The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers will be trying to get back on the winning track when they host the Georgia State Panthers at Brooks Stadium on Saturday evening.
Panthers on the prowlGeorgia State was picked to finish fifth in its own division of the Sun Belt Conference according to the Preseason Coaches Poll, but it looks like that may have been a conservative estimate. The Panthers are off to a 1-1 start in conference play with a win over Arkansas State and a loss only to Texas State in triple-overtime. They also upset SEC representative Tennessee early in the 2019 campaign prior to beating fellow well-respected mid-major program Furman. GSU most recently bounced back from setbacks against Texas State and Western Michigan by beating the Red Wolves 52-38 this past weekend. Senior quarterback Dan Ellington completed 29 of 41 passes for 382 yards and one touchdown without throwing an interception. He also kept it 19 times for 69 rushing yards and an additional score. As a team, the Panthers racked up a ridiculous 340 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 58 carries. Tra Barnett ran for 139 yards, while Destin Coates scored three times.
Another #SunBeltFB Player of the Week award for @Dan_CH14 after record-setting game:— GSU Football (@GeorgiaStateFB) October 7, 2019
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The Panthers' offense is averaging 36.4 points per game, which ranks third overall in the Sun Belt Conference. They are second in the SBC in total offense at 479.8 yards per contest. Ellington, who earned Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week honors on Monday, is 104-for-161 with 1,228 yards, 12 touchdowns, and two interceptions. He is also second on the team in rushing with 313 yards to go along with a pair of scores. Barnett has amassed 468 rushing yards and three TDs on 75 attempts. The receiver duo of Cornelius McCoy (29 catches, 372 yards, three TDs) and Sam Pinckney (25 catches, 312 yards, three TDs) provides for a well-rounded and dynamic offense.
Winning streak overThe Chanticleers had won three games in a row before falling at Appalachian State 56-37 on Oct. 28. That leaves at 3-2 overall on the season, with an opening defeat at the hands of Eastern Michigan followed by victories at the expense of Kansas, Norfolk State, and Massachusetts. Against the Mountaineers two weeks ago, Coastal Carolina found itself tied at 21-21 late in the first half before things got away from the visitors.
Despite the recent setback, things have trending upward of late for the Chanticleers' offense. After scoring just 12 points a road upset of Big 12 representative Kansas on Sept. 7 (the fewest points scored in a win in program history), Coastal Carolina has scored a combined 145 points over the last three games (48.3 ppg). On the other side of the ball, Coastal leads the conference this season in total defense, passing yards allowed, first downs allowed, and interceptions. It is second in scoring defense, third in rushing defense, and fourth in third-down conversion percentage allowed. Meanwhile, Coastal Carolina is playing at home for the first time since Sept. 14, when it took care of Norfolk State 46-7. The Chanticleers are 1-1 at home during the 2019 campaign and they sport a 69-28 all-time record (.711 winning percentage) at Brooks Stadium.
The Georgia State Panthers are:
- 2-0-2 ATS in their last four games after gaining more than 450 yards in their previous game
- 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 October games
The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are:
- 1-5 ATS in their last six home games
- 0-5 ATS in their last five games against the Sun Belt Conference
- 1-5 ATS in their last six games against teams with winning records