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Furman-Wofford To Clash Saturday In 125th Anniversary Of State's First Football Game

Duncan Fletcher
Duncan Fletcher
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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman and Wofford played the first football game in state history on Dec. 14, 1889, in Spartanburg, and Saturday the state's oldest football rivals celebrate the game's 125th season anniversary when they square off at Paladin Stadium in a noon clash that will be broadcast by ESPN3.

Although Wofford claimed the first meeting between the two schools, Furman holds a commanding 52-28-7 advantage in its series and is 32-10-5 versus the Terriers in Greenville, having won the last three meetings in Paladin Stadium, including a 27-14 verdict last season that clinched the 2013 SoCon championship for the Paladins.  Furman sports a 10-2-1 record against Wofford in Paladin Stadium.

Darren Goldwater will be calling the play-by-play for ESPN3 and Corey Miller color commentary.

Saturday's contest 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 at 96.7 FM, as well as audio stream through TuneIn.com.

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

Fans can also follow the action via StatBroadcast live stats at FurmanPaladins.com.  In-game updates will be provided via twitter @PaladinFootball and @FurmanPaladins

Coming off a 42-35 overtime loss at The Citadel, the Paladins (2-8, 1-4 SoCon) enter Saturday's clash looking to snap an eight-game losing streak, the program's longest since the 1969-70 seasons. The Terriers (5-4, 3-2 SoCon) dropped a 31-13 verdict at Chattanooga last Saturday — a result that earned the Mocs the 2014 SoCon championship and league's automatic berth into the FCS playoffs.

The Paladins will look to build on the offensive momentum gained last week against The Citadel, an outing that netted season highs in points (35) and total offense (457 yards).  Headlining that effort was quarterback P.J. Blazejowski, who garnered SoCon Freshman of the Week accolades after establishing a new Furman single game total offense record with 382 yards and four touchdown responsibilities against the Bulldogs.  The St. Augustine, Fla., product completed 20-of-29 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns (no interceptions), and rushed nine times for a team leading 75 yards and a score. His 382 yards in total offense topped the previous standard of 380 yards set by Chris Forcier versus Samford in 2011.

The league freshman of the week citation was the second of the season for Blazejowski, who captured the honor on Oct. 6 against Coastal Carolina after registering 207 yards in total offense and two touchdowns in his collegiate starting debut.

Forced to deal with a long list of injuries that have claimed several key performers this year, including quarterback Reese Hannon (fractured ankle), linebacker Carl Rider (torn labrum), offensive tackle Charles Emert (concussion),  snapper Danny LaMontagne (fractured ankle), and safety Thomas Brown (fractured arm), the Paladins got one boost on the health front last Saturday against The Citadel with the return of 2013 freshman All-American safety Trey Robinson, who had missed three games with a bout of mononucleosis.

Wofford comes to Greenville sporting the nation's fifth best rushing attacks (289.2 ypg), led by Lorenzo Long (770 yards, 9 TDs).  The Terriers successfully handled their own injury issue at quarterback this year when starting signal caller Evan Jacks was sidelined after six games.  His replacement, Micheal Weimer, engineered a game winning, fourth quarter drive to beat Samford, 24-20, on the road on Oct. 18, marking the Terriers' signature win of the 2014 season thus far.
 
Furman women's tennis All-American Laura Gioia '09, men's tennis All-American John Chesworth '04, soccer goalkeeper Scott Blount '01, and volleyball middle blocker Nicole Palazzo '09 will be inducted into Furman's Athletic Hall of Fame in ceremonies at the Melvin and Dollie Younts Conference Center on campus prior to Saturday's game.

Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information