GAME 5: GEORGIA STATE (2-2, 0-1) vs. ARKANSAS STATE (3-2, 1-0)

Saturday, Oct. 5 | 3:30 p.m. | Georgia State Stadium

 

TV: ESPN+. Matt Stewart, Wayne Gandy and Jael Rucker.

 

RADIO: Georgia State Radio Network coverage will air on 92.9 The Game and WRAS-FM 88.5. 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: 2-2, 0-1 Sun Belt

Arkansas State: 3-2, 1-0 Sun Belt

 

SERIES: Arkansas State leads 5-0.

 

LAST MEETING: Arkansas State 51, GSU 35, Oct. 18, 2018 at Jonesboro, Ark.

 

GSU HEAD COACH SHAWN ELLIOTT

Record at GSU: 11-17 (3rd year) / Career Record: 12-22 (4th year)

 

THE KICKOFF:

> Playing at home for the first time in four weeks, Georgia State hosts Arkansas State for Homecoming Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Georgia State Stadium.

> After playing three of its first four games on the road, Georgia State now opens a stretch of three of four games at home.

> The Panthers opened 2019 with a 38-30 victory at Tennessee and then earned a a 48-42, come-from-behind victory over FCS No. 11 Furman in their home opener before dropping road games at Western Michigan and at Texas State in triple overtime.

> Senior quarterback Dan Ellington ranks second in the Sun Belt with 11 touchdown passes and second with 272.5 yards of total offense per game. He averages 211.5 yards passing and 61.0 yards rushing per game.

> Ellington’s top target is sophomore Cornelius McCoy with 21 receptions for 265 yards and three touchdowns.

> Junior inside linebacker Trajan Stephens-McQueen is the team’s leading tackler with 41. That ranks second in the Sun Belt.

> Georgia State is looking for its first win over Arkansas State, which leads the series 5-0, including a 51-35 victory last season in Jonesboro, Ark.

> Georgia State has topped 200 yards rushing in seven of its last nine games, averaging 208.9 yards rushing per game in that stretch.

> Senior running back Tra Barnett topped the 1,000-yard mark for career rushing yards last game at Texas State. Barnett now has 1,032 yards, good for sixth place in GSU history, while his nine career rushing touchdowns rank fourth.

> This season, Barnett leads the Panthers with 329 yards on 61 attempts (5.4 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. He is seventh in the Sun Belt with 82.2 yards per game.

> Junior tight end Aubry Payne has caught a touchdown pass in each of the first four games. Payne, the transfer from Western Carolina playing his first season at GSU, began with an 11-yard TD in the win at Tennessee. He added a 20-yard scoring catch vs. Furman, another 20-yard TD at Western Michigan. and a 5-yard TD at Texas State. He is the Panthers’ fourth-leading receiver with six catches for 67 yards.

> Senior punter Brandon Wright leads the Sun Belt at 46.1 yards per punt (No. 15 FBS), is 6-for-8 on field goals and 16-for-16 on PAT. His career punting average currently stands at 44.0, a school record and fifth among active FBS punters.