Last Saturday’s game against Coastal Carolina left a bad taste in the mouths of Georgia State Panthers fans and players. Being shutout 51-0 at home can test a player’s mentality, confidence, and play.
The great news for the Panthers is that the offense looked like their usual form dropping  points in their [52-27] win against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.
The Panthers won the coin toss and elected to receive the kickoff to get started putting up points early. They did just that scoring touchdowns on three of their first four offensive drives.
Panthers quarterback Cornelious Brown threw his first touchdown pass of the game to tight end Roger Carter.
The second drive resulted in Brown rushing in from three yards.
The fourth drive involved receiver Cornelius McCoy being the recipient of a five yard touchdown pass from Brown to lead 21-0 with 5:16 left in the first quarter.
The Warhawks were able to get on the scoreboard before the end of the first quarter as receiver Perry Carter rushed in from two yards, cutting the lead to 14 with 46 seconds left.
Both teams went three and out, before the Panthers started their next offensive possession on their own 40. On that drive, McCoy scored his second touchdown of the game, catching an eight yard touchdown pass putting the Panthers lead back to 21.
Panthers running back Destin Coates got in on the fun, getting his first touchdown of the game, rushing in from three yards. They lead 35-7.
The lead was a lot to overcome but the Warhawks always found a way to give themselves a chance. Quarterback Jeremy Hunt completed a 50 yard touchdown pass to Carter, cutting the lead to 21.
Coates answered for the Panthers on the ensuing drive with a goal line touchdown to lead 42-14. This was the score at the half but momentum belonged to the Panthers.
The third quarter belonged to the Warhawks as they managed to close in on the Panthers lead.
Warhawks’ running back Kayden Roach scored on a 19 yard run. With the extra point being no good, the Panthers lead by 22.
The Panthers added a 21 yard field goal by kicker Noel Ruiz as the Panthers lead 45-20 at the end of the third quarter.
After driving deep into Panthers territory as the third quarter ended, the Warhawks finished the drive on the first play of the four quarter. Hunt completed a four yard touchdown pass to running back Charles Norman. The lead was cut to 18.
After the Panthers turnover on a fumble, the defense held strong, forcing the Warhawks to turnover on downs.
Panthers running back iced the game on the ensuing drive with a five yard rushing touchdown by Marcus Carroll breaking the 50 point mark.
A late touchdown by Perry made the score 52-27.
“We were all at fault a week ago and it was unacceptable. How you respond is really what you make of a team and we responded well,” said Panthers head coach Shawn Elliott on the Panthers mentality coming into this game.
Brown finished with three touchdowns on 20-32 passing for 241 yards.
Coates had another 100 yard rushing game with 102 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns.
McCoy had seven receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
The Panthers will travel to Appalachian State next Saturday.