October 6th, 2012
8:18 pm

@atlanta_mafia The only thing sadder than our team is our fans. I think the GSU-GSU thing is tired and pathetic. We SUCK, let’s face facts. We will not win another game and deserve the beatdown from the Southern folks. Hell, even they have fallen off of the boards, and at this point I don’t blame them. I wonder when CBC is going to stop worring about “Fixing things” and start helping us find another coaching staff. He is beyond delusional at this point.

StateofSuck

October 6th, 2012
8:20 pm

Hey Eaglenationrising…. Check your facts, Southerd is using the EXACT same search firm for your new AD. Go to their website if you don’t believe me idiot.

eaglenationrising

October 6th, 2012
8:20 pm

You heard it from me. Although, I am a little lost as to how GSC will be able to afford the increase in travel. They will probably just put their non-revenue sports on 15 hour bus rides to Bowling Green, KY. LOL!

GSUSTUDENT

October 6th, 2012
8:23 pm

Thanks for the dolla bills y’all. At lead I get some of my student fees back.

eaglenationrising

October 6th, 2012
8:23 pm

Talk to any GSU person. Their AD is a little different. The AD at GSC is a paper-pusher. Their money is run through the affluent Mulherin (check spelling) family of Augusta (politics and a long line of GSC partiers, errr grads). Southern Boosters runs money operations and the GSC Athletics Department is practically broke. Go online. Outside of football, their coaches always have the lowest salaries. All GSC people hate their AD. They will hate the next glorified secretary with a title too. At least he hired his own coaches.

Atlanta_Mafia

October 6th, 2012
8:24 pm

Is the any way that Bill Curry can give me 20k back for being a booster?
It seems to me that “good coaches” coach and “bad coaches” write books about coaching.
Curry should go back to writing books about ten men in a huddle or a bath-house.
I hope that Penn State hires him.

GSU Band Fan

October 6th, 2012
8:33 pm

This team usually plays good in the first quarter and then things change for the worse. This is so very sad and going to the games to see the same mistakes over and over has become tiresome. Seems like the coaches missed teaching the players the basics of running, blocking and tackling. And some of our Huddle seatmates have totally given up on GSU football and do not plan to return. GSU needs to announce a new coaching staff like…yesterday!

eaglenationrising

October 6th, 2012
8:39 pm

Who thought that Bill Curry was a football version of Lefty Driesell? Oh yes, a search firm.

panther

October 6th, 2012
8:55 pm

Lets not bring this search firm nonsense up again. When we were hiring Ron Hunter someone was getting on these blogs telling us about how we were going to get a crappy coach because we were dumping the task on a search firm. Instead, we end up getting one hell of a coach and that guy is now eating crow. Every team uses a search firm, but the final decision will always come down to the institution.

Bill Curry

October 6th, 2012
8:57 pm

I keep trying to fire up the team, but by the time it takes me to walk to the locker room for a halftime pep talk, it’s time to go out for kickoff again.

But I don’t care. It’s not like I’m worried about my next coaching job.

And my assistant coaches know they don’t have a shot at my job. So, they’re too distracted trying to plan where they will go next season.

It will not get better this season.

eaglenationrising

October 6th, 2012
9:00 pm

Georgia State is 1/2 for 3 with search firms. I want the days when an AD picks up the phone and calls a Lefty Driesell. There are many examples of HUGE programs led by ADs the simply pick up the phone and call the likes of Urban Meyer or Will Muschamp. It is a flat out facade to say the “every team uses a search firm.” That is laughable. That is like saying, “everyone uses Match.com.”

eaglenationrising

October 6th, 2012
9:02 pm

Georgia did not use a search firm to make their last big (monetary) hire with Mark Fox. The AD simply picked up the phone. Derek Dooley (football) nor Cuonzo Martin landed in Knoxville via search firm. Match.com is for people that can not go out and get their own. Georgia State has proven that we can go out and get someone, i.e. Lefty Driesell.

Who Cares?

