AUTONATION CURE BOWL: GEORGIA STATE vs. WESTERN KENTUCKY
Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, 2:30 p.m.
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla.
TV: CBS Sports Network. Announcers are Carter Blackburn, Aaron Taylor, Jenny Dell.
RADIO: Georgia State Radio Network, including Atlanta flagship 680 The Fan/93.7 FM and WRAS 88.5 FM. Dave Cohen is in his 35th season as the play-by-play voice of Panther athletics. Harper LeBel joins him from the booth with Sam Crenshaw on the sideline. Free audio stream on GeorgiaStateSports.com and GSU mobile app.
RECORDS: Georgia State: 6-5 Overall, 5-3 Sun Belt (4th) \ WKU: 6-6 Overall, 4-4 CUSA (T-3rd East)
SERIES: WKU leads 1-0
LAST MEETING: WKU 44, GSU 28 (Nov. 2, 2013, at the Georgia Dome)
BOWL RECORD: 0-1
LAST BOWL: 2015 AutoNation Cure Bowl (San Jose State 27, Georgia State 16)
HEAD COACH SHAWN ELLIOTT
Record at GSU: 6-5 (1st year) / Career Record: 7-10 (2nd year)
THE KICKOFF: Earning their second bowl berth in three years, Georgia State will face Western Kentucky in the AutoNation Cure Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2:30 p.m. at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.
> Under first-year head coach Shawn Elliott, the Panthers (6-5, 5-3 Sun Belt Conference) became bowl eligible with their Nov. 11 win at Texas State (despite losing a game to Hurricane Irma) and finished fourth in the Sun Belt.
> Georgia State’s eight-year-old football program is playing in its second bowl game in three seasons.
> The Panthers first bowl appearance was also in the AutoNation Cure Bowl as the Panthers fell 27-16 to San Jose State in the inaugural game in 2015. See page 6 for more details on that game.
> Five of Georgia State’s six victories this season have come on the road.
> Sophomore receiver Penny Hart is the Sun Belt’s leading receiver with a school-record 73 catches for 1,094 yards and eight touchdowns. He is eighth in the nation in receiving yards (99.5) per game and 12th in receptions per game (6.6).
> Senior quarterback Conner Manning is averaging 260.9 yards passing per game (third in the Sun Belt) with 13 touchdowns. He leads the league in completion percentage at 63.7 percent.
> Senior cornerback and Senior Bowl invitee Chandon Sullivan was 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.