Moscow, Idaho -- Georgia State ended its 2016 season with a 37-12 loss at Idaho.
Conner Manning passed for 237 yards and two touchdowns and Robert Davis caught nine passes for 112 yards. Georgia State (3-9, 2-6 Sun Belt) outgained the Vandals 358 yards to 287, but the Panthers hurt themselves with six turnovers, which led to 20 Idaho points.
Idaho won its fourth straight game to improve to 8-4, 6-2 in the Sun Belt. Matt Linehan totalled just 126 yards passing but was 15-for-19 with three touchdowns. Isaiah Saunders rushed for 99 yards.
"We came up short today and we didn't play our best game, but I can't say enough about these guys and the way they've handled this transition the last three weeks," interim head coach Tim Lappano said. "They did everything they could to do things the right way these last weeks. We have great young men in this program."
Manning hit Jawan Nobles for a 63-yard touchdown pass midway through the first quarter and then connected with tight end Ari Werts for an 11-yard scoring play early in the second quarter. But Georgia State's special teams woes continued as both extra points were missed, and the Panthers trailed 14-12 before Idaho finished the half with a touchdown and a field goal to take a 24-12 lead.
Nobles' touchdown was the second long scoring play in the last three games for the true freshman, who caught a 61-yard scoring pass against UL Monroe.
In the second half, the Georgia State defense allowed only two field goals, but Idaho blocked a punt for a touchdown. The Vandals managed three interceptions on balls that were tipped into the hands of the defender.
Davis tied his career best with nine catches while recording his 10th career 100-yard effort in his final game for the Panthers. He finished his remarkable career with 222 receptions for 3,391 yards and 17 touchdowns, ranking second in Sun Belt history in receiving yards and fifth in receptions.
The longest play allowed by the Georgia State defense was a 24-yard completion as the Panthers finished the season as the only FBS team in the nation that did not an allow an offensive play, passing or rushing, of 50 yards or longer. The longest pass allowed by GSU all season covered 37 yards and the longest run was 46 yards.