Samford at Georgia State

RB Truss leads Samford past Georgia State 31-21


ATLANTA (AP) 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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Scoring Summary
SAMFFabian Truss 100 yd kick return (Warren Handrahan kick)
GASTKelton Hill 21 yd pass from Ronnie Bell (Wil Lutz kick)
GASTKelton Hill 17 yd pass from Ronnie Bell (Wil Lutz kick)
SAMFJaquiski Tartt 33 yd interception return (Warren Handrahan kick)
SAMFFabian Truss 1 yd run (Warren Handrahan kick)
SAMFKarel Hamilton 31 yd pass from Andy Summerlin (Warren Handrahan kick)
SAMFWarren Handrahan 48 yd FG
GASTAlbert Wilson 40 yd pass from Ronnie Bell (Wil Lutz kick)
Team Stats
First Downs1519
Third Down Efficiency4-148-19
Fourth Down Efficiency0-10-1
Plays-Net Yards67-29876-463
Passing Yds193391
Kick Return Yds14991
Punt Return Yds534
Time of Poss.29:230:58
Individual Stats
SAMF: Fabian Truss 26-78, D'Morrise Bledsoe 5-14, Stanley Robinson 2-13, Andy Summerlin 3-0
GAST: Gerald Howse 14-29, Kelton Hill 2-28, Duvall Smith 3-9, Albert Wilson 3-3, Ronnie Bell 3-3
SAMF: Andy Summerlin 19-31-193-1
GAST: Ronnie Bell 28-51-391-2
SAMF: Emmanuel Obajimi 4-37, Fabian Truss 4-16, Karel Hamilton 2-48, Zeke Walters 2-35, Stanley Robinson 2-3, Chris Cephus 1-21, JaUan Davis 1-17, Gavin Sinclair 1-15, D'Morrise Bledsoe 1-3, Kelsey Pope 1--2
GAST: Albert Wilson 8-167, Robert Davis 7-66, Kelton Hill 5-54, Danny Williams 3-59, Sean Jeppesen 2-23, Duvall Smith 2-14, Keith Rucker 1-8

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