GEORGIA STATE PANTHERS (2-7, 1-4) at LOUISIANA (4-5, 2-3)
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2 p.m., Georgia State Stadium
TV: ESPN+. Announcers are Dan MacDonald and Gerald Broussard.
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: Louisiana leads 3-0.
LAST MEETING: Louisiana 23, Georgia State 21, Nov. 7, 2015 at the Georgia Dome.
GSU HEAD COACH SHAWN ELLIOTT
Record at GSU: 9-12 (2nd year) / Career: 10-17 (3rd year)
> Georgia State faces the first of consecutive road tests with a game at Louisiana Saturday at 5 p.m. ET at Cajun Field.
> The Panthers look to snap a four-game skid after falling 41-30 to Texas State. Louisiana is coming off a 26-16 loss to Troy.
> Georgia State and Louisiana are meeting for the first time since 2015. In fact, the Ragin’ Cajuns are the Sun Belt team that GSU has faced the least since joining the league in 2013. The teams have played only three times, and the Panthers will play at Louisiana for just the second time.
> Louisiana leads the series 3-0, but the last two games have been decided by a total of just five points. The Cajuns won 23-21 in 2015 at the Georgia Dome and 34-31 at Lafayette in 2014.
NOTING THE PANTHERS
> Junior receiver Penny Hart ranks fourth in Sun Belt history with 2,883 yards receiving and seventh with 197 receptions.
> With Hart at No. 4, Georgia State has two of the top four all-time receivers in Sun Belt history. Former Panther Robert Davis (2013-16) ranks No. 2 with 3,391 receiving yards.
> Quarterback Dan Ellington is third in the Sun Belt in passing (201.9 ypg) and total offense (254.2 ypg) while accounting for 14 touchdowns with just two interceptions. He is completing 60.5 percent with 1,817 yards passing and 471 net rushing yards, leading the team in both categories.
> Hart is GSU's leading receiver with 43 receptions for 502 yards and two touchdowns, along with 106.4 all-purpose yards per game.
> Among all active FBS receivers, Hart is second in career receiving yards per game (80.1), fourth in career receiving yards (2,883) and receptions per game (5.47) and seventh in receptions (197), all in just 36 games.
> Junior Tra Barnett followed his career-high 161 yards vs. Coastal Carolina with 85 yards and two touchdowns vs. Texas State. Over the last five games, Barnett has averaged 75.0 yards per game and 6.5 yards per carry while scoring seven touchdowns.
> Over the last two games, the Panthers have rushed for a total of 501 yards on 78 attempts (6.4 ypc), GSU’s best two-game stretch at the FBS level.
GSU is averaging 168.2 yards rushing per game, more than 50 yards per game better than last season and just ahead of the school record of 167.9, set in 2011 at the FCS level. The Panthers’ 18 rushing touchdowns are already a school record.
> Brandon Wright is third in the nation with an average of 48.4 yards per punt, which helps Georgia State stand fifth nationally in net punting at 42.47.
> Wright's career punting average of 43.3 ranks eighth among active FBS punters.