Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to footer

McCloud, Paladins Run Past Presbyterian, 31-21

Hank McCloud
Hank McCloud

CLINTON, S.C. -- Hank McCloud rushed for a career high 78 yards and three touchdowns to power Furman to a 31-21 win over Presbyterian in football action Saturday afternoon at Bailey Memorial Stadium.

McCloud, a sophomore from Tampa, Fla., scored on runs of 45, 13, and 7 yards in the first half to help Furman (1-3) build a 24-0 halftime lead en route to the victory, the Paladins' 14th straight in the series that pitted the two schools against each for the first time in Clinton since 1975.

Jerodis Williams led all rushers with 136 yards and a score to pace Furman's ground attack, which accounted for 239 yards. The Paladins rolled up 456 total yards to 313 for PC (1-3).

"It was great for our team to get a win, we needed that," said Furman head coach Bruce Fowler.  "It will give us a little positive energy going forward as we prepare for Western Carolina, another tough Southern Conference opponent.  That said, we continue to have struggles in some areas, giving up way too many big plays on the perimeter of our defense.  That was disappointing as far as the finish goes, and we didn't capitalize down in the red zone and missed a couple of field goals.

"It's easy to look at the negatives, and we will do that to correct our mistakes, but we can't lose sight of the fact that we played a really solid first half and well, at times, in the second half.  We forced a couple of turnovers, had several sacks, and shut down the run, particularly in the first half.  When you can do those things, you have a good chance to win."

Furman limited the Blue Hose to just 43 yards rushing on 27 carries and recorded four sacks for 22 yards in losses.  In addition, the Paladins notched an interception and a fumble recovery while playing its first turnover free contest of the season.

Furman took command of the contest early, scoring touchdowns on its first two possessions on McCloud runs of 45 and 13 yards to take a 14-0 first quarter lead.

The Paladins used a 50-yard pass completion from quarterback Reese Hannon to tight end Colin Anderson midway through the second quarter to set up their third score, which came four plays later on a McCloud 7-yard run off  the right side.

Furman, which outgained PC 334-87 in the first two periods, wrapped up a stellar first half with solid execution in a 10-play, 54-yard drive that culminated with a Ray Early 21-yard field goal with 21 seconds to go before intermission.

PC got on the board with its first possession of the second half, covering 73 yards in 12 plays for an Arthur Williams 5-yard scoring strike from quarterback Tamyn Garrick.

Furman answered with a 16-play, 67-yard drive the netted a 5-yard touchdown run around right end by Williams that stretched the Paladins' lead to 31-7.

The Blue Hose won the fourth quarter, tallying scoring runs by Michael Ruff and Demarcus Rouse that covered four and three yards, respectively, to make it a 31-21 game.  Furman, however, ended any hopes of a PC comeback when Mitch McGrath pounced on a PC onside kick attempt with 2:42 remaining.  From that point the Paladins used four running plays to advance to the PC 10 as time expired.

Furman quarterback Reese Hannon completed 17-of-26 passes for 217 yards in his second collegiate start.  PC, meanwhile, was led by quarterback Tamyn Garrick, who connected on 20-of-32 passes for 270 yards and a score.

Gary Wilkins led Furman defensively with nine tackles, and Matt Solomon finished with eight stops, a sack, and a pass deflection.  McGrath registered four stops, an interception, the seventh of his career, and three pass breakups.  Shawn Boone, meanwhile, contributed a sack and a fumble recovery to along with two tackles.

Furman Notes:

The 31-21 victory over PC snapped a five-game losing skid for Furman, which lost its final two games of the 2011 season and first three games this year.

All-America tight end Colin Anderson's three catches for 83 yards versus PC moved him into second place on Furman's all-time receiving yards ledger among Paladin tight ends (71 rec., 1,240 yds.), surpassing Brette Simmons (1,197 yds., 1974-78) and behind first place Luther Broughton (1,565 yds., 1993-96).

Jerodis Williams' 136-yard rushing performance against PC marked the sixth 100-yard outing of his career.  Williams now has 2,333 rushing yards in his career, which ranks ninth in school history.

Hank McCloud's 78 yards rushing topped his previous career best of 61 yards against Western Carolina in 2011.

Redshirt freshman Joe Turner earned his first collegiate start at right guard today versus PC.

Furman was penalized a season high seven times for 75 yards against PC.