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Furman Looks To Extend Momentum Saturday Against Sixth-Ranked Chattanooga

T.J. Warren
T.J. Warren
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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Coming off a 17-3 victory over South Carolina State and sporting a three-game winning streak, Furman returns to Southern Conference play this Saturday when it travels to Chattanooga to face defending league champion and FCS sixth-ranked Mocs in a 1:00 p.m. clash at Finley Stadium.
 
The game, which will be carried by ESPN3, will be radio broadcast over the Furman IMG Sports Network headed up by flagship station WGOG 101.7/Walhalla and FoxSports 1440/Greenville.  It will also be available via stadium transmitter (96.7 FM) and audio streamed via TuneIn.com

Live stats will be available through FurmanPaladins.com.

Fans can also receive updates via Twitter @PaladinFootball and @Furman Paladins

Like Furman (3-2, 1-0 SoCon), Chattanooga (3-1, 1-0 SoCon) enters Saturday's contest riding a three-game winning streak, having blanked Presbyterian, 21-0, in its last outing two weeks ago.  The Mocs, who were idle last Saturday, kicked off SoCon play with a 31-21 road win over Samford on Sept. 19.

UTC boasts the SoCon's top offensive player in senior multi-threat quarterback Jacob Huesman and a defensive unit that leads the league in scoring defense (19.5 ppg), total defense (317.2 ypg), and sacks (13), including six by junior defensive lineman Keionta Davis.

Furman will attempt to slow down the Mocs with an improved defense that has yielded just 13.0 points and 271.0 yards per game while forcing nine turnovers, over its last three outings.  Linebackers Carl Rider and Cory Magwood, along with safety Trey Robinson have combined for 94 tackles over that span, with Rider's 19 stops against South Carolina State representing a new career high.  Robinson, meanwhile, recorded his second two-interception performance of 2015 last week versus S.C. State.

Offensively Furman hasn't produced eye-popping numbers since posting 525 yards in a season opening loss to Coastal Carolina, but the Paladins have been effective in controlling the football, as evidenced by the time of possession advantage (+24:22) over the last two games.  In addition, Furman tops the SoCon in red zone scoring efficiency with a 9-for-9 success rate.

A major bright spot has been the work of freshman running back Triston Luke, who ran for 75 yards and a pair of touchdowns against South Carolina State.  He has 267 rushing through five games, including a season-best 79-yard performance versus Virginia Tech.

The contest will mark the 45th meeting in a series Furman leads 27-17.  UTC has been dominant of late, however, winning three straight and four of the last five meetings, including last year's 45-19 verdict in Greenville.  The Mocs halted Furman's eight-game winning streak at Finley Stadium two years ago, beating the Paladins 31-9 in a game that saw current Paladin junior tight end Duncan Fletcher, then a fourth string quarterback, get the starting nod at signal caller due to injuries.

Hunter Reid, Sports Information