By Caleb-Ryan Davis
The Texas State Bobcats, instead of enjoying a week off for Thanksgiving, are preparing to defeat the Georgia State Panthers Saturday Nov. 29. This matchup comes just a week after Texas State became Bowl Eligible with their sixth win of the season in a Thursday night game against Arkansas State. The Bobcats, who are now eligible for one of three bowls available to Sun Belt Conference teams, look to finish the season at 7-5 in the Georgia Dome against a 1-10 Georgia State team.
For his performance against the Arkansas State Redwolves, Robert Lowe was named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player Of The Week and will attempt to continue that trend against the Panthers in a game where his name and number will likely be called on more times than not. Lowe racked up 236 yards and four touchdowns in what was the biggest contribution to the Bobcat offense in his career that led to a 45-27 victory over the Redwolves. Tyler Jones, the sophomore quarterback, flashed 192 yards and two touchdowns and completed 14 of 22 passes.
The Panthers will return home to the Georgia Dome after being defeated by Clemson 28-0 last week in South Carolina. The Panthers, while they haven’t won since the opening game of the season against Abilene Christian, have an offensive weapon in junior quarterback Nick Arbuckle. He leads the Sun Belt in passing yards per game with 266.1 and has 19 touchdowns this season, which is second to only Tyler Jones, who has 20 this year. The favorite target for Arbuckle is Illinois State junior transfer Donovan Harden, who leads the Panthers with 55 catches for 827 yards and seven touchdowns.
The Bobcats are a team that have been decent this year in passing defense, where they’ve held teams to 233 yards, and that looks to be a healthy continuation against the Panthers, who aren’t shy about admitting that their 272 yards per game passing is the best section of their offense. Georgia State this year is producing 90.5 yards of rushing per game and is giving up 300.1 yards of rushing per game.
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