September 30, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
1st Quarter
FURTD10:58Darius Morehead 22 Yd Run (Grayson Atkins kick)
ETSUTD06:06Vincent Lowe 53 Yd Pass From Austin Herink (JJ Jerman kick)
FURTD04:02Andy Schumpert 32 Yd Pass From PJ Blazejowski (Grayson Atkins kick)
2nd Quarter
ETSUTD09:26Blake Rodgers 3 Yd Run (JJ Jerman kick)
ETSUFG06:22JJ Jerman 31 Yd
FURTD04:02Andy Schumpert 30 Yd Pass From PJ Blazejowski (Grayson Atkins kick)
FURTD00:30Darius Morehead 3 Yd Run (Grayson Atkins kick)
3rd Quarter
FURTD09:33Kealand Dirks 32 Yd Run (Grayson Atkins kick)
FURTD04:50Logan McCarter 64 Yd Pass From PJ Blazejowski (Grayson Atkins kick)
4th Quarter
ETSUTD14:08Vincent Lowe 31 Yd Pass From Austin Herink (JJ Jerman kick)
ETSUFG08:16JJ Jerman 41 Yd
FURTD08:10Logan McCarter (Grayson Atkins kick)
ETSUTD07:24Hunter Wike 78 Yd Pass From Austin Herink
FURTD01:53Kealand Dirks 5 Yd Run (Grayson Atkins kick)
Stats at a GlanceETSUFUR
1st Downs1928
3rd Down Conversions4-137-12
4th Down Conversions1-22-3
Passing (Comp-Att)434 (24-37) 301 (17-22)
Rushing (Att)22 (28) 308 (52)
Total Yards456609
Fumbles Lost11
ETSU gears up for first SoCon road game Saturday at Furman
ETSU gears up for first SoCon road game Saturday at Furman
Friday, September 29, 2017

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 29, 2017) – The ETSU football team gears up for its first Southern Conference road game of the season with a visit to Greenville, S.C., to take on Furman this Saturday afternoon at Paladin Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. 

• September 30, 2017
• Gathering at Paladin Stadium tailgate area at 11 a.m.
• Pre-game tailgate - Best Southern Fried Chicken catered by Tommy's Country Ham House
• Click here to register.
• Click here to purchase football tickets.  



ETSU rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter, outscoring Mercer 16-3 to finish with a 26-23 overtime victory … For the game, Mercer outgained the Bucs 406-387 … While the Bears held a 149-103 advantage on the ground, the Bucs threw for 284 yards compared to 257 for Mercer … The Bucs defense held Mercer to just one touchdown in their first six possessions … Austin Herink threw for a career-high 284 yard and completed 79% of his passes (26-for-33) with one passing touchdown … Herink also rushed for 34 yards and one touchdown … Jajuan Stinson finished with 94 all-purpose yards … Stinson caught four passes for 60 yards and one touchdown, while posting 34 rushing yards … Herink completed passes to 11 different receivers … ETSU won time of possession 36 to 24 … The Bucs scored on three of final four drives to end the game … ETSU went 4-of-8 on third down conversions in the second half, while holding Mercer to 0-of-3 in the second half and 2-of-10 for the game … The win marked Austin Herink’s fifth career comeback victory with three coming in the fourth quarter or overtime … Following his 318 yards of total offense on Saturday, Herink moved past Jeff Morgan for sixth all-time in program history with 4,107 yards … The teams combined for 21 penalties and 214 yards … The Bucs were penalized 11 times for 119 yards and Mercer was flagged 10 times for 95 yards. 


ETSU is looking to post its first SoCon road win since beating Western Carolina, 27-7, back on Sept. 28, 2002 … The Bucs have lost their last 11 SoCon road games since that win over the Catamounts … A win today in Greenville, would mark the Bucs’ first SoCon road win in 5,481 days (15 years and two days). 


For the first time this season and the third time in his career, ETSU junior kicker JJ Jerman was tabbed Southern Conference Special Teams Player of the Week, announced by the league office on Monday … Jerman – who made two of his three field goal attempts and both extra points – helped lift ETSU to a 26-23 overtime win over Mercer on Saturday. The Seymour, Tenn. native connected on a 25-yard field goal in the second quarter, while his career-long 49-yard field goal with 11:22 remaining in the fourth quarter sparked the Bucs’ comeback. The 49-yard field goal marked the fourth longest in program history, and is the longest field goal by a SoCon kicker this season and tied for the sixth longest make among FCS players this year … With his two extra points and two field goals in the game, Jerman made some history on Saturday; he now has 49 extra points in his career, moving into a tie for fifth on the all-time list with Herbie Campbell. Meanwhile, his two field goals were the 24th and 25th of his career, moving him past Bobby Neff for fourth all-time … This marks the third career weekly honor for Jerman; he received the award last year after lifting the Blue and Gold to victories over Kennesaw State and No. 18 Samford. 


ETSU redshirt junior quarterback Austin Herink was named the Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the Week, announced by the league office on Wednesday … Herink helped guide the Buccaneers to a 26-23 overtime win over Mercer last Saturday afternoon at William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium. The Cleveland, Tenn. native set career highs in completions (26), passing yards (284), and total yards (318), while completing 79 percent of his passes (26-of-33). Herink – who connected on a 25-yard touchdown to Jajuan Stinson for the game-winning score – also rushed for 34 yards and one touchdown. The Buccaneer quarterback posted his fifth come-from-behind win, with three of those coming in the fourth quarter or overtime. Following his 318 yards of total offense, Herink moved past Jeff Morgan for sixth all-time in program history with 4,107 … Herink is majoring in sport management and has a 3.68 cumulative grand point average; he earned a 3.94 GPA last semester. 


