GEORGIA STATE PANTHERS (2-3, 1-0) at TROY TROJANS (4-1, 2-0)
Thursday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. ET, Veteran Memorial Stadium.
TV: ESPNU. Announcers are Dave LaMont and Ray Bentley. Georgia State is 2-3 on ESPNU.
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: Troy leads 4-1
LAST MEETING: Troy 34, GSU 10, 2017 at Georgia State Stadium
GSU HEAD COACH SHAWN ELLIOTT
Record at GSU: 9-8 (2nd year) / Career: 10-13 (3rd year)
THE KICKOFF: After opening Sun Belt Conference play with a record-setting 46-14 victory over ULM, Georgia State faces a quick turnaround with a nationally-televised game at Troy Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
QUOTING HEAD COACH SHAWN ELLIOTT
"We've got a tough Troy team this week, probably the best team in our league right now.
"Troy is a high-powered offense. They've got a mobile quarterback [Kaleb Barker] who can get on the edge and do some things with his legs as well. They've got a strong offensive line, their backs are really solid. It's hard to find a weakness with those guys. [Head coach] Neal Brown has a great offensive mind. They do a good job putting the ball on the perimeter and getting the ball in space."
NOTING THE PANTHERS
> This is the 100th game in Georgia State football history, which began with a 41-7 victory over Shorter on Sept. 2, 2010.
> Troy, coming off a 45-21 Sun Belt win over Coastal Carolina, gained notoriety earlier this season with their 24-19 victory at Nebraska.
> The Trojans lead the series, 4-1, including a 34-10 win last season in Atlanta. Georgia State’s only victory in the series was a 31-21 decision in 2015 at the Georgia Dome.
> In the win over ULM, the Panthers rushed for a school-record 308 yards, including 145 by freshman Seth Paige, while the GSU defense allowed just 262 yards, the third-fewest in school history, and forced four turnovers.
> Georgia State’s first-year starting quarterback Dan Ellington is fourth in the Sun Belt in total offense, averaging 232.6 yards per game while accounting for eight touchdowns. He is completing 65 percent with 952 yards passing and 211 net rushing yards, leading the team in both categories as well as scoring (24 points).
> Ellington set a school record vs. ULM by completing 83.3 percent of his passes (15-18).
> 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.
> Among all active FBS receivers, Hart ranks second in career receiving yards (2,548) and yards per game (79.6), third in receptions per game (5.53), fifth in receptions (177) and eighth in touchdown receptions (18).
> Also a dynamic weapon on special teams, Hart returned a punt 49 yards for a touchdown vs. ULM, the first punt return for touchdown in Georgia State history.
> Brandon Wright is second in the nation with an average of 52.3 yards per punt, which helps Georgia State stand second nationally (to Texas A&M) in net punting at 44.95.