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Georgia State Vs. UTSA: Hey Look, An Even Younger Football Program!

Georgia State football heads to Texas to face first year program UTSA and former Miami head coach Larry Coker. Will the Roadrunners slow the Panthers rushing attack?

Georgia State Heads to the Lone Star state for the second time this season.  Photo Courtesy of Jason Getz/AJC
Georgia State Heads to the Lone Star state for the second time this season. Photo Courtesy of Jason Getz/AJC

Georgia State football has found their identity for the program's second season: Run first, ask questions later. The Panthers head to the Alamodome to face first year program University of Texas at San Antonio at 1:30pm ET.

Georgia State is coming off back to back impressive rushing games behind a healthy offensive line averaging 232 yards per game against FCS SC State and FBS transitional South Alabama.  QB Kelton Hill will start his second consecutive game after an impressive 209 yards passing and two touchdown performance Saturday against South Alabama.  Starting running back Donald Russell rushed 20 times for 136 yards and a touchdown, his eighth in seven games.  The Panthers will again face a smaller defensive front seven and is looking to batter the 4-2-5 defense of the Roadrunners.

UTSA goes as mobile QB Eric Soza goes.  He is the Roadrunners leading rusher and passes for nearly 220 yards per game. The Roadrunners will be without defensive stand out and starting linebacker Steven Kurfehs due to injury.  UTSA Coach Larry Coker is encouraged that his team got a chance to refresh after last week's bye week:

“We had a lot of guys bruised up.  I know a lot of teams do at this time of year. There aren't a lot of teams that are in mint condition. But it really helped us. I think guys are hungry and anxious to have the chance to play again.

Look for Georgia State to stay patient and run the football with the power they found in a huge OT victory.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.