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The Presbyterian College football team returns home to Bailey Memorial Stadium to host the Flames of Liberty this Saturday, Oct. 13th at 2 p.m.  The homecoming game will be televised on the Flames Sports Network as well as ESPN3.

The Blue Hose are 2-4 after falling at VMI last weekend, 7-17.  PC was held to 45 yards of total offense in the first half, but rallied in the fourth quarter with a 23-yard touchdown catch by Jeremiah McKie.  PC ran out of time, however, as VMI came away with the win.

The Flames are 1-4 overall and are coming off a 42-35 win over Gardner Webb last weekend.  That game gave Liberty first-year head coach Turner Gill his first win at the helm of the program.
 

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Presbyterian College returns to Bailey Memorial Stadium after playing the last two games in a row on the road ... to date, the Blue Hose have played four of their first six games outside of Clinton ... PC hosts Liberty at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 for Homecoming ...

Oct. 13th holds a significant date in PC football history ... According to the PC archives, the game will be mark the 99th year to the day of PC football ... PC's first football game ever was played against Anderson Fitting on Oct. 13, 1913 ... PC won that game 58-0 ...

In one of the most exciting games last season, PC fell to the Flames, 27-20, in double overtime in Lynchburg, Va. ... After Aaron Mayes kicked the game-tying 22-yard field goal as time expired, PC went up 20-13 in the first overtime ... Liberty scored to make it 20-20 to force second OT ... The Flames scored to open the second overtime and held PC from the end zone to hold on for the one TD win ...

Liberty and PC first met in 1982 with the Flames taking the 24-12 win ... Overall Liberty owns a 5-4 mark, and have won the last four of five meetings since PC moved to Division I in 2007 ... 

The Flames are coming off a 42-35 win over Gardner Webb that game head Coach Turner Gill his first win at the helm of the program

The Blue Hose fell to VMI in Lynchburg, Va. this past Saturday by a 17-7 score ... PC was held to 45 yards of total offense in the first half, but rallied in the fourth quarter with a 23-yard touchdown catch by Jeremiah McKie ...  PC ran out of time, however, as VMI came away with the win ... 

Kaleb Griffin saw significant time on the field at VMI, coming in relief in the second half ...  He went 14-for-22, both career highs and thrrew for a personal best 167 yards, including a career-long 34-yard pass to Derl Howard in the fourth quarter ... He posted his second TD pass in as many games and even recorded a career-long 11-yard rush ...

Several long plays led to the win at Davidson Sept. 29 ... Mark Williams had a career-long 76-yard interception return that ended a promising Wildcat drive in the fourth, while L.J. Perry posted a 66-yard interception TD run in the first for PC's first score ... Michael Ruff caught a 45-yard pass that set up Demarcus Rouse's three-yard TD run in the third quarter that put PC ahead of Davidson, 14-13 ... Shawn Armstrong recorded a career-long 45 yard catch in the second quarter as well ...

PC's defense totaled 142 interception yards at Davidson, as L.J. Perry returned an INT 66 yards for a touchdown and Mark Williams added a 76-yard INT return later in the game ... According to the Big South It is the fourth-most interception return yards for a league team, while the 71.0 return average is the best for a Conference member in a game with at least two interceptions ... Williams' return is the fifth-longest in Big South history, while Perry's is tied for the 11th-longest ...

Bryson Brindle was named The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week after Sept. 29's game ... Of his career-high four solo tackles, three were sacks for a total of 29 yards ... He Had all three in the second half His second sack doomed a promising drive for Davidson ... The Wildcats advanced to the PC 14-yard line and a sack by Brindle put them at the 22-yard line with a fourth and nine ... the Wildcats forced a pass on fourth down and threw an interception ... His last sack of the game came during Davidson's last drive leading to a fourth and 24 for the Wildcats three plays later ...

Several other players were honored for their efforts against Davidson ... Bryson Brindle and L.J. Perry were honorable mentions in the College Football Performance Awards Performers of the Week, while Brindle was named a FCS Defensive Player of the Week by the Beyond Sports College Network (BSN) ...

Highlighting the PC effort again Furman was Arthur Williams who finished with over 100 receiving yards for the first time in his career ... He had 119 yards and had a career-long 43-yard reception that helped PC set up its third score ... His 38-yard catch led the Blue Hose in their second TD of the game ...

PC collected 270 passing yards against Furman, a season-high and most since recording 291 against Charleston Southern last season ... Few and far between, the time before that was the season-opening game against Wake Forest in 2010 where the Blue Hose came away with 292 ...

Leading the Blue Hose on the ground through six games is Lance Byrd who is averaging 65.3 yards in 86 carries ... Arthur Williams paces the team in the air, having caught 21 passes for 236 yards for an average of 11.2 yards a catch ... Tamyn Garrick is 66-for-133 with six interceptions ... He has thrown for 768 yards with two TDs ... Michael Ruff owns the All-Purpose lead with 493 total yards, a 82.2 average per game... Donelle Williams leads the Blue Hose on the defensive side of the ball with 60 total tackles (28-32) ... He is followed by Cedric Byrd with 33 (23-10) in six games ...  Bryson Brindle leads in sacks with 4.5 ...

