Furman ends season after falling just short at Incarnate Word

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Photo credit Furman Athletic Dept.

Furman fell just short in their bid for the program's deepest playoff run since 2005. The Paladins dropped a 41-38 heartbreaker at Incarnate Word. Furman was unable to make a play late, as they had the ball trailing by 3 in the closing minutes. Incarnate Word intercepted a Tyler Huff pass to seal the win.

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The Paladins gave up over 30 1st downs and over 600 yards of total offense to Incarnate Word's prolific offense. The Cardinals threw for 394 and ran for 219. The Cardinals came averaging 53 points per game. Furman's offense had 332 yards of offense, 171 passing and 161 rushing.

The Paladins were plus 1 in the turnover margin and scored a defensive TD. They struck 1st when DB Cally Chizik had a pick 6 to give them a 7-0 1st quarter lead. The Cardinals would score on back to back possessions in the 1st on TD passes from QB Lindsey Scott to WR Darion Chaffin. Furman answered with 10 straight points, they got a FG to make it 14-10. They then took the lead with a Dominic Roberto TD run to lead 17-14 after the 1st.

Incarnate Word would score on 2 TD drives in the 2nd quarter, both were over 70 yards. The 1st was capped by Darion Chaffin's 3rd TD catch of the day. The other drive was capped by a 42 yard scoring strike from Scott to Taylor Grimes. The Cardinals then took a 28-17 lead into the half.

In the 2nd half, Incarnate Word struck 1st with a field goal to lead 31-17. Furman answered with a TD run from Tyler Huff late in the 3rd. The Paladins would trail 31-24 after 3 quarters.

The homestanding Cards got another FG to open the final frame and extend the lead to 10 at 34-24. Furman would then score on a big play in the passing game, as Huff found WR Josh Harris for a 50 yard TD pass and cut the lead down to just 3, at 34-31.

Furman would score on Huff's 2nd TD run of the game and took a 38-34 lead with less than 7 minutes left to play. UIW then put together a late TD drive, Scott found Cole Wilson for a 32 yard TD pass to lead 38-34. Furman got the ball back and had a chance for same late game heroics. They were at the Cardinals 32 and Huff was picked off inside the Cardinals 10 with less than 2 minutes to play. UIW would then salt away the clock to win it, 41-38.

Incarnate Word's vaunted offense leaved up to its billing, thanks largely to QB play. Lindsey Scott Jr. was 33 of 49 for 394 yards, 5 TD's and 2 picks. He also ran for over 120 yards. Darion Chaffin finished with 8 catches for 166 yards and 3 TD's. For the Paladins, Tyler Huff was 16 of 28 passing for 171 yards, a TD and 2 picks. He would also run for 65 yards and 2 scores. DB Cally Chizik had 2 interceptions on the day for Furman.

The Paladins season comes to an end, they finished at 10-2 and 7-1 in SoCon play good for a 2nd place finish. It is one of the best Paladin seasons in modern history and Furman was just short of its longest postseason journey in over 15 years.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Furman Athletic Dept.