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With just under eight minutes left in the game, Furman was leading The Citadel 17-14, but it felt as if the Paladins’ control of the game was slipping away. They hadn’t scored since a field goal early in the 2nd quarter, and the Bulldogs had controlled the ball nearly the entire 2nd half to …

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The Citadel lived by the sword -- metaphorically the rush -- and died by it. Its potent rushing attack was more useful for yards than points as Furman defeated its bitterest rival, 24-14, Saturday in the 1st night game between the two in, forgive the pun, many a moon.

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For his magnificent efforts in Furman’s 42-20 road win at Wofford, tailback Devin Wynn is the Southern Conference’s GEICO Offensive Player of the Week.

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SPARTANBURG – Devin Wynn arrived at Wofford with something extra on Saturday. Whatever reason – breaking out of a little slump, tired of losing to the Terriers, who knew? Who cared?

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Let’s just dispense with the usual similarities. Furman (and Wofford) fans know that the schools now known as Paladins and Terriers have been playing games of football longer than anyone else in the Deep South, in spite of claims to the contrary.

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On a lovely day just begging for drama and excitement, Furman provided little in Mercer’s 24-3 Southern Conference triumph at Paladin Stadium on Saturday.

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After taking some bitter but not wholly unexpected medicine at North Carolina State, Furman returns home to regain its vigor against its 1st Southern Conference opponent, Mercer.

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- No upset was in the cards on Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium. North Carolina State showed out with 45 points and 505 total yards. Furman only managed to put up 7 points and 196.

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It’s not often that an FCS team has a winning all-time record against a Power 5 opponent, but that’s exactly the case with Furman against North Carolina State. The Paladins are 8-5-4 all time against the Wolfpack.

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It could be that my sympathy for the underdog began, or at the very least was cultivated, by an autumn night in Raleigh, N.C., before I was a fully functioning freshman at Furman. I was caught up in the enthusiasm of going to college, so I went to see my new school play against a big one.

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Senior Jack Crosby closed with a flourish, firing a final-round 66 to finish 4-under-par and finish 8th in the Gopher Invitational, held at the par-71, 7,359-yard Windsong Farm course in Independence, Minn.

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For the first time since Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music” was topping the music charts in the fall of 1976, Furman will travel to Cookeville, Tenn., for a football game with Tennessee Tech this Saturday. Kickoff will be at 2:30 p.m.

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Furman quarterback Hamp Sisson’s good week just got better. He has been named Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Paladins’ 29-18, season-opening victory over FCS No. 24-ranked North Carolina A&T on Saturday.

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I could be wrong, but after Furman’s 29-18 victory over North Carolina A&T, Clay Hendrix never once said, “We gotta get better.” I’m sure he believes it, but if he said it, I didn’t use it. He says it a lot, and he means it. Hendrix also, unsurprisingly, means what he says.

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Quarterback Hamp Sisson was deceptively prolific in leading Furman past North Carolina A&T, 29-18, in the opening game for both teams at Paladin Stadium on Saturday.

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Furman football begins its season Saturday at home against North Carolina A&T, and the sky is no longer limited. Anyone who wants to come can attend the 2 p.m. game.

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Devin Wynn, the Paladins’ senior tailback, received more recognition by being name the College Football Performance Awards FCS National Performer of the Year watch list.

The backfield of the Furman Paladins is absolutely loaded this season with seven proven performers, as well as five highly-regarded newcomers. The 12-man crew is an imposing array of talent.

Once again, the flagship of Furman football is ESPN Upstate, the top-rated sports-talk radio station in the Greenville-Spartanburg market.

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The outside linebackers are integral for the Paladins, who feature a base 3-4 defense with “bandit” and “spur” positions. Furman appears well equipped in those spots with starters returning at each position.

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Here it comes again. Damn it. And the same people who have been two weeks from dead wrong for, oh, 18 months or so, are taking us right back down Corona Boulevard. Little did they know it was the headquarters of Delta Force.

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Football season is less than a month away, so it’s time to look at some of the positional groups for the Paladins. One of the more experienced groups on the team is the defensive line, which returns seven letterwinners and five players with significant playing experience.

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Inexplicably, there is a road in the rolling hills of Upstate South Carolina and Georgia. Clay Hendrix has ridden it all his life. It's a straight road. A direct road. It got him where he wanted to go.