Football notes: FCS playoffs second round
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 11/30/2017
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Wofford's Brandon Goodson
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Dec. 2 (Saturday)
Furman at Wofford (ESPN3), 2 p.m.


• The Southern Conference earned three bids to the NCAA Division I Football Championship, with league champion and automatic qualifier Wofford claiming the No. 7 national seed and a first-round bye. The SoCon put multiple teams in the field for the third straight season and the 30th time in the last 36 years.

• Furman and Samford earned at-large berths and first-round dates at Elon and Kennesaw State, respectively. Both of those contests represented rematches from early season games, with both losing teams from the regular season getting postseason wins. Furman eliminated Elon with a 28-27 road victory Saturday, while Kennesaw State avenged its season-opening loss to Samford with a 28-17 win to end the Bulldogs’ season.

• Furman’s Donovan Perryman blocked what would have been the game-tying extra point in the fourth quarter and the Paladins rolled up 408 yards of total offense in their win over Elon.

• Furman advanced to face Wofford in the second round this Saturday. The SoCon rivals opened the season against one another, with the Terriers escaping with a 24-23 win, intercepting a 2-point conversion attempt in the final minute of play to secure the win.

• Wofford, which earned a first-round bye for the first time since 2012, is in the FCS playoffs for the eighth time and second season in a row. The Terriers’ deepest run came in their first appearance, when they reached the semifinals in 2003.

• Furman’s playoff berth is its 17th, which is tops among current SoCon schools. The Paladins, who won the national championship in 1988, are in the postseason for the first time since 2013.

• Wofford and Furman have met 91 times, with the first meeting coming in 1889, but the sides have never faced off in the postseason.

• SoCon teams have met each other in the FCS playoffs on nine occasions, with the winner going on to play in the title game six of those times, including national championship wins by Furman in 1988, Marshall in 1996 and Appalachian State in 2005.

• Wofford, which was the preseason pick to win the SoCon for the first time ever, lived up to the billing, claiming its fifth league title. The Terriers finished the regular season 9-2 overall and 7-1 in the league.

• The Paladins, who were picked seventh in the preseason SoCon poll but entered the final day of the regular season with a chance to clinch a share of the league title, won seven straight after opening the season 0-3. Furman wrapped up the regular season with a 26-20 loss at No. 13 Samford.

• A win over Furman would give Wofford 10 wins in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history.

• A win over Wofford would give Furman nine wins on the season, its most since going 11-3 in 2005.

• Samford, making its fifth playoff appearance, saw QB Devlin Hodges go 39-for-66 for 396 yards and a touchdown and wide receiver Chris Shelling catch 12 passes for 186 yards and a score in its first-round loss at Kennesaw State.

• SoCon teams are 6-3 in the opening round of the playoffs since the current format was adopted in 2013.

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