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SoCon Notebook - Gamecocks host Furman, deja vu for Lamb

SoCon Notebook - Gamecocks host Furman, deja vu for Lamb

SoCon Notebook - Gamecocks host Furman, deja vu for Lamb

Bobby Lamb has been there before, but in 1982 it was in another role.

The Furman coach leads the Paladins to Columbia, S.C. Saturday to face the South Carolina Gamecocks.

The last time he was there in ’82 he was the freshman backup quarterback to David Charpia at Furman, and he watched from the sideline as the Paladins defeated South Carolina 28-23 in what he calls one of the biggest wins in FU history.

He had the best seat in the house.

"I was as nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs, and I was hoping David Charpia wouldn’t get hurt so I wouldn’t have to go in," Lamb recalled about the game.

This time around, the No. 13 Gamecocks (2-0) bring to the table freshman running back Marcus Lattimore, who had 37 carries for 182 yards and a pair of scores as South Carolina defeated then-No. 22 Georgia last Saturday.

Lamb hopes Lattimore will be watching from the bench when the Gamecocks take on Furman Saturday at 7 p.m.

"Well, if I was coach Spurrier what I would do is rest [Lattimore] this week. They’ve got a game against Auburn next week and he carried it 37 times last week," Lamb said. "I’m hoping he’ll sit out this game a little bit, but he’s one of those special backs that comes around once in a lifetime."

Furman (1-0) claimed the No. 25 spot in the FCS Top 25 after opening the season Saturday with a 45-15 win over then-No. 25 Colgate.

What next?

As if Western Carolina (0-2) losing to Division II Tusculum 54-30 Saturday wasn’t bad enough, Catamounts quarterback Zack Jaynes saw his career come to an end with a nagging back injury.

Western Carolina coach Dennis Wagner hopes his team will continue to work through adversity.

"Got to circle the wagons, get together, tighten some fists and come out swinging," Wagner said. "We’ve got nine football games to play, and we’re going to continue to play hard."

Western travels to Gardner-Webb Saturday at 6 p.m.


Avoiding a letdown

Based on the upsets that have already happened two weeks into the season – not the least of which WCU’s loss to Tusculum or Virginia Tech’s loss to James Madison - Appalachian State (2-0, 1-0 Southern Conference) looks to avoid a letdown Saturday when they host North Carolina Central Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

"We talked about that a little bit Monday. I didn’t really use Western as much as I used Virginia Tech, but the same thing holds true with any of us when you’re playing a team you’re favored to win over," said ASU coach Jerry Moore. "I think that’s the mark of a good team when you can get yourself ready to play week after week.

"It’s easy for teams to kind of pat each other on the back and all that stuff, kind of get caught up in all the good stuff, and the next thing you know somebody spanks you really good."


GSU stat sheet turning heads

After holding Navy to 193 yards and 13 points in Saturday’s 13-7 loss, Georgia Southern (1-1) came in No. 1 in the FCS in total defense and No. 2 in scoring defense.

For GSU coach Jeff Monken, at least it’s a good start.

"We’re still working on it. We’re not grooved in like I hope we will be in games to come," he said. "We’re light years ahead of where we were in the spring, but we’ve still got a long, long way to go."

The Eagles face Coastal Carolina (0-2) Saturday at 6 p.m.




: In 2009, The Citadel (1-1) beat Presbyterian on the strength of six touchdown passes, including four to would-be third-round NFL draft pick Andre Roberts. Saturday at 7 p.m., the Bulldogs host Presbyterian with a newly installed triple-option offense run by true freshman quarterback Matt Thompson. … Chattanooga (0-2, 0-1), after suffering close losses to Appalachian State and Jacksonville State in the first two weeks of the season, hosts Eastern Kentucky Saturday at 6 p.m. … No. 9 Richmond (0-1) hosts No. 7 Elon (1-1) Saturday at 1 p.m. … Wofford (1-1) hosts Union College 7 p.m. Saturday. … Samford (1-1) will play on Thursday night, hosting Newberry College at 8 p.m.


Matt Yogus can be reached at (912) 489-9408.

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