10 Key Facts About Furman

Having started the season in an 0-2 hole, North Carolina is looking at its next game as an opportunity to get back on track. And while Saturday's opponent is a I-AA program, the Paladins are not to be taken lightly ...

1. Furman (2-0) is not located in Furman, S.C., which is 50 miles north of Savannah, Ga. It's a school of 2,630 students that's actually located in Greenville, S.C. The Paladins are the No. 4-ranked Division I-AA team in the nation by The Sporting News this week.

2. Their head coach is Bobby Lamb, who is 35-15 in his fifth season. He currently has the second-best all-time winning percentage (.711) at Furman, trailing only Dick Sheridan (.744, 69-23-2).

3. On Oct. 30, 1999, Furman rolled up 461 yards of total offense and stunned North Carolina in Chapel Hill, 28-3. It was the first time the Paladins had defeated a Division I-A school since a 42-20 win over N.C. State in 1985. The Tar Heels won all four matchups with Furman prior to the 1999 loss – in 1902, 1916, 1980 and 1992 – by a combined score of 119-13.

4. A rush-first offensive mentality is producing 202.5 yards per game on the ground for Furman. However, running the ball has still produced turnovers for the Paladins, which have lost four fumbles already in just two games this season.

5. In Game 1, backup quarterback Jordan Sorrell, in his first collegiate game, threw a 19-yard touchdown pas to Brantley Kendall with 28 seconds remaining to lift Furman over Jacksonville State, 17-13. Fullback Jerome Felton and tailback Cedrick Gipson combined for 152 yards rushing, and starting quarterback Renaldo Gray was 8-of-16 for 101 yards and no interceptions. In Game 2, Gipson's career-long 67-yard touchdown run in the second quarter highlighted the Paladins' 24-7 win over West Georgia.

6. Furman is 5-15-1 versus Division I-A competition since 1982. Furman's wins are against South Carolina, 28-23 (1982); Georgia Tech, 17-14 (1983); N.C. State, 17-14 (1984); N.C. State, 42-20 (1985); and UNC, 28-3 (1999).

7. The Paladins have the best record (58-21) and highest winning percentage (.734) among NCAA Division I-A and I-AA football programs in the Carolinas since 2000.

8. Furman's defensive line returned three starters from a year ago, led by senior defensive end Ray Ravenell, named third team I-AA All-America in 2004, and all-Southern Conference the past two seasons. Last season, he registered 71 tackles and a pair of sacks.

9. Middle linebacker Andrew Jones was also all-conference last year. He led the team with 129 tackles, 13 tackles for losses and 3.5 sacks.

10. Two-time all-conference kicker Scott Beckler led the Southern Conference in scoring in 2005. Although he started the season by converting 12 of his first 16 field goal attempts, he missed six of his last eight.

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