3 takeaways from Georgia State’s loss to Louisiana-Lafayette

Reviewing Georgia State’s 34-31 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday:

Caffey seems like the real deal. Marcus Caffey started the season’s first four games at cornerback. He started at running back on Saturday and carried the ball a school record 27 times for 90 yards and three touchdowns.

Let that sink in for a second.

The man hadn’t played running back in a game since he was at all-state at Grady High School in 2010 and he sets a school record on Saturday.

Because I wasn’t at the game but did watch it, I don’t know if he just had the hot hand, or what the circumstances were that led to so many carries, but there you go.

It also makes me wonder why he wasn’t there in the first place, other than the secondary needed to be rebuilt….and still has issues.

That wasn’t the only change. Because of an injury to outside linebacker Mackendy Cheridor, the defense reverted to 4-3 from a 3-4 look.  It didn’t seem to make that much difference. The unit gave up 461 yards, nine more than it was allowing, and allowed a game-winning drive.

The Cajuns did what they wanted to, rushing for 195 yards and passing for 266. The Panthers failed to sack Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway, though they did get their hands on him many, many times, including on a game-changing play on what turned out to be the game-winning drive.

The Panthers couldn’t cover Jamal Robinson, who had eight catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Actually, the Panthers had difficulty covering anyone. There were once again wide holes throughout the secondary, continuing a problem the team has had all season.

Penalties, penalties penalties. I don’t know how it’s possible, but the Panthers were flagged for illegal formation on consecutive plays on the team’s final drive. Both wiped out positive, momentum-building plays of 8 and then 30 yards. The team was flagged 10 times for 79 yards.

As I’ve said many times, the Panthers aren’t yet good enough to commit so many mistakes and expect to win. Errors such as lining up correctly are avoidable and silly for a FBS team.

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