GAME 3: GEORGIA STATE (2-0) vs. WESTERN MICHIGAN (1-1)

Saturday, Sept. 14 | 7 p.m. | Waldo Stadium | Kalamazoo, Mich.

 

TV: ESPN+. Announcers are Dan Gutowsky and Jerod Cherry.

 

RADIO: Georgia State Radio Network coverage will air on Newstalk 1380 WAOK-AM and WRAS-FM 88.5 (beginning at 7 p.m.). Dave Cohen is in his 37th 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.

 

2019 RECORDS:

Georgia State: 2-0, 0-0 Sun Belt

Western Michigan:  1-1, 0-0 MAC

 

SERIES: Western Michigan leads 1-0

 

LAST MEETING: WMU 34, GSU 15, Sept. 22, 2018 at GSU Stadium

 

GSU HEAD COACH SHAWN ELLIOTT

Record at GSU: 11-15 (3rd year) / Career Record: 12-20 (4th year)

 

THE KICKOFF:

Off to a 2-0 start for the first time in the program’s brief history, Georgia State travels to Western Michigan for a 7 p.m. game Saturday at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich.

 

> The Panthers followed up their season-opening win at Tennessee with a 48-42, come-from-behind victory over FCS No. 11 Furman in their home opener.

 

QUOTING HEAD COACH SHAWN ELLIOTT:

 

“After defeating Tennessee, we had to regroup and refocus to play a well-coached Furman team who came out and gave us everything we could want. We found ourselves down 20-3 early, and we really found out a lot about our football team. We faced adversity by getting down and to see us fight back take the lead and then finally have our defense make the stops at the end to secure the football game for us was huge.

 

“We have a lot of things to correct, but to do the things necessary to start 2-0 was very significant for our football team. We’re looking forward to continuing to grow.”

 

NOTING THE PANTHERS:

 

> Senior quarterback Dan Ellington tossed a school-record five touchdown passes to five different receivers and recorded career-highs with 362 yards passing and 448 yards of total offense to rally the Panthers from a 20-3 deficit in the second quarter, the largest comeback in school history.

 

> Georgia State enjoyed one of the most prolific offensive performances in school history against the Paladins with 48 points (second most in school history and most since 2010) and 566 yards of total offense (third-highest figure in GSU history).

   

> Beginning midway in the second quarter, the Panthers scored on seven straight possessions, including six straight touchdowns on drives covering an average of 77 yards.

 

> Ellington leads the Sun Belt and ranks seventh in FBS with seven touchdowns through two games. He also leads the Sun Belt in pass efficiency and total offense (324.0 yards per game).

> Georgia State and Western Michigan are meeting for the second straight year as the Panthers look to avenge last season’s 34-15 loss at Georgia State Stadium.

 

> Georgia State has topped 200 yards rushing in five of its last seven games, averaging 208.7 yards rushing per game in that stretch.

 

> Senior left tackle Hunter Atkinson ranks among the national leaders with 38 consecutive games started. Only one other Sun Belt Conference player (Troy FB Zacc Weldon), has more consecutive starts.

 

> Through two games, the Georgia State offense has put together seven touchdown drives of 75 yards or more. That includes a 16-play, 94 yard drive against Furman, and a 16-play, 81-yard drive in the win over Tennessee.