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Furman Downs Chattanooga In Home Season Finale, 16-10

Devin Wynn
Devin Wynn

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Devin Wynn rushed for 96 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown scamper in the first half, and Grayson Atkins kicked three fields goals to lead Furman past Chattanooga, 16-10, in the Paladins' home finale Saturday afternoon at Paladin Stadium.

The victory, the fourth in the last five games for Furman (4-4, 4-2 SoCon), kept the Paladins in the SoCon title picture with two road games remaining against VMI (Nov. 10) and Mercer (Nov. 17).

Chattanooga (6-3, 4-3 SoCon) managed only 240 yards of offense against a Paladin defense that stopped the Mocs on all three fourth down conversion attempts and recorded three sacks, including 2.5 by redshirt freshman bandit Adrian Hope, the SoCon sacks leader who upped his season tally to 10.

Wynn helped give Furman a 7-0 late first quarter lead when he broke through the line off right guard and outran the UTC secondary on a 50-yard touchdown run.

The Paladins made it 10-0 in the second quarter after moving 52 yards on 13 plays to the UTC 32, where Atkins, the two-time reigning SoCon Special Teams Player of the Week, continued his stellar work by drilling a 50-yard field goal with just over three minutes to go.

An interception and 33-yard return to the UTC 44 by Paladin safety Aaquil Annoor with 1:13 remaining set the table for Atkins' second field goal of the quarter, a 48-yard effort that sent Furman into the intermission with a 13-0 lead.

Chattanooga capitalized on a pooch kickoff to start the second half that was fumbled by Furman's Landon Lawrence and recovered by Jerrell Lawson at the Paladin 45.  The Mocs moved to the Furman 6, where Victor Ulmo booted a 23-yard field goal to make it 13-3.

Furman followed with its longest possession of the season, using 20 plays to move 64 yards and converting three fourth down plays to advance to UTC 11, where Atkins drilled his third field goal of the contest, from 28 yards, to cap the drive that consumed 10:06 of game clock for a 16-3 early fourth quarter lead.

An Adrian Hope sack on fourth down at the Furman 10 halted the Mocs' next possession with 5:28 to go, but the Mocs didn't miss on their next opportunity after Marshall Cooper pounced on fumble at the Furman 18 to set up a 5-yard touchdown strike from Nick Tiano to Bingo Morton with 1:49 remaining.

Furman put the game away, however, when Avery Armstrong corralled the onside kick, allowed the Paladins to run out the clock.

Wynn's 13 rushes for 96 yards and a touchdown paced the Paladin offense, which registered 183 yards on the ground.  Quarterback Harris Roberts, returning to action after missing The Citadel game due to concussion sustained against Samford on Oct. 20, hit on 9-of-15 passes for 96 yards.

Atkins' three field goals extended his consecutive made attempts to 10.  The Paladin sophomore also averaged 43.0 yards on three punts and put all three kickoffs into the end zone.

Sophomore linebacker Elijah McKoy topped all defenders with 13 tackles.

The Paladins' Nov. 10 contest at VMI is set for 1:30 p.m.

Hunter Reid, Sports Information