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Furman To Tackle Third-Ranked Coastal Carolina This Saturday

Jordan Snellings
Jordan Snellings

Furman vs. Coastal Carolina Game Notes (PDF)  /  Furman Vs. Coastal Preview Video

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman Paladins look to even their season record this Saturday when the consensus FCS third-ranked Coastal Carolina Chanticleers pay a visit to Paladin Stadium for a 7:00 p.m. clash.

The contest will be televised by WMYI (My40) in the Upstate and western North Carolina, and also be carried  by ESPN3 and the Mountain Television Network (MTN), which serves western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee.

Chuck Hussion will deliver the televised play-by-play action and Corey Stewart color commentary.  Van Earl Wright is slated to handle sideline reporting.

Saturday's game will be radio broadcast over the Furman IMG Sports Network headed up by flagship station WGOG 96.3/Walhalla and FoxSports 1440/Greenville, and also available via stadium transmitter (96.7 FM), as well as audio stream at TuneIn.com.

Dan Scott, the "Voice of the Paladins", is set to call the play-by-play alongside color analyst David Cobb.  The sideline reporter is Robbie Ross.

StatBroadcast LiveStats for the Furman-Coastal Carolina contest will be provided through FurmanPaladins.com.  Fans can also follow the action via twitter @PaladinFootball and @FurmanPaladins

Furman (2-3) is smarting after a 35-17 Southern Conference home loss to Western Carolina last Saturday.  The Paladins have dropped three straight after opening the 2014 campaign with two wins.

Coastal Carolina (5-0) comes to Greenville as one of the top teams in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), sporting a No. 3 ranking in both the Sports Network and FCS Coaches Polls.  The Chanticleers drubbed Elon, 31-3, last Saturday in Conway and have limited each of their last three foes to a field goal.

Coastal Carolina holds a 4-1 lead in the young series, which began in 2006, and has won three straight over Furman, including a 35-28 verdict last year in Conway.  Two years ago the Chanticleers edged the Paladins, 47-45, in triple overtime at Paladin Stadium.  Furman registered its lone win in the series in 2007 with a 27-17 verdict in Greenville.

The Paladins and Chanticleers, a member of the Big South Conference, claimed regular season championships and earned invitations to the FCS playoffs in 2013 before having their respective seasons ended by eventual national champion North Dakota State.  Furman dropped a 38-7 decision to the Bison on Dec. 7 in Fargo, ND, and a week later NDSU took out Coastal Carolina, 48-14, also at the FargoDome.

Furman's bid for an upset this Saturday will require improvement in an offense that has struggled to score, netting just 69 points through the first five games.  True freshman quarterback P.J. Blazejowski came off the bench to give the Paladins a second half spark against Western Carolina, passing for 75 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 56 yards in a little over a quarter of action.

The Paladins will also need continued solid play by a host of veteran defenders, including junior linebacker Cory Magwood, who leads the SoCon with 64 tackles, and senior defensive end Gary Wilkins, the league leader with 4.5 sacks.

Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information