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Furman Looks To Rekindle SoCon Fire Saturday Against Western Carolina

Colin Anderson
Colin Anderson

Furman vs. Western Carolina Game Notes & Stats (PDF)

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- After stepping outside Southern Conference play for three straight games, Furman (1-3, 0-1 SoCon) will now strap it on for seven consecutive SoCon clashes beginning this Saturday at home against Western Carolina (1-3, 0-2 SoCon).  Kickoff for the Family Weekend contest is set for 1:30 p.m. at Paladin Stadium.

The game 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. Live stream video and 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

"Coach (Mark) Speir and his staff up there are a new bunch but certainly not to the Southern Conference," said Furman head coach Bruce Fowler on Tuesday.  "They are playing with a lot of enthusiasm and extremely hard.  What they are doing offensively and defensively is very multiple, and they are doing a great job with it.  It is going to present our team with a tremendous challenge."

Saturday's encounter will mark the 40th meeting on the gridiron between the Paladins and Catamounts in a series Furman leads 27-10-2 and has dominated of late, winning six straight and 13 of the last 14 clashes, including a 47-21 triumph last year in Cullowhee.  The Paladins have also won eight straight over the Catamounts in Greenville, among which was a 31-17 verdict in 2010.

Western Carolina registered its last win in the series, a 41-21 decision, in 2005 in Cullowhee.

Furman bounced off its 0-3 start and five-game losing skid by racing to a 24-0 lead en route to  a 31-21 road victory over Presbyterian last Saturday.

True freshman quarterback Reese Hannon, making only his second start, continued his solid play by passing for 217 yards against the Blue Hose.  The SoCon's passing efficiency leader, the Greer, S.C., product has thrown for over 200 yards in the last three games and has completed 58-of-90 passes for 707 yards and five touchdowns.

Paladin All-SoCon running back Jerodis Williams led all rushers against PC with a 23-carry, 136-yard performance and a touchdown, and sophomore running back Hank McCloud ran for 78 yards and three touchdowns in the victory.
 
Defensively Furman recorded four sacks, an interception, and a fumble recovery against PC.

Western Carolina dropped its second league decision of 2012 Saturday with a 25-21 home setback to Samford, letting an 11-point fourth quarter lead slip away.  The Catamounts kicked off SoCon play two weeks ago at Wofford with a 49-20 setback.