Release from Georgia State Athletics:
Nick Arbuckle passed for a Georgia State-record 471 yards and four touchdowns as the Panthers rolled up a school-best 643 yards of offense in a 41-19 victory at Texas State Saturday at Bobcat Stadium.
Georgia State (3-6, 2-3 Sun Belt) reached its highest point total under head coach Trent Miles while equaling its fewest points allowed under the third-year mentor.
The Panthers’ receiving trio of Robert Davis, Penny Hart and Donovan Harden combined for 16 receptions, 348 yards and four scores as Arbuckle tied his own school-record for touchdown passes.
With five catches for 177 yards, Davis came within nine yards of the GSU receiving record. He got the air attack started with a 44-yard reception on the Panthers’ first play of the game and then a 34-yard touchdown on GSU’s fourth play.
Hart added six catches for 113 yards, including a 17-yard scoring pass, and Harden caught touchdowns of eight and four yards while topping 2,000 career yards.
Arbuckle needed just 23 completions for his 471 yards.
The Panthers also rushed for 172 yards, led by 51 yards on eight carries by Taz Bateman in his first game back from injury. Demarcus Kirk added 47 yards on 10 attempts.
The GSU defense held Texas State (2-7, 1-4 Sun Belt) to 19 points, including a late touchdown with just three seconds left. Chandon Sullivan and Antreal Allen came up with interceptions for the Panthers.
“Our kids did a great job of coming together and playing four quarters,” Miles said. “We preached all week about starting fast and finishing strong. We were able to do that. We started fast and we finished strong. My hats off to our kids. I think our defense was outstanding, our offense was outstanding and our special teams were outstanding. They could have come out today and felt sorry for themselves and they didn’t. They came out and they battled and they got the reward they were looking for.”
“We’re all about trying to win games and making this a great college experience for these young mean, which it was today. This foundation has been built extremely strong. We’re excited for what Coach [Bill] Curry started and what we’re taking and building. It starts with great young men.”