Kevin C. Cox
Panthers snapped a season-opening, six-game losing streak last week.
The Georgia State Panthers ended a season-opening, six-game losing streak by topping Rhode Island 41-7 last week and picking up their first win of 2012. With one win in the books, though, coach Bill Curry is eager to see how his team responds to having a bit of success this week against a much tougher opponent in Villanova, according to a report in The Atlanta Journal Constitution.
"It's true we did some things better Saturday," Curry told the AJC. "It started well and things that started our way kept going our way. This week is a lot more important as a test of how much we've learned."
The ground game will be key for both teams Saturday, as Georgia State allows the most yardage on the ground per game in the CAA (212.7) and Villanova's strength is its run game. The Wildcats average nearly 260 rushing yards per game.
Georgia State (1-6, 1-3 CAA) hosts Villanova (5-2, 3-1) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.