Samford's Kelvin McKnight caught 14 passes for 215 yards against Florida State
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Football notes: week three
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 09/13/2018
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Sept. 14 (Friday)
*ETSU at VMI (ESPN+) 2:30 p.m.
Western Carolina at Gardner-Webb (ESPN+), 6 p.m.

Sept. 15 (Saturday)
*Mercer at Samford (ESPN+), 3 p.m.

Wofford at Wyoming (Mountain West Network), 4 p.m.
Chattanooga at UT Martin (ESPN+), 4 p.m.
Colgate at Furman – canceled
Charleston Southern at The Citadel – postponed until Nov. 29 (contingent on neither team in FCS playoffs)

Schedule notes:
* Southern Conference game
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• Four games on the SoCon schedule have been affected by Hurricane Florence. ETSU at VMI and Western Carolina at Gardner-Webb have both been moved to Friday, while The Citadel’s game against Charleston Southern has been postponed until Nov. 29 and Furman’s game against Colgate has been canceled.

• As originally scheduled for Saturday, Samford hosts Mercer in league action, Wofford visits FBS Wyoming and Chattanooga heads to UT Martin looking for its first 3-0 start since opening the 2016 season 6-0.

• Chattanooga edged The Citadel 29-28 in overtime and defending league champion Wofford rolled past VMI 59-14 in league play on Sept. 8. Meanwhile, Samford flirted with stunning the football world, leading Florida State until late in the fourth quarter before the Seminoles rallied with 15 points in a span of 1 minute, 40 seconds to avoid the upset, 36-26.

• Two SoCon teams are nationally ranked this week. Wofford remained No. 7 in the AFCA FCS Coaches’ Top 25 and No. 8 in the STATS FCS Top 25, while Samford remained ninth in both polls. Furman dropped out of both polls but received votes, while Western Carolina is receiving votes in both polls and Chattanooga continued to earn votes in the STATS poll.

• Wofford piled up a school-record 671 yards of total offense in its win over VMI on Saturday, running for 450 yards and passing for 221. Nathan Walker led the ground attack with 92 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, while quarterback Joe Newman was 8-for-9 for 129 yards passing and threw two TDs in just one half of action.

• Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges threw for 475 yards at Florida State on Saturday, extending his league record to seven career games of 400-plus passing yards. He also moved into a tie for first in league history with his 23rd career game of at least 300 yards passing.

• Hodges’ favorite target against the Seminoles was wide receiver Kelvin McKnight, who caught a game-high 14 passes for 215 yards, both career highs, and two touchdowns. The 200-yard game was the first of his career and the two TD receptions moved McKnight into seventh in league history with 27 for his career.

• In addition to earning SoCon honors, Chattanooga wide receiver Bryce Nunnelly was named the STATS FCS National Offensive Player of the Week on Monday and was named the General Shale SoCon Student-Athlete of the Week on Wednesday.

• Mercer coach Bobby Lamb picked up his 100th career win Sept. 8, as the Bears downed Jacksonville 45-3. He is fourth in league history with 90 wins as a SoCon coach, as he was 10-2 in 2013, the year before the Bears entered the conference.

• Former Mercer linebacker Lee Bennett signed a two-year contract with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League on Sunday, making him the first Mercer football alumnus to sign a professional deal.

• Furman’s Grayson Atkins and Wofford’s Luke Carter have the eighth-best and 10th-best consecutive PAT conversion streaks in league history, respectively. Atkins has converted all 57 of his career attempts so far, while Carter his connected on all 54 of his since 2016.

• Citadel quarterback Jordan Black ran for two scores and threw for another in the Bulldogs’ loss to Chattanooga on Sept. 8.

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