CHATTANOOGA, TENN. -- Derrick Craine rushed for 138 yards and scored three touchdowns and FCS sixth-ranked Chattanooga used a 21-point second quarter to pull away to a 31-3 Southern Conference football victory over Furman Saturday afternoon at Finley Stadium.
The win was the fourth straight for Chattanooga (4-1, 2-0 SoCon) over Furman (3-3, 1-1 SoCon) and fifth triumph in the last six meetings between the two programs.
"Chattanooga outplayed us in every phase of the game," said Furman head coach Bruce Fowler. "They were more physical on the line of scrimmage, on both sides of the football, and ran it for 245 yards to our 59 yards on 31 attempts. They pressured the passer and pretty much controlled the game. We got off to a good start and had some red zone opportunities but only scored three points. We just didn't do the things you have to do to be successful against a good team like they have."
Craine scored on a pair of 4-yard second quarter runs to help the Mocs erase an early 3-0 deficit.
Leading 14-3, UTC capped its explosive second period with a Lucas Webb 35-yard interception return for a touchdown and then snuffed out a Furman scoring threat just before intermission, stopping the Paladins on downs at the 8-yard line to take a 21-3 lead into the break.
Henrique Ribeiro's 36-yard third quarter field goal stretched UTC's advantage to 24-3.
Craine finished of the scoring for Chattanooga with his third 4-yard scoring run of the contest, scoring with 1:16 remaining in the game to complete a 12-play, 94-yard drive that began after Sema'je Kendall intercepted a pass by Furman quarterback Reese Hannon in the end zone and returned it to the UTC 6.
Hannon passed for 176 yards, completing 19-of-34 attempts, but threw two interceptions and was sacked four times.
Furman rushed for only 59 yards on 31 carries and just 11 yards over the final three quarters. The Paladins finished with 235 yards in total offense.
Chattanooga posted 349 total yards, led by a 245-yard effort on the ground. Craine totaled his game high 138 yards on 21 carries. Mocs quarterback Jacob Huesman ran for 68 yards and accounted for all 104 of UTC's passing yards.
The Paladins' lone score, a 25-yard Jon Croft Hollingsworth field goal, came on the game's first drive that covered 69 yards on nine plays.
Furman misfired on a late first quarter opportunity to extend its lead when, on a third-and-four play from the UTC 42, wide receiver Andy Schumpert broke free behind the UTC secondary but dropped a Hannon pass at the 5-yard line.
UTC responded following the punt by covering 80 yards in 11 plays for the first of Craine's three touchdown runs, giving the Mocs the 7-3 lead.
Cory Magwood topped all defenders with 11 tackles.
Idle next Saturday, Furman returns to action on Oct. 24 when it entertains arch-rival The Citadel in a 1:30 Homecoming game at Paladin Stadium.