Georgia State’s first-ever football game was as big a success as could’ve been hoped.
The Panthers not only looked like they belonged, they dominated Shorter on both sides of the ball. They were bigger, faster, and better coached. Georgia State could’ve run nothing but read option after read option and won, but mixed in a crisp short passing game while rotating Drew Little and Kelton Hill at quarterback. Attendance figures were about 10,000 higher than expected (30,207 on hand, compared to the Braves’ 19,938). And the crowd was involved early, if a little inexperienced at times:
A successful fair catch draws a huge cheer from #GSU fans. Who are, we should note, new at this. http://bit.ly/aWLKFt
Georgia State fans doing the wave while their team lines up with the ball in the red zone: adorable!
Shorter’s flexbone option appeared similar to Georgia Tech’s in theory, but involved a lot of tripping, stumbling, out-of-position Hawks, intruding defensive tackles, and a dropped snap or two. By comparison, Georgia State looked like a team that had been playing together for years.
And, yes, coach Bill Curry got doused.
The Dome’s got another football team, Atlanta. The Panthers look to extend their school-record winning streak next week at home against Lambuth.