October 26, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
1st Quarter
SAMTD11:10Jay Stanton 2 Yd Run (M. Fineran kick)
2nd Quarter
ETSUTD12:06Jawan Martin 1 Yd Pass From Trey Mitchell (Tyler Keltner kick)
ETSUTD02:33Trey Mitchell 1 Yd Run (Tyler Keltner kick)
3rd Quarter
SAMFG12:48M. Fineran 42 Yd
SAMTD02:41Michael Vice 3 Yd Pass From Chris Oladokun (M. Fineran kick)
4th Quarter
ETSUFG09:50Tyler Keltner 30 Yd
SAMTD06:22Jocquet Jiles 1 Yd Run (M. Fineran kick)
Stats at a GlanceETSUSAM
1st Downs1621
3rd Down Conversions5-138-17
4th Down Conversions0-00-1
Passing (Comp-Att)226 (20-36) 134 (19-31)
Rushing (Att)93 (32) 194 (55)
Total Yards319328
Fumbles Lost20
Bucs Eye First Win in Birmingham
Bucs Eye First Win in Birmingham
Friday, October 25, 2019

ETSU to challenge Samford in SoCon Saturday

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Oct. 25, 2019) – The ETSU Buccaneers football team will hit the road for the fifth Southern Conference showdown of the season, this time squaring off with Samford in Birmingham, Ala. Kickoff between the two squads will be 1:05 p.m. ET as ETSU looks for its first win in Birmingham in program history.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 26
Location: Birmingham, Ala. | Seibert Stadium
Teams: ETSU (2-5, 0-4) at Samford (3-4, 2-2)
Weather: High: 74 Low: 54; Thunderstorms
Game Notes: ETSU
Live Stats: samfordsports.com
Live Video: ESPN+ – Curt Bloom, Chad Pilcher, Noel Espinal
Live Audio: WXSM Radio
Radio Personnel: Jay “Voice of the Bucs” Sandos, Matt Wilhjelm (color analyst), Robert Harper (sideline)
Twitter: @ETSUFootball

This is SportsCenter
Will Huzzie had the catch that sent social media in a frenzy on Thursday night in Chattanooga, Tenn. Following ETSU recovering a fumble, the Bucs went on the move three plays later with a touchdown pass to the goal line. Trey Mitchell sent the ball flying over the defender’s head to where only one man could grab it...Huzzie. The redshirt-freshman wide receiver leapt up while being grabbed the Mocs’ defender. Huzzie extended his hand up in the air and over his shoulder, doing his best Odell Beckham Jr. impression. Huzzie hauled in the catch and sent the stadium in a frenzy despite being on the road. Huzzie’s catch was found on SportsCenter as the top play in the daily Top 10 countdown. The reception was also the opening talking point on Scott Van Pelt’s show as the “greatest thing I saw tonight”.

Huzzah Huzzie
Not only did Huzzie appear all over SportsCenter and all over social media with his OBJ-type catch, the redshirt-freshman also turned in a career performance against Chattanooga. Coming in to the game with just two catches for 38 yards on the season, Huzzie put on a display in front of the Mocs. The Georgia native finished the game with six receptions for 75 yards and his first collegiate touchdown. Huzzie now ranks fifth on the squad in receiving yards with 113 and eighth in receptions with eight.

On this date
ETSU is 2-4 all-time when playing on Oct. 26. The last time that the Bucs competed on this date was in 2002 when ETSU fell to Furman by the final score of 40-7. ETSU picked up wins on Oct. 26 in both 1963 and 1996. The Bucs’ first game on Oct. 26 came in 1963 when ETSU toppled Wofford by the final of 32-20. The victory in 1996 was against Furman as the Blue & Gold defeated the Paladins by the final score of 21-19. ETSU is being outscored on this date, 154-101 (25.7-16.8 per game).

Something’s Gotta Give
Saturday’s showdown between the Bulldogs and Bucs will be an interesting battle of offense and defense. Samford enters the game as the top offense in the Southern Conference, averaging 38.9 points per game. Meanwhile, ETSU has the third-best defense in the league, allowing just 23.6 points to opponents per game. On the flipside of the ball, the Bucs have one of the lowest offenses in the SoCon, averaging just 19.9 points per game, while the Bulldogs have the worst defense in the league, yielding 42.9 points per contest.

Series History
ETSU and Samford do not have a long extensive history like most would think being Southern Conference foes. The Bulldogs competed in the Ohio Valley Conference prior to ETSU dropping football following the 2003 season. ETSU is 1-5 all-time when squaring off against the Bulldogs, picking up the 15-14 win over then-ranked No. 18 Samford on Nov. 19, 2016. ETSU will have its hands full as the Bucs have not defeated the Bulldogs in Birmingham, Ala. in program history. The Bulldogs are 3-4 on the season, having dropped two consecutive games following a three-game winning streak. Samford is led by quarterback Chris Oladokun, USF transfer, with 15 passing touchdowns on the season.

Silencing Samford
Samford holds a 3-4 overall record and 2-2 in SoCon play heading into tomorrow’s tilt in Birmingham. The Bulldogs began the season with back-to-back losses before rattling off three consecutive wins. Since then, Samford has dropped a pair of SoCon games, falling to Furman (58-14) and VMI (48-41).

The Bulldogs are led offensively by South Florida transfer Chris Oladokun, completing 112-of-175 for 1,585 yards and 15 touchdowns. Oladokun has also provided a spark in the running game rushing for 350 yards and a team-best six touchdowns on 72 attempts. The Bulldogs possess the SoCon’s highest scoring offense averaging 38.9 points per game. Samford likes to score and score quick, holding on to the ball for just 21:55 of each game.

The lack of possession time could be the reason why the Bulldogs also possess the league’s most vulnerable defense, allowing 42.9 points per outing. The Bulldogs have forced only five turnovers on the defensive side of the ball, including a trio of interceptions. Samford’s John Staton leads the conference with 82 tackles on the campaign, ranking fifth in all of FCS football.

Saturday’s game will also be broadcast on ESPN+ with the team of Curt Bloom (play-by-play), Chad Pilcher (color commentary) and Noel Espinal (sideline) 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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