Keys to the Game: Georgia State vs. Texas State

Battle of the Big Cats in San Marvelous this weekend as Georgia State and Texas get it on. A few keys to Saturday festivities. 

Get the ball to the playmakers

Last weeks proved that Texas State has skill talent if only they can get their hands on the ball. Tyler Watts, Elijah King, and Jaylin Nelson each contributed to Texas State's best offensive afternoon since last year's Ohio game. Last week Everett Withers and Zak Kuhr found some new and exciting ways to get them involved. Let's continue that trend. 

Did Damian Williams Turn a Corner?

Thru seven games Damian Williams completed 52% of his passes for just over 900 yards. In his last two games, Williams is completing 68% of his passes for 590 yards. Those are reasons to be optimistic if you're a Bobcat fans. In conference overall, Williams numbers aren't bad either. He's completing 63% of his pass attempts with a QB rating of 130.02. If that's the Damian Williams, the Bobcats see on Saturday they've got a chance. 

They will come by air

Georgia State ranks fourth in the Sun Belt in passing yards, but dead freaking last in rushing yardage. The Panthers only must 106 yards a game rushing the ball. GSU quarterback Conner Manning is putting together a nice season, completing 64% of his passes for over 2,000 yards already. His top target, Penny Hart leads the Sun Belt and is among the leaders in the FBS in receiving yards per game. Last week New Mexico State torched Texas State's defensive backfield, and the Panthers are probably licking their chops that they can do the same. 

Notes and Numbers

Saturday is the fifth meeting between the Panthers and Bobcats. 

GSU and TXST are even at two wins a piece. 

Penny Hart, the Sun Belt’s leading receiver, ranks fifth in the nation in receiving yards (109.5 per game), sixth in receptions (7.6 per game) and 10th in touchdowns (8).

The Panther defense ranks in the top three in the Sun Belt in scoring defense, total defenseand rushing defense.

Texas State ranks second in the Sun Belt Conference and ninth nationally in fourth-down conversion defense.  

The Bobcats rank 27th nationally and second in the Sun Belt in rushing defense after holding opponents to 127.9 yards per game this season.  

Elijah King just missed tying a school record when he caught a career-high 11 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown against New Mexico State. Texas State’s record for most catches in a game is 12.