GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman and The Citadel are set to renew the Southern Conference's oldest football rivalry this Saturday when the two old foes square off in Charleston. Kickoff for the 93rd meeting between the Paladins and Bulldogs is 6:00 p.m. at Johnson Hagood Stadium.
Furman owns a commanding 57-32-3 advantage in the series that began in 1913 and later became a SoCon rivalry in 1936 when the two schools joined the league.
The Paladins (1-2, 0-0 SoCon) were idle last Saturday after claiming their first win of the season on Sept. 14 with a 21-20 verdict over Presbyterian in Greenville. The Bulldogs (1-3, 1-1 SoCon) dropped a 59-58 decision at Old Dominion last Saturday after evening their SoCon record with a 28-21 road win at Western Carolina on Sept. 14.
The Furman-Citadel game will be radio broadcast over the Furman Sports Network and flagship station WGOG-FM 96.3 in Seneca, and will also carried by Greenville's FoxSports AM 1440 and via stadium transmitter at FM 105.9. In addition, it will be audio streamed through Stretch Internet at FurmanPaladins.com. Dan Scott, the "Voice of the Paladins," will call the play-by-play and be joined by Corey Stewart with color commentary.
Live stats will be presented through FurmanPaladins.com, and fans can follow @FurmanPaladins for twitter updates during the game.
Sophomore defensive back Jairus Hollman proved to be Furman's clutch performer against PC, blocking a potential game winning 33-yard field goal attempt with 18 seconds remaining to preserve the win, which saw the Paladins erase a 20-7 halftime deficit.
Furman managed only 184 yards total offense against the Blue Hose, but 102 of those yards were compiled by junior running back Hank McCloud, who also scored twice, including a 26-yard third quarter touchdown run that proved to be the game winner.
Furman's defense, which boasts only two senior starters and freshman backups at 10 of the 11 positions, will be tested by a potent Bulldog offensive unit that chewed up Old Dominion for 566 total yards, including 453 on the ground. Senior quarterback Ben Dupree accounted for six touchdowns against the Monarchs, rushing for 149 yard and five scores while passing for 113 yards and a touchdown. That performance managed to overshadow a career rushing effort by senior running back Darien Robinson, who ran 24 times for 227 yards and two touchdowns against ODU.
The Paladins claimed a 16-6 in Charleston in 2011, but The Citadel gained revenge last year in Greenville, breaking open a 21-20 game in the third quarter en route to a 42-20 victory — their first in Paladin Stadium since 1998.