Georgia State football wins home game over South Alabama

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Georgia State  quarterback NIck Arbuckle. Photo credit: Jason Getz / Georgia State Athletics

By E. Marcel Pourtout, Editor

The Georgia State football team won its second consecutive game with a 24-10 home win over South Alabama on Nov. 21 in a Sun Belt Conference contest.

Panthers’ (4-6, 3-3) quarterback Nick Arbuckle threw for a game-high 311 yards and scored two touchdowns in the victory.  He has now thrown for 3,446 yards passing and responsible for 26 touchdowns-21 passing and five rushing, which are both program records for a single season. Penny Hart, Donovan Harden and Robert Davis each had seven receptions for Georgia State.

Defensively, the Panthers’ 10 points and 284 total yards allowed against the Jaguars (5-5, 3-3) are the lowest totals under coach Trent Miles in a single game.

I thought it was an outstanding game especially on the defensive side of the ball,” Miles said. “We started off a little tough with a first series touchdown but our kids responded and we battled. Sometimes there will be defensive struggles, and our offense showed the resolve to be able to come back and get some scores to take the lead.”

The win was also Georgia State’s first home victory of the season.

“It’s good for them to get the monkey off their back and get a home win,” Miles said. “ It’s good for everybody to see the development and we’re proud of these guys who can now finish out a game and get the win.”

Trailing 10-7 heading into the second half, Georgia State tied the game with 8:14 left in the third quarter on a 26-yard field goal by Wil Lutz.

Demarcus Kirk’s one-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter gave the Panthers a 17-10 lead.

Hart’s 11-yard touchdown catch at the 9:05 mark of the fourth quarter increased Georgia State’s lead to 24-10.

South Alabama jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on its first possession of the game with a 17-yard touchdown run by Tyreis Thomas.

The Jaguars looked to have increased the lead on a fake field goal at the 14:02 mark of the second quarter for a touchdown but it was negated by an illegal substitution. South Alabama proceeded to take a 10-0 lead on a 47-yard field goal by Aleem Sunanon on the next play.

Georgia State cut the deficit to 10-7 midway through the second quarter on a two-yard touchdown run by Arbuckle.

South Alabama outgained Georgia State 172-139 in the first half and converted seven of 12 third down attempts.