Georgia State fell on the road to Western Michigan University by a score of 57-10 on Saturday night. The Panthers scored 10 points in the first quarter and subsequently failed to score the rest of the game. GSU quarterback Dan Ellington finished the game with 11/20 passing for 126 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Aubry Payne’s receiving touchdown in the first quarter was his third of the year in as many games.
Western Michigan opened the game scoring on just the second play from scrimmage, a 60-yard run from LaVante Bellamy. The Panthers answered with a drive featuring a 45-yard run from running back Tra Barnett that ended in a field goal. Western Michigan and Georgia State proceeded to trade touchdown drives on the next 3 possessions. Following Dan Ellington’s 20-yard touchdown pass to Aubry Payne with 1:43 left in the 1st quarter, the Panthers did not score for the rest of the game.
The Panthers struggled immensely in all phases of the game. The offense converted only four of their 16 third-downs and the defense allowed 490 yards in the first half. Outside of Brandon Wright, the GSU special teams struggled as well, giving up one 46-yard return and missing chances to pin a punt deep in WMU territory.
Georgia State is set to open Sun Belt Conference play next weekend on the road against the Texas State Bobcats. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm.