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.