In one night, the Georgia State Panthers football team broke in a new coach, new conference, and new NCAA subdivision. Unfortunately for fans of the Atlanta-based school, the Panthers did so with a 10-point loss.
Samford’s Fabian Truss returned the opening kickoff for a 100-yard touchdown, and from that point forward, the Panthers were playing behind the 8-ball. However, GSU battled valiantly throughout the night, and while playing at the home of the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome, represented their school’s new interests in a major way.
Friday night’s game represented the first day of “Football Bowl Subdivision” play for Georgia State, and at the same time, it was the school’s debut in the Sun Belt Conference. That is pretty impressive, simply because GSU didn’t begin playing football until the 2010 season. The program was founded by former Alabama head coach (and college football Hall of Famer) Bill Curry, and he laid the groundwork for what is a promising outfit at this stage.
Maybe it wasn’t the “dream” evening for the coaches and players of Georgia State, but they performed in a way that the school can be proud of, and if they can figure out a way to turn a 170-yard total offense advantage into a win next time, they’ll be better for it.