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Football notes: week 13
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 11/21/2019
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Nov. 23 (Saturday)
Western Carolina at Alabama (ESPN/ESPN online), 12 p.m.
Samford at Auburn (SEC Network/SEC Network online), 12 p.m.
*Wofford at The Citadel (ESPN+), 12 p.m.
Point at Furman (ESPN+), 1 p.m.
*Chattanooga at VMI (Nexstar/ESPN3), 1 p.m.
ETSU at Vanderbilt (SEC Network Alt/SEC+), 3:30 p.m.
Mercer at North Carolina (RSN/ACCNE), 3:30 p.m.

Schedule notes:
* Southern Conference game
ESPN3 and ESPN+ are available on Roku

Nexstar affiliates for Ingles SoCon Game of the Week
WYCW (Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville)
WCBD (Charleston)
WMUB (Macon)
WWCW (Lynchburg/Roanoke)


Notes:

• With one more weekend of play left in the regular season, Wofford has clinched at least a share of the Southern Conference title and the league's automatic berth to the FCS playoffs. The title is Wofford's third straight and seventh overall.

• The Terriers can clinch the title outright with a win over The Citadel on Saturday. Chattanooga and Furman are still alive for shares of the title, however, as a Chattanooga win over VMI and a Wofford loss to The Citadel would create a three-way tie atop the standings for the second straight season. The Mocs are seeking their eighth title and first since 2015, while the Paladins, who finish the regular season with a nonconference game against Point University, are seeking their league-best 15th title and second straight.

• Wofford downed rival and league-leading Furman 24-7 on Nov. 16 in a battle of ranked squads with the SoCon title on the line. Senior halfback Blake Morgan led the Terriers on offense with 147 rushing yards and a touchdown, while quarterback Joe Newman ran for 40 yards and a pair of scores. Wofford's defense held Furman to just 265 yards of total offense, 175.7 below its season average entering the contest.

• Wofford jumped three spots to No. 17 in the AFCA FCS Coaches' Top 25 and seven positions to No. 14 in the STATS FCS poll, while Furman tumbled eight spots in both polls to Nos. 15 and 17, respectively.

• Chattanooga overcame a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to edge The Citadel on Nov. 16, getting an 11-yard TD run from Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks with 7:21 left and a 12-yard scoring run from quarterback Nick Tiano with just 28 seconds remaining to stun the Bulldogs, who had scored 24 consecutive points spanning the second and third quarters to overcome an early 12-2 deficit. The Mocs then outscored The Citadel 22-7 in the fourth to keep their SoCon title hopes alive.

• A week after rushing for a career-high 166 yards against Western Carolina, ETSU's Quay Holmes ran for a school-record 255 yards in a 38-33 win over Mercer on Nov. 16, breaking off runs of 64 and 74 yards in a 145-yard first quarter and surpassing the 1,000-yard mark for the season, becoming just the fifth player in school history to reach the milestone.

• Four SoCon players have surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark this season in Holmes (1,133), VMI's Alex Ramsey (1,260), Chattanooga's Ailym Ford (1,081) and Furman's Devin Wynn (1,038), giving the league four 1,000-yard rushers for the first time since 2016. Mercer's Tyray Devezin is just 51 yards from joining the club, while Wofford's Newman (845) and The Citadel's Brandon Rainey (825) are also within 200 yards. The league has not had five 1,000-yard rushers since seven players reached the mark in 2012.

• Samford quarterback Liam Welch ran for 105 yards and a TD and threw for 115 yards and another score to lead the Bulldogs to a 31-13 road win over Western Carolina on Nov. 16. The win assured Samford of its fourth straight season with at least a .500 league record, tying it with Wofford for the longest active streak.

• VMI quarterback Reece Udinski threw for 218 yards in the Keydets' 47-6 loss at Army West Point on Nov. 16, giving him 10 200-yard passing games this season to break the school record of nine set by Al Cobb in 2014.

• Four Power 5 opponents are on the slate this week, with ETSU at Vanderbilt, Mercer at North Carolina, Samford at Auburn and Western Carolina at Alabama.

• Wofford center Blake Jeresaty was named the General Shale SoCon Student-Athlete of the Week on Wednesday. Jeresaty, who helped pave the way for the Terriers to rush for 288 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Furman, is a double-major in economics and finance and currently holds a 3.92 grade point average.

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