October 6th, 2012
9:05 pm

Looks like the only division 1 football team in the state with a win today is THE REAL GSU….how do you like them apples?!?!?!?! Suck it 0-6!

eaglenationrising

October 6th, 2012
9:06 pm

@ panther: Let’s see Ron Hunter win with his own players. Your response suggests that you are an Athletic Department mole hired to manage chat boards. Guess what? We have just entered a BEAST of a conference in basketball. We NEVER finished in the top 4 in the Colonial. Do yourself a favor and count how many Sun Belt program have reached the Sweet 16. Hunter had a million (7) seniors and finished in the middle of the pack. The jury is stll out on that nutjob (even his biggest supporters) know his on the floor antics are, at best, questionable.

6 Flags a flyin!

October 6th, 2012
9:07 pm

Sam Baker, who opposed the move to FBS, has already been fired..and yes, in a “down year” we are only 4-1..i wish we would just step down to ya’lls level and put a wooping on state just to shut you tools up. oh and check online, the students just approved an increase in fees to move up to FBS. i guess being the door mat of the CAA is the best way to prepare to “take over the FBS”…morons

eaglenationrising

October 6th, 2012
9:08 pm

@ Who Cares?: The Terriers of Wofford are coming. The Mountaineers of App State are coming. The Purple (you know) are coming. You QB may not finish the season with 50 completions. I would save the chest thumbing. This GSC team will be lucky to finish 6-4 and make the playoffs.

GsuALUM

October 6th, 2012
9:09 pm

Hill at Quarterback please!!

eaglenationrising

October 6th, 2012
9:11 pm

6 Flags a flyin: Is there any truth to the rumor that I heard (GSC to the Sun Belt)? Is it true? I heard it from a very reliable GSC source. Sam Baker opposed the move because GSC sports is BROKE and has the lowest paid coaches in the SoCon. What are you going to do with the travel and increased salaries (head coaches, assistants, cars for assistants, etc.) in the FCS?

Curry is no Erk Russell

October 6th, 2012
9:29 pm

With our student fee increase that the students just approved, our budget will be at $18 million which is above average in the Sun Belt.

Time for the most successful team in Division I history to take their game to the next level and kick some A** on the field like we always have.

By the way, what was the final score today………Not the game of course but the big event which was the money drop. Which student was the big winner and how much did he/she get? Inquiring minds want to know. AJC dropped the ball by not getting the details on the most interesting part of the afternoon.

JoeMoe

October 6th, 2012
9:37 pm

There are more Georgia State fans in these comments than at the game! Seriously through…this program is an embarrassment to the CAA, enjoy your expensive trip into FBS obscurity.

Tygoo

October 6th, 2012
9:59 pm

Paid $3.00/ticket and sat on the 50 yard line. GSU will improve in time. Atlanta has great high school football players to recruit and playing in the Georgia Dome is great. Even though State lost today, they fought the whole game. Go Panthers!

Tygoo

October 6th, 2012
10:02 pm

GSU’s best moment this year: Breaking off a long run against Tennessee and hearing 90,000 in stunned silence!

acm

October 6th, 2012
10:17 pm

Rhode Island is possibly as bad as GSU, but Rhode Island is playing at home and GSU doesn’t have a quarterback yet. URI is really looking forward to next week because that will likely be their only win of the season.

English

October 6th, 2012
10:23 pm

CBC, please do the honorable thing and step down. You’ve taken us as far as you can and thank you. In order to grow we need someone who has needs proove themselves. Enjoy your accomplishments, life and family.

Go State!

English

October 6th, 2012
10:24 pm

and understand grammar better than me. Oops.

Who Cares?

October 6th, 2012
10:56 pm

@eaglenationrising – considering division 1 schools play an ELEVEN game season, we’d have to shut down the program before the end of the season. gag state wishes they could finish 6-4 you tool. No one in Statesboro thinks the games you mentioned will be easy, but no way we drop all of them. You must be confusing GSU with that team that plays in the dome between high school scrimmages and the georgia high school playoffs.

count_schemula

October 6th, 2012
11:07 pm

I know it’s not the same GSU as when I went there in the early 90s, but, even with the “dorms” I never saw GSU as the kind of school that should have started a football team. Basketball, maybe. Maybe.

