|September 28, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|FUR||TD||04:24||Ryan DeLuca 15 Yd Pass From Darren Grainger (Grayson Atkins kick)|
|FUR||FG||13:18||Grayson Atkins 28 Yd|
|ETSU||TD||08:30||Cameron Lewis 6 Yd Run (Tyler Keltner kick)|
|ETSU||FG||05:47||Tyler Keltner 34 Yd|
|FUR||TD||14:57||Devin Wynn 1 Yd Run (Grayson Atkins kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||FUR|
|3rd Down Conversions||4-14||3-9|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||0-0|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||123 (18-28)||97 (6-14)|
|Rushing (Att)||167 (35)||171 (41)|
GREENVILLE, S.C. (Sept. 27, 2019) – The ETSU Buccaneers football team will travel to Greenville, S.C. on Saturday for the first road Southern Conference test of the season for the Blue & Gold. The showdown against the Paladins will kick off at 1 p.m. at Paladin Stadium.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 28
Location: Greenville, S.C. | Paladin Stadium
Teams: ETSU (2-2, 0-1) at Furman (2-2, 1-0)
Weather: High: 90 Low: 71; Hot and humid
Game Notes: ETSU | Furman
Live Stats: furmanpaladins.com/livestats
Live Video: ESPN+/Nexstar – Pete Yanity (PxP) & Jared Singleton (Color)
Live Audio: WXSM Radio
Radio Personnel: Jay “Voice of the Bucs” Sandos, Matt Wilhjelm (color analyst), Robert Harper (sideline)
Coach to Cure MD
On Saturday, Sept. 28, ETSU Football will be one of more than 500 universities taking part in the Coach to Cure MD campaign. The ETSU coaching staff will be wearing shoulder patches on the sidelines to help raise awareness of the program during the game against Furman in Greenville, S.C. Now in its 11th year, Coach to Cure MD seeks to raise awareness and money to fund research for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most prolific lethal genetic disorder of childhood. Over the last 11 years, Coach to Cure MD has raised over $2.1 million and every dollar has helped advance promising research, which led to two drug approvals for Duchenne in 2016. Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood. The disease affects approximately 1 in 5,000 boys worldwide crossing all cultures and races. Due to its progressiveness, those living with Duchenne will need the assistance of a wheelchair in their adolescence, will lose upper body function in their teens and sadly lose their battle with Duchenne around the mid-twenties. Duchenne is 100% fatal, but since Coach to Cure MD in September 2016, two drugs have been approved in the U.S. by the FDA with additional therapies currently under review. Fans can support the ETSU coaching staff in the fight against Duchenne by either contributing online at www.CoachToCureMD.org or by texting the word CURE to 501501 and donate $25. When texting, you will receive a message back two seconds later asking you to confirm your donation and then just reply to this message with the word YES and you will receive another text back thanking you for your donation. The $25 will be added to your next phone bill under a donation line and you will never have to enter your credit card or debit card information.
Jacob Saylors has proven to be a key instrument in the Buccaneer offense, in both the running game and the passing game. His last three contests combined, Saylors has accumulated 360 all-purpose yards, averaging 120 yards per game. In the home opener against Shorter, Saylors rushed for 90 yards. The following game against VMI, Saylors broke through for 156 all-purpose yards, including 112 rushing yards. In the most recent bout with Austin Peay, Saylors concluded the game with 114 all-purpose yards, including a career-high 56 receiving yards. Saylors led the Bucs against the Govs with a team-high 56 receiving yards and seven receptions.
On this date
The Bucs are 3-4 all-time when playing on Sept. 28, riding a three-game winning streak on the date. ETSU dropped the first four contests on Sept. 28 beginning in 1963 and ending in 1985. The Bucs then won games on Sept. 28 in 1991 against Newberry (43- 12), 1996 against Western Carolina (49-10) and in 2002 against the Catamounts (27-7). ETSU has coincidentally played in six road games on Sept. 28, holding a 2-4 record in those six road showdowns.