Linebackers Dylan Weigel and River Boruff among Southern Conference leaders in tackles in 2017 … Boruff ranks third in the SoCon in tackles per game (9.5) and Weigel is sixth (8.8) … Since 2015, both Weigel and Boruff are the top tackle leaders among ETSU players … Weigel has 268 career tackles in 26 games and Boruff has 161 in 25 games. 


ETSU’s 11 opponents this year currently have a win percentage of .522, while its first three opponents – Limestone (2-2), #1 James Madison (4-0), #13 Citadel (3-0) – are a combined 9-2 (.818) through the first four weeks of the season … Overall, ETSU has played the 13th toughest FCS schedule this season. 


Since the start of the 2016 season, ETSU is 35-of-39 (90%) in red zone scoring ... The Bucs have scored 193 points during these 39 trips (22 TDs/13 FGs) ... Of the 20 TDs, 12 have been rushing and eight passing. 


ETSU has played six overtime games in program history with the most recent being a 26-23 win over Mercer on Sept. 23, 2017 … Last season, the Bucs defeated Kennesaw State, 20-17 in double-overtime to start the 2016 season … The Blue and Gold are 4-2 in overtime games in program history … Last year, the SoCon played six overtime games, which matched its record set in 2006. 


The Paladins are coming off a 45-14 win at Colgate on Saturday and enter this weekend’s game at 1-3 overall and 0-1 in SoCon play 

Two of Furman’s three losses have been by three points or less, with its other setback being a 49-16 loss at North Carolina State … The Paladins lost to Wofford 24-23 in the season opener and suffered a 34-31 setback to Elon 

Furman is averaging 28.8 points per game and allowing 30.2 points per game 

The Paladins are averaging 374.8 yards on offense – 202.2 passing and 172.5 rushing – while allowing 392.2 yards – 214.2 passing and 178.0 rushing 

Furman is converting on 47% of its third down opportunities (27/58), while holding opponents to 37% (20/54) 

Furman is 14 of 15 in red zone scoring (93%) and opponents are 16 of 21 (76%) 

The Paladins have turned the ball over seven times (five fumbles/two interceptions), while their defense have forced five (four fumbles and one interception) 

Furman has three running backs with over 100 rushing yards on the season – redshirt freshman Darius Morehead (166 yards, 1 TD), senior Antonio Wilcox (124 yards, 3 TDs) and junior Triston Luke (122 yards, 1 TD) 

Senior quarterback PJ Blazejowski is 40-of-74 with 793 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions on the season 

Sophomore Thomas Gordon (12 rec., 309 yards, 1 TD), red-shirt senior Logan McCarter (9 rec., 157 yards) and senior tight end Andy Schumpert (5 rec., 120 yards, 1 TD) have combined for 586 of Furman’s 809 receiving yards 

Kicker Grayson Atkins is 6-of-7 on field goal attempts and 13-of-13 on PATs 

Defensively, safety Aaquil Annoor leads the team with 35 tackles, while linebacker Chris Washington has 27 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery … Red-shirt junior defensive lineman Chinedu Okonya also has two sacks on the season … As a unit, the defense has totaled 11 sacks 


Furman leads the all-time series, 24-7, and the Paladins have won the last four meetings and seven of the last 11 … Saturday marks the 17th game played in Greeneville with Furman winning 14 of the previous 16 … The Paladins four-game win streak vs. ETSU includes their 52-7 win over the Bucs last year in Johnson City (Oct. 15) … Today marks ETSU’s first trip to Greenville since Oct. 25, 2003, when Furman defeated the Bucs, 30-10 … ETSU’s last win in the series was a 23-21 victory back in 2000 inside the Mini Dome … ETSU’s longest win streak in the series is a three-game run from 1996-98, while Furman’s longest stretch is a nine-run run from 1987-95 … The Bucs’ largest win against Furman is a 58-28 victory back in 1997, while the Paladins’ largest win came last season… The 58 points scored by the Bucs in 1997 are the most by any team in the series … The most points scored by the Paladins came last year and in 1991 when they put up 52 … The first-ever meeting between ETSU and Furman was back on Sept. 14, 1957 in Greenville (Furman won, 13-7) … The Bucs’ first win in the series came in 1974 (24-13 in Johnson City). 


Saturday’s game will be streamed live on ESPN3 via the WatchESPN app … Bob Mihalic will handle the play-by-play duties, while Sam Wyche will be the color analyst and Scott Cole will handle sideline reporting. 


The Buccaneer Sports Network (BSN) will provide ETSU fans with complete pregame, in-game and postgame coverage on the radio. Games air live on the Bucs’ flagship station WXSM-AM 640 and affiliate 104.9 FM NASH ICON.     

The BSN begins its pregame programing one hour and 30 minutes prior to kickoff with the 30-minute ETSU Football Tailgate Show, followed by the Carl Torbush Pregame Show Powered by Ford which will lead up to 30 minutes prior to kickoff. The Appalachian Orthopaedic Countdown to Kickoff will then lead into the final moments before kickoff.       

The broadcast team of “Voice of the Bucs” Jay Sandos, color analyst and former ETSU quarterback Matt Wilhjelm, sideline reporter Robert Harper, and studio hosts Mike Gallagher and Andy Jackson will provide ETSU fans all the information they need on their gameday.      

Following each game, fans can tune into the General Shale Post Game Show for a full wrap up, with game statistics, interviews with players and coaches, and other post-game information.       


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ETSU returns home to host Robert Morris next Saturday on Homecoming … Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. at William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium. 


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