Entering the game S&P gave Georgia State a 15% chance to defeat Georgia Southern. Silly advanced stats metrics, don't you know that in rivalry games you're supposed to throw all records and statistics out the window.
In a battle to determine who's the real GSU, Georgia State defeated Georgia Southern 34-7 behind the arm of Nick Armbuckle as he passed for 346 passing yards and three touchdowns. With the win, State will make their first bowl appearance in school history.
Georgia Southern's potent triple option attack was stuffed all day long. Once Matt Brieda got hurt it was curtains for the Eagle's offense as they were unable to stay on the field to give their defense a rest.
By the time Southern's defense settled in the deficit was too much to overcome as a seven-seven tie entering the second half turned into a 13 point deficit going into the fourth quarter.
Southern's option attack is built to, well, run the ball. Not pass. Once the Eagles had to rely on the passing attack to move the ball down the field State's defense swarmed.
Kevin Ellison threw two interceptions with 53 yards and Fabian Washington didn't fare any better as he completed two passes for 15 yards.
In just his third season in Atlanta, Trent Miles has completely turned around the Georgia State program. In three season Georiga State went winless to bowl eligible.
Next up, both State and Southern will await there postseason destination.