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Football notes - week three
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 09/14/2017
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Courtesy: Samford

Sept. 16 (Saturday)
Furman at NC State (ACC Network), 12:20 p.m.
*The Citadel at ETSU (ESPN3), 1 p.m.
VMI at Robert Morris (NEC Front Row), 3 p.m.
Mercer at Auburn (SEC Network Alternate), 4 p.m.
Western Carolina at Gardner-Webb (WMYA My40/BSN), 6 p.m.
UT Martin at Chattanooga (ESPN3), 6 p.m.
Samford at Georgia (SEC Network Alternate), 7:30 p.m.

Notes:

• Three FBS teams are on the slate for Southern Conference teams this week, as Samford visits No. 13 Georgia, Mercer takes on No. 15 Auburn and Furman faces NC State. The Paladins own an 8-4-4 lead in the series against the Wolfpack, winning the last two meetings, in 1984 and 1985.

• Wofford, which moved up one spot to No. 9 in the FCS Coaches Poll this week, is 2-0 in league play two weeks into the season, but it has not been without drama. After intercepting a 2-point conversion attempt in the final minute to withstand Furman 24-23 in their opener, the Terriers rallied past Mercer on Saturday, 28-27, erasing a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit.

• Two-time defending SoCon champion The Citadel opens its title defense Saturday when it faces ETSU in Johnson City, Tennessee. The 2015 and 2016 titles marked the first time the Bulldogs had won the SoCon in consecutive years.

• Samford receiver Kelvin McKnight surpassed 100 yards for the second straight game Sept. 7 against West Alabama, hauling in 13 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns.

• Chattanooga Joseph Parker caught six passes for 104 yards and had five kickoff returns for 109 yards to total 213 all-purpose yards in a loss to FBS No. 12 LSU on Saturday.

• Four league teams are nationally ranked this week, with Wofford leading the way at No. 9 in the FCS Coaches Poll and No. 11 in the STATS FCS Top 25. The Citadel (13/13), Chattanooga (15/15) and Samford (17/17) also appear in the top 20, while two other league schools – Mercer and Western Carolina – received votes in the STATS poll.

• A SoCon team has ranked either first or second nationally in rushing in 16 of the last 17 seasons. The Citadel led the FCS with 348.2 yards per game on the ground last year and is third this season at 374.0 yards per game.

• Both of the league’s conference games this season have been decided by one possession. Since the start of the 2013 season, 56 of 126 (.444) league games have been decided by one possession.

• ETSU linebacker River Boruff recorded a game-high 11 tackles against No. 1 James Madison on Saturday.

• Western Carolina rolled up 778 yards of total offense in its 63-17 win over Davidson on Saturday, its most since 1969.

• Wofford coach Mike Ayers, now in his 30th year at the helm for the Terriers, is 199-136-1 at the school and 210-157-2 for his 33-year career. Wofford is idle this weekend, so it will attempt to secure No. 200 for Ayers at the school on Sept. 23 against Gardner-Webb.