Sunday, November 6, 2016

Saturday's SoCon Football Round-up (11-5-16)

Week number ten is now in the books, so let's take a look at the games

Wofford at Furman
Lorenzo Long's 7-yard touchdown run with less than a minute remaining in the game lifted Wofford to a 34-27 victory over Furman in Southern Conference football action Saturday afternoon at Paladin Stadium. Wofford (6-3, 4-2 SoCon) trailed 27-20 heading to the fourth quarter but scored twice to in the final period to claim the victory -- its first in Greenville since 2007. The game marked the 90th renewal of the Deep South's oldest football rivalry. Long's decisive score with 49 seconds left on the clock was set up by a reverse throwback pass from quarterback Brandon Goodson to Will Gay, who covered 33 yards on a third-and-10 play to the Furman 7. Goodson ran for 121 yards, scoring on touchdown runs covering 64 and 33 yards, and threw for 66 yards and a tally. Furman (2-7, 2-4 SoCon), which dropped its sixth straight home game, was paced by senior quarterback Reese Hannon, who completed 27-of-40 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns.  Wofford Clips Furman, 34-27

VMI at Western Carolina
Terryon Robinson hauled in a 53-yard scoring strike from Tyrie Adams inside the final minute of regulation on Saturday afternoon as Western Carolina rallied past the VMI Keydets to score a 32-29 victory on Hall of Fame and Senior Day at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field. But it was the Catamount defensive unit and special teams that keyed the come-from-behind victory and proved to be the difference makers as WCU snapped a six-game seasonal slide with their 14th-consecutive victory over VMI, remaining perfect in Cullowhee at 12-0 in the all-time series. Western Carolina (2-7, 1-6 SoCon) recorded three interceptions and three quarterback sacks on defense, and blocked a total of four VMI placekicks including two field goal attempts and two PATs en route to its third-consecutive victory on Hall of Fame / Senior Day in Cullowhee. Sophomore kicker Logan Howard got in on the special teams action, splitting the uprights on a career-long 50-yard field goal -- the longest by a Catamount kicker since 2011 -- in the winning effort.   Defense, Special Teams Key Football Senior Day Victory 

Samford at The Citadel
The 5th-ranked Citadel football team punched its ticket to the FCS Playoffs with a 37-34 win over No. 20 Samford on Saturday afternoon in front of 15,015 fans inside of Johnson Hagood Stadium. The Bulldogs' defense forced Samford to attempt a field goal on its only possession in overtime and the kick hit the upright to seal a Southern Conference championship for The Citadel. Senior Tyler Renew rushed for a career-high 285 yards, one yard shy of The Citadel's single-game record, and a career-high three touchdowns on a career-high 45 carries. His rushing yards total is the seventh-highest in a game in Southern Conference history.   Bulldogs Beat No. 20 Samford, Clinch Playoff Berth

ETSU at Mercer
Marquise Irvin and Chandler Curtis each caught a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and Eric Jackson registered 11 tackles and a game-saving interception on the two-yard line with nine seconds left in the game as Mercer claimed a 21-13 win over East Tennessee State at Five Star Stadium in Macon Saturday afternoon. Jackson's interception came as Jeremy James had the interception but dropped the ball. With a quick reaction, James kicked the ball up in the air before it could hit the ground and Jackson caught it then fell out of bounds to end the play and complete the interception. Mercer Overcomes Fourth Quarter Deficit in 21-13 win over ETSU

After 10 weeks of play.... the standings
1. The Citadel 7-0, overall: 9-0
2. Chattanooga 6-1, overall: 8-1
3. (tie) Samford 4-2, overall: 6-3
3. (tie) Wofford 4-2, overall: 6-3
5. Mercer 3-3, overall 5-4
6. Furman 2-4, overall: 2-7
7. VMI 1-5, overall: 3-6
8. (tie) ETSU 1-6, overall 3-6
8. (tie) Western Carolina 1-6, overall: 2-7

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