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Furman To Kick Off Home Season Saturday Versus Colgate

Cam Burnette
Cam Burnette

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman kicks off its 2018 home season this Saturday when it plays host to Colgate in a 1:00 p.m. contest at Paladin Stadium.

Sponsored by Ingles, the game will mark the Paladins' first home contest since beating The Citadel, 56-20, on Nov. 11, 2017.  Furman finished last season with three consecutive road games and opened the 2018 season with road clashes at Clemson and Elon.

Faced with the prospect of inclement weather on Saturday, fans are reminded that no umbrellas are allowed inside Paladin Stadium.

ESPN+ will carry the video stream of the contest, which will also be televised in the Upstate of South Carolina, western North Carolina, and northeastern Georgia via WYCW Channel 62 (CW62) with Bob Mihalic calling the play-by-play and Sam Wyche providing analysis.

In addition to the live stream and commercial television broadcast, fans can follow the action on the IMG/Furman Sports Network via Greenville flagship station FoxSports 1440 AM, campus station WPLS 95.9 FM, and online via Stretch Audio thru FurmanPaladins.com, as well as thru Tune-In Radio on the Furman/IMG channel.  Fans in Paladin Stadium can enjoy the broadcast via in-stadium transmitter on 95.9 FM.  Dan Scott, "The Voice of the Furman Paladins," will deliver the play-by-play, and former Paladin offensive lineman David Cobb will provide commentary.

Colgate (2-0) comes to Greenville fresh from a 10-3 road triumph over New Hampshire and ranked 25th in this week's AFCA FCS poll.

Furman (0-2) fell from both the AFCA and STATS Top 25 this week after dropping a 45-7 verdict at 15th-ranked Elon last Saturday.  The Paladins' problems with the Phoenix began early as a fumble on the game's second play was scooped up and returned for an Elon touchdown.  A pair of missed field goals and two more turnovers halted Furman scoring threats in a game that saw the Paladins avoid being shut out thanks to a 12-yard scoring run by quarterback JeMar Lincoln mid-way through the fourth quarter.

Furman opened the 2017 season with losses in its first two games before recording an impressive 45-14 road triumph over Colgate — the first of seven straight wins that catapulted the Paladins to an FCS playoff appearance.  Quarterback P.J. Blazejowski passed for 251 yards and three touchdowns in the victory, and while Blazejowski has since graduated, several Paladins who played prominent roles in last year's triumph will suit up again on Saturday, including wide receivers Cam Burnette (61-yard TD reception) and Thomas Gordon (10-yard TD run), and defensive end Chinedu Okonya, whose forced fumble on a sack was recovered by Chris Washington at the Raider 20-yard line to set up a touchdown.

The Paladins and Raiders are scheduled to continue their series in 2021 in Greenville and 2022 in Hamilton, N.Y.  Furman has won the previous three clashes with Colgate, including a 45-15 triumph in Paladin Stadium in 2010.

The 2018 campaign marks the 30th anniversary of Furman's 1988 NCAA I-AA (FCS) National Championship, and this Saturday squad members of the championship team will be recognized in halftime ceremonies.  The first Southern Conference school and first private school to win an FCS national crown, Furman went 13-2 that season under head coach Jimmy Satterfield, completing the championship run with a 17-12 title game triumph over Georgia Southern in Pocatello, Idaho.  Paced by All-America linebacker Jeff Blankenship, the Paladins sported the nation's top scoring defense (9.5 ppg) in 1988, registering four shutouts and limiting five other foes to single digit points.

The Game: Furman Paladins (0-2) vs. Colgate Raiders (2-0) / Family Weekend
Site: Greenville, S.C. (Paladin Stadium, on the campus of Furman University)
Kickoff: 1:05 PM ET
Video Stream/TV Broadcast: ESPN+/WYCW "CW62", Bob Mihalic (pbp), Sam Wyche (color)
Radio: Furman IMG Sports Network (FoxSports 1440/Greenville; Stretch Internet @FurmanPaladins.com; Tune-In Radio),  Dan Scott (pbp), David Cobb (color), Marcus McMorris (sideline)
Live Stats: StatBroadcast (accessible thru FurmanPaladins.com)
Tickets: $20 Available (FurmanPaladins.com); Children 38 inches and shorter admitted free; Timmons Arena, East Stands
Box Offices Open: 11:00 AM
Gates Open: 11:30 AM
Game Sponsor: Ingles

Pre-Game/Post-Game Activities:
8:30 AM    --  Furman Invitational (Cross Country)
11:30 AM  --  Paladin Club Zone Opens (Paladin Stadium)
11:45 AM  --  Paladin Regiment March/Concert (Timmons Arena to PAC Circle)
12:05 PM  --  Champions Walk (Paladin Stadium)
 
Special Promotions/Giveaways:
+ Paladin Club Zone, located in the area between the home stands and field house, opens 90 minutes prior to kickoff.  Food provided by Shortfield's.  Season ticket holders can pick up their gift at the Paladin Club Zone.

Halftime:
Furman University Paladin Regiment
1988 National Championship Team Recognition

In-Game Recognitions:
Quarter 1 Break -- Furman Cross Country Team Recognition
Quarter 3 Break --
Media Timeout (1st Quarter) -- Furman ScanSource Student-Athlete Leader of the Month (August) Recognition

Hunter Reid, Sports Information