The Georgia State Panthers are returning to the Georgia Dome, playing their first home game in over a month Saturday at 3:30 pm. It’s been a rough few weeks for the Panthers seeing as they lost all of their away games to Air Force, Wisconsin and Appalachian State making them 0-4. Will the Panthers turn their losing streak around? They beat Texas State last season 41-19 so maybe there’s a glimmer of hope. You can catch the game on ESPN3/Watch ESPN and on Georgia State Radio Network, including Atlanta flagship 1340 The Fan 3 as well as WRAS 88.5 FM.
Noting Georgia State
* With his second catch against Appalachian State, senior wide receiver Robert Davis became Georgia State’s career leader in receptions. Davis finished the game with five catches for 56 yards to raise his career total to 179 receptions as he surpassed the mark of 175 set by his former teammate and current Kansas City Chief Albert Wilson (2010-13). Davis ranks second to Wilson (175-3,190-23) in career receiving yards (2,712) and touchdown receptions (13).
* Georgia State had its four-game Sun Belt winning streak snapped with a 17-3 loss at preseason favorite Appalachian State. The Panthers ended last season with wins over Texas State (41-19), South Alabama (24-10), Troy (31-21) and Georgia Southern (34-7) to earn bowl eligibility.
* Texas State, under first-year head coach Everett Withers, is coming off a 48-17 victory over Incarnate Word.
* Georgia State won last year’s meeting 41-19 at Texas State, the first of four straight victories for the Panthers. Nick Arbuckle passed for a school-record 471 yards and four touchdowns as GSU rolled up a school-best 643 yards of total offense. Penny Hart had six catches for 113 yards, while Robert Davis caught five passes for 177 yards. Texas State won the first two meetings to lead the series 2-1.
* Davis is the top active receiver in the Sun Belt. He ranks eighth among all active FBS players in career receiving yards and 13th in receptions.
* Davis has caught at least one pass in every Georgia State game the last four seasons (41 straight), which is tied for the FBS active lead.
* Over the last two games, Georgia State’s defense has held No. 9-ranked Wisconsin and preseason Sun Belt favorite Appalachian State to an average of 20 points. The Panthers held the Badgers to 23 points and App State to 17, including a combined six points in the first half of both games.
* Senior linebacker Alonzo McGee combined for 22 tackles in those two games. He leads the team with 40 tackles.
* Junior running back/receiver Glenn Smith ranks fourth in the Sun Belt with 118.5 all-purpose yards per game. He is averaging 31.9 yards per kickoff return.