Georgia Southern Falls Behind Early, Fails to Catch Up Against Georgia State

By: Justin Gray

Coming off of a tough loss last week, the Eagles needed a big time rivalry win this week as they traveled to Atlanta to take on Georgia State. Georgia State, coming in, had a record of 1-4, but have been playing good football as of late.

The Eagles got the scoring going quickly as Jalen White ran it in from four yards out to take the lead 7-0. Georgia State scored next on a 14-yard pass from QB Darren Grainger to Robert Lewis. The Panthers, after an interception, then kicked a field goal to make it 10-7. It didn’t take long after the field goal for the Eagles to be picked off once again but they held Georgia State to another field goal. It was 13-7 after the first quarter.

The Eagles were then able to make it 13-10 as they kicked a field goal of their own, but after this it was all Georgia State. The Panthers scored on a jet sweep on the next drive to make it 20-10. The Eagle were driving to score, but they threw another costly interception. Georgia State capitalized on a long touchdown throw to make it 27-10. The Eagles drove it down and scored on a Kyle Vantrease pass to Derwin Burgess Jr. to make it 27-17, this was the score at half.

Coming out of the half, it didn’t take Georgia State long to get another touchdown and make the score 34-17. It may have looked over, but the Eagles kept fighting. The next drive Kyle Vantrease hit Khaleb Hood on a screen pass and he ran it in from the 15 for an Eagle touchdown to make it, 34-24. The Eagles needed a stop and they got that with an interception. This set them up on Georgia State’s side of the field and quickly Kyle Vantrease threw a strike in the end zone and Amare Jones made a tremendous leaping grab for the 24-yard touchdown.

Things were getting interesting as the score was now one possession, 34-30. Georgia State scored on a 33-yard run and the defense that couldn’t stop the Panthers run game hurt them again. The Eagles went down, got a field goal and a stop to get the ball back down by eight. As the Eagles were driving to try and tie it, Vantrease was under pressure and threw a bad pass across the middle and it was picked off to seal the deal. Georgia State won the game 41-33, but Georgia Southern has always been, and will always be the real GSU. Georgia Southern takes on James Madison at home this Saturday at 4:00 P.M.

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