The Georgia State Panthers celebrated homecoming with Hip-Hop star B.o.B performing at the tailgate party outside and partied under the big top by shutting down the University of Tennessee at Martin Skyhawks 31-6 in the Georgia Dome.
Redshirt freshman Aaron Winchester stood in for injured Connor Manning and did more than manage the game. He ran for 82 yards on 16 carries and completed 8 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown. As a team, the Panthers ran 39 times for 182 yards, averaging 4.3 yards per rush.
The Panthers defense also came up with big plays. Marterious Allen returned a fumble 23 yards for a touchdown. It was the second time the Georgia State program returned a fumble for a touchdown in school history. Next, junior cornerback B.J. Clay picked off Skyhawks quarterbacks twice (one of which was returned for a touchdown) and inside linebacker Trey Payne added a third interception as they held the Skyhawks offense to their lowest point total of the season while turning them over four times.
It was the first time the Panthers scored two defensive touchdowns in one game.
UT Martin came into the game as the highest scoring team in the Ohio Valley Conference, averaging 40.5 points per game.
The six points were the fewest given up by the Panthers in the program’s history.
The Georgia State Panthers travel to the University of South Alabama next week to play Jaguars at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:00pm EDT. The Panthers next home game is Thursday, November 3 against the Arkansas State Redhawks at 7:30pm Eastern Time. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.