Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to footer

Elon Races Past Furman, 45-7

Furman lost to Elon, 45-7.
Kealand Dirks

ELON, N.C. -- Elon capitalized on an early  turnover and used a balanced, big-play offensive attack to race past Furman, 45-7, in a clash of FCS ranked teams Saturday evening at Rhodes Stadium.

The Phoenix (1-1), ranked 15th in both the FCS STATS and AFCA polls, wasted little time in grabbing the early lead when McAllister Ingram stripped Furman freshman quarterback Darren Grainger of the football, which was scooped up by Greg Liggs, who sprinted 18 yards into the end zone on the game's second play to help stake Elon to a 7-0 lead.

After the Paladins' Grayson Atkins missed a 48-yard field goal, Elon's Malcolm Summers took a handoff and broke through the middle of Furman's defense on the way to a 54-yard scoring run to make it 14-0 seven minutes into the game.

Furman's first quarter troubles continued when quarterback JeMar Lincoln was separated from the football at the Elon 32.

Atkins couldn't convert a second field goal try — from 50 yards — four minutes into the second period, and the Phoenix responded with a nine-play, 68-yard drive that yielded a three-yard touchdown run by De'Sean McNair for a 21-0 advantage.

Phoenix quarterback Davis Cheek finished off the first half scoring spree with a 30-yard strike to tight end Matt Foster with 1:50 to go before intermission.

Furman covered 55 yards to the Elon 24 on its final possession of the first half, but Grainger's throw into the end zone was intercepted by Daniel Reid-Bennett as time expired.

Elon extended its lead to 45-0 before Furman registered its lone score on a 12-yard run around right end by Lincoln with 6:20 remaining.

Cheek completed 12-of-15 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown in the win, and the Phoenix ran for 275 yards and four scores, finishing with 448 yards in total offense.

Furman totaled 262 total yards, rushing for 195.  Kealand Dirks paced the Paladins with 12 rushes for 72 yards.

Furman's three turnovers in the contest gave them eight miscues in the three clashes with Elon over the past year, which included a regular season game and playoff contest against the Phoenix in 2017.

The Paladins (0-2), who have five played five straight away games dating back to last year, kick off their home season next Saturday against Colgate in a 1:00 p.m. game.