GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman Paladins head into week 10 of the 2010 regular season looking to build momentum and keep alive the program's NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoff chances.
Coming off a 31-17 home triumph over Western Carolina last Saturday, Furman (5-4, 3-3 SoCon) travels to Elon, N.C., this Saturday to take on the Elon Phoenix (4-5, 3-3 SoCon) in a 1:30 p.m. contest at Rhodes Stadium.
The Paladins and Phoenix are part of a three-way, fourth-place tie in the league standings with Georgia Southern, one game behind third place Chattanooga. Furman would have to win its final two games, including a Nov. 20 clash against Georgia Southern at Paladin Stadium, to finish the regular season 7-4 and qualify for playoff consideration.
Elon tripped up The Citadel, 27-16, last Saturday in Charleston for its second consecutive victory. The Phoenix, which last year made their first FCS playoff appearance, began the season ranked in the Top 10 in both Sports Network and FCS Coaches' Polls.
Though Furman leads the overall series 10-3, Elon has won the last two, including a 19-12 verdict last year in Greenville that was actually decided by a Phoenix 37-yard field goal, which gave Elon a 13-12 lead with two seconds remaining. Furman fumbled the ensuing kickoff into the end zone, which the Phoenix recovered with no time remaining to account for the game's final score differential.
Two years ago the Phoenix notched a 31-10 victory over the Paladins in Elon.
Furman's 31-17 triumph over Western Carolina last Saturday featured solid play by sophomore quarterback Dakota Derrick, who passed for 122 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 71 yards in his first collegiate start. Derrick's move into the starting signal caller role marks the third starting quarterback the Paladins have utilized in 2010, including Chris Forcier junior and senior Cody Worley.
Saturday could be a noteworthy day for Paladin senior Adam Mims, who needs just 17 yards in receptions against Elon to become Furman's all-time receiving yards leader. The 5-foot-8, Birmingham, Ala., product has 191 career receptions for 2,322 yards, just 16 yards shy of the current standard of 2,338 yards held by Isaac West (2001-04). Mims' 191 career catches is already a Paladin record.
The Furman-Elon 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.
Livestats of Saturday's contest are free through www.furmanpaladins.com. Fans can also follow live updates through www.twitter.com/FurmanPaladins.