They should have focused on the academics, tougher entrance requirements and following the NYU model. GSU is not FSU. If I was a student, I would be in full revolt over the student fees sitting on my student loans for the next 8 years.

DawgsWinAgain80

October 7th, 2012
12:38 am

HAHA! Ga State is pathetic! A cash drop at halftime? Desperate to say the least. Dawgs rule, Panthers druwl.

DawgsWinAgain80

October 7th, 2012
12:39 am

DawgsWinAgain80

October 7th, 2012
12:40 am

Why does Ga State hate Ga Southern? Do they play each other every year? Isn’t Ga Southern a lot better?

Ga. State-Funny

October 7th, 2012
4:14 am

Georgia State should have NEVER brought in football. The actual thought of them moving up next year is a joke. Talk all you want about Georgia Southern University, but they would literally beat Georgia State 60-0, if they played their second string the second half.
Teams like New Hampshire, Richmond, etc. beating Georgia State so badly couldn’t even stand up against Georgia Southern, who, by the way did not want to go into the Sun Belt. Don’t worry the most successful Div. 1AA school in moving up and with it hopefully a beat down of Ga. State. But really why mention a team like Georgia Southern in the same breath as Ga. State. Ga. State doesn’t deserve the mention. Their team, just like their campus is in the ghetto.

Paddy

October 7th, 2012
7:16 am

How about that Game Day Experience!!!!!!!!!!! That will bring ‘em back.

Mary McElroy

October 7th, 2012
7:45 am

Looks like the Dawgs barely scored a TD. Focus on your own team.

couldn't have "ben moore" wrong

October 7th, 2012
8:53 am

maybe you guys could do a “food drop” for all the homeless in the area…. that would drive attendance up.

an another thought… i’ve seen alot of schools fudge attendance numbers, but you guys take the cake.

Nostalgem

October 7th, 2012
8:56 am

What about a sweep of all the remaining games? A great revenge game victory over ODU…you gotta believe!!
Would like to see them give Kelton another shot at QB…he can scramble and toss the ball. Remember what I said last week…short down and out passes done QUICKLY.
Is this The Donald’s senior year? If not, overusing him will wear him down.
Some of these players play like it’s their first time suiting up….presumably they’ve got some playing history…(?) I think I could execute better and I’m too small and old to be out there.
Coaches — be creative for gosh sakes…mix it up constantly!!
We love the Panthers!!

RidgeRunner

October 7th, 2012
8:58 am

MBB tip off breakfast coming up this week. Thursday 8:45 at Atlantic Station. Call Athletics for your ticket and follow the GSU team with lots of promise and no excuses.

PT

October 7th, 2012
9:07 am

Peyton Manning could not complete a pass with that offensive line. GSU has the worst line coach in the history of college football. They miss blocking assignments, have bad hand placement and their footwork is horrible. Where the heck did they get that guy!

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atl urinal and constipation reader

October 7th, 2012
9:21 am

“cash drop”?? and there is more cash than fans? WTF?? you gotta be kiddin me

Chicken Bone

October 7th, 2012
10:01 am

I like how Bond started out the game with five wideouts! Thought we were going to see Steve Bartkowski run out on the field. Boy cannot wait until his sorry excuse for an offense is GONE! Worst offense in college football by far! PATHETIC…

Panther for life

October 7th, 2012
10:27 am

If you look at the Panthers sidelines you will see two GSU officers I was told their names are officers Mack and Wooton. Why don’t you hire them as coaches? They do more coaching and care more about the players than the REAL coaching staff. Please!!!!

Go Jackets

October 7th, 2012
11:50 am

Hey Panthers, curry stunk it up wherever he went. He beat Bama once at Tech, then was summarily run off form his next tow jobs. Helluva man, helluva player way back. Assa coach, meh, not-so-much.

Go Jackets

October 7th, 2012
11:52 am

two* not two….spell check….not-so-much.

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