Furman Drops FCS 2nd Round Playoff Clash At Wofford, 28-10

P.J. Blazejowski
P.J. Blazejowski

SPARTANBURG, S.C -- Wofford scored a pair of second half touchdowns to break open a tight game and rode a strong defense to beat Furman, 28-10, in Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) second round playoff action Saturday afternoon at Gibbs Stadium.

The win advances the No. 8-ranked Terriers (10-2) into the playoff quarterfinals, where they will next face North Dakota State in Fargo, ND.  Furman (8-4), the preseason seventh place pick in the Southern Conference and No. 22-ranked team entering the game, had its season end with the loss.  The Paladins won eight of their final 10 games under first-year head coach Clay Hendrix, the league's consensus coach-of-the-year, following an 0-3 start.

Furman grabbed a 10-7 lead midway through the second quarter when quarterback P.J. Blazejowski connected with Logan McCarter on a 20-yard scoring strike.

The Paladins had a chance to take the advantage into intermission, but a costly second down procedure penalty at the Furman 13-yard led to punt.  Wofford took advantage by covering 64 yards in five plays for the go-ahead touchdown, which came on a 33-yard connection from Brandon Goodson to Blake Morgan with 45 seconds to go in the first half to give

Wofford dominated play in the second half, shutting out Furman while adding a couple of touchdowns — the first on a 2-yard plunge by Chase Nelson for a 21-10 lead, and the second, on a fake field goal which Terrier holder Miller Mosley converted into a 2-yard run around left end with 5:59 remaining.

Furman managed only 107 yards in total offense over the final two quarters, with 73 coming on the Paladins' final possession, which ended on downs at the Wofford 2.

Wofford finished with 379 yards, rushing for 291.

Furman was held to a season low 52 yards rushing.

Blazejowski completed 18-of-30 passes for 257 yards and a touchdown to pace Furman offensively.  The senior from St. Augustine finished his career with 4,942 yards passing and 33 touchdowns, good for sixth in both categories in program history.  His 5,801 yards in total offense pushed him ahead of former great Frankie DeBusk (1987-90) into fourth place all-time.

Senior Logan McCarter had three catches for 35 yards and a touchdown to complete his career with 92 receptions (18th) for 1,420 yards (19th) to rank among the Top 20 all-time at Furman.

All-SoCon tight end Andy Schumpert had five catches for 80 yards while Thomas Gordon finished with five grabs for 66 yards.

Paladin freshman linebackers Reynard Ellis and Elijah McKoy paced Furman defensively with 13 and 11 stops, respectively

Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information