Final: GSU loses at home 16-14 to Furman

Photo by: Courtney Bonacci

Randall Hampton

Fourth Quarter:

The Georgia Southern University football team struggled to move the ball against the Furman University Paladins and dropped its second game in a row 16-14.

Furman took a 16-14 lead on the first play of the fourth quarter with a 18 yard field goal by senior kicker Ray Early.

With 6:48 left in the fourth quarter and Furman driving down the field the Eagles forced Furman redshirt junior running back to fumble.  GSU freshman defensive end Rafael Hardee recovered the fumble.

On the ensuing drive redshirt freshman fullback Irving Huggins had trouble with the handoff and fumbled the ball.  Furman recovered the ball and began milking the clock.  Sophomore quarterback Reese Hannon completed a crucial third and eight to give Furman a first down.

Redshirt junior running back Hank McCloud iced the game when he picked up a first down with 1:31 Left in the game.

Third Quarter:

Senior quarterback Jerick McKinnon started the second half under center for GSU.  He lead the Eagles on a 13 play 75 yard drive to take a 14-13 lead over Furman.

McKinnon’s 22 yard run over the right side helped set up a 2 yard touchdown run for redshirt freshman fullback Irving Huggins.

Furman put together a long drive led by sophomore quarterback Reese Hannon. Hannon completed several key passes to help Furman get down inside the one yard line.

The third quarter ended with the Paladins facing fourth down and one with the score 14-13 GSU.

Second Quarter:

GSU marched down the field to start the second quarter, but on the 12th play of a promising drive freshman running back Cam Lewis fumbled and Furman recovered.

The Paladins capitalized on the turnover when sophomore quarterback Reese Hannon threw a 54 yard touchdown pass to redshirt senior Ryan Culbtreath for a 13-7 lead.

With GSU trailing 13-7 junior running back Tray Butler returned a punt 42 yards and would have scored if not for a diving shoestring tackle by a Paladin defender.  Unfortunately for the Eagles, freshman kicker Younghoe Koo missed a field goal to keep the score at 13-7

First Quarter:

Furman University stunned the Georgia Southern University football team with a 75 trick play for a touchdown to start the game.

Furman redshirt sophomore fullback Tanner Skogen took the pitch and hit redshirt freshman Andrej Suttles on a halfback pass to put Furman on the board first.  GSU would block the extra point to keep the score 6-0.

GSU would respond with a 75 yard drive of its own capped off by sophomore fullback Nardo Govan’s first career rushing touchdown from one yard out.  The score plus the extra point gave GSU a 7-6 lead.

On the drive GSU answered Furman’s trick play with a fake punt and senior punter Luke Cherry completed a pass to junior safety Deion Stanley for 26 yards.