GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Idle a week ago after claiming a 31-17 road victory over Elon on Oct. 27, the Furman Paladins (3-6, 2-4 SoCon) return to action this Saturday when they travel to Boone, N.C., to take on the consensus FCS 12th-ranked Appalachian State Mountaineers (7-3, 5-2 SoCon) in a 3:30 p.m. clash at Kidd Brewer 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. Dan Scott, the "Voice of the Paladins" will deliver the play-by-play, David Cobb color commentary, and Robbie Ross sideline reports. 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, which halted a three-game slide by beating Elon, will look to erase an embarrassing eight-game skid to the Mountaineers in Boone, where the Paladins last won in 1996. Last year Furman knocked off then third-ranked Appalachian State, 20-10, in Greenville to snap a six-game series losing streak. Despite their recent struggles against ASU, Furman still holds a 22-17-3 lead in the series — the only winning series mark by any ASU league foe.
Appalachian State is coming off an impressive 31-28 road win over previously top-ranked Georgia Southern and with a victory over Furman can lay claim to a share of this year's league crown, the program's 12th, which will tie a standard currently held by the Paladins.
To spring the upset Furman will likely need a big game from senior workhorse running back Jerodis Williams, who ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns against Elon to top the 1,000-yard rushing mark for a second straight year. The SoCon's third leading rusher with 1,008 yards and 10 touchdowns, Williams has run for 2,935 yards in his career, leaving him just 65 yards shy of 3,000 — a plateau achieved by only five running backs in Furman history.
Set to complement a Williams-led ground game is true freshman quarterback Reese Hannon, who has passed for 1,656 yards and six touchdowns this fall. With senior flanker Will King (34 rec., 541 yds, 3 TDs) expected to miss Saturday's game due to injury, Hannon will look to junior split end Ryan Culbreath (28 rec., 342 yds, 2 TDs) and senior All-America tight end Colin Anderson (23 rec., 396 yds.) to keep the Mountaineers off balance.
Defensively, Furman will face another stern test through the air in Appalachian State junior quarterback Jamal Jackson, who ripped Georgia Southern for 383 yards and three touchdowns. The Paladins rank last in the SoCon in pass defense, having yielded 14 touchdown strikes and 233.8 yards per game through nine games.
Jackson's two prime targets this fall include 6-foot-5 freshman Sean Price (58 rec., 914 yds., 8 TDs) and junior Andrew Peacock (57 rec., 586 yds., 2 TDs).
The Mountaineers also boast their own 1,000-yard rusher in senior Steven Miller (1,197 yards in '12).
Looking to take some pressure off its secondary will be a Paladin defensive front that is coming off a seven-sack performance at Elon — the most by a Furman squad since 2001.
Furman will conclude the 2012 season on Nov. 17 when it entertains arch-rival The Citadel in a 1:30 p.m. EPSN3 contest.