Quarterback Dan Ellington completed 15 of 18 passes for 179 yards and one touchdown while rushing for 64 yards and another score against ULM. Credit: Todd Drexler/Georgia State Athletics
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Photo: Todd Drexler/SESPORTSMEDIA.com/U

Georgia State suffers first loss in Sun Belt play

On the road for a Thursday night Sun Belt Conference TV game, Georgia State’s offense sputtered in a 37-20 loss at Troy. 

Until two late touchdowns, Georgia State struggled to move the ball, finishing four of its 11 drives with a punt and two with a turnover. After a record-breaking rushing performance against Louisiana-Monroe, Georgia State (2-4, 1-1 Sun Belt) was held to 115 rushing yards against Troy. 

“We take our first possession down to, what, the 12-yard line, and we fumbled,” Elliott said. “That really took the wind out of our sails.”

In the third quarter, the Panthers received a boost when freshman cornerback Tyler Gore intercepted a pass thrown by Troy quarterback Sawyer Smith, but Georgia State’s momentum was cut short when freshman running back Seth Paige fumbled on Troy’s 39-yard line, setting up another Troy touchdown. 

Georgia State finally found the end zone late in the fourth quarter. Georgia State running back Tra Barnett punched the first touchdown on a 1-yard run, then Ellington found wide receiver Christian Owens in the end zone for the second touchdown. 

“We’ve got to go regroup,” Elliott said. “We’ve played a lot of ballgames in a short amount of time.

Georgia State faces Arkansas State in its next conference game Oct. 18. 

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