GEORGIA STATE PANTHERS (2-6, 1-3) vs. TEXAS STATE BOBCATS (2-6, 0-4)
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2 p.m., Georgia State Stadium
TV: ESPN+. Announcers are Matt Stewart and Wayne Gandy
RADIO: The new home for Georgia State football is Atlanta’s 92.9 THE GAME (WZGC-FM). Dave Cohen is in his 36th season as the play-by-play voice of Panther athletics. Harper LeBel joins him from the booth with Sam Crenshaw on the sideline. Football games also air on Georgia State station WRAS-FM 88.5.
Free audio stream on GeorgiaStateSports.com and GSU mobile app.
SERIES: Georgia State leads 3-2
LAST MEETING: GSU 33, Texas State 30, Nov. 11, 2017 at San Marcos, Texas
GSU HEAD COACH SHAWN ELLIOTT
Record at GSU: 9-11 (2nd year) / Career: 10-16 (3rd year)
NOTING THE PANTHERS
> Playing its second straight home game, Georgia State (2-6, 1-3 Sun Belt) hosts Texas State Saturday at 2 p.m. at Georgia State Stadium.
> The Panthers look to snap a three-game skid after falling 37-34 to Coastal Carolina, a game in which GSU rallied from a 17-0 deficit before the Chanticleers kicked the winning field goal with three minutes left.
> Georgia State put up 511 yards of offense on just 59 plays (8.5 yards per play) against Coastal. The Panthers rushed for 280 yards, the third-highest total in school history while averaging 8.0 yards per rush, despite starting three redshirt freshmen on the offensive line at center, right guard and right tackle.
> Texas State (2-6, 0-4 Sun Belt) is coming off a 27-20 win over former Sun Belt member New Mexico State.
> Georgia State has won three in a row over the Bobcats, including a 33-30 victory last season at San Marcos. GSU began the streak with a 41-19 road win in 2015, then won 41-21 in 2016 at the Georgia Dome.
> In their three-game winning streak against Texas State, the Panthers have recorded three of the top seven offensive outputs in school history with a then-school record 643 yards of total offense in 2015, followed by 536 yards in 2016 and 530 yards last season.
> Georgia State’s first-year starting quarterback Dan Ellington is third in the Sun Belt in passing (213.1 ypg) and total offense (260.9 ypg) while accounting for 14 touchdowns with just two interceptions. He is completing 61.6 percent with 1,705 yards passing and 382 net rushing yards, leading the team in both categories.
> Junior Penny Hart, a Preseason All-American, is GSU’s leading receiver with 40 receptions for 571 yards and two touchdowns, along with 105.1 all-purpose yards per game. In 2017, Hart led the Sun Belt Conference in 2017 with a school-record 74 receptions for 1,121 yards and eight touchdowns.
> Among all active FBS receivers, Hart is first in career receiving yards per game (81.5), fourth in career receiving yards (2,852), fourth in receptions per game (5.51), fifth in receptions (193) and 10th in touchdown receptions (19), all in just 35 games.
> With 2,852 receiving yards, Hart has moved into fourth place in Sun Belt Conference history. Next up is No. 3 Jerrel Jernigan of Troy (3,127).
> Brandon Wright is third in the nation with an average of 48.9 yards per punt, which helps Georgia State stand fifth nationally in net punting at 42.38.
> Tra Barnett rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns on just 11 carries vs. Coastal Carolina, the second-highest single-game total in school history. The junior from Elberton, Ga., had a 75-yard touchdown run that is the third-longest run from scrimmage in GSU annals.
> Barnett has scored five touchdowns while rushing for 290 yards (6.9 ypc) over the last four games.
> Cornerback Chandon Sullivan, a senior on last year’s team, was elevated last week to the Philadelphia Eagles active roster, giving the Panthers five current NFL players. New Orleans Saints plackicker Wil Lutz, the Panthers’ career scoring leader, was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September. Another former Panther, WR Albert Wilson of the Miami Dolphins, was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 6.
ALLISON GEORGE | Assistant AD – Communications | Georgia State University
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