ATLANTA, GA – GSU fans missed an exciting final two minutes as they commence filing out of the stadium with the Panthers trailing by three points 20-17. Panthers quarterback Dantervious Ellington led a 9-play 73-yard drive ending with an 8-yard touchdown pass on a fade route to the end zone to Diondre Champaigne with 0.41 seconds left on the clock to win the game. Coach GSU Head Coach Shawn Elliot said in the the post press conference, “Dantervious Ellington “willed” the team to victory.” “I was looking up in the stands when there were two minutes left and there were a lot of people who left the stadium and missed one heck of a finish,” said Elliott. Ellington ran for 77 yards and passed for 187 yards with three touchdowns in the Junior College Transfer first game as a Panther.
The Georgia State (GSU) offense was lacking in its first meeting against local FCS foe Kennesaw State (KSU). The Panthers managed just 4.8 yards per play in the game and overall the upstart Owls out-gained GSU by 67 yards. KSU Owls option offense was on point as they totally controlled the game and moved the sticks at opportune times. KSU had 201 net rushing yards versus 187 for GSU and 382 yards of total offense versus 315 ofr GSU. In the first quarter, the Owls conducted a 11-play drive covering 86 yards ending in 5-yard touchdown run by Shaquil Terry. In the second quarter, the Owls converted two 4th down drives moving to a 14-0 lead. GSU’s star receiver Penny Hart finally put the Panthers on the score board just before the half as he took a short pass reception into the end zone to make the score 14-7.
After GSU intercepted the ball with 50 seconds left in the first half, Ellington hit Christian Owens for a touchdown to tie the score at 14-all.
In the third quarter KSU added two field goals to take a 20-14 lead. In the fourth quarter with 10:35 left on the clock, GSU managed to add a field goal to make the score 20-17. But, GSU offense started to click as the Panthers marched down the field to score the game’s final touchdown.
Photos: Ben Ennis