Camels host Mercer for Homecoming contest

Jake Barr (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Jake Barr (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Two of the top rushing offenses in the nation will meet Saturday at Barker-Lane Stadium as Campbell hosts Pioneer Football League newcomer Mercer at 4 p.m. The game will be part of Campbell's 2013 Homecoming festivities.

The Camels and Bears are two of the top rushing teams in all of FCS, with Mercer standing fifth at 273.4 yards per game and Campbell at 271.7.

The Camels are 1-6 overall and 0-4 in PFL games this season following a 52-45 shootout loss to Jacksonville last weekend in Buies Creek.

Senior quarterback Brian Hudson, who rushed for 110 yards and three touchdowns while passing for 227 and another score against the Dolphins, leads CU with 85.9 rushing and 141.0 passing yards per game. Kurt Odom and Keith Goss add 56.0 and 47.0 rushing yards per game for the Camels, with Ben Bolling recording a team-high 43.1 receiving yards per outing.

Odom heads into Saturday's game tied for the program's all-time lead in touchdowns scored with 17, knotted with former running back Carl Smith (2008-11). The senior from Robbinsville, N.C. also ranks third on the program's career rushing charts with 1,289 yards.

Matt Farris has posted 55 tackles with an interception and a forced fumble, while Isaac Scott owns 27 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles. Brandon Mobley has notched two interceptions and 20 stops.

Mercer is 6-1 on the year with a 2-1 PFL record, traveling away from Macon, Ga. for just the second time this season. In the Bears' only away game this season, the first year program fell 45-13 at San Diego. Mercer defeated Carnegie Melon 54-21 last weekend, finishing its nonconference schedule 4-0.

The Bears score 39.6 points per game, led by redshirt freshman running back Payton Usher's 101.0 yards rushing per game. John Russ tallies 166.9 passing yards per game with 13 touchdowns, tacking on 47.4 rushing with six more scores.

Tyler Ward paces the Bear defense with 45 tackles, including 7.0 for loss. Corey Lockett adds 24.5 tackles, while Michael Rainwater has posted 23.5.

The game will be the fourth time the Camels have played a first-year program in its Division I era (since 2008), also playing at UNC Charlotte in the 49ers' first game this season. The Camels will also visit first year program Stetson next weekend. Campbell also played first year teams Old Dominion in 2009 and Georgia State in 2010.

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The Camels will have four remaining games following their homecoming showdown with Mercer. Single game tickets remain for Campbell's home finale against Marist on Nov. 9. Campbell also travels to Stetson (Nov. 2) next weekend, and close with trips to Old Dominion (Nov. 16) and Davidson (Nov. 23).