Georgia State fell, 35-28, to Troy in the Panthers’ Homecoming game on Saturday at the Georgia Dome. The Panthers (0-6, 0-1) rallied in the second half to score 21 points and take the lead in the fourth quarter, but Troy (4-3, 2-1) scored the go-ahead touchdown with 3:17 left in the game.
Ronnie Bell tied a school record with four touchdown passes, two to Albert Wilson, who finished the game with seven catches for 153 yards and 119 yards on just two kickoff returns.
Georgia State took a 28-21 lead on the first play of the fourth quarter, as Bell found Wilson on a 38-yard pass down the middle for a touchdown. Wilson helped set up the scoring drive after fielding a Troy kickoff at his own goal line and returning it to the GSU 48-yard line.
Troy answered with fourth-quarter touchdown drives of 75 and 63 yards to seal the win. The final score came after Chris Pickett intercepted Bell’s pass at the Troy 17-yard line and returned it to his team’s 37. Two plays later, Chris Williams caught a 54-yard touchdown pass from Corey Robinson, his third scoring pass of the day.
The Georgia State defense forced three turnovers, as Batiste intercepted a Robinson pass in the end zone in the second quarter to go along with his fumble recovery and Jarrell Robinson’s interception. Linebacker Joseph Peterson led the defense with 16 total tackles.
Bell finished 22-of-50 for 370 yards passing and one interception, the only Panthers turnover. Davis amassed 76 receiving yards, and Hill had 60. The Panther offense put up 422 total yards, its highest total of the season.
Georgia State will travel to its first Sun Belt road game next Saturday, Oct. 19 to face Texas State in San Marcos, Texas, at 7 p.m