ATLANTA-The Georgia State football team will face its second Football Bowl Subdivision opponent next fall as the Panthers play at Houston, Director of Athletics Cheryl L. Levick and Head Football Coach Bill Curry announced.

The GSU-Houston contest is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Robertson Stadium, which seats 32,000. Kickoff time is to be determined.

"We are very pleased to announce a game with a quality FBS program like Houston," said Levick. "Attractive intersectional matchups like this raise the profile of Georgia State football and help us build our program."

The Panthers, who concluded the 2010 season with a trip to Alabama, posted a 6-5 record in their inaugural campaign. The team graduated only five seniors, including just one starter in placekicker Iain Vance.

Houston has been a member of Conference USA since 1996 after decades with the former Southwest Conference. Houston has been to 20 Bowl Games and has posted 10 wins in two of the past five seasons. The Cougars had a Heisman Trophy winner in current national broadcaster Andre Ware.

"This game presents another tremendous opportunity for our football team to test itself against a strong Houston program on their home field," said Curry. "Houston has an impressive coach in Kevin Sumlin and an outstanding quarterback in Case Keenum, who was injured this season but has been granted a sixth year of eligibility."

The remainder of Georgia State's 2011 schedule, which features six home games and four additional road games, will be finalized and announced in the coming weeks.

The Panthers will play as a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) independent next fall before beginning their Colonial Athletic Association schedule in 2012.

Season tickets for the 2011 season are on sale now, beginning at $72 per seat for six home games at the Georgia Dome. To purchase, call the Georgia State Ticket Office at 866-GA-STATE.

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