Football notes - week five
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 09/28/2017
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Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges threw for 516 yards in last week's loss at Western Carolina
Courtesy: Samford

Sept. 30 (Saturday)
*ETSU at Furman (ESPN3), 1 p.m.

*The Citadel at Samford (ESPN3), 3 p.m.
*VMI at Mercer (ESPN3), 4 p.m.
*Western Carolina at Chattanooga (ESPN3), 6 p.m.
Wofford at Presbyterian (Big South Network), 7 p.m.


• Western Carolina earned its first win over a ranked FCS opponent since 2006 Saturday when it topped No. 17 Samford 38-34 in Cullowhee, North Carolina. The Catamount defense allowed 620 yards of total offense on the day but got the crucial stop it had to have with the game on the line, keeping the Bulldogs out of the end zone after they earned a first-and-goal at the Western Carolina 3-yard line with 20 seconds left.

• Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges had a big day in the losing effort, throwing for 516 yards and four touchdowns. The 516 passing yards were a school record and the third-most in a game in SoCon history. His top target on the day was Chris Shelling, whose 245 receiving yards were the 10th-most in a game in SoCon history.

• The Citadel, which was idle last week, earned its 500th program win Sept. 16, downing ETSU 31-25 in Johnson City, Tennessee.

• Wofford coach Mike Ayers picked up his 200th win at the helm for the Terriers on Saturday. Ayers, in his 30th year at Wofford, is 200-136-1 at the school and 211-157-2 for his 33-year career overall.

• Three league teams are nationally ranked this week, with Wofford leading the way at No. 7 in both the FCS Coaches Poll and the STATS FCS Top 25. The Citadel is No. 11 in the FCS Coaches Poll and No. 8 in the STATS poll after an idle week, while Samford slid to No. 23 in the coaches poll and 25th in the STATS rankings after dropping a road game at Western Carolina.

• Five of the six SoCon games thus far this season have been decided by one possession. Since the start of the 2013 season, 59 of 130 (.454) league games have been decided by one possession.

• Chattanooga and Furman both got in the win column with blowout victories Saturday. The Mocs snapped their three-game season-opening skid with a 63-7 win at VMI, while the Paladins stopped a three-game slide of their own with a 45-14 win at Colgate. The wins were the first for coaches Tom Arth (UTC) and Clay Hendrix (Furman) at their respective schools and the first of Hendrix’s career.

• Western Carolina running back Detrez Newsome leads FCS in all-purpose yards per game (216.50) and rushing yards (557) and is second in rushing touchdowns (seven).

• Furman quarterback P.J. Blazejowski leads the FCS with 10.72 yards per pass attempts, while Western Carolina quarterback Tyrie Adams is third nationally with 10.09 yards per attempt.

• On Saturday, several schools from the conference will be wearing special arm patches in honor of the AFCA’s Coach to Cure MD program. This is the 10th year coaches around the country join together to raise funds and awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Fans are encouraged to donate by texting “CURE” to 50555 or visiting

• 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 first again this season at 380.0 yards per game.