Notes and observations following Georgia State’s win over Rhode Island

Notes, quotes and observations following Georgia State’s 41-7 victory over Rhode Island on Saturday. It was the Panthers’ first win this season.

For the first time this season, Georgia State didn’t commit the types of mistakes, notably turnovers, which have plagued it in the previous six games this season, and many of last year’s games.

Ben McLane didn’t throw an interception and the team didn’t fumble. It may not seem like a difference-maker but the Panthers had 24 turnovers before defeating the winless Rams. You have to go back to last year’s game against Texas-San Antonio in which the Panthers didn’t give away the ball.

Because they weren’t committing mistakes and didn’t have to try to rally, the team was able to use Donald Russell and he rushed for a team-record 201 yards.

Quarterback Ben McLane wasn’t perfect, but he completed more than 50 percent of his passes (14 of 25) for a career-high 213 yards with two touchdowns.

Numbers to ponder

1 sack for Theo Agnew, his second in as many games in his third game at defensive tackle. He played end in the season’s first four games.

2 touchdowns for Travis Evans.

4 catches for tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi. Combined with the fourth quarter of the loss to New Hampshire, Ogbuehi has become a go-to receiver for McLane.

4 catches for quarterback-turned-wide receiver Kelton Hill. If he continues his progress, the team will have yet another weapon on the outside, joining Albert Wilson and Danny Williams.

8 times the Panthers failed to convert on third down. They were 1 of 9 on the day, an odd stat considering how many points they scored.

23.1 yards per return for Rhode Island. Return defense continues to be an issue for the Panthers. They are now allowing an average of 25.9 yards per return.

40-yard field goal kicked by Wil Lutz, the longest of his career. This should give the team a confidence boost considering its struggles kicking field goals the past two seasons.

236 all-purpose yards by Russell, a career high.

What’s next

Georgia State will host Villanova for homecoming.

As well as Georgia State played, Villanova may have played that much better in a 38-14 demolition of previously unbeaten Old Dominion.

Villanova rushed for 376 yards – which isn’t a good sign for a Georgia State defense that’s allowing 212.7 rushing yards per game – and passed for 151.

On defense, Villanova made ODU quarterback Tyler Heinicke look average. He passed for 239 yards with two touchdowns but also threw an interception. The Monarchs had 350 yards.

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

31 comments Add your comment

Milwaukee's Panther Fan

October 14th, 2012
10:23 am

Nice to finally see a win for the football team and would like to see them win one more, but they are facing the top four CAA teams, so I don’t have my hopes up.

Go Panthers!

Milwaukee's Panther Fan

October 14th, 2012
10:27 am

I also think had we been playing a better opponent that a few of Mclane’s passes would have been picked off b/c the Rams were really close 3-4 times.

Russell should be used whether or not we have a lead, our passing really doesn’t get the job done and Russell does.


October 14th, 2012
10:45 am

Wow, beat the worst team in collee football, give Curry an extension


October 14th, 2012
11:34 am

No fumbles was a real positive and part of the reason for the win. Hope that this a confidence builder that will help the team to compete better in the remaining games. Great day foe Panther football fans. Good comments Doug.


October 14th, 2012
12:19 pm

Hopefully this win will give momentum and confidence to the team for homecoming. This game will most likely have the most fans since the opener, so it’s important that we at least give a good game. Absolutely need to not get blown out.


October 14th, 2012
12:36 pm

Great job state, we’re proud of you congrats on the win..


October 14th, 2012
12:36 pm

Way to go Panthers. Work hard at practice this week and keep your head in the game and we might have a good shot at Villanova for Homecoming. And for the students and fans, GET YOURSELVES TO THE DOME NEXT WEEKEND and support your TEAM!!

Missed that one

October 14th, 2012
12:40 pm

Shultz…… Ready for the apology….waiting.


October 14th, 2012
12:52 pm

A great day…we’re on the way back! Don’t fear Villanova. Just remember the word…CREATIVITY. And don’t play like you’re walk-ons who’ve never played before, i.e. block, tackle, etc. And by the way…if you’ve got a glove on each hand, do not drop balls!!!

The Donald is terrific…turn him loose again and again. Short passes. Mix it up. Don’t…be predictable.


October 14th, 2012
1:50 pm

Great win boys. This is the type of performance to build on. I think we will make things interesting next week and give ourselves a chance to win in the end.
Regardless, great win.


October 14th, 2012
2:41 pm


October 14th, 2012
3:20 pm

Way to go Panthers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

EKY Panther

October 14th, 2012
3:55 pm

Very important win! Hopefully the Panthers will continue to improve week to week. Will love to see another win, but it’s that week to week improvement that I really hope to see.

Congratulations, Panthers!

Paul in NH

October 14th, 2012
4:18 pm

Always good to see a team staying committed even with a poor record. Congrats on the win and go beat the other Wildcats.


October 14th, 2012
6:01 pm

Congrats to the Panthers on a well-deserved, convincing victory over the Rams.

Go Panthers

October 14th, 2012
8:07 pm

Good job guys! Keep it going.

Eagle Boy

October 14th, 2012
8:10 pm

You guys win one! Way to go….


October 14th, 2012
8:35 pm

Everybody come out for Homecoming and support your Panthers! If your child goes to GSU make sure they attend the game and you go with them and show some school spirit for heaven’s sake!!


October 14th, 2012
8:40 pm

Thanks Eagle Boy. Congrats on passing the FBS fee. Hopefully your AD will make it happen and you’ll get an invite soon.

John Bond

October 14th, 2012
9:17 pm

Hey Panther Fans, I finally got what y’all have been saying all along…Run Donald Russell. Okay I get it, but I’ll most likely forget by the next game so please keep reminding me.

Donald Russell

October 15th, 2012
9:59 am

Guys, I got this.

urinal and constipation reader

October 15th, 2012
10:26 am


October 15th, 2012
10:41 am

hey gsualum, curry already announced his retirement. only socical security can extend his contract now.


October 15th, 2012
11:43 am

Finally! Good things come to those who wait. . .mjust have been an great feeling for the team and they will be ready for Villanova!

Chicken Bone

October 15th, 2012
12:15 pm

Whoo hoo!!! Way to go guys. Now let’s build on the postives and work on keeping the mistakes down to a minimum. Oh yea, RUN DONALD RUSSELL!!!!! He has four games left. He catches the ball well too on short passes and shuffle passes. Hint hint, CJB


October 15th, 2012
12:27 pm

Good job Panthers, Way to go! Glad to see you getting a handle on the turnovers…Keep it guys!!!


October 15th, 2012
1:15 pm

Congratulation GSU Panther for the historical win. It’s feeling great after a long drought.

That makes a different between the man and the boy. The man always stands up and fight while the boy running away crying.

Go Panthers!!!

Red Panther

October 15th, 2012
3:26 pm

Oh yea baby; Panthers roll!

Atlanta Mafia

October 15th, 2012
5:43 pm

The verdict is in….STOP PASSING THE BALL until you have run the ball effectively.
Coach Bond – please remove your head from your ess!


October 15th, 2012
8:51 pm

Congratulations on win number one. Good luck for the rest of the season.

Who Cares?

October 16th, 2012
10:34 am

finally got the W…..congrats.