Furman and The Citadel are set to renew the Southern Conference’s oldest and most-contested active football rivalry this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium.
The game marks the final contest of the 2021 spring season for Furman.
Furman (3-3, 3-3 SoCon) had its scheduled Apr. 17 home game versus Wofford canceled earlier this week by the Terriers, who opted out of the remainder of their campaign following a 28-24 loss to The Citadel (1-9, 1-5 SoCon) last Saturday in Spartanburg. No Apr. 17 replacement game will be scheduled by the Paladins.
The Furman Ticket Office will contact ticket holders regarding the canceled Furman-Wofford contest, which had also been billed as Tommy Stevenson Day by the university in honor and in gratitude of Stevenson ’65, the long-time proprietor of Greenville’s famed Country Ham House who recently announced his plan to retire later this spring following 36 years in the restaurant business. Stevenson will be honored this fall on a date to be determined.
Sponsored by Carolina Ford Dealers, the Furman-Citadel game will be televised by the Nexstar Network (WYCW/Spartanburg; ECBD/Charleston; WMYT/Charlotte; WWCW/Roanoke), live streamed over ESPN+ and aired via Furman flagship ESPN Upstate and any of its four powerhouse stations: 97.7 FM/1330 AM in Greenville, and 97.1 FM/950 AM in Spartanburg. It can also be accessed via Audacy.com, as well as through FurmanPaladins.com and Tune-In.
StatBroadcast live stats will also available thru FurmanPaladins.com.
Saturday’s contest represents the 100th meeting between the Paladins and Bulldogs in a series that began in 1913 and has been played annually since 1946. Furman owns a commanding 60-36-3 advantage over The Citadel, with the 60 wins representing the most by the Paladins against any gridiron foe. Included in that total is a 28-14 worksheet since 1978 and 28-17 Furman triumph two years ago in Charleston.
Furman, which had its faint FCS playoff chances dashed for good last Saturday in a 26-14 road loss to Mercer, heads to Charleston having dropped its last two outings, including a 20-18 home setback to Chattanooga on Mar. 20.
To end the season on a high note Furman needs to get more out of its offense, which has come up short of 300 yards in each of the last three games after posting 500+ yard performances in wins over Western Carolina and Samford. The Paladin running game totaled just 49 and 66 yards, respectively, in the setbacks to Chattanooga and Mercer.
While injuries removed offensive line starters Jordan Harris and Anderson Tomlin from the lineup against Mercer, Furman still sports an experienced backfield headed up by senior All-SoCon tailback Devin Wynn, who last week against Mercer cracked Furman’s Top 10 career rushing yards ledger (2,437 yards, 25 TDs in his career).
Quarterback Hamp Sisson will also look to help ignite the offense. The redshirt sophomore signal caller has thrown for 1,134 yards and 11 touchdowns this spring.
The Paladins’ inability of late to tally both yardage and points has put a great deal of pressure on the defense, which for the most part has delivered performances good enough to win games. Furman has been especially against the run and heads into The Citadel game yielding a SoCon low 100.7 yards per game on the ground (3.1 ypc).
One of the most pleasant surprises of the campaign has been the emergence of walk-on redshirt freshman linebacker Nicky Kuzemka, whose 43 tackles leads the squad.
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