ATLANTA - After earning a shocking 38-30 win over Tennessee on Saturday night, the football team has been named the Georgia State Student-Athletes of the Week on Monday.
Entering Season 10 for the program, the Panthers came out fast at Neyland Stadium, setting the tone with a fumble recovery on the second play of the game which quieted the 85,000 in attendance.
Among the many impressive performances, quarterback Dan Ellington threw two touchdown passes and ran for the game-clinching score in the fourth quarter, giving Georgia State its first-ever win over a Power 5 opponent.
Ellington led the Panthers on two 75-yard touchdown drives in the second half to give GSU a 28-23 lead with nine minutes left, and then he scampered for a spectacular 22-yard touchdown run with 4:45 left that essentially clinched the win. He faked a handoff and then eluded several defenders before running into the left corner of the end zone.
On defense, senior linebacker Ed Curney led a strong defensive effort with six tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery for Georgia State.
Georgia State held the Volunteers to 93 yards rushing on 31 carries (3.0 average) while allowing only one rush of longer than 10 yards.
Curney helped Georgia State get off to a strong start with a fumble recovery at the UT 23 on the second play of the game to set up the Panthers' first touchdown.
Georgia State will return to the field on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Georgia State Stadium hosting Furman.