Georgia State review/preview with OC Jeff Jagodzinski

Georgia State quarterback Nick Arbuckle. (Georgia State)

Georgia State quarterback Nick Arbuckle. (Georgia State)

Georgia State offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski reviews last week’s 48-34 loss to Arkansas State and previews this week’s game against Louisiana-Lafayette at the Georgia Dome.

My thoughts/facts are in italics.

Q: What was working well for yall last week?

A: We were throwing it. We were throwing it all over the place. The Panthers passed for 390 yards, completing 23-of-43.

Our running game was a little bit better. I think we had 125 yards, but we had sacks. They had 132, with a net of 101. Five sacks resulted in a loss of 28 yards.

Glenn Smith did a great job and Demarcus Kirk did a nice job. In Smith’s first time at running back, he rushed 16 times for 82 yards. He only had one carry that resulted in a loss. Kirk had nine carries for 32 yards and a touchdown.

But one of the things that we have to do is when we get down in the red zone and have fourth and 1, you have to convert that. That could have been a 14-point swing right there. We were up by seven.

We just need to be more consistent and build on what we are doing. We need to score more points.

We are gaining a lot of yards but it’s not equating to a lot of points. The Panthers totaled 491 yards.

Q: What happened on that fourth and 1 play?

A: They just got penetration on us.

Q: Was he supposed to go over the left guard?

A: Both A gaps were closed by them. You’ve got to get movement. We tell them, ‘if the linemen’s feet get a first down, the quarterback will get a first down.’

Same on the goal line. Same type of deal.

Q: What does Lafayette do well?

A: Their scheme is a pretty good scheme. They play a three-down scheme, so they have four linebackers. They do a good job of moving those guys around and putting those guys in different position.

They play press, man, just look we saw this past week.

I thought we took advantage of the press-man last week, throwing over the top of their heads.

We will see if they can handle our wideouts.

The Cajuns are sixth in the Sun Belt in pass defense, giving up an average of 213.1 yards per game.

Q: What was the difference in the first half and the second half last week?

A: We just didn’t make enough plays. We didn’t make enough plays. We did a lot in the first half. I thought we played pretty well in the second half. We just need to play better.

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