GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Quarterback Chris Forcier (fore-see-A) passed for 226 yards and a Southern Conference record seven touchdowns to power Furman to a 62-21 victory over visiting Presbyterian in Paladins' head coach Bruce Fowler's home season coaching debut Saturday afternoon at Paladin Stadium.
Foricer, the former UCLA transfer who missed virtually all of Furman's 2010 campaign with a shoulder injury, completed 12-of-16 passes, including touchdown strikes of 13, 39, 6, 20, 64, 10, and 20 yards in the win, the 13-straight for Furman (2-1) over Presbyterian (1-3). He also rushed 11 times for 58 yards and a touchdown, giving him a school record eight touchdown responsibilities on the day.
In all the 6-foot-3, 215-pound senior signal caller combined to set six new Furman and SoCon records, including a string of 20 consecutive completions that began in the Paladins' season opener against Coastal Carolina.
"Chris is dangerous," said Fowler following the game. "He can tuck it and run it, and he can throw it. Today they (PC) were up there really playing tight, and we threw a couple over their heads. That dual threat made it tough on them."
Forcier's recording setting performance was keyed in part by a Furman defense that forced four turnovers, including fumbles on PC's first two possessions.
"Turnovers can change a game quicker than anything," added Fowler. "We did a nice job. Those early turnovers were big because we converted them into sores. That's the key thing, getting points out of them like we did today."
A fumble recovery by Furman's Josh Lynn following a sack gave the Paladins the ball at the PC 19, and two plays later Forcier outran the Blue Hose defense to the pylon to give Furman a 7-0 lead less then two minutes into the game.
Furman's defense forced another miscue on PC's second possession. Strong Safety Marcus McMorris scooped up a fumble by Blue Hose quarterback Ryan Singer and ran 31 yards to the PC 22. Later, on a fourth and one play at the PC 13, Forcier faked a handoff and lofted a 13-yard scoring strike over PC's defense into the hands of tight end Cameron Mason in the end zone to help give the Paladins a 14-0 lead.
Following a short PC punt, Forcier capped Furman's strong first quarter with a 39-yard hook-up with Daniel McFadden, giving the Paladins a 21-0 advantage.
The onslaught continued in the second quarter with four more Forcier touchdown strikes, including a 6-yard connection to tight end Colin Anderson that capped a 14-play, 80-yard drive, a 20-yard scoring toss to slot receiver Tyler Maples, and a 64-yard strike to flanker Sederrik Cunningham. Forcier finished off his impressive first half by moving the Paladins 58 yards in six plays, culminated by a 10-yard hook-up with flanker Will King with eight seconds to go in the half for a 48-14 lead.
Forcier finished off his display with a 20-yard third quarter connection with McFadden, whose second scoring grab of the game highlighted a Paladin receiving corps that saw six players record touchdown catches.
Furman outgained Presbyterian 483-290, rushing for 251 yards and passing for 232. Jerodis Williams paced all rushers with 17 carries for 95 yards.
Kadarron Anderson led Furman's defense with 14 tackles, a sack, and two pass deflections. The Paladins finished the game with four sacks
PC's Justin Bethel topped all defenders with 15 tackles, a sack, two tackles-for-loss, and a blocked punt, which he recovered in the end zone to give PC its first score of the game, one play into the second quarter.
Furman plays at Western Carolina next Saturday in a 6:00 p.m. SoCon game.
With its victory today Furman extends its series winning streak against Presbyterian to 13 games, which is the second longest active streak against any foe (21 vs. VMI, 1980-Present)
Furman has now won 21 consecutive non-conference regular season home games dating back to 1999.
Furman's 48 first half points marked the Paladins' highest 1H tally since 2002 (49 vs. Elon
Furman senior quarterback Chris Forcier set several new Furman and Southern Conference single game records in today's game:
Most Touchdown Passes
Game: 7 vs. Presbyterian, 2011 (previous standard was 5 held by two players: Hugh Swlling vs. VMI, 1991; Jordan Sorrells vs. Wofford, 2009)
Most Touchdown Responsibilities
Game: 8 (1 rush, 6 pass) vs. Presbyterian, 2011 (previous standard was 6 held by Jerome Felton vs. Western Carolina, 2006)
Cumulative: 20 (2 vs. Coastal Carolina, 2011; 9 vs. Citadel, 2011; 9 vs. PC).
Most Touchdown Passes
Quarter: 4 (2Q) vs. Presbyterian, 2011 (previous record was 3 held by six players)
Half: 6 (1H) vs. Presbyterian, 2011 (previous record was 5 by Chattanooga's Chris Sanders, 1H, vs Miss. Valley State, 2000)
Game: 7 vs. Presbyterian, 2011 (previous record was 6 held by five players)
Note: 20 consecutive completions is secong longest streak in SoCon history.
Note: 8 touchdown responsibilities is second most in SoCon history (record is 9, Allen McCune, West Virginia vs. Pittsburgh, 1965).