Abilene Christian 37

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Georgia State 38

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: ESPNU

7:00 PM ET, August 27, 2014

Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA

1 2 3 4 T
ACU 3 13 14 737
GAST 7 14 0 1738

Top Performers

Passing: P. McKenzie (ACU) - 403 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: K. Hammon (GAST) - 13 CAR, 74 YDS

Receiving: J. Ruiz (GAST) - 7 REC, 111 YDS, 2 TD

Will Lutz's late field goal gives Georgia St. first win as FBS school

Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Wil Lutz kicked a 26-yard field goal with 4 seconds left and Georgia State won for the first time as an FBS member, beating Abilene Christian 38-37 on Wednesday night.

Georgia State snapped a 16-game losing streak, dating to its time as an FCS program in 2012. The Panthers' last victory came Oct. 13, 2012, at Rhode Island.

Nick Arbuckle directed the Panthers on a 72-yard drive in the final 2:45. He converted two fourth downs with passes and ran for 30 yards to put Georgia State in position to take the lead with a short kick.

Lutz lined it through and, after one last kickoff, the Panthers rushed the field to celebrate.

Arbuckle passed for 413 yards and four touchdowns.

Parker McKenzie threw for 403 yards and four scores for Abilene Christian, the Texas school in its second FCS season after moving up from Division II.


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2633
Total Yards498566
3rd Down Conversions7-1410-16
4th Down Conversions0-02-2

Passing Leaders

Parker McKenzie30/4040310.141
Nick Arbuckle31/474138.842

Rushing Leaders

Abilene ChristianCARYDSAVGTDLG
Herschel Sims14372.6012
De'Andre Brown12342.807
Krysten Hammon13745.7013
Kyler Neal8465.8015

Receiving Leaders

Abilene ChristianRECYDSAVGTDLG
Demarcus Thompson915617.3042
Cade Stone46015.0123
Lynquez Blair811814.8127
Joel Ruiz711115.9234

Scoring Summary

FG8:58Nik Grau 25 Yd Field Goal Watch Highlight 30
TD2:41N. Arbuckle pass,to J. Ruiz for 34 yds for a TD, (W. Lutz KICK)Watch Highlight 37
TD12:00J. Lytle run for 2 yds for a TD, (W. Lutz KICK)Watch Highlight 314
FG7:31N. Grau 42 yd FG GOOD614
TD3:52P. McKenzie pass,to C. Gilbert for 60 yds for a TD, (N. Grau KICK)1314
FG1:11N. Grau 33 yd FG GOOD1614
TD0:14N. Arbuckle pass,to A. Sweeting for 41 yds for a TD, (W. Lutz KICK)1621
TD6:27P. McKenzie pass,to J. Walker for 23 yds for a TD, (N. Grau KICK)Watch Highlight 2321
TD1:41P. McKenzie pass,to J. Hudson for 24 yds for a TD, (N. Grau KICK)Watch Highlight 3021
TD10:42N. Arbuckle pass,to L. Blair for 27 yds for a TD, (W. Lutz KICK)Watch Highlight 3028
TD6:36P. McKenzie pass,to C. Stone for 7 yds for a TD, (N. Grau KICK)Watch Highlight 3728
TD4:31N. Arbuckle pass,to J. Ruiz for 9 yds for a TD, (W. Lutz KICK)Watch Highlight 3735
FG0:04W. Lutz 26 yd FG GOODWatch Highlight 3738

Research Notes

Georgia State converted a first down on 4th and 19 with 52 seconds remaining to extend their drive and eventually kick the game-winning field goal. For some perspective, there were 49 offensive plays in which an FBS team needed 19 or more yards to go on 4th down last season. Only twice were those converted for first downs.
Georgia State has 2 turnovers in the 1st half tonight vs Abilene Christian. That extends their streak of games with multiple turnovers to 6 straight. Only 4 teams have longer active streaks (Texas Tech, Texas, TCU and Iowa State). Georgia State hasn't won a game since October 13, 2012.

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