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Football notes: week six
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 10/04/2018
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Oct. 6 (Saturday)
*Western Carolina at Samford (ESPN3), 1:30 p.m.
*Wofford at Chattanooga (ESPN+), 3 p.m.
Gardner-Webb at ETSU (ESPN+), 3:30 p.m.

Schedule notes:
* Southern Conference game
ESPN3 and ESPN+ are available on Roku


NOTES:

Two league games highlight the Southern Conference's schedule for week six, as Samford hosts Western Carolina and Chattanooga hosts Wofford. ETSU steps out of conference to host Gardner-Webb, while The Citadel, Furman, Mercer and VMI are idle this week.

ETSU picked up its second win over a ranked FCS team since rebooting its program in 2015, downing No. 24/20 Chattanooga on Saturday, 17-14, to remain atop the SoCon standings. The Bucs jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter and hung on despite the Mocs' fourth-quarter rally. Redshirt freshman Quay Holmes scored both of the Bucs' touchdowns, hauling in a 54-yard scoring pass and rushing 4 yards for his second score.

ETSU, which did not field a team from 2004-14, is 3-0 in the SoCon for the first time since 1996. A near-record 9,277 fans packed William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium on Saturday, the second-most in facility history and the most since the inaugural game there last season.

After a big 45-14 win at Gardner-Webb on Saturday, Wofford remained sixth in the AFCA poll and seventh in the STATS FCS Top 25. Chattanooga dropped out of both polls after its loss to ETSU, but both teams received votes in both. Mercer, which downed VMI 48-38, continued to receive votes in the STATS poll.

Senior fullback Andre Stoddard ran for exactly 200 yards and two touchdowns in Wofford's win at Gardner-Webb on Saturday, becoming the first Terrier to rush for 200 yards since Eric Breitenstein did it three times in 2012. Wofford rolled up 490 yards on the ground against the Runnin' Bulldogs.

Chattanooga quarterback Nick Tiano has thrown for at least 200 yards in each of his games this season and is the only SoCon QB to do so.

Chattanooga wide receiver Bryce Nunnelly leads FCS with 721 receiving yards on the season, while Samford's Kelvin McKnight is third with 590.

Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges threw a 1-yard touchdown pass with 1:33 left in the Bulldogs' 24-10 loss to No. 4 Kennesaw State on Saturday to extend his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 18 games dating back to his sophomore season. Hodges' streak began in the final game of the 2016 and included all 12 games last season and the first five of this year. Only former Elon QB Scott Riddle (2007-10) has longer streaks in SoCon history, as he boasted streaks of 20 and 22 games in his career.

There have been 12 400-yard passing games in the FCS this season, and the SoCon has four of them, including the top two. VMI's Reece Udinski threw for 491 yards at Western Carolina on Sept. 22 and Samford's Devlin Hodges threw for 475 at FBS Florida State on Sept. 8. Udinski, the only player with two games on that list, threw for 434 against Mercer on Sept. 29, while Western Carolina's Tyrie Adams threw for 424 against Furman the same day. No other FCS league has more than two 400-yard passing games so far this season.

With 400-plus yards in back-to-back games, Udinski has set a league record for passing yards in consecutive games with 925, eclipsing the previous mark set by Elon's Scott Riddle in 2007 by 10 yards.

The Citadel's Lorenzo Ward ran for 180 yards and a touchdown on 35 carries, which is the most rushing attempts in the league this season and tied for second-most in the FCS in 2018.


SoCon Players of the Week(link):

Offense: Tyrie Adams, Western Carolina, R-Jr., QB
Defense: Nasir Player, ETSU, R-Jr., DL
Special teams: Dejuan Bell, Furman, Fr., WR/RS


General Shale SoCon Student-Athlete of the Week (link):

Tee Mitchell, Mercer, R-Sr., RB

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