Nov. 14, 2009
STATESBORO, GA. -- Jordan Sorrells passed for 244 yards and a touchdown to lead Furman to a 30-22 victory over Georgia Southern in front of 17,922 fans at Paulson Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Sorrells completed 17-of-23 passes, including a 29-yard scoring strike to Adam Mims in the second quarter, to help Furman (5-5, 4-3 SoCon) race to a 24-0 halftime lead. The Paladins led 30-7 after three quarters before Georgia Southern (4-6, 3-4 SoCon) talllied a couple of late touchdowns for the final margin.
The triumph was the second straight for Furman in Statesboro and the third in the last four clashes with Georgia Southern.
"The whole key for us today was getting off to a good start, which we hadn't done lately," said Furman head coach Bobby Lamb. "We got the early lead on our first possession, and then Ryan Steed's interception return for a touchdown really helped set the tone for us. This is a tough place to win, so I'm very happy for our young men and the effort they gave today."
The Paladins took the opening kickoff and covered 84 yards in 10 plays for a 7-0 lead following a 16-yard touchdown run by Tersoo Uhaa.
Furman's defense then recorded its first stop on an opponent's initial game possession in five contests when corneback Ryan Steed stepped in front of a pass by Eagle quarterback Kyle Colins and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown. Matthew Cesari's PAT with 7:04 to go put Furman up 14-0.
The Paladins continued their strong first half with a pair of second quarter scores, including a 29-yard hook-up from a scrambling Sorrells to Mims, who caught the ball along the Furman sideline, pivoted, and raced back across the field to the far pylon for the score, making it 21-0.
A bad snap on a Georgia Southern punt gave Furman the ball at the Eagle 25, and thePaladins capitalized with a 42-yard Matthew Cesari field goal at the 7:09 mark to give Furman a 24-0 advantage.
Georgia Southern got on the board on its first possession of the second half, covering 48 yards for a 10-yard touchown pass by Lee Chapple to Mitch Williford to cut the lead to 24-7.
Furman, however, responded with an 8-play, 65-yard drive. A 35-yard completion from Sorrells to Mims gave the Paladins the ball at the GSU 5, and three plays later Jerry Williams took an option pitch from Sorells and outran the Eagle defense to the corner of the end zone for a two-yard scoring run and 30-7 lead.
From that point Furman's chance to blow the game open fizzled as turnovers -- all in GSU territory -- in three of the Paladins' final four possession kept the the game's outcome respectable for the Eagles.
A five-play, 80-yard final drive helped Georgia Southern claim a 367-331 advantage in total offense.
Adam Mims caught seven passes for 139 yards and a score to move into second place on Furman's career receptions list with 136 catches.
Mike Brown paced Furman's rushing attack with eight carries for 53 yards.
Furman plays its final game of the season next Saturday when it entertains Wofford in a 3:00 p.m. SportSouth televised game at Paladin Stadium.