App State rally late to hold off Panthers

Even with the Panthers (3-4, 2-4 Sun Belt) outstanding defensive performance,  Appalachian State scored the go-ahead touchdown with five minutes left and Georgia State fell 17-13 at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Saturday.

“When you come up here and play a team like Appalachian State, you have to execute in all three phases,” head coach Shawn Elliott, who played and coached at App State, said.

The GSU defense had numerous standouts, led by the inside linebacker tandem of Trajan Stephens-McQueen (10 tackles, 2.5 TFL) and Blake Carroll (10 tackles, 2 TFL). Safety Antavious Lane had nine tackles and his third interception of the season, the most ever by a GSU freshman.


Jordan Strachan, Hardrick Willis and Jeffery Clark recorded sacks. Strachan’s sack was his sixth of the season to break the GSU season record set by Christo Bilukidi in the inaugural season of 2010, while Willis’ sack gave him 10 for his career, just one half sack behind Mackendy Cheridor’s GSU career record.

Georgia State plays its final road game of 2020 Saturday with a trip to South Alabama for a 4 p.m. ET kickoff on ESPNU. The Panthers will be making their first appearance at USA’s new on-campus facility, Hancock Whitney Stadium.