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Samford Remains on a Roll

By Robbie Ross
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Samford has won its fourth straight game to thrust themselves back into the SOCON title conversation.

Samford has won its fourth straight game to thrust themselves back into the SOCON title conversation after a dismal 1-4 start which included losing two straight in SOCON play. Devlin Hodges continued to have a hot hand passing for 399 yards and totaling five touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat the Terriers for the 4th straight season 35-20.

With the win the Bulldogs move to within one game of conference leading East Tennessee State with two games to play in the SOCON. Samford travels to Charleston to take on The Citadel next Saturday and then to Johnson City to end the regular season in what could very well be a de-facto SOCON title game with the winner receiving the automatic bid to the NCAA FCS Playoffs.

Hodges, the SOCON preseason offensive player of the year, threw touchdown passes to four different receivers on Saturday whole also running for a score. Hodges hooked up for a 73 yard touchdown to Kelvin McKnight and a 12 yard scoring pass to Clarke Miller in the first quarter. Chris Shelling was the recipient of a Hodges touchdown pass in the second quarter and Demarcus Ware hauled in an 8 yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. With the 399 yards passing, Hodges moves into second place on the NCAA FCS all-time passing yardage list.

Wofford can still claim a share or win the SOCON outright but would need East Tennessee State to lose a game as the Terriers join Samford and Furman in the standings with two conference losses. Wofford wraps up their league schedule next Saturday on the road at Western Carolina.

Robbie Ross - Robbie Ross is Southern Pigskin's lead SoCon writer. A 19-year veteran of the Furman Radio Network, Ross also spent time with the Georgia State Radio Network prior to his ventures with Southern Pigskin. He is a voter in the STATS FCS Top 25 Poll.