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In the biggest SoCon clash of the weekend, Chattanooga ran to a 31-21 victory over Samford.

#12/10Chattanooga (2-1, 1-0) 31, Samford (2-1, 0-1) 21

The Chattanooga Mocs topped Samford 31-21 in Birmingham in the initial SoCon contest for each team.  Chattanooga was led by quarterback Jacob Huesman, who rushed 23 times for 150 yards and a touchdown, while completing 14-of-23 passes for 181 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.  Samford quarterback Michael Eubank completed 27-of-36 passes for 255 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Chattanooga travels to Clinton, SC to take on Presbyterian College this week and Samford jumps up in competition to take on FBS Louisville.

Furman (1-2) 16, Central Florida (0-3) 15

Furman kicker Jon Croft Hollingsworth kicked a school record 55-yard fourth quarter field goal and Furman was led by a dominating second half defensive effort to beat UCF 16-15.  The win marked the Paladins' first win over an FBS opponent since beating North Carolina 28-3 in 1999. The Paladins, who entered the contest without a forced turnover in their first two games, ended the contest with four, highlighted by Trey Robinson's two interceptions.  Furman lifts the lid on its SoCon slate this week welcoming VMI to Paladin Stadium.

Idaho (1-2) 41, Wofford (1-2) 38

The Wofford Terriers gave a valiant effort, leading in the fourth quarter, before falling to the Idaho Vandals in the Kibbie Dome 41-38.  Wofford was led by Lorenzo Long with 10 carries for 86 yards and three touchdowns. Evan Jacks was 4-of-5 passing and ran for 35 yards. Nick Colvin had 63 rushing yards and a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The Terriers allowed 334 passing yards and lost three fumbles in the game.  Wofford returns home to Spartanburg to host Gardner-Webb Saturday night at 7:00pm.

Georgia Southern (2-1) 48, The Citadel (2-1, 1-0) 13

In a game between two former SoCon rivals, the Eagles, now of the Sun Belt Conference, prevailed over The Citadel in Statesboro 48-13.  The Bulldogs' Evan McField put the team on the board early in the third quarter after breaking a 60-yard run. The touchdown made it 31-7 in favor of the Eagles. McField’s career-long run was the longest rush by the Bulldogs this season. The redshirt freshman rushed for 163 yards in the game to lead all rushers. Cam Jackson scored his first rushing touchdown of the season from six yards out. The 12-play, 80-yard drive made the score 48-13.  The Citadel hosts cross town rival Charleston Southern at Johnson Hagood Stadium at 6:00pm Saturday night.

Richmond (2-1) 42, VMI (1-2) 10

The Richmond Spiders forced five turnovers by VMI and picked up a 42-10 win in Robins Stadium Saturday night.  The Keydets forced a punt on the first Richmond drive of the game, but on VMI's first play from scrimmage, Al Cobb was picked off by Ayo Ogunniyi and the interception was returned for a touchdown. Richmond would lead the rest of the way, helped by three more interceptions and a Keydet fumble inside the UR 10-yard line.  VMI’s Brice Tucker ran for 120 yards to lead the Keydets.  VMI travels to Furman to kick off SoCon play Saturday.

Tennessee Tech (1-2) 29, Mercer (2-1) 22

Tennessee Tech made its 21-6 early lead hold up, fighting off a Mercer comeback bid, and handing the Bears their first loss of the season, 29-22.  Missed opportunities in the red zone plagued Mercer, which came into the contest with touchdowns in each of its previous eight trips inside the opponents' 20-yard line. However, the Bears scored just two touchdowns on Saturday night, despite working their way into the red zone on five occasions.  Mercer is off this week before opening SoCon play against Wofford on October 3rd.

Tennessee (2-1) 55, Western Carolina (1-2) 10

Tennessee exploded for 31 points in the second quarter, taking advantage of a pair of Catamount turnovers and an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown as the Volunteers handed Western Carolina a 55-10 defeat.  Catamount sophomore running back Detrez Newsome gained a game-high 241 total yards for the Catamounts, including a career-high 128 yards rushing.  Newsome added five kickoff returns for 111 yards with one reception out of the backfield.  The Catamounts had three turnovers and only one first down on their first eight possessions. One of those turnovers resulted in a 57-yard interception return by Tennessee's LaDarrell McNeil that led to a Vol score.  Western Carolina is off this week and will host Presbyterian College on October 3rd in Cullowhee.

Written by Robbie Ross