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Furman Falls To Third-Ranked Coastal Carolina, 37-31, in Double Overtime

P.J. Blazejowski
P.J. Blazejowski

Game Highlights

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- De'Angelo Henderson hauled in a 17-yard touchdown pass from Alex Ross in double overtime to lift consensus FCS third-ranked Coastal Carolina to a 37-31 victory over Furman on Saturday night at Paladin Stadium.

Henderson's game winning score came after Furman missed a 36-yard field goal on the first possession of the second overtime period.

The win improves Coastal Carolina to 6-0 overall while Furman falls to 2-4.  The contest marked the second overtime contest between the two programs following Coastal Carolina's 47-45 triple overtime win in 2012, also at Paladin Stadium.

With the score tied 28-28, Coastal Carolina moved into position for the win in regulation, advancing to the Furman 6-yard line, but the Paladins' Trey Robinson broke through the line to block Alex Catron's 24-yard field goal try with 10 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

In the first extra period Catron drilled a 40-yard effort to give the Chanticleers a 31-28 advantage.

Furman saw its best chance to win the game slip away when, on its first possession, wide receiver Andrej Suttles took a lateral from P.J. Blazejowski but under heavy pressure threw short to a wide open Chad Scott, who had broken 15 yards clear behind the Chanticleer secondary.  Hollingsworth followed with a 35-yard field goal to force the second overtime.

The Paladins battled back from a 21-7 third quarter deficit to tie the game following a Blazejowski 27-yard touchdown run and an Ernie Cain 3-yard scoring plunge on the first play of the fourth quarter.  Cain's game tying tally was set up by a blown Costal Carolina fourth-and-one play at the Furman 31, when the snap from center sailed over Chanticleer quarterback Alex Ross' head for a 26-yard loss back to the CCU 43.

Coastal Carolina bounced back with a 10-play, 72-yard drive to take a 28-21 lead on a 2-yard scoring toss from Ross to Thomas Pauciello with 11 minutes remaining.

Furman tied it on its final possession of regulation, using 11 plays to cover 67 yards for a 7-yard connection from Blazejowski to Chad Scott with 4:45 to go.

Appearing in only his second game and making the first start of his career, Blazejowski, a true freshman from St. Augustine, Fla., completed 12-of-18 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown while also rushing 14 times for 81 yards and a score.

The Paladins enjoyed their most productive rushing attack since the 2012 season, compiling 276 yards on the ground, led by Hank McCloud's 22-carry, 94-yard peformance.  Furman finished with 418 yards total offense to Coastal Carolina's 403.

Ross led the Chanticleers, connecting on 15-of-24 passes for 205 yards and three touchdowns.  Henderson topped all rushers with 20 carries for 134 yards and two scores.  He also caught two passes for 27 yards, including the game winner in double overtime

Coastal Carolina grabbed an early 7-0 lead with John Israel collecting a 12-yard pass from Ross midway through the first period.

Furman's bid to tie the game on the ensuing possesion came up short after the Paladins marched 81 yards in 19 plays to Chanticleer 1, but McCloud was stopped a half yard shy of the goal line on fourth down.

Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information