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• Wofford and Furman won on Nov. 10 to keep their SoCon title hopes and chances for the SoCon’s automatic berth to the FCS playoffs alive, while league-leading ETSU, which has already claimed at least a share of the title, was idle.
• ETSU can claim the title outright and the league’s automatic berth with a win over Samford on Saturday.
• Wofford, which beat Western Carolina 38-23 to move to 6-2 in league play, can clinch the AQ with losses by Furman and ETSU on Saturday. The Terriers own the head-to-head tiebreaker over ETSU should the squads finish tied in league play.
• In the event of a three-way tie at 6-2, Furman, which downed VMI on Nov. 10, would claim the AQ if it allows 16 points or fewer in a win at Mercer. If the Paladins allow more than 16 points, regardless of the margin of victory, Wofford, which wraps its regular season by hosting Presbyterian on Saturday, would win the AQ by virtue of allowing the fewest points in SoCon play among the tied teams.
• Five league teams play nonconference opponents Saturday, and four of them are FBS schools. The Citadel has the most daunting task in No. 1 Alabama, while Chattanooga visits South Carolina, Western Carolina heads to North Carolina and VMI takes on Old Dominion. Wofford hosts Presbyterian.
• At 8-2 overall and 6-1 in SoCon play, ETSU, which claimed a share of its first-ever SoCon title, has notched its most league wins since going 7-1 in 1996 en route to its only FCS postseason berth.
• ETSU’s margin of victory in its six SoCon wins is just 2.7 points per game, as the Bucs have routinely found ways to win their close contests. ETSU has won four league games by three points and two by just two.
• Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges further made his mark on the SoCon and FCS record books in the Bulldogs’ 42-27 loss at The Citadel on Nov. 10. The senior threw for 404 yards and ran for 57 to become the SoCon’s career leader in total offense, pushing his total to 15,181 yards to pass Appalachian State’s Armanti Edwards, who had 14,753 yards from 2006-09. Hodges is now second in FCS history (Edwards is third) behind only Alcorn State’s Steve McNair, who amassed 16,823 from 1991-94. Already the SoCon record-holder in passing yardage, Hodges upped his career total to 14,180, now trailing only McNair, who posted 14,496, in FCS history. Hodges and McNair are the only FCS players to ever throw for 14,000 yards. With 111 career touchdown passes to his credit, Hodges is first in SoCon history and 12th in FCS annals.
• Furman got a career-high 112 rushing yards and three TDs from tailback Devin Wynn in the Paladins’ 49-13 win over VMI on Nov. 10. The 100-yard rushing game was the first for Furman this season.
• Chattanooga wide receiver Bryce Nunnelly had six catches for 91 yards in the Mocs’ 13-9 loss to Mercer on Nov. 10, moving into second in UTC history for single-season receiving yards with 1,096.
• Western Carolina QB Tyrie Adams ran for 167 yards and threw for 229 in the Catamounts’ 38-23 loss to Wofford on Nov. 10. The 167 yards on the ground were the most surrendered by the Terriers this season. Adams leads the SoCon with five 100-yard rushing games this season.
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• ETSU, which did not field a team from 2004-14, is seeking just its second-ever FCS playoff appearance and first since 1996 Furman is vying for its 18th appearance and second straight, while Wofford is seeking its ninth overall and third straight.
• Western Carolina quarterback Tyrie Adams leads the SoCon in rushing with 902 total yards and 90.2 per game. Adams has also thrown for 2,127 yards, putting him in range of becoming just the 10th player in FCS history to reach 1,000 rushing yards and 2,000 passing yards in the same season. Three of the nine who have done it before were SoCon players – Chattanooga’s Jacob Huesman in 2014, Appalachian State’s DeAndre Presley in 2010 and App State’s Armanti Edwards in 2006. Adams has posted five games this season of at least 100 yards passing and 100 yards rushing, and in four of those contests, he’s thrown for more than 200 yards.
• Samford wide receiver Kelvin McKnight leads the SoCon and is second in the FCS with 1,302 receiving yards this season. His 145 against The Citadel on Nov. 10 moved him into ninth in a single season in SoCon history. He has recorded five consecutive 100-yard games and reached the century mark in nine of his 10 games this year. He is third in SoCon career history with 3,993 career yards and is poised to become just the third player in league annals to reach 4,000.
• Chattanooga wide receiver Bryce Nunnelly is second in the SoCon and third in the FCS with at 1,096 yards this season. He is just the fourth Mocs wide receiver to record a 1,000-yard season.
• Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges has thrown for 2,240 yards over his last five games, a SoCon record for a five-game span. He has 20 touchdown passes in that stretch, an average of four per game.
• Hodges’ 32 TD passes this year are good for second in a season in SoCon history, trailing only his own record of 36 in 2016.
• There have been 52 400-yard passing games in SoCon history, and nine of them have happened this year. Hodges has five of them, while VMI’s Reece Udinski has three and Western Carolina’s Tyrie Adams has one.
• Hodges’ completion percentage this season is 70.0, which leads the FCS. His mark would be good for third in a season in SoCon history.
• Furman redshirt freshman bandit Adrian Hope recorded 2.0 sacks against VMI on Nov. 10 to up his season total to 12.5, which is tied for 10th in a single season in SoCon history and is the most by a freshman in school history. Both his total and his average of 1.39 sacks per game rank third in the FCS and first among freshmen.
• Five of the SoCon’s nine teams – ETSU, Furman, Samford, Chattanooga and Wofford – have appeared in the national rankings this season. Wofford is the lone league program to appear each week of the season. The Terriers have appeared in 29 consecutive polls, dating back to Nov. 14, 2016. ETSU has now appeared in six straight.
• With Western Carolina trailing by eight and driving in the final minutes, Wofford’s George Gbesee intercepted Tyrie Adams with just 1:02 to go in the Terriers’ 38-23 win on Nov. 10, sealing a win over the Catamounts with a pick for the second straight season. Last year, Gbesee intercepted Adams in the end zone in overtime.
• Chattanooga kicker Victor Ulmo was a career-best 3-for-3 in field goals in the second half of the Mocs’ 13-9 loss to Mercer on Nov. 10, hitting from 38, 28 and 19 yards. Western Carolina kicker Will Horton also hit a career-best three field goals, going 3-for-4 with makes from 43, 36 and 21 yards.
• There have been four successful field goal tries of 50 yards or more in the SoCon this season, and Furman sophomore Grayson Atkins has all of them.
Furman's Adrian Hope added to Jerry Rice Award watch list (link)
SoCon Players of the Week (link)
Offense: Brandon Rainey, The Citadel, QB
Defense: Aron Spann III, The Citadel, DB
Special teams: Stephen Houzah, Mercer, WR/RS