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Troy celebrates homecoming against GSU

The Troy Trojans close out a three-game home stand Saturday afternoon when they take on Sun Belt Conference foe Georgia State at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

After winning back-to-back games to start the homestand, the Trojans (3-1, 1-0) look to remain undefeated in conference play with a win on homecoming.

Now we flip the page back to our conference schedule,” Troy head coach Chip Lindsey said. “Georgia State has already played two Sun Belt Conference games, losing both by just one score. But they’re a really good team. This game is important because we need to keep ourselves in a great position to win our division.” 

The Trojans look to avenge a 52-33 loss to the Panthers in Atlanta this season. The Panthers enter the contest 1-2 overall and are still looking for their first conference win, sitting at 0-2.

The Trojans knocked off Eastern Kentucky 31-29 in dramatic fashion last Saturday afternoon. Although they played well at times, Lindsey hopes to see good play more consistently this time around.

We played well in spurts in all three phases, but we need to play way more consistent this week because we’re playing a good team. Last season we had three or four games that came down to the last drive, and we weren’t able to win any of them, so it was good to see us do that this year.”

The Troy Trojan defense will be tasked with slowing down a rushing attack that is averaging 246 yards per game, good enough for third most in the conference and ninth most in the country.

“(Head coach) Sean Elliott does a great job. He’s an offensive lineman by trade and has done that this entire career. You can see that his teams match his personality and they play very physical up front and run the ball downhill. They throw the ball some too, but they hang their hat on running the ball. Last year they did a really good job of running downhill against us. We have to get that corrected and do a good job of matching their physicality and being where we’re supposed to be.”

The Trojan defense is third best in the conference at stopping the run.

The Trojan offense has scored 68 combined points in their last two games. On the season they are averaging 30 points per game and 418 yards off offense. The Panther defense is tied for last in the conference in allowing 40 points per game this season and ninth in yards allowed.

While watching film, It’s been the play of the safeties that has stuck out the most for Lindsey.

“On defense they’re very physical up front but I’m most impressed with their safeties who do a good job of getting involved with stopping the run and playing the ball in the air well. As a unit, they’re running to the ball and tackling well which is always what you want to see.”

Despite losing to the Panthers last season, the Trojans lead the all-time series 5-2. Before last year’s loss the Trojans won three straight against Georgia State.

Kickoff set for 3 p.m. and it can be seen on ESPNU.