Recap: Georgia State vs. Air Force
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kale Pearson scored four touchdowns to lead the Air Force Falcons past the Georgia State Panthers, 48-38, in non- conference action at the Georgia Dome.
Pearson completed 12-of-15 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing in a pair of scores for Air Force (2-1). Jacobi Owens carried the ball 25 times for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Jalen Robinette (four receptions, 118 yards) and Garrett Brown (six receptions, 96 yards, two TDs) both had strong days receiving.
For GSU (1-2), Nick Arbuckle threw for 414 yards, two touchdowns and an interception on 26-of-42 passing. Lynquez Blair (five receptions, 74 yards) was on the receiving end of both Arbuckle touchdowns, and Kyler Neal had 10 carries for 80 yards and a score.
The Falcons scored a touchdown on the game's opening possession, with Owens running one in from two yards out to cap off a nine-play, 73-yard drive.
Air Force made it 14-0 midway through the first quarter on a 37-yard touchdown pass from Pearson to Brown.
GSU got on the board early in the second quarter on a 25-yard touchdown rush by Neal, although Air Force responded less than four minutes later with another touchdown run by Owens (seven yards).
The Falcons scored another touchdown on the ground with 4:21 left in the half, this time on a one-yard run by Pearson.
Will Lutz knocked through a 33-yard field goal for GSU with 1:03 to play before intermission, but Air Force countered with a 22-yarder off the foot of Will Conant in the half's waning seconds to take a 31-10 lead into the locker room.
The Panthers struck first in the third quarter when Arbuckle hooked up with Blair on a 15-yard touchdown.
Pearson added another one-yard rushing touchdown midway through the third to bring the Falcons' lead back to 21 points, 38-17.
GSU refused to go away, as Arbuckle rushed in a one-yard score with 1:50 left in the third, capping off a 12-play, 75-yard drive.
Air Force put the game out of reach early in the fourth when Pearson hooked up with Brown on another touchdown, this time from 22 yards out.
The second-half seesaw continued on GSU's next possession when Arbuckle and Blair hooked up for a 13-yard score.
Conant connected on a 41-yard field goal later in the frame, and the scoring concluded with a two-yard touchdown run by Duvall Smith for GSU.
GSU was plagued by seven penalties and it committed the game's only turnover.Game Notes