ATLANTA--Behind a record-setting day by quarterback Kelton Hill, Georgia State capped its second football season with a 42-35 win over Campbell in the Georgia Dome on Saturday.
The Panthers held on despite a fourth-quarter comeback attempt from the Fighting Camels, who scored two touchdowns with under seven minutes to go to cut the deficit to seven points.
Wide receiver Danny Williams recovered a Campbell onsides kick, his second of the fourth quarter, with 1:51 remaining to stop the Camels' rally.
The Panthers (3-8) experienced an up-and-down season, but snapped a three-game losing streak with Saturday's victory.
"What we pushed with our team was, we've got one more chance to show what we're made of and in many ways we did that today," said head coach Bill Curry. "We still have light years to go."
Hill, the sophomore quarterback from Douglasville, Ga., broke a school record with five total touchdowns -- four passing and one rushing -- to lead the Panthers to victory in their season finale. The four passing touchdowns also tie a school record, which was achieved twice last season by Drew Little.
"It feels great to go out with a bang," Hill said. "We'll hit the offseason running and get better for (2012 season opener) South Carolina State."
Hill finished with 354 total yards on 213 yards passing and 141 yards rushing. He finishes the season with 11 touchdown passes, five of which went for over 50 yards.
"His accuracy has improved," Curry said of Hill. "His leadership has improved. He has come through some personal adversity this year, as have all our quarterbacks, in a way that makes us real proud of him."
The Panthers took a 14-7 lead into halftime thanks to Hill's first two touchdown passes. In the first quarter, the redshirt sophomore found Danny Williams for a 56-yard touchdown strike to answer an opening Campbell scoring drive. Then, with 4:12 left in the first half, Hill capped a seven-play, 43-yard drive with a 3-yard scoring pass to Jordan Giles. On the play, the offensive line gave Hill ample time to stay in the pocket and then throw across the field towards the far sideline to a wide-open Giles.
Hill continued his offensive onslaught in the third quarter, finding Giles again on a 55-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage in the second half. Hill took matters into his own hands on the Panthers' next drive, gaining all 64 yards on a run of 25 yards and a touchdown scamper of 39 with 8:49 left in the third quarter to give Georgia State a 28-14 lead.
"Honestly, I was just trying to pick up the first down," Hill said of his long rushing score. "Then I saw open grass in front of me, so I took it and made the defender miss and it was off to the races."
The defense thwarted two Campbell drives in the first half, getting an interception from safety Demazio Skelton and a fumble recovery from senior linebacker Jake Muasau, caused by Dexter Moody. Muasau, playing in his final collegiate game, also had a tackle for loss.
Several more records fell for the Panthers on Saturday. The team set program marks for total yards (514) and rushing yards (301), and had two 100-yard rushers for the first time in school history. Georgia State also gained 27 first downs to break the old mark of 22, set three different times.
The 42-point output was the second-most in school history behind the 55 points the team scored last season against Savannah State.
Danny Williams extended his streak to 22 games with a reception, spanning every game in GSU history.