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Samford Shuts Out Furman, 45-0

T.J. Warren
T.J. Warren

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Michael Eubank passed for 314 yards and a touchdown and Denzel Williams rush for 101 yards and two scores to power Samford to a 45-0 homecoming day shutout victory over Furman in Southern Conference football action Saturday afternoon at Paladin Stadium.

The win improved Samford to 4-3 on the season and 3-2 in SoCon play while Furman dropped its sixth straight game to fall to 2-6 overall and 1-2 in SoCon action.

Eubank completed 22-of-33 passes, including nine for 206 yards and a touchdown to wide receiver Karel Hamilton.  Williams notched his 101 yards on 19 attempts, helping Samford roll up 540 yards in total offense to Furman's 252.

Samford grabbed command from the beginning when Deion Pierre blocked a Furman punt, and Jay Galloway collected the ball and covered the 15 yards into the end zone to stake the Bulldogs to a 7-0 lead just a minute and half into the contest.

After forcing another Furman punt, Samford scored on its first offensive play of the game when Eubank connected  with a streaking Hamilton on a 62-yard touchdown pass down the sideline to give the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead.

Samford's early game fortune continued after Jamerson Blount intercepted a pass by Furman quarterback P.J. Blazejowski at the Paladin 27.  Eubank followed with a 17-yard completion to Hamilton to the 10, and Williams finished off the two-play series with a 10-yard scoring run to stretch the advantage to 21-0 with 5:03 left in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs blew the game open with a pair of second quarter scores, both on trick plays involving freshman wide receiver Malik Johns.  On the first one Johns took a lateral from Eubank and fired across the field to an open Krondis Landry for a 35-yard touchdown strike to make it 28-0.  Johns finished off Samford's dominant first half by taking a pitch and connecting with a Eubank out of the backfield for 4-yard scoring toss and 35-0 halftime lead.

Furman's best chance to get on the board ended on downs at the Samford 12 midway through the third quarter.

The shutout was the first suffered by Furman since dropping a 33-0 verdict to Clemson in 1998 -- a streak of 199 games -- and first registered against the Paladins by an FCS squad since Georgia Southern posted a 21-0 victory in Greenville in 1992.  It was the first shutout sustained by the Paladins to a league foe since 1974 versus The Citadel.