The Georgia State Panthers beat the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks 46-14 at Georgia State Stadium Saturday evening. This win breaks the Panthers three-game losing streak and puts the undefeated in conference play.

Coming into the game, Coach Shawn Elliott emphasized getting off to a better start on offense and win in conference play.

Dan Ellington and the Panthers offense did not disappoint. On the opening drive, Ellington capped off an eight play, 75-yard drive with a one-yard rushing touchdown to go up by seven.

After the Panthers defense forced the Warhawks to go three and out, the offense went to work again putting together an eight play, 60-yard drive. Tra Barnett finished the drive with a 23-yard rushing touchdown to make the Panther’s go up 14.

The fans were pumped up and the Panthers sideline was excited. All was well until Caleb Evans and the Warhawks responded on their ensuing drive.

Evans constructed a seven play, 72-yard drive and rushed into the end zone from 21 yards out to decrease the Panthers lead to seven.

Going into the second quarter, the Panthers offense marched down the field again. This time, Roger Carter was on the receiving end of a four-yard touchdown pass from Ellington. With the fumble on the extra point, the Panther’s lead 20-7.

Another three and out by the Warhawks gave the Panthers another opportunity to put points on the board and put full control of the game. On the first play of the drive, Seth Paige broke loose for an 82-yard rushing touchdown to extend the Panther’s lead to 20.

With all of the momentum on the Panthers side, Evans and the Warhawks needed to respond. Evans responded by finishing a three play, 42-yard drive with a 12-yard rushing touchdown making the score 27-14.

The next offensive drive for the Panthers did not result in seven points but instead, a field goal by Brandon Wright to put the lead at 16 going into halftime.

The Warhawks received the second half kickoff but could not put a successful offensive drive together.

However, the Panthers continued from their first-half success and orchestrated a 90-yard drive in which Paige found the end zone for his second touchdown of the day. Another unsuccessful PAT made the lead 22.

The fourth quarter was a breeze for the Panthers as they were in full control the whole game. Less than 47 seconds into the quarter, Wright converted a 35-yard field goal to increase the lead to 25.

After the defense halted the Warhawks offense, Penny Hart put the nail in the coffin on the game with a 49-yard punt return to make the final score 46-14.

In this game, the Panthers broke a lot of school records, including most rushing yards, longest run from scrimmage and the first punt return for a touchdown.

Penny Hart returned a punt for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, the first punt return for a touchdown in Georgia State’s nine-year history.  Hart, with seven catches in the game, also passed Albert Wilson (175), now a wide receiver with the Miami Dolphins, for second in GSU history for career catches. Hart now has 177 career receptions, trailing only Robert Davis (222), who is with the Washington Redskins.

Ellington finished 15-18, 179 yards, 108 rushing yards and two touchdowns (one rushing). Paige had 145 yards rushing on nine carries with two touchdowns.

“I am really thrilled to death with the team’s performance,” Elliott said. “We had a meeting last night, and it was really good. I walked out of the meeting, and I went to my room, locked the door and said to myself, “no way we’re getting beat tomorrow.”

It was a really good feeling. I can’t say enough about the effort.”

The Panthers continue conference play as they will travel to face the Troy Trojans. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4on ESPNU.

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