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Furman Rolls Past Colgate, 45-14

Furman Rolls Past Colgate, 45-14

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HAMILTON, N.Y. -- P.J. Blazejowski passed for 251 yards and three touchdowns and Furman converted three turnovers into first half touchdowns to roll past Colgate, 45-14, in football action Saturday afternoon at Andy Kerr Stadium.

The win was the first for Furman (1-3) under new head coach Clay Hendrix, who returned to his alma mater last December following 10 years as an assistant coach at the Air Force Academy.

"It feels great to get that first victory," said Hendrix, who spent 19 years as a Paladin assistant (1988-06).  "I could not be prouder of our kids.  They came in and played really well. Defensively I don't know if we could have played much better against a productive, hard to defend offense.  They just set the tone for the entire game, and offensively we did a good job of capitalizing on it in the first half."

Blazejowski's 61-yard scoring strike to freshman wide receiver Cam Burnette ignited a 21-point first quarter, which also featured a 6-yard scoring run by Ridge Gibson and 6-yard touchdown pass from Blazejowski to Antonio Wilcox.  Wilcox's tally followed a sack by Chinedu Okonya, whose forced fumble was recovered by Chris Washington at the Raider 20.

The Paladins expanded their lead to 38-0 in the second quarter with a 29-yard Grayson Atkins field goal, 10-yard scoring run off a reverse by Thomas Gordon, and 7-yard strike from Blazejowski to Darius Morehead.

Furman's defense, which entered the game with only a pair of turnovers from the opposition, recovered three fumbles and registered five sacks.

True freshman linebacker Reynard Ellis, making his starting debut, headlined the Paladins' defensive effort with 16 tackles, 1.5 tackles for-loss, and a sack.

The Paladins finished with 391 yards in total offense, rushing for 140 and Blazejowski accouting for the 251 through the air.

Furman plays host to East Tennessee State next Saturday at Paladin Stadium.  Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.