GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Coming off a 24-17 road victory over arch-rival The Citadel in Charleston last Saturday and winners of two straight, Furman (2-2, 1-0 SoCon) returns home to Paladin Stadium on Saturday to take on Elon (1-4, 0-1 SoCon) in a 1:30 p.m. game that will highlight Parents' Weekend at Furman.
The contest will be televised by WatchESPN/ESPN3 with Darren Goldwater calling the play-by-play and Paul Maguire providing color analysis.
The radio broadcast will be presented by the Furman Sports Network featuring flagship station WGOG-FM 96.3 in Seneca and Greenville's FoxSports AM 1440. In addition, fans can access the game broadcast via stadium transmitter at FM 105.9 and audio stream through Stretch Internet at FurmanPaladins.com. Dan Scott, the "Voice of the Paladins," will call the play-by-play and be joined by Corey Stewart with color commentary.
Live stats will be provided through StatBroadcast at FurmanPaladins.com. Fans can click on the live stats link located in the schedule box on the home page or add the mobile-enabled web app for all live stats on their phone at paladinsmobile.com
The contest marks the 200th game in Paladin Stadium history and last Southern Conference clash between the two schools. Since the facility's opening in 1981, Furman has posted a 153-45-1 record (.771) within its confines over 32-plus seasons of play. Elon, which joined the league in 2003, is departing the SoCon following the 2013-14 school year to join the Colonial Athletic Association.
Furman holds an 11-5 advantage in its series with Elon and defeated the Phoenix last year in Elon, 31-17. The Paladins, however, have dropped the last two meetings in Greenville, including a 41-34 verdict two years ago. Overall Furman is 8-3 versus the Phoenix in Greenville.
In the 2012 clash between the Paladins and Phoenix, Jerodis Williams rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns and Furman's defense delivered a school record long fumble return along with seven sacks to power the Paladins to a 31-17 victory at Rhodes Stadium. Williams scored on runs of one and four yards in the first half to help Furman snap a four-game series slide. Furman's defense also contributed in a big way with a Marcus McMorris school record 95-yard fumble return for a touchdown and a seven-sack performance — the highest tally by a Paladin defensive unit since the 2001 season.
In last week's win at The Citadel, the Paladins bottled up the Bulldogs' high powered running game, limiting The Citadel to just 132 yards rushing on 37 carries en route to the victory. Freshman linebacker T.J. Warren, who on Monday was named SoCon Defensive Player of the Week, headlined the solid effort with a seven-tackle performance that included three tackles for loss and a sack.
Junior receiver Gary Robinson also played a key role in the triumph, catching eight passes for 133 yards — both new career highs.
Saturday's game will be preceded by Furman Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremonies for former All-American football standout and current Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl fullback Jerome Felton '07, men's tennis All-American James Cameron '03, women's tennis standout Mary Neil Hagood McKie '05, and ultra-successful women's tennis coach Debbie Southern.