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Football Falls to Furman 27-17

       

Football Falls to Furman 27-17

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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Coastal Carolina's football team put together a much improved outing but Furman scored 10 unanswered points in the final quarter to give the host Paladins a 27-17 victory, Oct. 6. With its third straight loss for the first time in the program's history, Coastal dropped to 1-4, while FU improved to 2-3.             After going 3-and-out on its first possession, Coastal punted the ball away and Furman's R.J. Webb returned it 63 yards for the Paladins' first punt return touchdown in six years. The extra point made it 7-0 Paladins with 7:21 to go in the first quarter.             Again, CCU failed to move the ball on its next possession and the special teams struggled again, this time giving up a blocked punt to put Furman in business at the Coastal 18. However, the defense held and forced the Paladins to a field goal, connected on by Scott Beckler from 29 yards out to put FU up 10-0 with 4:13 remaining in the first.             Coastal got on the board with a controlled drive of 15 plays and 80 yards over 7:18, with quarterback William Richardson throwing a fade route that wide receiver Santini Washington outreached the Furman defender for the 16-yard catch. Kicker Justin Durham tacked on the extra point to trim the margin to 10-7 with just under 12 minutes to play in the first half.             The Chanticleer defense set up the next opportunity as safety Marrio Norman picked off FU quarterback Renaldo Gray to give CCU the ball at the Paladin 43. From there, it took Coastal six plays and 3:09 to push it in the end zone again, this time a 17-yard touchdown pass from Richardson to wide receiver Jerome Simpson. Durham's PAT was good, putting Coastal up 14-10 with 7:33 to go in opening half.             After stopping Coastal on a 4th-and-inches in Furman territory, the Paladins took their first possession of the second half from their own 28. Aided by a personal foul on a failed third down conversion that continued the drive, Furman finished off the 16-play, 72-yard drive over 7:34 with a one-yard plunge by fullback Jerome Felton. Beckler's extra point was good and FU regained the lead 17-14 with 5:32 to play in the third.             On the ensuing drive, Richardson was picked off on a pass over the middle and Furman was back in business at the Coastal 18-yard line. However, on Gray's scramble on the next play, Norman forced a fumble on the CCU 6 that was knocked out of the end zone by linebacker Chase Howe for a touchback and CCU escaped with the ball.             Another Furman miscue gave the Chants the ball deep in FU territory after Whittmin Reese recovered it at the Paladin 27. The drive stalled, but Durham split the uprights from 42 yards and the game was tied at 17 with 12:52 remaining.             Furman took the lead back on a five-play, 61-yard drive on its next possession, with the key play a 37-yard run by running back Cedrick Gipson. The drive culminated as Gray connected with tight end Larry Hedden from five yards and Beckler's PAT made it 24-17 Furman with 10:30 remaining.             After a short CCU punt that gave Furman the ball at the Coastal 46, the Paladins could only move it to just the 25-yard line. However, Beckler was good from 42 yards to stretch the FU advantage to 27-17 with 6:35 to play.             Coastal was outgained 244-227, including 201 yards rushing for the Paladins. Furman capitalized better on their third down chances, going 7-for-14, while the Chants were just 4-for-15.             Fullback Mike Tolbert led CCU on the ground with 32 yards on 10 carries, while Richardson was 14-for-27 for 156 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Simpson had three catches for 55 yards and one score. Freshman linebacker Derrick Frasier, in his first collegiate start, recorded 12 tackles, while Norman recorded double-digit tackles for the second straight game, finishing with 10 along with one forced fumble and one interception.             Furman was led by Gipson's 80 yards on 12 carries, while Furman managed just 43 yards through the air on a combined 8-for-16 for one touchdown and two interceptions.             Coastal returns home to start a three-game homestand, hosting Chowan, Sat., Oct. 13 at 7 p.m., at Brooks Stadium. CCU will be celebrating Family Weekend festivities, including the game.