A couple of highlights against Vanderbilt included Joey Gilkey who caught a 29-yard reception in the second quarter, a career-long for the tight end ... Jordan Hallums also made his first career catch with a 21-yard reception in the first half, PC's second-longest pass of the day ... Chad Sanders also hit a career mark, with a 14-yard rush in the first quarter ...

One notable stat from the 59-3 loss to Georgia Tech was a 91-yard fumble return by Branden Leston ... He recovered a fumble at the PC goal line and ran it back to the Georgia Tech nine-yard line ... Leston's return set a new Division I record for longest recovery, eclipsing a Chetyuane Reeder 78-yarder set in 2007 against Charleston Southern ...

The Blue Hose recovered three fumbles, the most lost fumbles for the Yellow Jackets since giving up a trio in the 2010 Independence Bowl against Air Force ...

Lance Byrd needed just 11 rushing attempts to reach 400 for his career, he surpassed that mark with 18 at Georgia Tech ... Michael Ruff reached a milestone on the team's first drive against Georgia Tech, hauling in a 19-yard reception to push him over 1,000 career receiving yards ...

The 45-10 win over Brevard marked the first time the Blue Hose have won their season-opening game since a 10-0 victory over West Georgia in 2006, its last year in NCAA Division II  ... The margin of victory, 35 points, was the largest since a 62-10 win over Chowan in 2007 ...

Against Brevard the Blue Hose returned the game's opening kick-off for a touchdown, marking just the second time PC has scored off a kick return ...

Demarcus Rouse recorded three rushing TDs in the game against Brevard ... his three TDs were not only personal records, but they tied PC's Division I single-game record for most rushing TDs, as well as most total TDs ... Rouse's 18 points is tied for first as well in most points in a game ...

Cedric Byrd ran back five punts for 33 yards against the Tornados ... the five punt returns broke PC's Division I record for most in a single game ...

In a game of records, the four rushing TDs against Brevard is tied for second in PC Division I record books ...

With Lance Byrd's 109 rushing yards against the Tornados he became the first PC player in Division I history to break the 2,000-career yard mark, finishing the game with 2,058 ... he is already the school's leading rusher ... With 2,207 yards he is just 409 yards from catching teammate Michael Ruff for the all-purpose yardage record ... Ruff has 2,987, just 13 from 3,000 ...

Michael Ruff led off the 2012 season with a bang, returning the opening kick-off 92 yards for a touchdown ... It was the longest in PC's Division I history and the first score from the opening kick for the Blue Hose ... It was the second kick-off returned for a TD by PC in PC's Division I history ... Ruff finished with over 100 all-purpose yards for the game (109), earning him College Football Performance Awards National Kickoff Returner of the Week, as well as Big South Special Teams Player of the Week ...

Patrick Morgano was named to the 2012 College Football Performance Awards Punter Award watch list ... A Big South All-Conference selection in 2011, Morgano was also named CFPA Positional Performer of the Week ... He averaged 40.7 punts in 2011 and put 21 of them inside the 20-yard line, with 10 of them over 50 yards in distance ...

The Blue Hose were picked to finish fourth in the Big South in 2012 ... The top three pre-season picks all come to Clinton this season with Liberty coming to town Oct. 13, Stony Brook Oct. 27 and Coastal Carolina Nov. 10 ...

Record Watch
Several players are close to career milestones at PC ... With 18 at Georgia Tech, Lance Byrd reached 400 rushing attempts for his career, he has 462 currently, just 38 from 500 ... He is already first on the list ... With 19 yards at Vanderbilt Michael Ruff eclipsed 1,000 career pass reception yards ...  he is just 138 from moving to second in that category ... He also needs five receiving TDs to become the PC Division I leader, and only 30 receptions to take that top spot ... His 13 total TDs is tied for third, just four away from the top spot ... With 104 total points, kicker Aaron Mayes is just 3 points from second in career total points scored ... Ruff has 79 kick returns, which is tops ... Justin Bethel may hold the career mark for interceptions but Antarius Terrell is closing in with five of his own ... Cedric Byrd is second on the pass breakup career list, just two from Bethel's 16 ...

This Day in PC Football History
The Blue Hose have played in 12 October 13th games ... According to PC archives, the first PC football game was played on Oct. 13, 1913 ... PC hosted Anderson Fitting and won 58-0 ... PC is 8-4 in games on this day, the last coming in 2007 as the team beat VMI 45-21 ... 

2007 - VMI, W 45-21
2001 - Mars Hill, L 12-20
1990 - Elon, L 20-31
1984 - Elon, W 21-17
1979 - Elon, W 30-14
1973 - Lenoir Rhyne, L 6-34
1956 - Elon, W 20-14
1951 - Davidson ,W 14-12
1939 - Newberry ,W 6-0
1923 - Furman, L 0-20
1917 - The Citadel, W 7-0
1913 - Anderson Fitting,W 58-0

 

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