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Coastal Carolina Races Past Furman, 41-21

Thomas Gordon (photo courtesy of Tom Day)
Thomas Gordon (photo courtesy of Tom Day)

CONWAY, S.C. -- Coastal Carolina special teams scored two touchdowns and set up a third tally in the first half to help the FBS transition Chanticleers grab a 27-0 lead en route to a 41-21 victory over Furman in football action Saturday evening at Brooks Stadium.

The win was the sixth straight for Coastal Carolina (3-1) over Furman (0-4) in the final meeting between the two programs for the foreseeable future with the Chanticleers set to begin play in the Sun Belt Conference next year.

Devin Brown headed up the Chanticleers' strong first half by returning the opening kickoff 63 yards to the Furman 35, and four plays later quarterback Tyler Keane connected with De'Angelo Henderson for an 8-yard touchdown pass to help give Coastal Carolina a 7-0 lead.

After a 13-play, 77-yard drive led to a Coastal Carolina field goal, the Chanticleers' Myles White blocked a 41-yard Jon Croft Hollingsworth field goal attempt, and in the ensuing scramble Kenneth Daniels emerged from the stack and bolted down the Furman sideline for the touchdown that gave CCU a 17-0 advantage at the 8:08 mark of the second period.

The Chanticleers' took advantage of a Furman fumble at the Paladin 27 for Ryan Granger's second field goal of the half — a 43-yard effort that pushed the advantage to 20-0.

The Paladins were forced to punt on the ensuing possession, but a 50-yard boot by Hollingsworth was spoiled when Ky'Jon Tyler collected the ball, split a couple of Paladin defenders, and bolted untouched 80 yards to help stretch the lead to 27-0 with 5:20 to go in the half.

Furman managed to get on the scoreboard just before intermission when Kealand Diriks bulled over from three yards out to make it 27-7.

The Paladins took the opening kickoff of the second half and covered 65 yards in seven plays to get within 27-14 on a 23-yard touchdown strike from Hannon to freshman wide receiver Thomas Gordon, but the momentum didn't last as the Chanticleers answered with a 38-yard third down run by Henderson to the Furman 28 that set up an 18-yard scoring strike from Keane to Chris Jones.

The Chanitcleers maintained control the rest of the way behind a potent ground game that registered 253 yards, including a career high 185 by Henderson, who ran for 127 yards over the final two quarters.

Furman, which finished the game with 408-383 advantage in total offense, got 305 yards passing from Hannon, who completed 26-of-45 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns.  The Paladin senior was picked off three times, however, the last of which was returned 31 yards by CCU's Alex Scearce for the Chanticleers' final touchdown.

The Paladins' 103 yards rushing yards marked a season high.

Gordon caught five passes for 71 yards and a score, and Andrej Suttles had four catches for 95 yards.

Furman's Joe Farrar led all tacklers with eight stops.

The Paladins return home to entertain Kennesaw State next Saturday in a 3:00 p.m. Parents' Weekend contest.