Georgia State entertained the Chattanooga Mocs on Saturday afternoon at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and proved to be very generous hosts. The Mocs ran for 401 yards and passed for 108 more as they scored six unanswered touchdowns before two consolation scores by the Panthers late in the game provided a 42-14 final score that flattered the hosts. This was the second straight home loss for GSU to start their inaugural season in the Sun Belt Conference.
The Panthers could not assert themselves against a superior Chattanooga team on either side of the ball. While the defense gave up 401 yards rushing the GSU running game could only gain a total of 30 yards on 17 carries.
The Panthers net a total of 273 yards passing but many of those were in the fourth quarter when the game’s outcome had already been decided.
One positive for the Panthers that came late in the game was the play of Ben McLane at quarterback. He went 7 of 12 and two touchdowns but by then it really was too little too late as the game was effectively over and Chattanooga had replaced its starters with its second and third team players.
Chattanooga’s performance was highlighted by Keon Williams gaining 147 yards on 20 carries and 170 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Jacob Huesman.
Head coach Trent Miles was brutally honest in the post game press conference, "They dominated us from the very beginning. Our young men did not compete very well...it was really embarrassing to be quite honest.'
'[Quarterback] Ronnie [Bell] got beat up...he was running for his life. They manhandled us up front...we were getting knocked around."
Coach Miles was very candid in his assessment of the prospects for the rest of the season, "That's not a Sun Belt team we played today. Get ready. Be prepared. It's going to get tough around here…I saw a very poor FCS team in blue today.”
Not only was Coach Miles disappointed at the way the team competed on the field he was frustrated at the lack of discipline off it.
“We had a player not able to suit up because he didn’t go to class, how hard is that? We had guys that showed up late yesterday for weightlifting that aren’t on the travel squad. We had a guy that starts and his back-up not show up on time for a special teams meeting. That’s not going to be tolerated in this program.”
His solution? “We are going to recruit. We. Are. Going. To. Recruit! We are going to find people that want to do it right and do it the way we ask them to do it.”
Georgia State’s reality check season continues next week with a road trip to the West Virginia Mountaineers. Chattanooga play Austin Peay at home.