ATLANTA--The bright spot in Georgia State's season opener was the play of punter Matt Hubbard, who had a record-setting night ... sort of.
Hubbard, a sophomore from Peachtree City, Ga., averaged an eye-catching 62.2 yards on five punts against South Carolina State, easily the best single-game average in GSU history.
Hubbard's average is better than both the NCAA FBS and FCS single-game records for punting average in a game with a minimum of five punts. However, because Georgia State is in the process of reclassifying from FCS to FBS, marks achieved by GSU players during the 2012 and 2013 seasons do not count as NCAA records.
The current FCS record for punting average in a game, with a minimum of five punts, is 61.5 yards, set by Eddie Johnson of Idaho State versus Cal Poly in 2002.
The FBS record of 60.4 is shared by two players, Lee Johnson, BYU vs. Wyoming, 1983, Quinn Sharp of Oklahoma State vs. Nebraska, 2010.
Hubbard's third punt of the night travelled a school-record 80 yards, and he also had boots of 58, 59, 55 and 59 yards.
In 2011, the 6-4, 230-pounder averaged 41.9 yards per kick to rank 15th in the final NCAA FCS statistics.