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12th-Ranked Furman To Continue Three-Game Road Stretch At Presbyterian

Andrej Suttles
Andrej Suttles

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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Coming off a 25-20 road victory over Mercer in its Southern Conference season opener, the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) 12th-ranked Furman Paladins will make the short trip to Clinton, S.C., this Saturday to face the Presbyterian Blue Hose in the 7:00 p.m. matchup at Bailey Memorial Stadium.

The game will be televised over WMYI (My40) in the Upstate and carried by ESPN3.  It can be heard via the Furman IMG Sports Network headed up by flagship station WGOG 96.3/Walhalla and FoxSports 1440/Greenville.  It will also be available via stadium transmitter (frequency TBA) and audio streamed via

Chuck Hussion will deliver the play-by-play call for the telecast, and Corey Stewart is set to provide color commentary.  Joining the telecast with sideline reports is Van Earl Wright.

Dan Scott, the "Voice of the Paladins", will call the radio play-by-play.  He will be assisted by David Cobb with color commentary, and Don Clardy is the sideline reporter.

Fans can also follow the game live stats at and via twitter @PaladinFootball and @FurmanPaladins

Furman (2-0), a winner in seven of its last eight games, downed Mercer last Saturday with big-play defense headed up by senior All-SoCon defensive end Gary Wilkins and productive special teams play by freshman placekicker Jon Croft Hollingsworth.  Wilkins' 19-yard fourth quarter interception return for a touchdown gave Furman an 11-point lead, and Hollingsworth's four field goals, including a 50-yard effort, helped account for almost half the Paladins' scoring in the victory.

Both Wilkins and Hollingsworth claimed SoCon Player of the Week accolades, and Hollingsworth, a Greenwood, S.C., native, added Sports Network National Special Teams Player of the Week accolades for his stellar work against the Bears.

Furman also received an effective performance from redshirt freshman quarterback Dillon Woodruff, who stepped into the starting lineup to pass for 228 yards after junior starter Reese Hannon sustained a fractured ankle in the Paladins' season opening, 13-3 win over Gardner-Webb on Aug. 30.  His favorite target, junior wide receiver Jordan Snellings, caught five passes for 111 yards versus Mercer.

Sidelined in the Paladins' season opener due to injury, All-SoCon running back Hank McCloud returned to rush for 74 yards on 17 carries in his first action of 2014.  McCloud's presence could bode well for Furman versus PC, as the Paladin senior has rushed for 234 yards and scored six touchdowns in three games against the Blue Hose.

Furman's defense, which tops the SoCon in three main categories, including scoring defense (11.5 ppg), rushing defense (110.0 ypg), and total defense (240.0 ypg), is paced on the tackle chart by junior linebacker Cory Magwood with 24 stops.  Wilkins has 15 tackles and has accounted for 2.5 of Furman's six sacks through two games.

Presbyterian (1-1) opened the season with a 55-3 loss at Northern Illinois but rebounded to crush Bluefield, 69-14, in Clinton last Saturday, setting new school records for points and rushing yards (523) in the process.

PC will be out for revenge after last year's disappointing, 21-20 loss to Furman in Paladin Stadium.  The Blue Hose only needed to convert a 24-yard field goal in the game's closing seconds to post the win, but the Paladins' Jairus Hollman blocked the attempt with 18 seconds remaining to deny PC the upset.

Furman sports a 15-game series winning streak against Presbyterian, the second longest active streak against any foe.  The Paladins claimed a 31-21 verdict over the Blue Hose two years ago in Clinton.

The Paladins have compiled a 43-11-1 lead in the series that dates from 1913.

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Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information