Recap: Georgia State vs. Texas State
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tyler Jones threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as he helped lead the Texas State Bobcats to a 54-31 win over the Georgia State Panthers in a Sun Belt Conference clash at the Georgia Dome.
Jones completed all but six of his 32 pass attempts for 267 yards and ran for 65 yards on nine carries for the Bobcats (7-5, 5-3 Sun Belt). Texas State generated 340 yards and a total of three touchdowns on 43 running plays as the posted their second win in a row to close out the regular season.
The Panthers (1-11, 0-8), who have lost 11 in a row since opening the 2014 campaign with a last-second 38-37 victory over Abilene Christian, were led by Nick Arbuckle who converted 32-of-46 for 356 yards and four touchdowns, but he was also picked off twice.
GSU scored the first points of the day on a 21-yard field goal by Wil Lutz, but after that the Bobcats ripped off 34 straight, beginning with a pair of field goals (21 and 28 yards) by Will Johnson in the first and second quarters, respectively.
Jones found the end zone on a 13-yard run at the 10:23 mark of the second then combined with Robert Lowe on a nine-yard TD pass play six minutes later. C.J. Best then stepped forward with a 14-yard TD reception to give the visitors a 27-3 advantage at the break.
The run for the Bobcats finished early in the third as Jones crossed the goal line on a 15-yard run.
On the ensuing possession, Arbuckle needed just a single play to respond as he combined with Robert Davis on a 75-yard TD pass play, but still the team trailed 34-10.
Johnson knocked through two more field goals for TSU to finish up the third quarter and head to the final frame with a 40-10 advantage.
Arbuckle managed to find Lynquez Blair for a six-yard TD pass at the 13:23 mark of the fourth, but Texas State responded quickly yet again, needing just over a minute to get Terrence Franks into the end zone on a 60-yard run.
Two more touchdown passes were on the way from Arbuckle as he combined with Glenn Smith and Todd Boyd in a span of just over six minutes, but still the team trailed by double figures at 47-31.
The Bobcats finished off the contest as David Mims picked off a pass and brought it back 60 yards for the final score of the day.
The teams combined for more than 1,100 yards of total offense and scored on all 11 opportuities inside the red zone.Game Notes