Football faces tough test in fifth-ranked Wofford

J.T. Geren
Sports Editor

The Bulldogs will take their new offense on the road for the first time playing at fifth-ranked Wofford on Sept. 24.

“Wofford is one of the best coached teams you’ll ever go against anywhere,” head coach Pat Sullivan told “Coach Ayers and his staff have been together for a long time and they do what they do. They certainly don’t beat themselves; they make you earn everything you get.”

The Samford Bulldogs take the field again Saturday against Wofford at 6 p.m. CST in Spartanburg, S.C. Nick Boardman | Photographer

Wofford enters the game 1-1 with a loss at Clemson. The Terriers made headlines for nearly upsetting an ACC team, who
won by a narrow eight-point margin. Wofford dispatched Presbyterian College 35-28 in week one to notch their only win.

Samford looks to build on the momentum captured from their blowout victory over Stillman where they recorded 473 yards of total offense.

“Wofford doesn’t do too many different things on defense, and they basically run one of two defenses every time. However, they are very good at what they do and they have been very successful for a long time,” senior quarterback and business major Dustin Taliaferro said.

The disciplined Terriers will provide a substantial test for a Samford defense, which has struggled at times.

Sullivan feels good about his team’s preparation for the upcoming bout with Wofford.

“They won’t prepare for this game any differently, other than instead of playing at home we’re going to have to get on the bus and ride five hours,” Sullivan said. “We’re playing another team ranked in the top 10. That’s our league, it’s a special league and it’s where we want to be. We’re going up there to do our best and I am looking forward to the game.”

The Bulldogs have yet to beat Wofford since joining the SoCon. An upset victory Saturday would bring a lot of attention to the football program as a rising power in the Southern Conference.

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