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Georgia State wins opener 38-37 over Abilene Christian

Win first for Panthers since 2012

POSTED: August 27, 2014 11:06 p.m.
Curtis Compton/Associated Press

Abilene Christian quarterback Parker McKenzie leaps over Georgia State defenders Sean Jeppesen (47), Nate Simon and Mackendy Cheridor, right, for a first down during the second quarter of Wednesday's game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

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Wil Lutz kicked a 26-yard field goal with 4 seconds left and Georgia State won for the first time as an FBS member, beating Abilene Christian 38-37 on Wednesday night.

Georgia State snapped a 16-game losing streak, dating to its time as an FCS program in 2012. The Panthers’ last victory came Oct. 13, 2012, at Rhode Island.

Nick Arbuckle directed the Panthers on a 72-yard drive in the final 2:45. He converted two fourth downs with passes and ran for 30 yards to put Georgia State in position to take the lead with a short kick.

Lutz lined it through and, after one last kickoff, the Panthers rushed the field to celebrate. Arbuckle passed for 413 yards and four touchdowns.

Parker McKenzie threw for 403 yards and four scores for Abilene Christian, the Texas school in its second FCS season after moving up from Division II.


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