Wil Lutz kicked a 26-yard field goal with 4 seconds left and Georgia State won for the first time as an FBS member, beating Abilene Christian 38-37 on Wednesday night.
Georgia State snapped a 16-game losing streak, dating to its time as an FCS program in 2012. The Panthers’ last victory came Oct. 13, 2012, at Rhode Island. The program started in 2010.
"We have a one-game winning streak," Georgia State coach Trent Miles said with a satisfied smile.
Nick Arbuckle directed the Panthers on a 72-yard drive in the final 2:45. He converted two fourth downs with passes and ran for 30 yards to put Georgia State in position to take the lead with a short kick.
Lutz lined it through and, after one last kickoff, the Panthers rushed the field to celebrate.
"Feels like practice," Lutz said. "Just another kick."
Arbuckle passed for 413 yards and four touchdowns. The junior college transfer came up a yard short of the school record. He also threw two interceptions.
Georgia State was called for 12 penalties and had also lost a fumble.
"Individually, we’re not perfect, but as a team we’re 1-0 and we are perfect right now," Arbuckle said.
Parker McKenzie threw for 403 yards and four scores for Abilene Christian, the Texas school in its second FCS season after moving up from Division II.
Demarcus Thompson caught nine passes for 156 yards for the Wildcats.