Georgia State football loses season finale to Texas State, 54-31

Georgia State quarterback Nick ArbucklePhoto credit: Jason Getz Photography
Georgia State quarterback Nick Arbuckle
Photo credit: Jason Getz Photography

By E. Marcel Pourtout, Editor

The Georgia State football team concluded its season with a 54-31 home loss to Texas State at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday.

The Panthers conclude their season with a 1-11 record and an 0-8 mark in Sun Belt play. The Bobcats improved to 7-5 overall and 5-3 in league play.

Georgia State quarterback Nick Arbuckle threw for a game-high 356 yards and four touchdowns in the loss. His scoring passes tied the single-game GSU record for the third time this season and he added to his record season as he now has 3,283 career passing yards, surpassing teammate Ronnie Bell’s previous mark. His 356 yards passing were the seventh-most in GSU single-game history.

Texas State had 607 total yards of offense, 340 of which came on the ground. Georgia State finished with 516 total yards.

Georgia State got on the board first with a 21-yard field goal by Wil Lutz at the 9:50 mark of the first quarter, making the score 3-0.

Will Johnson’s 21-yard field goal for Texas State with 5:14 left in the first quarter tied the score at 3-3. He finished the contest with four field goals.

The Bobcats scored on the first play of the second quarter when Johnson converted a 28-yard field goal attempt. Texas State increased its lead to 13-3 with a 13-yard touchdown run by quarterback Tyler Jones at the 10:23 mark of second quarter.

Another touchdown by the Bobcats, this one on a nine-yard touchdown catch by Robert Lowe, increased their lead to 20-3 midway through the second quarter.

Texas State closed out the first half with 14-yard touchdown pass from Jones to C.J. Best with eight seconds left, making the score 27-3. Jones finished the game with 267 yards passing and two touchdowns.

The Bobcats outgained the Panthers 313-142 in total yards in the first half. Texas State rushed for 182 yards through the first two quarters.

The Bobcats continued their offensive domination, scoring on their first possession of the second half with Jones’ 15-yard touchdown run at the 12:35 mark of the third quarter, making the score 34-3.

The Panthers scored their first touchdown of the game when Arbuckle connected with Robert Davis for a 75-yard touchdown pass on their next possession with 12:22 left in the third quarter. It was the longest pass play of the season and fifth longest in Georgia State history.

Davis had a career-best 117 yards receiving in the loss.

Georgia State had three touchdown drives on its next four possessions, which included touchdown catches from LynQuez Blair and Glenn Smith.

Todd Boyd’s six-yard touchdown catch with three minutes left in the game brought Georgia State within two possessions, trailing 47-31. The Panthers recovered an onside kick but was overturned after an officials’ review.

Georgia State volleyball season ends in San Marcos

Sophomore outside hitter Kristina StinsonPhoto Credit: Jason Getz
Sophomore outside hitter Kristina Stinson
Photo Credit: Jason Getz

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Seventh-seed Georgia State fell in three sets to second-seed Texas State, 25-13, 25-21 and 25-16 on Thursday in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Championship. Sophomore Kristina Stinson led all players with nine kills.

Georgia State was outhit by Texas State, 0.200 to -0.056, and the Bobcats had 10 team blocks compared to the Panthers’ one. Junior Natalia Nieto recorded her 13 double-double of the season with 19 assists and 10 digs. The Panthers end the season with a 10-20 record overall.

“This was a tough way for our seniors to go out,” head coach Sally Polhamus said. “When you’re competing at the conference tournament, you need to play your best. Give credit to Texas State, they came in on their home floor and took care of business.”

Texas State jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the first set. The Panthers settled in and tied the match at 5-5 with two kills from Stinson. Texas State would respond with a 6-1 run to take an 11-6 lead. After a long rally, Bohannon terminated to bring Georgia State within five points at 13-8.  The Panthers would close the gap to three before falling behind 19-10. With the support of the home crowd, Texas State closed out the first set with a 25-13 win. Deidra Bohannon and Stinson combined for all seven of Georgia State’s kills.

Stinson’s sixth kill of the match tied the second set at three. Georgia State built up an 8-5 lead and stayed in front until the Bobcats used a block to take a 14-13 lead. The Panthers tied the set at 19, but the Bobcats pulled away at the end to win 25-21 and take a 2-0 lead in the match. Texas State used four total team blocks in the second frame to keep the Panther attack at bay. Stinson led all players with eight kills after two sets.

Texas State started off Set 3 with a 5-1 run, leading to an early Georgia State timeout. The Bobcats continued to impress and stretched the lead to 8-1 with kills by Lauren Kirch and Shelby Vas Matt. Polhamus called her second timeout of the set with her team down 13-3. The Panthers put a 7-2 run together to pull within seven at 18-11, but that would be as close as GSU would get in Set 3. Texas State closed out the set on a 7-5 run to win 25-16 and complete the sweep.

Georgia State volleyball hosts Texas State

Georgia State senior middle blocker/right side Andrea BookPhoto Credit: Jason Getz
Georgia State senior middle blocker/right side Andrea Book
Photo Credit: Jason Getz

By E. Marcel Pourtout, Editor

The Georgia State volleyball team returns to the court in a Sun Belt Conference home match against Texas State on Friday. The Panthers (4-14, 2-7) are coming off of two losses on the road this past weekend to Arkansas State and Arkansas Little Rock.

Georgia State dropped its contest to Arkansas State 3-0 (19-25, 16-25, 20-25) on Oct. 10. The Panthers struggled offensively with 26 errors and a .147 hitting percentage. “I was disappointed because it was the first match we didn’t battle,” Georgia State coach Sally Polhamus said. “We didn’t execute and weren’t able to get into rhythm on offense because of passing. Our passers got more comfortable in the third set but that’s way too far into a match to make an impact.”

Highlights from the Arkansas State match included Kristina Stinson who hit a career-high .429 with seven kills. Deidra Bohannon led the team with eight kills and 13 digs while Eliza Zachary added seven kills and two blocks. Senior Andrea Book hit for .378 in the loss.

The Panthers were defeated 3-0 (18-25, 17-25, 15-25) by Arkansas Little Rock on Oct. 12. Kitan Ajanaku had a team-high 11 kills while Gabby Serafin’s 13 digs also led Georgia State.

Despite the defeats, the coaching staff has seen improvement from the team. “It’s a building process,” Polhamus said. “We work on our volleyball IQ everyday which means identifying shots, tips, hitter tendencies and seeing the bigger picture of the game. We’re getting better every week.”

Book added, “Our team has improved leaps and bounds. Our defense is grittier and the offense is more aggressive.”

The team has also adjusted off the court to Polhamus who’s currently in her first year leading the Panthers. “It’s been really positive since Sally (Polhamus) has gotten here,” Zachary said. “She’s taught us about volleyball and life, trusting each other and playing as a family.”

Georgia State hosts a Texas State (13-8, 8-1) squad that’s won eight of its last nine matches. “They serve well and have a balanced offense,” Polhamus said about the Bobcats. “Taking care of our side of the net is the number one thing. It feels like a weekly thing to talk about but the serving and passing game are so vital.”