NCAAF Game Recap - Army at Georgia State
Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

Tenn
13
Ala
35
F
LSU
36
MisSt
13
F
Clem
45
Lou
10
F
OHSt
52
NW
3
F
WVU
14
Okla
52
F
Wisc
23
Ill
24
F
Mich
21
PSU
28
F
Fla
38
SCar
27
F
KY
0
UGA
21
F
Aub
51
Ark
10
F
Oreg
35
Wash
31
F
AzSt
3
Utah
21
F
Boise
25
BYU
28
F
Kans
48
Tex
50
F
Bayl
45
OkSt
27
F
Temp
21
SMU
45
F
Minn
42
Rut
7
F
Tuls
13
Cin
24
F
Mizzu
14
Vand
21
F
Purd
20
Iowa
26
F
ULMon
7
App
52
F
SoAl
13
Troy
37
F
ULLaf
37
ArkSt
20
F
UCLA
34
Stan
16
F
Marsh
36
FlAtl
31
F
Pitt
27
Syr
20
F
UNLV
27
Fres
56
F
Kent
38
Ohio
45
F
Hou
24
UConn
17
F
IASt
34
TxTch
24
F
GATec
28
MiaFL
21
F OT
NCSt
24
BC
45
F
C Mi
38
BGSU
20
F
Toled
14
Ball
52
F
NIU
24
MiaOH
27
F
OreSt
21
Cal
17
F
TCU
17
K St
24
F
CoCar
27
GaSo
30
F(2OT)
NM
10
Wyo
23
F
Buff
21
Akr
0
F
SoFL
3
Navy
35
F
SMiss
30
LaTec
45
F
UNC
41
VaTec
43
F(5OT)
Duke
14
UVA
48
F
Ind
34
MD
28
F
Char
14
W Ky
30
F
OD
14
UAB
38
F
MidTN
30
NorTx
33
F
Rice
27
UTSA
31
F
Maine
44
Lib
59
F
WestMI
27
E Mi
34
F
Tul
17
Mem
47
F
ECU
28
UCF
41
F
Colo
10
WaSt
41
F
SDSU
27
SJSU
17
F
Army
21
GASt
28
F
UTEP
17
FLInt
32
F
TxAM
24
Miss
17
F
FlaSt
20
Wake
22
F
Ariz
14
USC
41
F
Nev
10
UtSt
36
F
AF
56
Hawaii
26
F

Oct 19, 2019, 7:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Army (3-4)

7

7

7

0

21

Georgia State (5-2)

7

7

6

8

28

Ellington passes for 3 TDs in Georgia State's win over Army
Sat Oct 19, 2019 11:37 PM

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia State quarterback Dan Ellington isn't surprised his team is playing so well even if others can't believe it.

"Before we even started the season, I think we were predicted to win like four games," he said. "We felt that was disrespect but we knew why we were picked to win four because of the season we had last year."

Ellington passed for three touchdowns, Aubry Payne caught the go-ahead score midway through the fourth quarter and Georgia State's defense held on the final drive in a 28-21 victory over Army on Saturday night.

Quavian White picked off quarterback Kelvin Hopkins at the 3-yard line in the closing minute to end Army's last chance and give Georgia State (5-2) its third straight win. It's a big turnaround for a program that went 2-10 last year.

The Black Knights (3-4) have dropped three in a row and are under .500 for the first time since the 2015 team went 2-10.

Tra Barnett ran 17 times for 108 yards and a TD, and Ellington had 232 yards passing and 39 rushing for the Panthers.

Sandon McCoy ran for two Army touchdowns, but Payne's 8-yard TD catch over the middle was the Panthers' second straight score and proved decisive. Roger Carter caught a conversion pass to put the Panthers up 28-21.

The Black Knights took their only lead midway through the third after Jalen Moy scored his first career touchdown on a 16-yard misdirection run that made it 21-14.

Georgia State drove 75 yards in 16 plays to cut the lead to one on Tra Barnett's 1-yard run, but Brandon Wright missed the extra-point attempt to the right side. Barnett tied a school record with his 13th career rushing TD.

The first half was tied at 14-all.

Ellington connected on a 24-yard pass near the left pylon to Sam Pinckney, who made an over-the-shoulder catch to beat Javhari Bourdeau and put the Panthers up 7-0.

