GEORGIA STATE vs. IDAHO
Saturday, Dec. 2, 2 p.m., Georgia State Stadium
Bowl eligible and winners of six of their last eight games, Georgia State concludes the regular season by hosting Idaho for Senior Day, Saturday at 2 p.m. at “Pete” Petit Field at Georgia State Stadium.
TV: ESPN3. Announcers are Jordan Bernfield and Wayne Gandy.
RADIO: Georgia State Radio Network, including Atlanta flagship 1340 AM/103.7 FM and WRAS 88.5 FM. Dave Cohen is in his 35th season as the play-by-play voice of Panther athletics. Brandon Leak and Harper LeBel join him from the booth with Sam Crenshaw on the sideline. Free audio stream on GeorgiaStateSports.com and GSU mobile app.
Georgia State: 6-4 Overall, 5-2 Sun Belt
Idaho: 3-8 Overall, 2-5 Sun Belt
Georgia State: Shawn Elliott
Record at GSU: 6-4 (1st year) / Career Record: 7-9 (2nd year)
Idaho: Paul Petrino
Record at UI: 18-41 (5th year) / Career Record: 18-41 (5th year)
> Under first-year head coach Shawn Elliott, the Panthers (6-4, 5-2 Sun Belt Conference) enter their regular-season finale one game out of first place in the league, trailing Arkansas State, Appalachian State and Troy, each at 6-1.
> Georgia State’s eight-year-old football program is bowl eligible for the second time in three seasons.
> Idaho (3-8, 2-5 Sun Belt) won the only previous meeting between the two schools, 37-12 in last season’s finale at Idaho. The Vandals are playing their final FBS and Sun Belt Conference game before moving next season to the FCS and the Big Sky Conference.
> Five of Georgia State’s six victories have come on the road.
> Sophomore receiver Penny Hart is the Sun Belt’s leading receiver with 70 catches for 1,022 yards and eight touchdowns. He is eighth in the nation in receptions (7.0) and receiving yards (102.2) per game.
> Senior quarterback Conner Manning is averaging 259.9 yards passing per game (third in the Sun Belt) with 13 touchdowns. He leads the league in completion percentage at 64 percent.
> Senior cornerback and Senior Bowl invitee Chandon Sullivan is one of 13 national finalists at all levels for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy®, presented by Fidelity Investments® for the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame. The trophy recognizes the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.
> Sullivan was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District® team for the third straight year. He is joined on this year’s team by junior offensive lineman Gabe Mobley and senior noseguard Julien Laurent. All three are now eligible for the CoSIDA Academic All-America® team.
SENIOR DAY: Twenty-two Georgia State Panthers will be honored in pregame ceremonies as the program celebrates its annual Senior Day.
> The senior class includes the first sixth-year senior in Georgia State history in Bryan Williams, who arrived at Georgia State way back in 2012, and five fifth-year seniors. Others arrived as freshmen in 2014, and more joined the program as transfers.
> As sophomores, many of them played key roles in leading the Panthers to their first bowl game, the 2015 AutoNation Cure Bowl, and now as seniors, they have led the program to bowl eligibility for the second time in three seasons. Along the way, they earned three straight victories over in-state rival Georgia Southern.
> With this class, Georgia State will graduate 11 starters and numerous key backups and special teams contributors.
> Statistically speaking, these players have combined for 5,283 yards passing, 2,289 yards rushing and 225 receptions for 2,435 yards while scoring 35 touchdowns. Their collective defensive totals include 960 tackles and 17 interceptions.