Football notes - Week 11
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Release: 11/09/2017
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Nov. 11 (Saturday)
*Wofford at VMI (ESPN3), 1:30 p.m.
*Mercer at Western Carolina (ESPN3), 2 p.m.
*The Citadel at Furman (ESPN3), 2 p.m.
*ETSU at Samford (ESPN3), 3 p.m.


• Five SoCon teams will wrap up their league schedules this weekend. Wofford can clinch at least a share of its fifth SoCon title and the league’s automatic NCAA bid with a win over VMI. Furman also controls its destiny to claim a share of the title and could earn the AQ with a Wofford loss, while Western Carolina and Samford must win out and need Wofford to lose in order to earn shares of the title.

• Wofford downed Chattanooga 24-21 in double overtime on Saturday to reclaim sole possession of first place in the SoCon standings, moving half a game ahead of idle Furman. All seven of the Terriers’ league games this year have been decided by one possession.

• Wofford’s win was its 100th since joining the SoCon in 1997, and at 100-61 (.621) all-time in league play, the Terriers own the best conference winning percentage among current SoCon schools.

• On the strength of its 31-19 win at The Citadel, Western Carolina moved back into the FCS Coaches Poll at No. 25 this week and jumped two spots to No. 22 in the STATS FCS Top 25. Wofford is eighth in both polls, while Samford is 14th in the coaches’ poll and 16th in the STATS rankings. Idle Furman picked up 17 points in the coaches’ poll and now sits with 37, three spots outside the rankings. The Paladins, which entered the STATS poll last week for their first national ranking since 2014, rose two spots to No. 21 in that poll.

• Western Carolina quarterback Tyrie Adams, who departed in the first half of the loss to Furman on Oct. 28 with injury and did not return, started at The Citadel on Saturday and threw for 133 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another 50 yards.

• Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges threw for 367 yards and ran for 39 against Mercer on Saturday, and his 406 yards of total offense pushed his career total to 10,013 yards, making him just the fourth player in league history to surpass the 10,000-yard plateau. Hodges needs 661 passing yards to become just the third player in SoCon history with 10,000 in that category.

• Western Carolina running back Detrez Newsome needs just 67 rushing yards to become the first-ever Catamount with three 1,000-yard seasons.

• ETSU defensive end Nasir Player recorded his first collegiate interception Saturday against VMI, picking off a Keydet pass and returning it 4 yards for a score.

• VMI, which entered Saturday’s games as the least-penalized team in the FCS with just 2.89 infractions per contest, was flagged eight times at ETSU. The Keydets, who have not had a bye week yet this year, wrap up their season Saturday at No. 8 Wofford.

• The Citadel’s Cam Jackson blocked two punts in a 30-19 loss to No. 24 Western Carolina last Saturday and had 211 all-purpose yards, with 100 coming on special teams (74 on kickoff returns and 26 on punt returns).

• Since the start of the 2013 season, 67 of 154 (.435) league games have been decided by one possession, including 13 of 30 (.433) this season.

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