The Sports Inquirer spoke with Georgia State head coach Shawn Elliott following his team’s practice on Sept. 18 for an exclusive interview. Topics included the team rebounding from its’ 57-10 road defeat to Western Michigan on Sept. 14, the Panthers’ defensive struggles in the contest particularly against the run, staying consistent through wins and losses as well as the team’s upcoming road contest against Texas State on Sept. 21 in the Sun Belt Conference opener.
The Sports Inquirer attended the Sun Belt Media Day presser of Texas State football head coach Everett Withers in New Orleans on July 24. Topics included thoughts on the team, expectations for the upcoming season and a breakdown of the roster.
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.