GEORGIA STATE (4-2, 2-1) vs. ARMY (3-3)

 

Saturday, Oct. 19 | 7 p.m.  | Georgia State Stadium

 

TV: ESPN+. Announcers are Matt Stewart, Wayne Gandy and Jael Rucker.

 

RADIO: Georgia State Radio Network coverage will air on 92.9 The Game and WRAS-FM 88.5. Dave Cohen is in his 37th season as the play-by-play voice of Panther athletics. Harper LeBel joins him from the booth with Sam Crenshaw on the sideline. Free audio stream on GeorgiaStateSports.com and GSU mobile app.

 

2019 RECORDS:

Georgia State: 4-2, 2-1 Sun Belt

Army: 3-3

 

SERIES: First Meeting

 

GSU HEAD COACH SHAWN ELLIOTT

Record at GSU: 13-17 (3rd year) / Career Record: 14-22 (4th year)

 

THE KICKOFF:

> Coming off back-to-back wins with record-setting performances, Georgia State returns home to host Army Saturday at 7 p.m. at Georgia State Stadium.

> For the second straight week, the Panthers set a school record for rushing with 350 yards in their 31-21 win at Coastal Carolina.

> The Coastal Carolina win featured three 100-yard rushers for the first time in GSU history. QB Dan Ellington rushed for a career-best 128 yards, followed by Tra Barnett with 110 yards and two touchdowns and Seth Paige with 104 yards and one TD.

> One week earlier, GSU set school records with 722 yards of total offense, 340 yards rushing, 39 first downs and 39:19 time of possession in a 52-38 win over Arkansas State on Oct. 5.

> After rushing for a total of 690 yards in the last two games, GSU is No. 2 in the Sun Belt and No. 8 in FBS in rushing with 253.5 rushing yards per game.

> The Panthers are also No. 2 in the Sun Belt (No. 19 FBS) with 478.5 yards total offense per game.

> The rushing load is split between QB Dan Ellington (73.5 ypg, 2 TD) and a trio of backs: Tra Barnett (96.3 ypg, 5 TD), Seth Paige (58.4 ypg, 3 TD) and Destin Coates (36.8 ypg, 4 TD).

> A two-time Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week, Ellington is second in the Sun Belt with 298.5 yards of total offense per game while ranking third in the league in passing (225.0 ypg) and TD passes (12).

> Ellington, who topped the 1,000-yard mark for career rushing vs. Coastal Carolina, is the only player to rank among the Sun Belt Top 10 in both passing and rushing.

> Ellington’s top targets are sophomore Cornelius McCoy (33 receptions, 384 yards, 4 TD,) and redshirt freshman Sam Pinckney (28 receptions, 353 yards, 3 TD).

> Inside linebackers Trajan Stephens-McQueen (49 tackles) and Ed Curney (46 tackles) lead the defense. Curney has 5.5 TFL, including three sacks.

> The GSU defense had its best performance of the season against the Chanticleers, allowing a season-low 322 yards of total offense against a Coastal Carolina team that was averaging 443.8 yards per game The Panthers held Coastal to 105 yards rushing, less than half its season average of 226.8 ypg.

> The GSU defense has allowed a total of 220 yards rushing over the last two games.

 

THE MATCHUP WITH ARMY:

> Georgia State and Army are meeting for the first time.

> Army, coached by Jeff Monken, has dropped two straight games, including a 17-8 loss at Western Kentucky last Saturday.

> The game features a matchup of two of the nation’s top rushing teams. Georgia State ranks eighth in FBS with 253.5 yards per game, while the Black Knights are 10th with 250.7 yards per game.

> This is the first of three scheduled meetings between the two schools. Army will return to Atlanta for the 2021 season opener, and Georgia State will visit West Point Oct. 1, 2022.

> GSU cornerbacks coach Aairon Savage spent the 2017 season on the Army staff in a quality control role, helping the Black Knights to a 10-win season.

> Georgia State is 0-2 vs. service academies after falling to Air Force in 2014 (home) and 2016 (away).