GEORGIA STATE PANTHERS (1-1) at MEMPHIS TIGERS (1-1)
Friday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m. ET, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
TV: ESPN. Announcers are Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer and Olivia Dekker.
This is Georgia State’s first ever appearance on ESPN, although the Panthers have played numerous times on other ESPN networks.
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: First Meeting
GSU HEAD COACH SHAWN ELLIOTT
Record at GSU: 8-6 (2nd year) / Career: 9-11 (3rd year)
THE KICKOFF: Georgia State faces its second straight road test as the Panthers play at Memphis in a Friday night game that will be nationally televised on ESPN.
> The Panthers (1-1) fell 41-7 at NC State. QB Dan Ellington passed for 194 yards on 15 completions while rushing for 30 yards. True freshman Destin Coates gave the Panthers an early lead with an 8-yard touchdown run.
> Memphis (1-1) is coming off a 22-21 loss to Navy.
> Before the loss at NC State, Georgia State won five straight road contests and six straight games away from home in 2017, capped by the 2017 AutoNation Cure Bowl victory over Western Kentucky.
> The Panthers’ trip to Memphis is a homecoming for starting quarterback Dan Ellington, who is from Olive Branch, Miss., and Center Hill High School, which is about 20 miles from Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
> In his first game for the Panthers, Ellington led a 24-20 season-opening victory over Kennesaw State as he threw three touchdown passes, including the 8-yard game-winner to Diondre Champaigne with 41 seconds left. Ellington was 20-for-28 for 187 yards while rushing for 77 yards on 18 attempts.
> The game at Memphis is the second of four non-Saturday games for the Panthers this season. Georgia State’s season-opening 24-20 win over Kennesaw State was on Thursday, and GSU will play back-to-back Thursday night Sun Belt Conference games in October, at Troy on Oct. 4 and at Arkansas State Oct. 18, both on ESPNU.
> In its history, Georgia State is 6-7 in all non-Saturday games, including 2-3 on Fridays.
> Georgia State and Memphis are meeting for the first time. The teams were scheduled to play last season in Atlanta, but Memphis canceled the game to reschedule their contest with UCF. The Tigers will play at GSU in 2025.
> The Panthers’ only previous game against a current member of the American Athletic Conference was a 2011 loss at Houston, which was in Conference USA at the time.
> The Panthers feature one of the nation’s top receivers in junior Penny Hart, a Preseason All-American who led the Sun Belt Conference in 2017 with a school-record 74 receptions for 1,121 yards and eight touchdowns.
> Hart ranks first among all active FBS receivers in career receiving yards per game (82.1). He is second in receptions per game (5.55), second in receiving yards (2,380), fifth in receptions (161) and third in TD receptions (18), all in 29 games.
> Brandon Wright leads the nation with an average of 55.0 yards per punt, which helps Georgia State stand fourth nationally in net punting at 46.25.