Georgia State Lacks Killer Instinct, Falls to Texas State in 3OT
Georgia State (2-2) made too many mistakes and couldn’t close out their Sun Belt opener, losing 37-34 to the Texas State Bobcats (1-3) in triple overtime Saturday night. The Panthers missed an opportunity to win the game in regulation, having to settle for a 20-yard Brandon Wright field goal as time expired to send it to overtime tied at 27. In overtime, the Panthers scored first but could not stop Texas State from tying it and sending it to a second overtime, 34-34. In double overtime, Texas State kicker Joshua Rowland missed the field goal from 43 yards but Wright missed from 46 – the Panthers unable to take the win. In triple overtime, Rowland was able to redeem his miss – making his kick from 35 yards out after Wright missed from 36 and earning head coach Jake Spavital his first career win.
Dan Ellington led the way in the air with 219 yards and three touchdowns, while Destin Coates stepped up in an increased role with 93 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Sam Pinckney had seven catches for 95 yards, scoring the go-ahead touchdown in the first overtime. Inopportune mistakes and an inability to put the game away doomed them to defeat. An Ellington interception on the first drive gave Texas State a field goal, a muffed punt by Cornelius McCoy was recovered in the end zone for a Texas State touchdown and a fumbled exchange between Ellington and Coates in the Bobcat red zone took potential points off the board for GSU.
Georgia State has a bye next week before returning home to host the Arkansas State Red Wolves on Saturday, October 5 at 3:30pm for Homecoming weekend.