GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman will look to close out the 2010 football season on a winning note Saturday when it entertains Southern Conference rival Georgia Southern at Paladin Stadium in a 2:00 p.m. game.
The Paladins (5-5, 3-4 SoCon), who had their playoff hopes dashed for good last Saturday in a 30-25 loss at Elon, need a victory against Georgia Southern (6-4, 4-3 SoCon) to secure the program's 12th consecutive winning season — the second longest run of season success among league schools. The last time Furman finished below .500 in a campaign was 1998.
Georgia Southern, meanwhile, is still in the hunt for a playoff bid — a candidacy that received a significant boost two weeks ago with a 21-14 overtime win over No. 1-ranked Appalachian State — and which likely now hinges on the outcome of Saturday's clash with Furman. The Eagles defeated Western Carolina, 28-6, last Saturday in Cullowhee, N.C.
Furman claimed a 30-22 win over Georgia Southern last year in Statesboro, and the Paladins have won three of the last four meetings with the Eagles. GSU still leads the all-time series, 13-8, but Furman has posted a 6-5 record versus Georgia Southern since 2000.
The two schools played for national championships in the series' first two meetings, with Georgia Southern claiming a 44-42 victory in the 1985 NCAA I-AA (now FCS) title game in Tacoma, Wash. Furman exacted revenge three years later with a 17-12 championship game triumph in Pocatello, Idaho.
Saturday's game will mark the final collegiate contest for 10 Paladin seniors, who will be honored in pre-game ceremonies.
The Furman-Georgia Southern 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.
Live streaming and live stats of the Furman-GSU contest can be accessed through www.furmanpaladins.com. Fans can also follow live updates through www.twitter.com/FurmanPaladins.