The Black Knights close out a two-game road trip with a matchup against the Georgia State Panthers on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET from Georgia State Stadium, previously Turner Field, the former home of the Atlanta Braves. Army is coming off a 17-8 setback to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. It marked the first time since 2017 that the Black Knights have suffered back-to-back losses (9/16 at Ohio State, 9/23 at Tulane). Saturday's contest will air live on ESPN Plus with Matt Stewart and Wayne Gandy on the call. The game can also be heard on the Army Sports Network through the TuneIn app or goarmywestpoint.com.
Army's defense has 12 takeaways (T-19th nationally) through its first six games this season, which includes eight fumble recoveries (T-5th). On top of the 12 takeaways, West Point is 17th nationally in passing defense (179.0), 32nd in scoring defense (20.7), 38th in first downs allowed (112) and 39th in total defense (340.2). Firstie linebacker Cole Christiansen, one of two captains on defense, is tied for eighth nationally in solo tackles (38), tied for 12th in total tackles (62), and is tied for 15th in forced fumbles (2). He recorded 13 tackles (7 solo) at Western Kentucky, matching his career-high, to go along with a half-sack. He now has career double-digit tackle games and three consecutive. Firstie defensive back Elijah Riley has had a hand in four takeaways this season (three forced fumbles and an interception). His three forced fumbles are fourth nationally. Read more.