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Football notes - week 10
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 11/02/2017
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Chattanooga's Victor Ulmo
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Nov. 4 (Saturday)
*Chattanooga at Wofford (ESPN3), 1:30 p.m.
*Western Carolina at The Citadel (ESPN3), 2 p.m.
*VMI at ETSU (ESPN3), 3 p.m.
*Samford at Mercer (ESPN3), 3 p.m.


• Furman and Chattanooga picked up big road wins over ranked opponents on Saturday, downing No. 20/18 Western Carolina and No. 8/9 Samford, respectively.

• For its efforts in the 28-6 win over Western Carolina, Furman moved into the STATS FCS Top 25 at No. 23, while the Catamounts dropped to No. 24 from 18 in the poll. After opening the season 0-3, the Paladins have won six straight contests for the first time since 2005. Furman is ranked for the first time since the 2014 campaign.

• Chattanooga got a game-winning field goal from freshman Victor Ulmo with 19 seconds left to down Samford in Birmingham, Alabama, 23-21.

• A pair of SoCon student-athletes appeared on the initial STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award watch list, announced Oct. 25. Furman linebacker Reynard Ellis and Mercer quarterback Kaelan Riley are both in the running for the national freshman of the year award.

• Wofford’s next league win will be its 100th since joining the SoCon in 1997. The Terriers are 99-61 (.619) all-time in league play, good for the best conference winning percentage among current SoCon schools.

• Since the start of the 2013 season, 66 of 150 (.440) league games have been decided by one possession, including 12 of 26 (.462) this season.

• Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges leads the FCS with 28.38 completions per game, while Furman signal-caller P.J. Blazejowski leads in yards per pass attempt (10.85) and is third in the division in pass efficiency at 179.7 and second in yards per completion at 17.72.

• Citadel safety Aron Spann III leads the SoCon with five interceptions and is second in FCS with 0.6 per game.

• VMI is the least-penalized team in FCS, as the Keydets commit just 2.89 infractions per contest.

• Mercer has one of the most efficient red-zone offenses in the FCS. The Bears rank second nationally in red-zone success, scoring 93.3 percent of the time.

• Samford’s Kelvin McKnight shares the FCS lead with 11 receiving touchdowns this season. He has recorded at least one TD in seven of his eight contests this year and had multiple scores in three of them.

• 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 second this season at 321.6 yards per game.

• Furman running back Antonio Wilcox and Wofford fullback Andre Stoddard are tied for second in the FCS with 10 rushing touchdowns apiece.