GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Stung by back-to-back home defeats, the Furman Paladins will attempt to turn matters around on the road this Saturday when they travel to Elon to face the Phoenix in a 3:00 p.m. contest at Rhodes 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 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
Furman (2-6, 1-4 SoCon), coming off a 38-17 loss to nationally third-ranked Georgia Southern last Saturday, hasn't won since downing Western Carolina, 45-24, on Sept. 29. The Paladins' current three-game losing streak includes setbacks to Wofford (20-17) and Chattanooga (31-10). The last time Furman dropped four consecutive games in a season was 1998.
Elon (3-4, 1-3 SoCon) has also had its struggles this year, having endured its own three-game losing skid before breaking through last Saturday with a 42-31 home triumph over Western Carolina.
Though Furman holds a 10-5 lead in the all-time series with Elon, the Phoenix are currently riding a four-game series winning streak over the Paladins — the longest active run of success against Furman by any league foe. Over the last four games Elon has combined to complete 107-of-150 passes (71.3%) for 1,124 yards and nine touchdowns, while throwing just two interceptions.
A year ago Elon claimed a 41-34, late season decision in Greenville to eliminate Furman from FCS playoff consideration. Quarterback Thomas Wilson keyed the Phoenix triumph by passing for 279 yards and four touchdowns, two of which went to All-American wide receiver Aaron Mellette. Wilson is back and has passed for 1,959 yards and 18 touchdowns this fall. His primary target is once again Mellette, whose 55 receptions and 13 touchdown catches top the SoCon.
Furman will counter with a ground attack headed up by senior All-SoCon running back Jerodis Williams (913 yards, 8 TDs), who is bidding to record his second consecutive 1,000-yard rushing campaign. Williams has also proven effective on special teams of late, as his 37.1 kickoff return average tops FCS.
The Paladins will likely need strong second half play to taste success this weekend. Before tallying a fourth quarter touchdown against Georgia Southern, Furman had gone scoreless in five consecutive fourth periods.