Scores

Final

Samford 31

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Georgia State 21

(0-1, 0-1 home)

7:00 PM ET, August 30, 2013

Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA

1 2 3 4 T
SAM 7 0 7 1731
GAST 7 7 0 721

Top Performers

Passing: R. Bell (GAST) - 391 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: F. Truss (SAM) - 26 CAR, 78 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Wilson (GAST) - 8 REC, 167 YDS, 1 TD

RB Truss leads Samford past Georgia State 31-21

Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Fabian Truss scored two touchdowns to lead Samford past Georgia State 31-21 on Friday night.

The senior running back returned the opening kickoff 100 yards to shock the Panthers. He broke a tackle at the 25, bounced outside, juked the last defender and didn't look back. The return was Truss' career best return. In the fourth quarter, he put the Bears ahead for good with a 1-yard touchdown run.

Georgia State quarterback Ronnie Bell teamed with receiver Kelton Hill for two scores and a 14-7 lead at halftime. But Samford's Jaquiski Tartt intercepted Bell in the third quarter and returned it 33 yards to tie the game at 14. The play sparked Samford to a run of 24 unanswered points.

Bell passed for 392 yards and three touchdowns and two interceptions. Georgia State's Albert Wilson had nine catches for a game-high 168 yards and a TD.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SAM
GAST
1st Downs1519
Total Yards298463
Passing193391
Rushing10572
Penalties4-205-30
3rd Down Conversions4-148-19
4th Down Conversions0-10-1
Turnovers12
Possession29:0230:58

Passing Leaders

SamfordC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Summerlin19/311936.211
Georgia StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bell28/513917.732

Rushing Leaders

SamfordCARYDSAVGTDLG
Truss26783.0110
Bledsoe5142.807
Georgia StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Howse14292.106
Hill22814.0023

Receiving Leaders

SamfordRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hamilton24824.0131
Obajimi4379.3012
Georgia StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wilson816720.9144
Davis7669.4015

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSAMGAST
TD14:43Fabian Truss 100 Yd Kickoff Return (Warren Handrahan Kick) 70
TD07:17Kelton Hill 21 Yd Pass From Ronnie Bell (Wil Lutz Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERSAMGAST
TD12:48Kelton Hill 17 Yd Pass From Ronnie Bell (Wil Lutz Kick) 714
THIRD QUARTERSAMGAST
TD04:44Jaquiski Tartt 33 Yd Interception Return (Warren Handrahan Kick) 1414
FOURTH QUARTERSAMGAST
TD14:05Fabian Truss 1 Yd Run (Warren Handrahan Kick) 2114
TD11:21Karel Hamilton 31 Yd Pass From Andy Summerlin (Warren Handrahan Kick) 2814
FG04:36Warren Handrahan 48 Yd 3114
TD02:45Albert Wilson 40 Yd Pass From Ronnie Bell (Wil Lutz Kick) 3121