For its final road game of the season, Georgia State travels to West Alabama Saturday for a 7 p.m. ET game at Tiger Stadium in Livingston, Ala.
The Panthers (2-7) have played three straight overtime games, earning a 27-20 victory over South Alabama three weeks ago before suffering back-to-back heartbreaking losses to UTSA, 17-14, and St. Francis, 30-27.
West Alabama, an NCAA Division II program coached by Will Hall, was ranked No. 18 in the nation last week but fell at No. 1-ranked Delta State, 36-34. In that game, UWA trailed 36-7 early in the third quarter but rallied for 27 straight points before falling. The Tigers feature a strong running game that averages 227.2 yards per game on the ground.
The two teams have played one common opponent this season in South Alabama. Georgia State defeated South Alabama, 27-20 in two overtimes Oct. 29 at the Georgia Dome. In the opening week of the season, West Alabama fell to the Jaguars, 20-10, in Mobile, Ala.
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WILLIAMS REACHES MILLENIUM MARK
Georgia State has played 20 games in its history, and sophomore Danny Williams has caught at least one pass in each one of them.
On Saturday against St. Francis, the sophomore from Orlando, Fla., became the first Panther to reach 1,000 yards receiving in his career. He now has 79 receptions for 1,036 yards and seven touchdowns, all GSU career records.
Against Murray State (Oct. 8), Williams caught nine passes for 151 yards to set the Georgia State record for receiving yards in a game, which has since been surpassed by Albert Wilson. He hauled in a 43-yard touchdown pass and also had a 49-yard reception, and he earned honorable mention recognition for Wide Receiver Performer of the Week from the College Football Performance Awards.
Williams led GSU in receptions (54), receiving yards (649) and touchdown catches (5) during the inaugural season of 2010. This season, he has 25 catches for 387 yards and two scores.
He also owns the Panthers' single-game record for receptions (11 vs. Old Dominion in 2010). He has four of the six 100-yard games in GSU history.
MORE EXPLOSIVE PLAYS FOR WILSON
Over the last three games, sophomore wide receiver Albert Wilson has hooked up with quarterback Kelton Hill for four passes of 50 yards. or more.
After hauling in scoring passes of 78 yards and 64 yards against South Alabama, the sophomore from Port St. Lucie, Fla., added a 54-yard touchdown pass at UTSA. Those are the three longest scoring passes in GSU history. He then had a 50-yard catch against St. Francis.
On the season, Wilson has seven receptions of more than 45 yards, four of them for touchdowns, and he averages 23.0 yards per catch. He ranks seventh in the nation in punt returns (11.9), 12th in receiving yards per game (92.0) and 21st in all-purpose yards.
Wilson's receptions of 40+ yards:
48-yard TD vs. Clark Atlanta
50-yard reception vs. St. Francis
54-yard reception vs. Jacksonville State
53-yard reception vs. Jacksonville State
78-yard TD vs. South Alabama
64-yard TD vs. South Alabama
54-yard TD vs. UTSA
FRESHMAN HUBBARD MAKING PROGRESS
True freshman punter Matt Hubbard has steadily improved since taking over the punting duties. He now ranks 19th in the nation, averaging 41.7 yards per punt.
Against UTSA (Oct. 29), he averaged 47.0 yards on five punts, including a 64-yard punt that is the longest in Georgia State history. The Peachtree City, Ga., native earned honorable mention recognition as National Punter Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA).