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Terriers standing alone atop SoCon

Terriers standing alone atop SoCon

Terriers standing alone atop SoCon


The No. 6 Wofford Terriers are the last undefeated team in the Southern Conference.

They’ll look to stay atop the league Saturday at 1:30 p.m. when they host Furman (2-3, 1-1 SoCon), which lost two of its games by a combined five points, including a 47-45, overtime loss against Coastal Carolina.

"Quite frankly, they really should only have one loss, and that was to Clemson," said Wofford coach Mike Ayers. "The other games, they easily could have won."

The Terriers (4-0, 2-0) kept rolling with a 49-24 win over Elon last Saturday. They got off to a good start in that one, to put it kindly — they scored on each of their first two offensive snaps.

"One was a 32-yard touchdown run and the other was a 90 yard touchdown run," Ayers said. "(Fullback) Eric Britenstein had a pretty good day — 326 yards or something like that. … There’s no doubt it helped us win the football game."

It will be no easy task for Furman to build on a two-game winning streak since an 0-3 start to the 2012 campaign.

"They’re just solid in every phase of the game and have been for several years," said Furman coach Bruce Fowler about the Terriers. "They do such a good job over there."

 

Back to reality

Since defeating No. 8 Georgia Southern and No. 15 Appalachian State in back-to-back weeks, The Citadel (3-2, 2-1) has hit a bit of a wall. The No. 19 Bulldogs lost 52-14 at North Carolina State before falling 28-10 last Saturday against Chattanooga (2-3, 1-1).

The Mocs didn’t commit a turnover while rotating quarterbacks Terrell Robinson and Jacob Huesman, who rushed for a combined 177 yards and passed for a combined 159.

"Both of those guys as we knew are excellent quarterbacks," said Citadel coach Kevin Higgins, "and they based the gameplan around them and got the ball in their hands."

The win was a relief to the Mocs, which lost their conference opener, 34-17, to Appalachian State.

"It was a big win for us," Chattanooga coach Russ Hiesman said, "probably one of the biggest wins that we’ve had since we’ve been here. I say that because we beat a good football team, a team that I think is going to win a lot of football teams this year. We got some breaks, we didn’t turn it over — sometimes when you turn it over against the option teams, you never see it again — and we didn’t give them extra possessions which was huge."

Chattanooga is idle this week before facing Furman on Oct. 13.

 

A passing concern

Georgia Southern quarterbacks Jerick McKinnon and Ezayi Youyoute have combined to average just 2.5 completions on 6 attempts per game, for an average of 39 yards each contest.

Should the No. 8 Eagles (3-1, 2-1) be worried?

"I’m concerned that we’ve got to throw it at all," said GSU coach Jeff Monken, whose Eagles face Western Carolina Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ion Cullowhee, N.C. "I’d rather run it every single play. If you look at the stats over the years, when we’ve had to throw it a lot, we’ve usually not been very good."

The Eagles are averaging 393 rushing yards per game in 2012.

NOTES

 

 

: The Citadel faces Samford (4-1, 2-1) Saturday at 3 p.m. in Birmingham, Ala. … Appalachian State (3-2, 1-1) hosts Elon (2-3, 0-2) Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Boone, N.C.

 

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

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