Scores

Final

W Kentucky 44

(5-4, 2-3 Sun Belt)

Georgia State 28

(0-9, 0-4 Sun Belt)

Coverage: GamePlan

1:00 PM ET, November 2, 2013

Georgia Dome, ATLANTA, GA

1 2 3 4 T
WKU 10 14 7 1344
GAST 7 0 14 728

Top Performers

Passing: R. Bell (GAST) - 325 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: K. Simpson (WKU) - 10 CAR, 25 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: R. Davis (GAST) - 4 REC, 84 YDS, 1 TD

Petrino returns to Atlanta with a 44-28 WKU win

Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Antonio Andrews rushed for 110 yards, Brandon Doughty had 206 yards passing and Keshawn Simpson ran for four touchdowns to help Western Kentucky and coach Bobby Petrino beat Georgia State 44-28 on Saturday.

Petrino made his first appearance at the Georgia Dome since abruptly resigning 13 games into his only season as Atlanta Falcons coach six years ago.

The announced crowd of 5,377 barely acknowledged Petrino in pre-game introductions. Over 69,000 fans were at his last game in Atlanta, a 34-14 Monday night loss to the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 10, 2007.

Petrino shocked the Falcons with his sudden departure for Arkansas the following day. He went 34-17 with the Razorbacks, but was fired in April 2012 after acknowledging an extramarital affair.

Western Kentucky (5-4, 2/3 Sun Belt Conference) snapped a two-game losing streak. Ronnie Bell had two touchdown passes for Georgia State (0-9, 0-4).

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WKU
GAST
1st Downs2518
Total Yards444410
Passing241325
Rushing20385
Penalties4-306-65
3rd Down Conversions7-136-15
4th Down Conversions2-21-3
Turnovers22
Possession33:3826:22

Passing Leaders

Western KentuckyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Doughty15/242068.611
Georgia StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bell26/413257.922

Rushing Leaders

Western KentuckyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Andrews221105.0014
Allen9616.8026
Georgia StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jean-Bart10535.3114
Evans11302.7112

Receiving Leaders

Western KentuckyRECYDSAVGTDLG
McNeal46215.5044
Taylor35719.0041
Georgia StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Davis48421.0167
Wilson77210.3023

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWKUGAST
TD08:48Keshawn Simpson 2 Yd Run (Garrett Schwettman Kick)
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70
FG02:17Garrett Schwettman 40 Yd
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100
TD01:33Robert Davis 67 Yd Pass From Ronnie Bell (Wil Lutz Kick)
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107
SECOND QUARTERWKUGAST
TD04:02Keshawn Simpson 1 Yd Run (Garrett Schwettman Kick)
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177
TD00:52Kadeem Jones 16 Yd Pass From Brandon Doughty (Garrett Schwettman Kick)
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247
THIRD QUARTERWKUGAST
TD07:40Keshawn Simpson 2 Yd Run (Garrett Schwettman Kick)
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317
TD04:37Travis Evans 2 Yd Run (Wil Lutz Kick)
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3114
TD00:54Jonathan Jean-Bart 11 Yd Run (Wil Lutz Kick)
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3121
FOURTH QUARTERWKUGAST
TD10:18Keshawn Simpson 3 Yd Run (Garrett Schwettman Kick)
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3821
TD03:40Tim Gorski 5 Yd Pass From Nelson Fishback (Pat Failed)
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4421
TD01:21Avery Sweeting 19 Yd Pass From Ronnie Bell (Wil Lutz Kick)
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4428