The Terriers run drills at practice in preparation for Saturday's second round playoff game. (Nov. 27, 2012/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -
The Wofford football team has qualified for the postseason five out of the past six years. And on Saturday, they'll face a team that's advanced to the playoffs for the ninth straight year.
The Terriers were a model of consistency this season, with an 8-3 record. They were tied with a much bigger South Carolina team until the fourth quarter and tied for the Southern Conference Championship at the end of the regular season.
That impressive showing allowed Wofford to skip the first round of the FCS playoffs and got them a home game this Saturday, when the ninth-ranked Terriers host the 11th-ranked University of New Hampshire Wildcats.
"They've got every pass route known to man," said Wofford head coach Mike Ayers. "And we're trying to cover them all, as well as, they've got a great run game. They do a great job with their quarterbacks, two athletic kids with great speed."
Wofford is known for its punishing ground game - the second best in the country - punishing opponents for 350 yards each game. Yet the man who makes the Terriers' triple option so explosive, fullback Eric Breitenstein, said it's the guys on the other side of the ball who can lead this team to a national title.
"They always say defense wins championships, and that's the difference this year and in year's past," said Breitenstein. "I think our defense has played outstanding the whole year, kept us in games and won us a few games. So, I expect them to continue playing well and have us wake things up on offense and have a good run here."
Breitenstein is Wofford's all-time leading rusher, with more than 1,600 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. He was also named the Southern Conference's offensive player of the year for second straight season.
Ayers said Breitenstein is one of the best players he has ever seen in his 25 years at Wofford.
"He's an unbelievable guy; he's a tremendous player," Ayers said. "He's broken all these records. He's a guy who's up for national awards and things like that, but he's so humble. And that's the thing. When you get a guy like that, his mindset is one whole thing: What's best for the team?"
Wofford hosts New Hampshire at 2 p.m. Saturday at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg for the second round of the FCS playoffs. If the Terriers win, they will face the winner of Saturday's showdown between North Dakota State and South Dakota state.
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