GREENVILLE, S.C. (Furman SID)
— Cam Jackson rushed for 78 yards and two touchdowns and The Citadel rolled up 388 yards on the ground en route to a 38-17 Southern Conference victory over Furman in the 95th meeting between the league’s two oldest rivals Saturday afternoon at Paladin Stadium.
The victory was the third straight for The Citadel (5-2, 4-0 SoCon) and third triumph in the last four clashes with Furman (3-4, 1-2 SoCon).
Jackson’s 34-yard touchdown run midway through the first period tied the game at 7-7 and keyed a run of 24 unanswered points for the Bulldogs, who added a 1-yard scoring run by quarterback Dominique Allen, a 35-yard touchdown sprint by Brandon Eakins on a reverse play, and an Eric Goins 22-yard field goal in the final seconds of the first half to take a 24-7 lead into intermission.
The Paladins rebounded in the third quarter with a 19-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Logan McCarter to Duncan Fletcher and a 20-yard Jon Croft Hollingsworth field goal to make it a 24-17 game.
The Citadel quickly answered the challenge, however, using a 50-yard pass from Allen to Reggie Williams to the Furman 1, and on the next play Allen bulled into the end zone for his second score of the game to give the Bulldogs a 31-17 lead with 1:39 remaining in the third quarter.
Jackson tallied The Citadel’s final score with an 11-yard fourth quarter touchdown following a Tevin Floyd 29-yard interception return to the Furman 25.
The Bulldogs’ potent rushing attack, which entered the game ranked second in the FCS, featured eight ball carriers led by Jackson’s 78 yards. Vinny Miller recorded eight rushes for 70 yards, and Isiaha Smith had 10 carries for 64 yards.
Allen completed 3-of-7 passes for 67 yards to help the Bulldogs finish with 455 total yards.
Furman registered 60 of its 295 total yards on its first drive, which ended with a 20-yard Reese Hannon touchdown pass to Chad Scott, but the Paladins mustered only 13 offensive plays and 19 yards the rest of the half, during which the Bulldogs took control with a 24-point burst.
Eakins’ 35-yard run on a reverse midway through the second quarter on a third-and-six play put the Bulldogs up 21-7.
The Citadel finished off its 17-point second quarter by moving 76 yards in 13 plays for Goins’ 22-yard field goal with two seconds remaining.
Reese Hannon, who exited the game on the first possession of the second half with an apparent concussion, moved into fourth place on Furman’s career passing yards ledger with a 6-for-10, 71-yard effort, surpassing Frankie DeBusk (4,984 yards). The redshirt junior from Greer has 5,033 yards.
His replacement, P.J. Blazejowski, connected on 9-of-15 pass attempts for 69 yards but was picked off twice.
Ernie Cain had 54 of Furman’s 136 rushing yards.
Kailik Williams topped Citadel’s defensive effort with nine tackles and a sack, part of a four-sack performance by the Bulldogs.