GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman Paladins return home this
Saturday to take on the Howard Bison in the final non-conference
football contest of the year for the Paladins. Kickoff is set for
The Howard game was added to the 2010 schedule after Presbyterian was dropped to allow the Blue Hose to play Wake Forest in September. Saturday's Furman-Howard contest, which will mark the first meeting in football between the two schools, is a single game arrangement with no return date for the Paladins.
Furman (2-2), which slipped out of this week's Sports Network FCS Top 25 poll, is coming off a 37-18 Southern Conference road loss to Wofford last Saturday. The Paladins yielded 400 rushing yards to the Terriers and were outgained 452-251 in the contest, which saw Furman manage only 47 rushing yards — the Paladins' lowest tally since gaining only 34 yards in a 24-7 loss to Virginia Tech in 2008.
Howard (1-4), meanwhile, snapped an 11-game losing skid last Saturday with a 28-14 victory over Lincoln (Pa.). The Bison opened the season with a 38-7 loss to Holy Cross and setbacks against Hampton (31-21), Florida A&M (50-7), and Morgan State (20-3).
Furman is paced offensively by senior wide receiver Adam Mims, who is coming off a 10-reception, 122-yard performance against Wofford that included a 39-yard touchdown catch — his third of the season. With every catch Mims extends his own Furman career receptions standard (currently 168), and he now ranks second all-time in receiving yards with 2,079 yards, trailing only Isaac West (2001-04, 2,338 yards).
Defensively, junior linebacker Kadarron Anderson leads the Paladins with 45 tackles, and cornerback Ryan Steed has 25 stops, six pass deflections, and two interceptions, both of which have come in the last two games.
Furman, which ranks 115th in FCS in rushing defense, giving up 271.2 yards per game on the ground, faces another opponent this Saturday that likes to traverse the field via the run. Howard is averaging 154.0 yards per game rushing and just 80.0 yards per contest through the air.
A number of Palmetto state products dot the Bison roster, including sophomore linebacker Keith Pough from Orangeburg. The Scotts Branch High School product leads Howard's defense with 33 tackles, including 14 for-loss, and five sacks.
The Furman-Howard game will be broadcast over Furman Sports
Network Greenville flagship station WOLT-FM 103.3 and also
available over Upstate affiliate WGOG-FM 96.3 and via stadium
transmitter FM 105.9. In addition, it will be presented online by
StretchAudio through www.furmanpaladins.com. Chuck Hussion, "The
Voice of the Furman Paladins," will call the play-by-play, and set
to deliver color commentary is former Paladin All-America center
Corey Stewart, with another former Paladin, David Cobb, handling
sideline reporting duties.
Livestats of Saturday's contest are free through www.furmanpaladins.com. Fans can also follow live updates through www.twitter.com/FurmanPaladins.