Recap: Georgia State vs. Ga Southern
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Breida ran for 201 yards and four touchdowns as the Georgia Southern Eagles torched the Georgia State Panthers, 69-31, in Sun Belt Conference action at the Georgia Dome.
Kevin Ellison ran for another 115 yards and a score, while completing all but one of his six pass attempts for 47 yards in the lopsided victory for the Eagles (6-2, 5-0 Sun Belt) as they won for the fifth time in as many outings.
The Panthers (1-7, 0-5) were led by Nick Arbuckle who threw for 408 yards and four touchdowns on 24-of-38, but it still left the hosts with yet another setback. Donovan Harden caught 11 passes for a game-high 186 yards and all four scores on the day.
Georgia State scored the first points of the day on a 44-yard Wil Lutz field goal, but the visitors responded with a pair of rushing touchdowns of seven and nine yards by Breida and Ellison, respectively, to assume the lead at 14-3 after 15 minutes of action.
Arbuckle found Harden with a three-yard TD score at the 12:52 mark of the second period, capping a 10-play, 70-yard drive, the pair adding a 59-yard TD less than four minutes later, but in between Zach Walker found the end zone on a 19-yard run for the Eagles.
L.A. Ramsby's eight-yard TD run at the 6:12 mark of the second made the score 27-17 at the break in favor of the Eagles.
The second half was dominated by Georgia Southern as Breida posted back-to- back rushing touchdowns of 75 and one yards and Ramsby posting a five-yard effort to give the Eagles a commanding 48-17 advantage.
The Panthers stopped the bleeding momentarily when Arbuckle and Harden combined on a 35-yard TD pass play early in the fourth, but again the Eagles were more than ready to respond.
Breida's 61-yard TD run at the 12:42 mark of the fourth extended the lead to 55-24 and a 15-yard TD scamper by Ean Days furthered the efforts of the visitors. A nine-yard touchdown run from Georgia Southern running back Dennis Pritchard capped off the day's offense, but not before a 36-yard Arbuckle to Harden pass play halted yet another extensive run by Georgia Southern.
Georgia Southern, which scored on all eight opportunities inside the red zone, was 7-of-8 on third down and ran for a whopping 613 yards, compared to only 47 yards for the home team.
For Georgia Southern, which crushed Savannah State in the home opener this season by a score of 83-9, the single-game record for scoring is 84 points tallied against Johnson C. Smith back on Sept. 11, 2004.
The Panthers have now lost all but one of their last 24 outings, with the lone victory coming against Abilene Christian in the 2014 opener, 38-37, in the final seconds.Game Notes