ATLANTA — Drew Little threw for 189 yards and two touchdowns to lead Georgia State to a 23-17 win over Lamar on Saturday, ensuring a winning record in the Panthers’ inaugural season.
Georgia State fell behind 17-13 with 9:34 left in the fourth quarter after Little was picked off by Lamar’s Ryan Clark, who returned the interception 54 yards for a touchdown. It was Lamar’s only lead of the game.
But Little, who completed 22 of 35 passes, threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Arthur Williams with 4:52 remaining to put the Panthers (6-4) ahead.
Georgia State’s Jamal Ransby intercepted Doug Prewitt’s pass on the next possession, which led to a Iain Vance’s third field goal of the game — 29 yarder with 1:39 left.
Lamar (3-6) drove to Georgia State’s 40-yard line but Prewitt’s two long passes fell incomplete to ensure the win for Georgia State, which visits No. 5 Alabama next week in the Panthers’ season finale.
Prewitt completed 19 of 36 for 273 yards, but was sacked three times.
Georgia State led 10-3 at halftime after an 8-yard touchdown pass from Little to Sidney Hayes and a 37-yard by Vance field goal. Hayes set up the first field goal on a 62-yard end around, the longest play in school history.
Vance kicked a 47-yarder to give Georgia State a 13-3 lead with 5:57 left in the third quarter.
Lamar got back into the game on an eight-play, 99-yard drive that began after a pooch kick was downed at the 1. J.J. Hayes capped the drive for the Cardinals by catching a 13-yard pass from Prewitt that cut Georgia State’s lead to 13-10.
Hayes finished with seven catches for 138 yards for Lamar.