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Football notes - week eight
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 10/19/2017
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Furman's Jon Croft Hollingsworth
Courtesy: Furman Athletics

Oct. 21 (Saturday)
*Samford at Wofford (ESPN3), 1:30 p.m.
*Mercer at Furman (ESPN3), 1:30 p.m.
*Western Carolina at VMI (ESPN3),1:30 p.m.
*The Citadel at Chattanooga (ESPN3), 2 p.m.

Notes
• After opening the season 0-3 against a ranked Wofford team, an Elon team that is now in the top 15, and FBS NC State, which is now nationally ranked, Furman is rolling. Winners of four straight, the Paladins have outscored their last four opponents 184-76. Quarterback P.J. Blazejowski leads the FCS with 19.13 yards per completion and 11.10 yards per pass attempt.

• After opening the season 0-3 against a ranked Wofford team, an Elon team that is now in the top 15, and FBS NC State, which is now nationally ranked, Furman is rolling. Winners of four straight, the Paladins have outscored their last four opponents 184-76. Quarterback P.J. Blazejowski leads the FCS with 19.13 yards per completion and 11.10 yards per pass attempt.

• Eight of the nine SoCon teams have either received votes or been ranked in one or both of the two major national polls at some point this season. Wofford (No. 5 FCS Coaches Poll/No. 5 STATS FCS Top 25), Samford (14/16) and Western Carolina (21/19) are all currently ranked, while The Citadel and Chattanooga have also spent time in the polls this year. ETSU, Furman and Mercer have each received votes.

• The Citadel fell out of the national polls this week, snapping a string of 26 consecutive appearances in the FCS Coaches Poll, dating back to Nov. 2, 2015. Samford now has the longest active streak in the league at 16 consecutive appearances, dating back to Oct. 10, 2016. Wofford is next at 11 straight, debuting on Nov. 14, 2016, while Western Carolina has now been ranked in the FCS Coaches Poll for two straight weeks.

• Mercer and Furman will meet in Greenville, South Carolina, on Saturday, pitting Bears coach Bobby Lamb against Paladin coach Clay Hendrix for the first time in their careers as opposing head coaches. The pair shares an extensive history as high school and college teammates before coaching together at their alma mater, Furman, for several years.

• When Samford visits Wofford on Saturday, it will mark the fourth straight week that a SoCon game will feature a pair of ranked teams.
Sept. 30 #23 Samford d. #11 The Citadel, 35-14Oct. 7 #5 Wofford d. #22 Western Carolina, 35-28 (OT)Oct. 14 #5 Wofford d. #22 The Citadel, 20-16Oct. 21 #14 Samford at #5 Wofford

• At 6-0, Wofford is one of just seven remaining undefeated FCS teams this season.

• VMI's Allan Cratsenberg had a season-high 17 tackles in the Keydets' 42-10 loss at Furman on Saturday.

• Western Carolina running back Donnavan Spencer ran for 139 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 49-10 win over ETSU. The redshirt freshman matched school records for rushing touchdowns in a game and TDs in a half (three, second half).

• Mercer topped Chattanooga 30-10 Saturday for its third straight SoCon win, marking the Bears' first three-game conference winning streak since joining the league in 2014.

• After a rash of injuries at quarterback forced Chattanooga's Cole Copeland into the starting lineup, the rookie has responded with 523 yards through the air in his first two games, including 317 in his debut against Furman on Oct. 7, a school record for a true freshman.

• Samford defensive lineman Ahmad Gooden was added to the STATS FCS Buck Buchanan watch list on Wednesday. He joins Citadel defensive back Kailik Williams, who was placed on the watch list in the preseason.