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Georgia State’s Losing Ways Continue

Georgia State’s Losing Ways Continue against Texas State

ATLANTA — The losing streak extends to four games for Georgia State after an embarrassing loss to an underachieving Texas State team Saturday at Georgia Stadium. The final score was 40-31, but the Panthers scored a touchdown in the latter part of the fourth quarter to make the defeat seem less humiliating. It appears to be the same problems that occur for Georgia State weekly — poor defense and the inability to be consistent offensively. Head coach Shawn Elliott was disgusted with his team’s performance and questioned the heart of some of the players on the team.

“The game of football to tell you the truth is won or lost with a big heart with guys that love to play it and deliver the physicality and they just love to compete and the competitive nature,” Elliott said. “We’ve got find those guys. We’ve got find something that lights a fire under them. Our coaching staff has to dig deep inside of those guys and find out who exactly is going to lay it all on the line every single play and try to make the plays that we ask.”

Apparently, the Panthers have a young team, one that Elliott says “isn’t even close” to the team that won their first bowl game last year. However, he continues to harp on the fact that the guys aren’t showing any fight. The defense allowed Bobcats quarterback Willie Jones to complete 21-of-26 passes for a whopping 325 yards and two touchdowns. More precisely, the Panthers secondary gave up a 93-yard touchdown pass and a 69-yard pass.

Offensively, the team was stagnant on several possessions. Tra Barnett had the biggest play of the game for the Panthers in the first quarter with a blazing 29-yard rushing touchdown. He was undoubtedly the most efficient player for Elliott, scoring two touchdowns during the match. Penny Hart had a deflating performance against a favorable Bobcats secondary. He finished the game with just four catches for 41 yards and no touchdowns. Not to mention, he muffed a punt to start the second half which led to Texas State scoring on their next drive to extend the lead to 20-10.

The Panthers are not mathematically exempt from playing in a bowl game, but their chances are remarkably slim. They have a grueling remaining schedule as they go on the road to face Louisiana and Appalachian State, before returning home Nov. 24 to face arch-rival, Georgia Southern.

By D’Mitri Chin

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