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Furman Looks For First Win Saturday At PC

Reggie Thomas
Reggie Thomas

Furman vs. PC Game Notes & Stats (PDF)

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Off to the program's slowest start since 1979, the Furman Paladins will look to break through into the win column for the first time this season Saturday when they make the short drive down I-385 to Clinton to take on the Presbyterian Blue Hose.  Kickoff for CSS/ESPN3 televised game is set for noon at Bailey Memorial Stadium.

In addition to being televised, the contest will be broadcast over Furman Sports Network Greenville flagship station WOLT-FM 103.3, Upstate affiliate WGOG-FM 96.3, as well as stadium transmitter at FM 105.9. Audio will be presented online by StretchAudio through Furman All-Access at www.FurmanPaladins.com.  Live stats will also be provided through www.furmanpaladins.com and in-game twitter updates available at twitter.com/FurmanPaladins

Coming off a 41-7 loss to nationally 11th-ranked Clemson last Saturday, Furman (0-3) has dropped its last five games, including the final two outings of the 2011 campaign.  The Paladins opened the 2012 season with a 24-21 loss at Samford followed by a 47-45 triple overtime home setback to Coastal Carolina.  The last time Furman opened a season with three straight losses was 1979.  The Paladins went on to lose their next two that year before rallying to win five of their final six contests to finish 5-6 — one of only three losing seasons Furman has suffered in the last 33 years.

Saturday's game will mark the 54th meeting between the Paladins and Blue Hose but first in Clinton since 1975.  The last 16 clashes between the two old football foes have been in Greenville, and the Paladins, who own a 41-11-1 advantage in the all-time series, take a 13-game series winning streak into the contest.  Last year Furman thumped PC, 62-21, in Paladin Stadium behind quarterback Chris Forcier, who passed for 226 yards and a SoCon record seven touchdowns.

PC (1-2) opened the 2012 season with a 45-10 rout of Brevard but has absorbed back-to-back losses to both Georgia Teach (59-3) and Vanderbilt (58-0).

Furman is paced offensively by senior running back Jerodis Williams, who has rushed for 270 yards and two touchdowns in the Paladins' first three games.  His solid start has helped him climb to ninth on Furman's all-time rushing ledger with 2,197 yards and 20 touchdowns.  Last week against Clemson the Prattville, Ala., native ran 19 times for 87 yards.

The Paladins also received a solid performance against the Tigers from true freshman quarterback Reese Hannon, who completed 19-of-29 passes for 235 yards a touchdown in his first collegiate start.  Two weeks ago the Greer, S.C., product came off the bench against Coastal Carolina and proceeded to pass for 255 yards and four touchdowns — all in the second half and in overtime.  In a little over six quarters of collegiate action Hannon has completed 41-of-64 passes for 490 yards and five touchdowns.

In addition to senior All-America tight end Colin Anderson (8 rec., 114 yds.), Hannon will look to utilize a trio of productive wide receivers against PC, including senior Will King (15 rec., 200 yds., 2 TDs), junior Ryan Culbreath (15 rec., 200 yds., 2 TDs), and redshirt freshman Jordan Snellings (3 rec., 62 yds., 2 TDs).

Defensively the Paladins seek needed improvement in the secondary, which has seen the opposition complete 67.3 percent of its passes and average 274.0 yards per game so far this year.  True freshman cornerback Reggie Thomas of Abbeville, S.C., could assist in that effort after earning his first collegiate start against Clemson and recording four tackles, plus an interception.