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Furman Drops Season Finale To Chattanooga, 45-19

Hank McCloud
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GREENVILLE, S.C. --  Jacob Huesman passed for 257 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 103 yards and a pair of scores to lead Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) ninth-ranked Chattanooga to a 45-19 Southern Conference victory over Furman in the regular season finale for both teams Saturday afternoon at Paladin Stadium.

Chattanooga (9-3, 7-0 SoCon), which wrapped up the SoCon championship two weeks ago with a victory over Wofford, claimed its sixth straight win and will head into FCS playoff action as the league's automatic qualifier.

After opening the season with two victories, Furman (3-9, 2-5 SoCon) fell for the ninth time in its last 10 games and for the third straight time to the Mocs.

Huesman's touchdown passes covered 17 and 8 yards, and the junior signal caller added scoring runs of one and 10 yards, finishing the contest with 360 yards in total offense.

Keon Williams ran for 97 yards and two scores for UTC, which piled up 499 yards in balanced offense.  The Mocs ran for 242 yards and passed for 257.

Furman finished with 325 total yards led by quarterback P.J. Blazejowski. who passed for 127 yards and ran for 67 yards and a score.

Huesman gave Chattanooga a lead on the game's first possession when he bulled his way into the end zone on a fourth-and-goal play from the 1-yard line to cap an 11-play, 59-yard drive.

After Furman tied it 7-7 on a Blazejowski one-yard run, Chattanooga's defense stopped Furman on a fourth-and-one play at the UTC 39, and the Mocs followed with a six-play, 60-yard scoring drive that Huesman converted into a 14-7 lead with a 10-yard scoring run.

A Henrique Ribeiro 39-yard field goal stretched the advantage to 17-7, and Chattanooga made it 24-7 just before intermission by covering nine plays in 71 yards in just under two minutes.  Huseman's 17-yard strike to tight end Faysal Shafaat completed the drive.

The Mocs took total control in the third quarter on a Williams 32-yard scoring burst up the middle for a 31-7 lead.

The two teams traded touchdowns the rest of the way with Furman senior running back Hank McCloud scoring on runs of four and two yards in his final game.

McCloud finished his career ranked 10th on Furman's rushing ledger with 2,395 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns.

Muhasibi Wakeel led all tacklers with 10 stops.

Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information