The Hilltoppers do not have a top-10 offense now.
"It would mean everything", Williams said of a possible win in Saturday's game. "It wasn't about making the bowl game, it's about coming here and winning the bowl game". "I thought our preparation went well. And we were successful tonight", Elliott said.
The Hilltoppers got the football first and went three and out on their opening possession. Conner Manning completed 63.7 percent of his passes for 2,870 yards and 13 touchdowns against seven interceptions. The Panthers best offensive player is wide receiver Penny Hart who hauled in 73 passes for 1,094 yards. The Hilltoppers' second drive was short-lived like the first one, only this time there was different result.
The Panthers took a commanding lead in the third quarter thanks to a trick play. Don Yielder had 576 yards and five touchdowns while Cameron Echols-Luper and Quin Jernighan added 838 yards and seven touchdowns. GSU responded rather quickly. Devin Gentry rushed for 10 yards, and then Manning found Tamir Jones down the left sideline for 49 yards to the WKU 26. White also has scored six rushing touchdowns this season which makes him a potential option in goal line situations.
"It's a big deal", Ward said earlier this week in Bowling Green. "We had some momentum and had them on their heels". They get their touches. We had a chance to score before half and we gave them a chance to score before the half. "Those guys do a really good job-very creative in how they get their playmakers the ball". The last time Georgia State meet with Western Kentucky, they were blown out in a regular season Sun Belt game, and are looking to avoid the past, and create a new notch in the history books. His lone touchdown pass was on a reverse flea-flicker and Manning found freshman tight end Roger Carter for the 42-yard touchdown. The Hilltopper offense never threatened to score throughout the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Panthers effectively sealed the game a 16-play, 74-yard drive that ate up nine minutes on the clock.
The Georgia State defense limited Western Kentucky's (6-7, 4-4 CUSA) high-powered offense to 349 yards.
LAS VEGAS - Cedrick Wilson caught 10 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown, Kekaula Kaniho returned an interception 53 yards for a score and No. 25 Boise State beat OR 38-28 in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday. Elliott has brought a high-energy approach to his first full-time head coaching gig (Elliott was interim coach at SC after Steve Spurrier's midseason retirement) and the Panthers did a good job rebounding from a tough start to the season after losses to FCS Tennessee State and a 56-0 blowout at the hands of Penn State. It's also WKU's first bowl loss since a 24-21 loss to Central Michigan in the Little Caesars Bowl. They played in the Cure Bowl in 2015 but came up short to the San Jose State Spartans. QB Mike White was still there this season, but it was always going to be a bit of a rebuild in Sanford's first season. "I'm proud of our team and coaches".