It’s a crossover matchup in the Sun Belt when a pair of teams lock up in the Lone Star State. The Georgia State Panthers are on the road as they make the trip to face the Texas State Bobcats Saturday night. Georgia State was pasted 57-10 on the road by Western Michigan last Saturday in their previous contest. Texas State was dropped 47-17 on the road by SMU last Saturday in their last outing. The all-time series between the teams is tied at three victories apiece with Texas State taking a 40-31 road win in the last matchup on November 3, 2018.
Georgia State Panthers Look to Regroup in Conference Opener
Georgia State opened the season with back to back wins but they were obliterated on the road by Western Michigan. The Panthers were gouged on the ground as they gave up seven touchdowns on the ground, setting a school record for the Broncos. All told, Georgia State allowed 450 yards on the ground while allowing 10.2 yards per carry. The Panthers were outgained 694-336 in the contest, gave up 25 first downs while recording only 13, and lost the time of possession by a 32:30 to 27:30 margin in the contest. In addition, Georgia State turned the ball over three times while failing to record a takeaway in the game.
— GSU Football (@GeorgiaStateFB) September 17, 2019
The Panthers enter this contest 91st in the nation in passing offense (209 yards per game) and stand 38th in rushing with an average of 209 yards per contest. Georgia State is tied for 65th in the FBS in scoring offense with 32 points per game but stand a miserable 127th in scoring defense by allowing 43 points per game. Dan Ellington has completed 51 of 81 passes for 627 yards with eight touchdowns and one interception: he is second on the team with 191 rushing yards plus a score. Cornelious Brown is zero for five passing with an interception this year. Tra Barnett leads the ground game for the Panthers with 49 carries for 274 yards plus two scores while Seth Paige (29 carries, 120 yards, TD) is the next guy in line. Cornelius McCoy leads the team with 15 receptions for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Sam Pinckney (nine grabs, 97 yards, TD) and Terrance Dixon (nine catches, 82 yards, TD) are good targets for Ellington. Brandon Wright has hit all 12 extra points and four of four field goal tries with a long of 48 on the season.
Texas State Bobcats Seek First Win of 2019
Texas State was clobbered on the road by SMU last week in their last contest, leaving them 0-3 on the season. The Bobcats now try to pick up their first win of the year in their conference opener here. Texas State was down 13-3 at the half before getting outscored 21-7 in the third quarter to put them in a 34-10 hole: that sealed their fate. The Bobcats were trounced 639-241 in the total offense category: they allowed 23 first downs while recording 15 and were edged 30:54 to 29:06 in time of possession. Texas State did force three turnovers while committing only one but failed to capitalize on the Mustangs’ miscues.
— Texas State Football (@TXSTATEFOOTBALL) August 29, 2019
The Bobcats are 37th in the nation in passing offense with 276.7 yards per contest but they rank dead last (130th) in Division I in rushing offense with 24.7 yards per game. Texas State is a miserable 129th in scoring offense with 12.7 points per contest while they are tied for 120th in scoring defense by allowing 37 points per game. Gresch Jensen has completed 75 of 122 passes for 739 yards with three touchdowns and five interceptions this season. Tyler Vitt is 12 of 18 for 91 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions on the year. Caleb Twyford has run the ball 25 times for a team-high 84 yards plus a score: Anthony D. Taylor is next in line with 21 carries for 61 yards. Hutch White is the team’s leading receiver with 23 catches for 198 yards this season. Trevis Graham Jr. (11 receptions, 132 yards, TD) and Caleb Twyford (11 grabs, 80 yards, TD) are next in the pecking order. Joshua Rowland has hit all five extra-point attempts but is one of three on field goals with a long of 27 this season.
- Panthers are 3-1-2 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game
- Bobcats are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall
- Bobcats are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game
- Bobcats are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games on fieldturf