ATLANTA – Despite outgaining Idaho through the air and on the ground, Georgia State dropped its regular-season finale 24-10 to Idaho Saturday at Georgia State Stadium.
Already bowl eligible, Georgia State (6-5, 5-3 Sun Belt) is expected to learn its bowl fate Sunday afternoon. Idaho finishes the season 4-8, including a 3-5 Sun Belt mark.
With his performance today, Smith topped the 1,000-yard rushing mark for his career with 1,030 yards. He is now one of just three active FBS players with 1,000 yards rushing, 1,000 yards receiving and 1,000 return yards.
The Panthers played without several starters for all or most of the game due to injury, including standout receiver Penny Hart, who had three catches, including a 48-yard reception, before leaving the game. That was enough for Hart to break the Georgia State record for catches with 73; he previously shared the record of 71 with Albert Wilson.
Manning finished 27-of-44, hitting both Smith and Tamir Jones six times. Jones finished with career highs of six catches and 82 yards, while Smith went for 39 yards receiving to total 139 all-purpose yards.
On defense, true freshman outside linebacker Victor Heyward had seven tackles with two sacks for 19 yards. Senior Mackendy Cheridor had a sack on which he caused the quarterback to fumble, Cheridor's school-record fifth career forced fumble.
Freshman quarterback Colton Richardson finished 16-of-30 for 228 yards and a touchdown for Idaho. Aaron Duckworth led the Vandals on the ground with 113 yards and a touchdown.