ATLANTA, Ga. – Campbell's football team (6-5, 5-3 PFL) fought all the way to the end in a 42-35 loss to Georgia State (3-8) on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Georgia Dome. The game was the last in the career of 29 CU seniors who had formed the bedrock of Campbell's program since the restart. The game was also the first time that Campbell has played indoors at an NFL facility and the fifth time that the Camels have taken on an FCS scholarship program.
The Camels, after trailing by as many as 21 twice in the game, fought back to make it a one-score game on Braden Smith's seven yard run with 1:53 remaining in the game. The run capped off a nine play, 61 yard drive in 1:45. The Adam Willets extra point was good get the Camels to within 42-35 in the last two minutes. The Camels onside kick fail though as Georgia State was able to run out the clock and earn the close victory.
Braden Smith completed 21 of 32 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown in the game. He also ran 10 times for 44 yards and a touchdown. Georgia State's Kelton Hill ran for 141 yards and a touchdown and also completed 13 of 22 passes for 213 yards and four scores. Donald Russell also reached 100 yards on the ground with 146 yards.
GSU outgained the Camels 514 to 338 in the game and owned a time of possession edge of 34:04 to 25:56.
The Camels scored first on a C.J. Oates nine-yard touchdown run. The run capped off an eight play, 60-yard drive. The Adam Willets extra point good to give the Camels a 7-0 advantage with 11:53 remaining in the opening quarter.
GSU tied the game up on the team's first drive. After a long kickoff was brought back past the CU 50 yard line, Kelton Hill connected with Danny Williams for a 56-yard touchdown on third down. The Matt Ehasz extra point was good to tie the game up with 10:57 remaining in the opening quarter.
The Panthers took the lead for good as Jordan Giles finished off a seven play, 71 yard drive with a three-yard touchdown catch off the Hill pass. The Ehasz extra point was good to give GSU a 14-7 lead with 4:12 remaining in the second quarter. The score would stand as the team went into the break with CU trailing by seven after a missed 34-yard field goal from Georgia State to end the half. The field goal missed was his second miss of the game.
Georgia State wasted no time in the second half taking a two score advantage as Hill connect with Giles for a 55-yard touchdown on the first offensive play of the second half. The Ehasz extra point was good to make the score 21-7 early in the third quarter.
The Camels drew to within a score on Oates' two-yard gallop off the option pitch. The big play on the drive was Braden Smith scrambling for first on fourth down situation. The Willets extra point was good to get Campbell within a touchdown at 21-14 with 9:39 remaining in the third quarter.
The Panthers took a commanding lead back on the next drive as Hill showed off his running abilities. He ran twice for 64 yard with the second one covering 39 yards and resulting in a touchdown. The extra point from Ehasz was good to make the margin 14 at 28-14 with 8:49 remaining in the third quarter.
The margin grew to three scores as Hill hit Arthur Williams on a three-yard touchdown pass to complete a 14 play, 83 yard drive. The Ehasz extra point was good to make the score 35-14 with 12:42 remaining in the game. The touchdown pass with Hill's fourth of the game and that tied the GSU school record.
CU quickly got the score back as Jordan Cramer recovered a fumble in the end zone off a failed option pitch for a CU score to finish off a nine play, 71 yards in 3:41. The Willets extra point was good to put the Camels down 14 at 35-21 with 8:45 remaining in the game.
Georgia State used a short field after a failed onside kick to add another touchdown to lead on Malcolm Smith's 12-yard rush. The Ehasz extra point was good to put the Panthers up 42-21 with 6:48 remaining in the game.
The Camels quickly answered as Preston Dodson leapt over a defender to haul in a 35-yard pass from Braden Smith for a score. The Willets extra point made the score 42-28 with 5:31 remaining in the game. The touchdown catch was Dodson's fifth of the season and broke the school single season record.
The Camels will now return home and start preparing for the 2012 season.