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Wofford's Nathan Walker
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Football notes: week 14
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 11/28/2018
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Nov. 29 (Thursday)
Charleston Southern at The Citadel (ESPN+) 6 p.m.
Dec. 1 (Saturday)
Wofford at Kennesaw State (ESPN3), 2 p.m.

Schedule notes:
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NOTES:

• The Citadel wraps up its season Thursday when it hosts rival Charleston Southern. The squads had been scheduled to play on Sept. 15 but the game was postponed due to Hurricane Florence.

• The contest is the first in a four-game series between the schools.

• The series is tied 5-5 but Charleston Southern has won the last four, including a win in the FCS playoffs in 2015.

• The Bulldogs last played at FBS No. 1 Alabama on Nov. 17, falling 50-17. Freshman running back Dante Smith ran for 130 yards and two touchdowns, joining Ezekiel Elliot, Darren McFadden and Todd Gurley as the only running backs to run for over 100 yards and two touchdowns against a Nick Saban Alabama squad.

• The Citadel was tied at 10 with Alabama at the half, marking the first time the Crimson Tide had allowed a team to score since Oct. 20 and the first time Alabama didn’t lead by at least 16 at the half this season.

• Southern Conference tri-champion and 2018 NCAA Division I Football Championship automatic qualifier Wofford won its first-round game against Elon on Nov. 24, 19-7. The Terriers advance to face No. 4 seed Kennesaw State on Saturday at 2 p.m.

• The Terriers improved to 9-3 on the year and are seeking their third straight 10-win season. Nathan Walker rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Phoenix, while kicker Luke Carter was 4-for-5 in field-goal attempts on the day.

• Wofford went 8-3 with a 6-2 SoCon mark during the regular season, winning a share of its sixth league championship and its second straight. The Terriers, making their third straight FCS playoff appearance and ninth overall, have been ranked in the top 15 nationally all season, peaking at No. 4. Wofford has won five of its last six games.

• In the last 11 years, Wofford has made the FCS playoffs seven times, reaching the quarterfinals five times.

• Big South Conference champion Kennesaw State is 10-1 on the year and riding a 10-game winning streak after opening the season with a 24-20 loss at FBS Georgia State. The Owls finished their regular season with a 60-52, five-overtime win over No. 6 Jacksonville State at SunTrust Park on Nov. 17. In that contest, quarterback Chandler Burks threw for 74 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 95 yards and three TDs.

• Ranked No. 2 in both the AFCA FCS Coaches’ Top 25 and the STATS FCS Top 25, the Owls earned the No. 4 national seed and a first-round bye in the FCS playoffs.

• SoCon teams are 3-2 (.600) against Big South Conference teams in the FCS playoffs. Kennesaw State topped Samford in the postseason in 2017.

• Wofford was joined in the NCAA field by fellow SoCon tri-champion ETSU, which earned an at-large selection. The Bucs, making just their second-ever appearance in the FCS playoffs, led 20-10 at the half but fell 34-27 at Jacksonville State on Nov. 24.

• The SoCon put multiple teams in the field for the fourth straight season and the 31st time in the last 37 seasons. The league has gone 109-74 (.596) all-time in the FCS playoffs, winning eight national titles.


DID YOU KNOW?

• 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 30 consecutive polls, dating back to Nov. 14, 2016. ETSU has now appeared in seven straight.

• The Citadel’s special teams have been just that, ranking ninth in the FCS with six blocked kicks this season and third in blocked punts with four. The Bulldogs are one of just 11 teams to not allow a blocked kick or punt this year.

• Wofford and Kennesaw State have had three common opponents this season in Gardner-Webb, Presbyterian and Samford. Both squads beat Presbyterian and Gardner-Webb, while KSU beat Samford, which topped the Terriers.

• The Southern Conference has faced Elon in the postseason in each of the last two years. In addition to Wofford topping its old conference foe this year, Furman downed the Phoenix 28-27 in the first round of the 2017 playoffs.

• Finalists for the STATS FCS legacy awards were announced Nov. 19, and the SoCon had nine. Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges and wide receiver Kelvin McKnight and Western Carolina quarterback Tyrie Adams were among the 25 finalists for the Walter Payton Award, which honors the FCS Offensive Player of the Year. ETSU defensive lineman Nasir Player, Samford defensive end Ahmad Gooden and Chattanooga defensive lineman Isaiah Mack were among the 25 finalists for the Buck Buchanan Award, which honors to the FCS Defensive Player of the Year. ETSU running back Quay Holmes and Furman bandit Adrian Hope were among the 20 finalists for the Jerry Rice Award, which recognizes the FCS Freshman Player of the Year. Finally, ETSU head coach Randy Sanders was among the 15 finalists for the Eddie Robinson Award, which honors the FCS Coach of the Year.

• In his final career game, Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges threw for 404 yards in a 38-27 upset of No. 17/19 ETSU, passing Alcorn State great Steve McNair to become the FCS career leader in passing yards with 14,584. He also finished his career with FCS records for pass completions (1,310) and attempts (1,896) and second behind McNair in total offense with 15,601 yards.

• Hodges broke his own SoCon records for single-season total offense and passing yards, finishing with 4,596 and 4,283, respectively.

• Western Carolina quarterback Tyrie Adams leads the SoCon in rushing this season with 1,006 yards and 91.5 per game. Needing just 12 to reach 1,000 for the season, Adams ran for 18 on the final play of the game in the Catamounts’ loss at FBS North Carolina on Nov. 17, becoming just the 10th FCS player to ever throw for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in the same season. Three of the other nine players were also SoCon student-athletes (list on page 10).

• Wofford running back Andre Stoddard needs 88 yards to reach 1,000 for the season, which would make him just the second Terrier to reach the milestone since Eric Breitenstein ran for a school-record 2,035 in 2012. Lorenzo Long totaled 1,424 rushing yards in 2016.

• Wofford placekicker Luke Carter is perfect on point-after tries in his career, including a 47-for-47 mark this season. He currently has the fifth-best streak of consecutive makes in SoCon history, as he has converted all 89 of his collegiate attempts. The Terriers’ do-it-all kicker also earned second-team all-conference honors at punter this season, leading the league with a 44.9 average, a mark that would rank third in the FCS if he weren’t seven punts shy of the minimum to qualify.

• ETSU running back Quay Holmes rushed for 13 touchdowns this season, tied for the second-most in school history.

• ETSU defensive back Tyree Robinson notched his sixth interception of the season in the Bucs’ playoff loss at Jacksonville State. ETSU had just five as a team in 2017.

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