Furman To Face Arch-Rival Citadel In 2012 Season Finale
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman will attempt to close the 2012 football season of a high note Saturday when it entertains arch-rival The Citadel in a 1:30 p.m. clash at Paladin Stadium.
The game, which will be televised by ESPN3, will mark the 92nd renewal of the oldest active Southern Conference football rivalry and represent the first regular season ending battle between the Paladins (3-7, 2-5 SoCon) and Bulldogs (6-4, 4-3 SoCon) since 1992. Furman, which has won the last two and six straight over the Bulldogs in Paladin Stadium, owns a 57-31-3 advantage in the series that began in 1913 and has been contested annually since 1919, except for three seasons (1943-45) during World War II.
It will 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. Dan Scott, the "Voice of the Paladins" will deliver the play-by-play, David Cobb color commentary, and Robbie Ross sideline reports. 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.
Furman will honor its 20 senior players in pregame ceremonies.
The Paladins, who are coming off a 33-28 loss at 12th-ranked Appalachian State, have won only once at home this year, but are 12-3 all-time against the Bulldogs in Paladin Stadium.
The Citadel claimed a 24-21 decision over VMI last Saturday to secure a winning season. Among the Bulldogs' triumphs this year are impressive decisions over both Georgia Southern (23-21) and Appalachian State (52-28), who shared the SoCon regular season championship with Wofford.
Among the Paladin seniors set to play their final collegiate game is All-SoCon running back Jerodis Williams, who heads into Saturday's contest with 1,067 rushing yards on the season and just six yards shy of 3,000 — a plateau achieved by only five players in Furman history. In addition, Williams leads the Football Championship Subdivision in kickoff returns, averaging 38.9 yards per attempt — a figure he bolstered last week against Appalachian State with his second 100-yard kickoff return of the campaign.
All-America tight end Colin Anderson will also look to write one more chapter into the school record book, needing just 68 receiving yards to become Furman's all-time leading receiving tight end. He has 87 receptions for 1,498 yards and 11 touchdowns in his Paladin career.
Furman will be challenged defensively by a Citadel ground attack that is averaging 302.5 yards per game led by Darien Robinson (953 yards, 7.4 ypc).
Saturday's contest will also mark the end of the line for Furman's current press box, a 31-year old structure that will be torn down following the season and replaced by a new 44,000-square foot, four-story football operations complex complete with locker room, coaches' offices, meeting rooms, training room, and heritage hall to highlight the Paladins' rich championship tradition. In addition, the new facility will feature a club/presidential level and new press box. The target date for completion is late 2013.