GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Turned back by Wofford, 20-17, last Saturday in Spartanburg, the Furman Paladins (2-4, 1-2 SoCon) return home this weekend to take on the Chattanooga Mocs (2-3, 1-1 SoCon) in Southern Conference football action at Paladin Stadium. Kickoff for the ESPN3 televised game is set for 1:30 p.m. at Paladin Stadium.
The game will also be broadcast over Furman Sports Network Greenville flagship station WOLT-FM 103.3, Upstate affiliate WGOG-FM 96.3, as well as stadium transmitter at FM 105.9. Live stream audio will be presented online by StretchAudio through Furman All-Access at www.FurmanPaladins.com. Live stats will also be provided through www.furmanpaladins.com and in-game twitter updates available at twitter.com/FurmanPaladins
Prior to the game football All-American Ingle Martin '06, golf All-American Brandi Jackson '03, and three-sport star Ted Yakin '55 will be inducted into the Furman University Athletics Hall of Fame along with honorary selection Dr. John Block '63, a former NCAA faculty representative and vice president for intercollegiate athletics, in ceremonies at the Melvin and Dollie Younts Conference Center on campus.
For Furman, Saturday's contest — as will be the case in the Paladins' remaining games — is a must-win scenario to maintain any hopes of making the FCS playoffs. Idle last week following a convincing 28-10 road win over The Citadel on Sept. 29, Chattanooga also has precious little room for error to maintain its own playoff aspirations.
In 2010 Chattanooga halted a nasty 15-game series losing streak to Furman and seven-game skid in Paladin Stadium with a come-from-behind 36-28 victory — the first for the Mocs in Greenville since 1994. Keyed by linebacker Mitch McGrath's national defensive player of the week, nine-tackle performance that featured four sacks, interception, fumble recovery, and forced fumble, the Paladins rebounded a year ago with a 14-7 win in Chattanooga, limiting the Mocs to 169 total yards. Furman holds a 27-14 edge in the all-time series.
After an 0-3 start, Furman rebounded with wins over Presbyterian (31-21) and Western Carolina (45-24) before falling to fifth-ranked Wofford last week in a hard-fought, physical contest. The Paladins led 14-7 at intermission and owned a 17-13 second half lead before a late third quarter tally by the Terriers proved to be the game winner. Jerodis Williams paced Furman by rushing for 121 yards and two touchdowns.
In his last appearance in Paladin Stadium, Williams (766 yds., 7 TDs in '12) ran for a career high 239 yards and two touchdowns against Western Carolina. In addition to his rushing exploits, Williams also recorded a 100-yard kickoff return — the sixth in school history — en route to 370 all-purpose yards against the Catamounts, the second highest single game tally in SoCon history.
Furman will attempt to keep Chattanooga off balance with a passing game executed by true freshman quarterback Reese Hannon (86x136, 1,107 yards, 6 TDs), who has thrown for over 200 yards in four of his five collegiate games. His favorite targets include senior wide receiver Will King (25 rec., 457 yds., 3 TDs) and All-America tight end Colin Anderson (19 rec., 321 yds.).
The Paladins are paced defensively by a pair of linebackers, senior Matt Solomon (50 tackles) and sophomore Gary Wilkins (49 tackles).