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By Robbie Ross
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The Samford Bulldogs all but clinched an at-large berth in the NCAA FCS Playoffs Saturday as they ended Furman’s seven game winning streak, 26-20, in Birmingham.

The Samford Bulldogs all but clinched an at-large berth in the NCAA FCS Playoffs Saturday as they ended Furman’s seven game winning streak 26-20 in Birmingham.

Devlin Hodges solidified his claim on the SoCon Offensive Player of the Year award throwing for 305 yards and two touchdowns. Hodges’ favorite target was Kelvin McKnight who had 179 yards and a touchdown on 10 catches.

Samford’s defense kept the Paladins rushing offense in check limiting Furman to 182 yards on the ground. The Paladins were averaging 247 yards rushing coming into the game. 

Furman senior quarterback PJ Blazejowski led the Paladins with 229 yards while completing 11 of 20 passes. Blazejowski also threw one interception which came with under a minute to go with the Paladins trying to get a last second win.

With the win Samford moves to 8-3 on the year and finishes in second place in the SoCon at 6-2. The Bulldogs’ win also clinched their second consecutive at-large berth in the NCAA FCS Playoffs.

Furman lost for the first time since a 49-16 setback to NC State just over two months ago, on September 16th. The Paladins’ seven game winning streak was their longest winning streak since 1999. Furman’s three losses to FCS teams have come by a total of 10 points (Wofford 24-23, Elon 34-31 and Samford 26-20). Furman will now wait until the NCAA FCS Playoff Selection Show to see if they will be selected to the 24-team field for the first time since 2013 as the SoCon’s third team.

Wofford clinched the SoCon’s automatic bid last week with their win over VMI finishing the season 7-1 in the league. 

The NCAA FCS Playoff Selection Show will be televised Sunday morning at 11:00 on ESPNU. Check back Sunday afternoon for Southern Pigskin’s breakdown of the bracket. The FCS Playoffs begin next weekend with eight first round games at campus sites.

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.