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Football notes - week two
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 09/06/2017
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ETSU quarterback Austin Herink
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Sept. 7 (Thursday)
West Alabama at Samford (ESPN3), 7 p.m.

Sept. 9 (Saturday)
The Citadel at Presbyterian (Big South Network [not ESPN3/CFDS as previously reported]), 12 p.m.
Elon at Furman (ESPN3/WMYA My40), 1 p.m.

Catawba at VMI (ESPN3), 1:30 p.m.
*Wofford at Mercer (ESPN3), 4 p.m.
ETSU at James Madison (CSN+/MadiZone), 6 p.m.
Davidson at Western Carolina (ESPN3), 6 p.m.
Chattanooga at LSU (SEC Alternate), 7:30 p.m.

Notes:

• The Citadel's game against Presbyterian, originally scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m. in Charleston, South Carolina, has been moved to noon Saturday in Clinton, South Carolina, because of the threat of Hurricane Irma. 

• Tenth-ranked Wofford, which survived Furman’s upset bid in its opener, plays its second straight league game to open the season when it heads to Macon, Georgia, to take on Mercer on Saturday.

• Samford will play its second straight Thursday game to open the season when its hosts West Alabama this week. The Bulldogs downed Kennesaw State 28-23 on Aug. 31, with Kelvin McKnight (106) and Andrew Harris (100) both hitting the century mark in receiving yards against the Owls and linebacker Shaheed Salmon making 16 tackles.

• ETSU hits the road for the first time this season when it heads to No. 1 James Madison on Saturday. The Bucs opened William B. Greene Jr. Stadium with a 31-10 win over Limestone on Sept. 2, while the defending FCS national champion Dukes downed FBS East Carolina on the road, 34-14.

• The SoCon is the only conference in college football that will take on both the reigning FCS and FBS national champions this season. In addition to ETSU squaring off against JMU this weekend, The Citadel will face Clemson on Nov. 18.

• Four league teams are nationally ranked this week, with Wofford leading the way at No. 10 in both the FCS Coaches Poll and the STATS FCS Top 25. The Citadel (13/14), Chattanooga (14/13) and Samford (17/17) also appear in the top 20, while four other league schools – ETSU, Furman, Mercer and Western Carolina – received votes in the STATS poll.

• Austin Herink broke ETSU’s school record by completing his first 15 passes, including going 13-for-13 in the first half, against Limestone. Herink tied a career high with three passing touchdowns, which included a 43-yard strike to Andrew Heyward to open the first series and a 45-yard pass to Anthony Spagnoletti.

• VMI redshirt junior Bill Hogan punted 10 times for 459 yards in a 62-0 loss to FBS Air Force on Saturday, unleashing five punts of 50 yards or more.

• Mercer redshirt freshman quarterback Kaelan Riley accounted for five touchdowns, three passing and two rushing, in his collegiate debut, a 48-7 win over Jacksonville. He also completed 69.2 percent of his passes, which ranks as the fourth-best single-game percentage in program history. Riley led Mercer in rushing (54 yards) and passing (206) despite only playing three quarters of the 41-point victory.

• Western Carolina’s defense opened the 2017 season with a quarterback sack, dropping Hawai’i QB Dru Brown for a 14-yard loss. Two plays later, Marvin Tillman gave WCU its first takeaway of the year with an interception, the second career pick for Tillman.

• Furman’s Triston Luke capped a 63-yard drive with a 44-yard touchdown run down the right sideline with 46 seconds to play against Wofford to make the score 24-23, but Wofford’s Malik Rivera intercepted the ensuing 2-point conversion attempt to seal the win for the Terriers.

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