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Hot Read: Panthers Top Georgia Southern

By BJ Bennett
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Georgia State wins 30-24 in the Sun Belt's Peach State rivalry.

1. Mere days after firing head football coach Trent Miles, Georgia State outlasts rival Georgia Southern 30-24 under interim Tim Lappano. The victory snaps a three-game skid for the Panthers and gives Georgia State a winning streak over the Eagles in their rivalry series. Though a bowl game is out of reach, Saturday's victory stands as a special one for Georgia State and gives the program major momentum ahead of what will be an important off-season in Atlanta.

2. The Panthers set the tone for the win in the game's first 8:05. Georgia State jumped out to a 20-0 lead, scoring on their first three offensive possessions, and putting notable pressure on visiting Georgia Southern. An early advantage forced the Eagles into a gameplan adjustment and allowed the Panthers to dictate tempo throughout the afternoon. Georgia State led the entire game.

3. Conner Manning continues to show significant improvement leading the Panther offense. After 422 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions against Louisiana-Monroe, he threw for 318 yards, two more scores and no picks in the win over Georgia Southern. Manning also added a rushing touchdown. His big-play conversions kept the Eagles reeling defensively.

4. Georgia State's defense was effective at not allowing Georgia Southern to settle into an offensive rhythm. The Panthers allowed the Eagles just two drives of over 39 yards all day and, protecting a six-point lead, forced four consecutive incompletions on Georgia Southern's final offensive drive.  

5. Having lost four straight and seven of their last eight, the Eagles will miss out on the postseason. Mistakes were costly against Georgia State as Georgia Southern turned the football over twice and was called for eleven penalties. The Eagles' slow start had them playing with very little margin for error early on.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: / Twitter: @BJBennettSports