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Georgia State avoids first FCS upset of 2014

There were 16 games that saw a team from the Football Championship Subdivision defeat a team from the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2013. We nearly saw the first one of 2014 Wednesday night, but Georgia State came through with a late field goal to slip past Abilene Christian in the Georgia Dome Wednesday night. Georgia State kicker Wil Lutz snuck a 26-yard kick through the uprights for a 38-37 victory Wednesday night in the first game on the FBS calendar this season.

The game was anything but pretty, but after 683 days since the last win, Georgia State will take it any way it can. Georgia State racked up 566 yards of offense, mostly off the arm of quarterback Nick Arbuckle. Arbuckle threw three touchdowns and led the Panthers on the game-winning drive while passing for 433 yards and four touchdowns. To get the win, Georgia State had to score more points than they did in any game in 2013.

This is Georgia State’s first season eligible for postseason play since moving up from the FCS. With one win now in the books, Georgia State now needs five more wins to become bowl eligible. Next up, New Mexico State next week in the Georgia Dome.

Was this up to par with the BCS Championship Game or last season’s Iron Bowl? Of course not, but the first game of the season gave us a back-and-forth game that went down to the wire and saw a program celebrate a long-awaited victory.

Welcome back college football. We missed you. We can wait for the next FCS upset.

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17 Responses to “Georgia State avoids first FCS upset of 2014”
  1. bonnovi says: Aug 27, 2014 11:02 PM

    That was a fitting game to celebrate the return of college football.

  2. udub says: Aug 27, 2014 11:07 PM

    Haven’t researched this, but can the increase of FCS upsets simply be dismissed by the increase of FBS teams that just moved up from FCS?

    Yeah, there are the occasional FCS upsetting of say Iowa State, but maybe there are more upsets because there are more Georgia State’s being FBS.

    An FCS upset of a Power 5 team is different IMHO than a FCS upset of a Texas State, UTSA type team that has only been FBS for a year or two.

  3. dmcgrann says: Aug 27, 2014 11:26 PM

    Georgia State is at the lowest of the lowest rung of “FBS”, and Ableiene Christian is at the lowest rung of FCS.. That’s not a knock, that’s truth. What’s a knock is that I put quotation marks around FBS when referring to GSU.

  4. canetic says: Aug 27, 2014 11:47 PM

    Remember when the Gators lost to Georgia Southern last year? Classic Gators.

  5. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 28, 2014 1:11 AM

    The author describes the game as “anything but pretty.” I found it to be a hard fought game between to equally matched opponents. The game was worth watching.

  6. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 28, 2014 1:12 AM

    Opps! I typed “to equally” versus “two equally.”

  7. bigedefense says: Aug 28, 2014 1:54 AM

    Haha, it happens to the best of us Brutus. I wish there was an edit button for these posts. You know, I bet there are some that wouldn’t have noticed it had you not posted about it. Hahaha! Cudo’s to ya Brutus. I have read many of your posts & you seem to be a knowledgeable college football fan. It’s nice to read posts from someone that posts to bring an opinion to the board & not to boast about “their” school & “hate” on the rest. There are one or ‘to’ common posters on this site that I just skip on down when I see their name. Your posts are far from that. Keep it up my man!

  8. txstatebobcats1868 says: Aug 28, 2014 2:17 AM

    Udub:
    Texas State hasn’t lost to an FCS team since they were an FCS team. But Georgia southern, a now sunbelt team, embarrassed the gators (a “power 5″ conference…in the allmighty sec) in the swamp… Remember when Appalachian State (also now a sunbelt team) embarrassed Michigan a couple years ago? You should probably do some research before you run your mouth on a subject you are obviously ignorant on.

  9. txstatebobcats1868 says: Aug 28, 2014 5:54 AM

    UCONN, Kansas state, Iowa State, Oregon State, San Diego St, USF also lost last year to fcs teams

  10. wvuandsteelers says: Aug 28, 2014 8:17 AM

    As a GSU alum, I’m just happy to have a W. I’m also happy to have a QB who could hit water if he fell out of a boat. We just need to develop a secondary. I agree GSU is near, if not at, the bottom of FBS. However, they have only had a team for 5 years and they still don’t have their full 85 scholarships. They are at least moving in the right direction. More than I can say for WVU……

  11. practicalpossum says: Aug 28, 2014 9:17 AM

    First game of the season? Apparently the CFT crew overslept their alarm clock – the first game was last week, Sam Houston State and Eastern Washington (and SHSU is in the same conference as GSU, so you can’t say their games don’t count)…

  12. practicalpossum says: Aug 28, 2014 9:32 AM

    Same conference as ACU, I meant, of course.

  13. ancientcougar says: Aug 28, 2014 9:36 AM

    They count to you and that is all that is important.

  14. John Taylor says: Aug 28, 2014 9:46 AM

    First game of the season? Apparently the CFT crew overslept their alarm clock…

    What part of “in the first game on the FBS calendar this season” did you not understand?

  15. thefiesty1 says: Aug 28, 2014 10:46 AM

    Too bad ACU didn’t pull out the win. It was a decent game to kick off the season on a Wednesday night. But last weekends game with Sam Houston State v. Eastern Washington was actually the first game of the season.

  16. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:07 AM

    @ bigedefense:

    Thank you! I, for one, can’t tolerate trolls and wish they would disappear. There is a big difference between good natured fun between rivals and hatred. Saying “Go Bucks – Beat Michigan” or referencing “that school up north” is good natured fun. Making insulting comments about Brady Hoke’s weight and calling the entire State vile names is trolling.

  17. scoochpooch says: Aug 28, 2014 12:11 PM

    Georgia State is fake FBS. A team that had no right moving up to FBS, and only did so because they hold 1/1000000 of the Atlanta market.
    Teams should need to dominate FCS ( win championships like App St, Marshall, etc.) before they can move up.
    I hate that a 1 point win when you theoretically should be favored by 20 is still considered a “win.” that may be the case in NFL that only has 32 teams but in college (120+ teams), teams must win convincingly.

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