Because I only got to listen to a little bit of Saturday’s 61-28 loss to Oregon, I won’t have a weekly review of the game.
Instead, here are some notes, sent from Georgia State’s sports information department, with my thoughts in italics.
Georgia State (1-2, 1-0) is off this week and will host Liberty in two weeks. It will be homecoming and the first Georgia State hall of fame class is supposed to be announced.
- Georgia State scored its most points against an opponent from of the power five conferences on Saturday. The Panthers had 431 yards of offense. The difference was Oregon scored 24 points off four turnovers, including an interception and a fumble returned for touchdowns. Turnovers are an issue that Georgia State just can’t seem to stop no matter what they try. The team already has 10 turnovers this season, a pace of 3.33 per game. That’s a heavier clip than the 2.5 the team averaged last year when it finished with the worst turnover margin in FBS. The biggest difference between last year and this year is the defense is creating turnovers this year. The Panthers have created seven turnovers, one less than the defense created ALL OF LAST YEAR.
- Nick Arbuckle leads the Sun Belt in passing (329.7 ypg) and total offense (325.7). He is eighth in FBS in passing yards per game. The biggest issue with Arbuckle remains the interceptions. Two of Saturday’s interceptions were the result of tipped passes, so luck hasn’t been on the team’s side. But this season he has thrown four interceptions. He threw 17 last year.
- Freshman receiver Penny Hart had nine receptions for 128 yards, giving him 20 catches for 278 yards over the last two games. He leads the Sun Belt with three touchdown catches and is second in receptions (7.0 pg) and receiving yards (110.3 pg).
- Hart leads all freshmen in FBS in receptions (seven per game, T-15th overall) and receiving yards (110.3 per game, 17th overall). His three touchdown catches are tied for 12th among all FBS players (second among freshmen).
- Robert Davis caught a 75-yard touchdown pass against Oregon, his sixth career reception of more than 50 yards. Davis moved into second place in school history with 1,671 career receiving yards, trailing only Albert Wilson (3,190).
- With four points vs. Oregon, senior placekicker Wil Lutz raised his career total to 157 points to eclipse Wilson’s scoring record of 156 points.
- Lutz is averaging 47.3 yards per punt to lead the Sun Belt and rank sixth in FBS.
- Outside linebacker Alonzo McGee leads the Sun Belt with six tackles for loss, safety Bobby Baker is first with with three fumble recoveries, and cornerback Bruce Dukes is first with six pass breakups. I have been critical (I would argue fairly critical) of the front seven and the lack of production the past two years. But they have been playing very well this season. I’ll have more on that in two weeks.
- Georgia State’s defense is second in the Sun Belt in sacks (2.67 pg). I’ll have more on this the week of the Liberty game, but Georgia State’s defense is playing so much better than it did last year. The stats may not support the eye test, but keep in mind that not all of the points allowed were the fault of the defense.