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Football notes: week 7
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 10/10/2019
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Oct. 12 (Saturday)
*Samford at VMI (Nexstar/ESPN+), 1:30 p.m.
*Western Carolina at The Citadel (ESPN3), 2 p.m.

Schedule notes:

* Southern Conference game
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Nexstar affiliates for this week's Ingles SoCon Game of the Week
WYCW (Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville)
WCBD (Charleston)
WMUB (Macon)
WWCW (Roanoke)


• There are just two games on the Southern Conference slate this week, as five teams are on byes. Samford visits VMI and The Citadel hosts Western Carolina.

• All five home teams lost last weekend, with Furman, Chattanooga, VMI and Wofford picking up league wins on the road.

• The Keydets downed rival The Citadel on Oct. 5, 34-21, to snap a 12-game losing streak in the series and claim the Silver Shako. VMI’s win was its first over the Bulldogs in Charleston, South Carolina, since 1995. Quarterback Reece Udinski threw for 335 yards and three touchdowns, with receiver Jakob Herres on the receiving end for 175 yards and two scores. Alex Ramsey just missed his third 100-yard rushing game of the season, finishing with 97 yards and a TD.

• VMI’s Udinski has yet to throw an interception this season. With a 25-for-35 effort against The Citadel, Udinski surpassed the SoCon record for consecutive passes without an INT in a career, running his season totals to 155-for-252.

• The Citadel’s Brandon Rainey threw for a career-high 233 yards in the loss, with Raleigh Webb hauling in 10 catches for 110 yards. Webb notched The Citadel’s first back-to-back 100-yard receiving games since Andre Roberts had four-straight outings in 2008.

• Samford, which is 6-0 all-time against this week’s opponent, VMI, dropped a 58-14 decision to then-No. 14 Furman on Oct. 5 in a battle of first-place SoCon squads. The Bulldogs scored on their opening drive but Furman scored the next 35 points to take control of the game.

• Furman scored on its first nine possessions and amassed 647 yards of total offense, the third-best total in school history. The Paladins ran for 460 yards on the day, led by Devin Wynn’s 217-yard effort in less than three quarters of work. Kicker Grayson Atkins converted a 46-yard field goal to move his streak to a school-record 16 straight makes.

• Furman moved up three spots to No. 11 in both the AFCA FCS Coaches’ Top 25 and the STATS poll.

• Western Carolina suffered a walk-off defeat to Gardner-Webb on Oct. 5, as the Runnin’ Bulldogs kicked a 33-yard field goal as time expired for a 24-21 win. WCU quarterback Tyrie Adams threw for 138 yards and a score and ran for 98 yards and a TD in the losing effort. Linebacker Michael Murphy had 12 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception.

• Chattanooga moved to 2-0 in the league with its 34-17 win at Mercer on Oct. 5. The Mocs held the Bears to 29 rushing yards on the day and didn’t allow Mercer to score after the first quarter until a field goal in the fourth. UTC freshman Ailym Ford ran for 116 yards and a TD.

• In Wofford’s 35-17 win at ETSU, Terrier quarterback Joe Newman ran for a career-high 185 yards and four TDs, with all four of them coming in the first half. He is just the seventh player in SoCon history to rush for four or more touchdowns in a half.

• Former Samford quarterback and current Pittsburgh Steeler Devlin Hodges saw his first NFL regular-season action on Sunday, filling in for an injured Mason Rudolph and going 7-for-9 for 68 yards in a 26-23, overtime loss to Baltimore. Hodges was the Walter Payton Award winner last season.

• Former Citadel linebacker Noah Dawkins was signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' active roster from the Cincinnati Bengals' practice squad Wednesday.

Recent news:

Former Citadel LB Dawkins signed by Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10/9/19)
SoCon announces football players of the week presented by GEICO (10/7/19)
Saturday's football roundup (10/5/19)