GSU's Elliott: Team moving in the right direction after season opening win

Plus: Praise for QB Ellington and Panthers fans

The Morning Show w/ John & Hugh
September 04, 2018 - 9:22 am



It was exactly how Georgia State drew it up in their season opener; a Dan Ellington 8-yard touchdown pass with 41 seconds on the clock that would seal a 24-20 win over new in-state rival Kennesaw State. 

Panthers' head coach Shawn Elliott joined John and Hugh on Tuesday morning and talked about the team's big win, crediting the fans for their support:

"I thought it was a great atmosphere. Our Panthers' fans, especially our students...At times, that stadium was loud. You could really get a great sense of energy off of them. We certainly appreciate everything our fans did and all the support they brought us."

Georgia State trailed the Owls 20-14 heading into the fourth quarter. They pulled within three after a 35-yard field goal by kicker Brandon Wright. But it was the pass from Ellington to wide receiver Diondre Champaigne with 41 seconds to go that would seal it.

In his first game for the Panthers, quarterback Dan Ellington went 20-for-28 for 187 yards, three touchdowns and rushed for 77 yards. Coach Elliott said he didn't know what to expect from the junior college transfer:

"We really had no idea exactly how it was going to turn out him...Dan was a cool, calm guy during camp, and we kind of expected that to be the case going into the game. But never envisioned him to make as many plays as he did; and really will our football team offensively to go down there and do the things they did and score there late in the drive. Really proud of the young man."