by Ben Ennis
ATLANTA, GA. You would think the Western Michigan (WMU) football team coming form 60-degree weather would have issues playing in the humid 90-degree Georgia State Stadium against the Georgia State (GSU) Panthers. But the steamy weather seemed more accommodating to the WMU players than the hometown Panthers as the Broncos totally dominated the Panthers on both sides of the line of scrimmage to record a 34-15 win. “…probably in every phase and every aspect of the game we had multiple issues as far as sloppiness – coming from our kicking game into our offense and to our defense it was kind of a day of ‘what ifs,’ GSU head coach Shawn Elliott said. “Defensively our strong suit, up until the last two weeks, has been to stop the run and have an ability to really shut down the running game,” Elliott continued. “In the last two weeks there has been an inability to get a hat on the ball carrier, defend out gaps, to make adjustments and go out and execute.”
WMU quarterback Jon Wassnik completed 20-for-25 passes for 236 yards and three touchdowns. “He did a great job seeing the game and talking me through what he saw,” WMU head coach Tim Hester said. “He changed some plays and got us out of some bad ones.” GSU preseason All-American wide receiver Penny Hart caught five passes for 91 yards. The Panthers quarterback Dan Ellington started out hitting his passes when throwing from the pocket, therefore, WMU commence continuously pressing from all angles that the GSU offensive line was not able to pickup leading to three quarterback sacks, two hurries and one interception. Ellington still managed to finish the game 19-for-29 for 285 yards and two touchdowns.
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