CLINTON, S.C. -- Heys McMath connected with Kris Hurley on a 9-yard touchdown pass midway through the fourth quarter to lift Presbyterian to a 10-7 victory over FCS 12th-ranked Furman Saturday evening at Bailey Memorial Stadium.
The win, which came after lightning delayed the game's start for one hour and 47 minutes, marked the first victory by PC (2-1) over Furman (2-1) since 1979, halting a 15-game series losing skid.
Furman led 7-3 in the tight affair until DaRon Dickey set up the go-ahead score by swatting an option pitch by Paladin quarterback Dillon Woodruff and recovering the fumble at the Paladin 35. The Blue Hose used seven consecutive rushing plays to move the ball to the Furman 6. After a holding penalty erased a touchdown, the Blue Hose faced third-and-goal from the nine and converted when McMath avoided a heavy third down rush to connect with Hurley on a crossing route in the corner of the end zone for the go-ahead score with 8:15 to go.
The Paladins had two chances to erase the deficit but were forced to punt on their next to last possession. On its final possession Furman converted a fourth-and-four play with a Woodruff 8-yard completion to Duncan Fletcher to the PC 36 before the drive ended following four straight incompletions.
The Paladins grabbed a 7-0 lead when Woodruff connected with Chad Scott on a 43-yard scoring strike at the 1:24 mark of the first quarter.
Furman had two other scoring chances in the first half but failed to convert a pair of field goal tries. Jon Croft Hollingsworth's 43-yard attempt was blocked, and the freshman later missed wide left on a 37-yard effort.
PC got on the board just before intermission, converting a fourth-and-two play with a 15-yard McMath pass to Hurley for a first down at the Furman 11 to set up Brett Wilson's 20-yard field goal with seven seconds on the clock.
The Paladins managed only 78 yards total offense in the second half and finished with 214 total yards.
PC produced only four total yards in the first quarter and finished with 192.
Woodruff completed 10-of-24 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown and led Furman with 16 rushes for 41 yards.
McMath passed for 79 yards, completing 9-of-18 passes and a score.
Cory Magwood topped Furman defensively with eight tackles, and DeAndre Thornton, making his first career start at defensive tackle, had six stops and two of Furman's four sacks.
The Blue Hose, who also tallied two sacks, were paced by Isaiah Lynn with eight tackles and a sack.
Furman plays at South Carolina State next Saturday in a 6:00 p.m.