LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Georgia State used a record-setting performance from its offense and the defense held at the end as the Panthers scored a 34-32 win over New Mexico State on Saturday night. It marked the first Sun Belt Conference win for the program.
Freshman Penny Hart tied a school-record with 11 catches for 150 yards to lead the offense which finished with a school-record 582 yards.
Senior Nick Arbuckle went 32-for-43 for 372 yards and two touchdowns while the ground game went for 210 yards on 46 attempts, led by Kyler Neal who finished with 76 yards on 17 attempts and two touchdowns.
However, it was the defense that made several key stops as the Aggies were moving on a final drive that ended with Parker Davidson missing a 49-yard field goal wide right with 29 seconds to play.
“We made it harder but these kids never quit and they never quit believing,” head coach Trent Miles said. We’ve got a great group of kids. We just needed to get over the hump, and tonight we did that.”
Georgia State came out strong in the first half, recording three scoring drives of 72 yards or longer before the break.