ATLANTA — B.A. Davis put Lambuth ahead on a 4-yard run with 2:27 left and Darius Buckley’s 37-yard interception return for a touchdown 18 seconds later clinched a 23-14 victory over Georgia State on Saturday.
Without a first down at halftime, Georgia State (1-1) took the lead at the end of the third quarter on a 39-yard halfback pass from Roosevelt Watson to Danny Sawyer. That followed a 2-yard TD run by Travis Evans after Kelton Hill’s 53-yard quarterback run.
Marquis Williams, who had 149 yards rushing on 17 carries, scored on a 23-yard run to cap a 70-yard drive by Lambuth (1-1) following the game’s opening kickoff, and the NAIA Eagles (1-1) added a 42-yard Nate O’jibway field goal late in the second quarter for a 9-0 lead.
Georgia State was outgained 193-31 in the first half and ran just 14 plays.
The Panthers, who had four passes intercepted by Lambuth and finished with just five first downs, are in their first season of football and defeated Shorter 41-7 in their opening game on Sept. 2.
The Panthers play Jacksonville State, which upset Mississippi a week ago, in their next game.
David Ingram completed 19 of 25 passes against Georgia State, with 6-foot-8 Rod Jefferson catching eight.
Lambuth, from Jackson, Tenn. lost to Arkansas Tech 34-19 in its opener.