An opponent’s take on Georgia State vs. Georgia Southern

Georgia State will face Ball State on Saturday. (Georgia State)

Georgia State will face Georgia Southern on Saturday. (Georgia State)

Appalachian State defeated both Georgia State and Georgia Southern in football this season.

The Mountaineers defeated the Eagles 31-13 in Boone, and the Panthers 37-3 at the Georgia Dome.

Appalachian State dominated both games with defense. The Panthers were held to a season-low 166 passing yards, 180 less than what is their current average. The Eagles were held to a season-low 188 rushing yards, 187 less than their current season average. They didn’t have a rush longer than 30 yards.

Because Georgia State will play at Georgia Southern on Saturday in Statesboro, I asked Mountaineers coach Scott Satterfield for a scouting report on both teams.

Here’s what he said:

“They are two different teams with what they try to do offensive.

“Georgia Southern does an outstanding job running the ball. Georgia State, Arbuckle is an outstanding passer. They like to spread the ball around.”

“Defensively, it’s a good matchup. Georgia State tries to crowd the box to defend the run. They will play man to man outside.

“It will come down to Georgia Southern continuing to run the ball.

“Arbuckle’s arm will keep them in the game.

How did your defense contain Georgia Southern’s rushing offense?

“Defensively, our guys played one of the better games. Tackled well. You have to be so gap sound when you are playing them. We contained some of the big plays. They are a big play run team. Guys played well as far as tackling.”

As noted above, the Eagles didn’t have a run longer than 30 yards against the Mountaineers. The Panthers are allowing an average of 183.8 rushing yards per game.

Same question for Georgia State. Y’all held them to their fewest points this season.

“We stopped that passing game. That’s a tough deal to do. We got some pressure on Arbuckle a little bit (three sacks in the game). Put them in lots of third and long situations. Our defense, we set up very well for a third and long. Picked up a couple of turnovers. One we scored on (47-yard interception return in the fourth quarter).

“We controlled the ball offensively. Hit some big plays in the passing game.

“They are a high-powered offense.”

Georgia State is averaging 346.6 passing yards per game with five receivers who have caught at least 22 passes. Georgia Southern is giving up an average of 191 passing yards per game.

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