It's a Stone Wall
After a tough first half allowing 280 yards of offense, despite only 14 points surrendered, the Bucs defense turned a complete 180 in the second half of play, holding the Govs off the scoreboard. More impressive is the fact that the Bucs held Austin Peay to just 79 yards of total offense in the second half, including just six total yards in the third quarter. Prior to the game, the Govs were one of four FCS teams that had not allowed a sack all season. ETSU made sure that statistic changed, getting to JaVaughn Craig twice in the contest. The Bucs also held Austin Peay to just 126 yards rushing, the lowest total since the 2018 season opener at Georgia when the Govs ran for just 92 yards.
Take your Pick
MJ Woods and Artevius Smith delivered the turnovers that the Bucs have been reaching for through the first four games. ETSU entered week four without a single interception, the same defensive unit that forced 15 interceptions a season ago. However, MJ Woods was the first to put an end to that stretch with a timely pick in the fourth quarter as the Govs were driving and down by just three. Woods returned the interception 37 yards as the Bucs milked the clock on their next possession and buried a field goal to go up 20-14. Austin Peay’s final fighting chance was halted by Smith, recording his first interception of the season and the Bucs’ second pick in the fourth quarter. Smith’s takeaway went under further review and was ultimately ruled an interception as his knee was down while he maintained the possession. Smith’s interception was a back breaker to the Govs as he pulled down the ball with one minute remaining and zero Austin Peay timeouts, allowing the Bucs to line up in victory formation for the win.
The Bucs have not boded well against the Paladins in program history as Furman leads the all-time series 25-8. However, the Bucs have had the most recent laugh as the Paladins squandered a 21-point lead in Johnson City, Tenn. last season, allowing ETSU to complete the largest come-from-behind win in program history. The Bucs are just 2-15 all-time when playing in Greenville, pucking up wins in 1997 (58-28) and 1979 (28-24). The Paladins hold a 6-4 advantage in the previous 10 games, despite ETSU snapping a five-game losing skid with the win in 2018. Furman won a string of nine games against the Bucs from 1987-95.
Preparing for the Paladins
Furman enters the weekend with a 2-2 record, including 1-0 in SoCon play after a dominating 45-10 victory over Mercer on Sept. 21. The Paladins did everything right on both sides of the ball, finishing the game with over 600 yards of offense and over 400 yards rushing. The Paladins’ 410 yards rushing was the first time the program eclipsed 400 yards on the ground since sprinting for 434 rushing yards against Chattanooga in 2003. The 600 yards of total offense was the first time since 2017 (against ETSU) that the Paladins reached the mark.
The Paladins are led by redshirt freshman quarterback Darren Grainger who has thrown for 694 yards and six touchdowns, while also rushing for 149 yards and four touchdowns. Grainger was named SoCon Offensive Player of the Week and STATS FCS National Freshman of the Week after his performance against Georgia State in which he finished with 311 passing yards and four touchdowns. Devin Wynn and Devin Abrams spearhead the rushing game, combining for 586 yards on the ground and five touchdowns. Wynn averages 94.75 yards per game to lead the Paladins and rank second in the SoCon.
Furman’s defense came up big in Saturday’s win over Mercer, holding the Bears to just 10 points and 283 yards of total offense. The Paladins held Mercer to just 48 percent pass completion (19-39), intercepting the ball three times and forcing one fumble. Furman’s ability to hold the Bears to below 50 percent passing was the first time since 2016 when the Paladins held ETSU to just 10-of-28 for 79 yards.
Saturday’s game will also be broadcast on ESPN+/Nexstar with the team of Pete Yanity (play-by-play) and Jared Singleton(color commentary) providing the call.
The Buccaneer Sports Network (BSN) will provide ETSU fans with complete pregame, in-game and postgame coverage on the Bucs’ flagship station WXSM-AM 640 and affiliate station 104.9 FM NASH ICON.
The BSN begins its pregame programing one hour and 30 minutes prior to kickoff with the 30-minute long Tennessee Lottery Tailgate Show, followed by the Randy Sanders 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 Don Helman will provide ETSU fans all the information they need to complement their game-day activities.
At halftime, the crew will have the Zaxby’s Halftime Show, while fans can tune into the General Shale Post Game Show for a full wrap up, with game statistics, players and coach interviews, and other post-game information.
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