Georgia State’s run game dismantles Southern Miss 42-14

HATTIESBURG, MS – Southern Miss will have to wait another week to reach the acclaimed state of bowl eligibility after a 42-14 drubbing by Georgia State. From the opening play, it seemed Georgia State was in control, and they never faltered from that control.

“I thought they dominated us in all three phases,” Southern Miss Head Coach Will Hall said. “We are at a point in our program, in year two, we aren’t good enough to win when we don’t play well. I’ve talked about that a lot this season. We just aren’t good enough to play with teams who are good when we don’t play well.”

Southern Miss knew that Georgia State could run the football, and Hall even said Tuesday that stopping the run was a must for Southern Miss to compete in the game. It was clear from the start of the contest that the Panthers had their way on the ground.

After an opening drive turnover on downs for Georgia State and a three-and-out for Southern Miss, Georgia State ran a 15-play drive with 13 of those plays being runs and went 80 yards. Darren Grainger found Jamari Thrash for a six-yard touchdown pass to put the Panthers up 7-0.

“I thought they were extremely physical and got after us. They ran the ball down our face, and then they really stuffed us. I thought they dominated the line of scrimmage [and] that’s a new feeling for us. We have not had that feeling this year,” Hall said.

Southern Miss forced Georgia State to punt on the next drive, but Natrone Brooks fumbled the punt, and the Panthers got the ball in plus territory.

“The turnover early in the kicking game really hurt us, because it would have gotten us off the field defensively,” Hall said.


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