"Movin' On Up" Furman clinches 2nd in SoCon with road win at Mercer

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Photo credit Furman Athletic Dept

Furman got a huge road win downing Mercer 23-13 to clinch 2nd place in the SoCon. The Paladins are now one game behind Samford, who is unbeaten in conference and beat them earlier this year. Samford will win the league, as they hold the tiebreaker over the Paladins. Most importantly, the win keeps Furman in position to get an at-large bid to the FCS playoffs.

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Furman got on the board with a 44 yard field goal from Ian Williams. It was one of three makes for him on the day. The Paladins led 3-0 after the 1st quarter. Mercer scored on a 3 yard TD pass from QB Fred Payton to Ty James and led 7-3. Furman scored again right before the half on a 7 yard TD run from QB Tyler Huff. Furman led 10-7 at the half.

In the 3rd, the Paladins controlled the game. They got a score on a big play in the passing game. Huff found WR Josh Harris for a 56 yard scoring strike. The Paladins then got another FG late in the 3rd and led 20-7 going into the final frame.

Furman got their last score of the game on the 3rd FG from Williams with 9:15 left . That capped a 20-0 Furman run that started late in the 1st half. Mercer would score one last time on a TD pass from QB Fred Payton to Travis Solomon. They failed on the 2 point try and Furman salted the game away, to win it 23-13.

Huff was 19 of 31 for 293 yards and a TD. He also led Furman in rushing with 76 yards and a score on 10 carries. Furman outgained Mercer 460-316 in total yards. They also dominated the run game outgaining Mercer 167 to 53 on the ground. Furman averaged nearly 5 yards per carry and Mercer was held to 1.8 yards per tote.

Furman is now 8-2 and 6-1 in the SoCon and in sole possession of 2nd place. They have clinched 2nd as they would own a tiebreaker with Chattanooga or Mercer, after beating them both. Furman is projected by most FCS pundits to make the FCS Playoffs. They need to avoid an upset at the hands of Upstate rival Wofford to keep pace for the postseason. Wofford is 3-7 on the year, but those 3 wins have come in a stretch of the last four games. So, the Terriers are playing their best late. You can hear that game Saturday, 10:30 pregame with kickoff at noon, on The Fan Upstate.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Furman Athletic Dept