The Black Knights answered on the ensuing drive. Standing fourth-and-goal at the 2, coach Jeff Monken called timeout to set up a quick-snap handoff to McCoy, who dove over the goal line unscathed and rolled out of a somersault to make it 7-all.

Midway through the second, Pinckey again beat Bourdeau, this time for a 12-yard score when he won on a high pass in the end zone. McCoy followed on Army's next possession with a TD, pushing hard through three defenders on an 8-yard run.

But Georgia State forced a critical punt early in the fourth to give the ball back to the offense and set up the last score.

"They were playing small-ball to limit our possessions," Panthers coach Shawn Elliott said. "For us to have a stop was really all we needed. I felt we were so comfortable offensively that we felt if we could just get that stop, get that extra possession, we could put the heat back on 'em. And that's exactly what happened."

THE TAKEAWAY

Army: The Black Knights looked sharp offensively at times and converted two fourth downs on their final drive, but the effort wasn't enough as the defense couldn't stop Georgia State on consecutive scoring drives in the second half. Monken was disappointed with the blocking on the offense's final possession.

"We didn't sustain blocks, and we ran the ball," Monken said. "And we didn't gain enough yardage when we did run the ball. We just need to put ourselves in a more manageable position. That's about it. I'm just disappointed."

Georgia State: The defense, which began the game ranked 122th nationally in scoring, held Army when it mattered most. With Hopkins heaving the ball to the right side from the 28, White jumped for the pick and returned it 27 yards to ice the game. Trajan Stephens-McQueen set a school record with 20 tackles, 10 of them solo.

INJURIES

It's uncertain how much longer Army free safety Jaylon McClinton can go. The senior was limited in warmups and was hurt on the opening drive, marking the fifth straight game he either hasn't played or had his game cut short by injury. Georgia State linebacker Ed Curney, the team's leading tackler this season, limped off the field with a left leg injury after getting hurt in the first. After making it to the sideline, he was carted to the locker room.

UP NEXT

Army hosts San Jose State next Saturday and visits Air Force on Nov. 2.

Georgia State hosts Troy next Saturday and has a bye the following week.

---

More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25

Passing

Army Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
Z. Potter 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
K. Hopkins Jr. 10 6 60.0 0 65 18 1 39.6
GASt Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
D. Ellington 28 20 71.4 3 232 30 0 131.8

Rushing

Army Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
M. Hancock 1 0 0.0 0 0
C. Slomka 10 89 8.9 38 0
GASt Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Barnett 17 108 6.4 19 1
D. Ellington 10 39 3.9 16 0

Receiving

Army Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Harrison 4 58 14.5 18 0
A. Hobbs IV 2 7 3.5 4 0
GASt Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. McCoy 7 66 9.4 20 0
A. Payne 3 43 14.3 29 1

Fumbles

Army F FL
K. Hopkins Jr. 1 0
GASt F FL
D. Ellington 1 1

Returning

Punting

Army Punt Yds Avg LgPu
Z. Harding 1 40 40.0 40

Takeaways

GASt Int Yds InTD
Q. White 1 27 0

Team Stats Comparison

Army GASt
Points For 21 28
Total Yards 343 379
Rushing Yards 278 147
Passing Yards 65 232
Passing Completions / Attempts 6/11 20/28
Turnovers 2 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/1 1/1
First Downs 20 23
Penalties - Yards 3/25 1/5
Time Of Possession 8:08 52:52
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 6/15 6/10
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 6/8 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 1/40 0/0

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Army GASt
GASt 7:13 TD Sam Pinckney 24 yd pass from Dan Ellington (Brandon Wright kick) 0 7
Army 12:42 TD Sandon McCoy 2 yd run (Cole Talley kick) 7 7
2nd Quarter Army GASt
GASt 7:19 TD Sam Pinckney 12 yd pass from Dan Ellington (Brandon Wright kick) 7 14
Army 13:45 TD Sandon McCoy 8 yd run (Cole Talley kick) 14 14
3rd Quarter Army GASt
Army 6:43 TD Jalen Moy 16 yd run (Cole Talley kick) 21 14
GASt 13:12 TD Tra Barnett 1 yd run (missed kick) 21 20
4th Quarter Army GASt
GASt 7:19 TD Aubry Payne 8 yd pass from Dan Ellington (Roger Carter 2pt pass from Dan Ellington) 21 28

Game Information

Stadium: Parker H. Petit Field at Georgia State Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 21,720
Game Time:
Weather: