GREENVILLE, S.C. (Furman SID) — Devlin Hodges passed for 411 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for a fourth score to lead Samford past Furman, 38-21, in Southern Conference football action Saturday afternoon at Paladin Stadium.
The win improves Samford to 4-1 on the season and 2-1 in SoCon play while Furman falls to 0-6 overall and 0-3 in league action.
Hodges completed 27-of-38 passes in the contest, and his three touchdown strikes went to Karel Hamilton for 6, 16, and 63 yards. Hamilton finished with seven receptions for 168 yards.
Furman quarterback Reese Hannon threw for 301 yards and two scores and, in the process, became the school’s all-time leading passer with 6,384 yards, surpassing Jordan Sorrells (2006-09, 6,278 yds.). The Greer, S.C., product connected on 30-of-50 passes and two touchdowns in posting his third consecutive 300-yard passing effort. He finished the contest with 353 yards in total offense, including a career high 52 yards rushing that featured a 36-yard scoring run.
Samford grabbed a 14-0 first quarter lead, tallying on its first two possessions on a Justin Curry 3-yard scoring run and 6-yard strike from Hodges to Hamiton in the back of the end zone.
Furman appeared set to slice the lead in half late in the opening frame after Hannon found Thomas Gordon open for a 51-yard completion to the Samford 1, but four consecutive running plays failed to find the end zone, and the Paladins turned it over on downs.
The Paladins got on the board less than two minutes into the second period when Hannon bolted 36 yards into the end zone on the longest run of his career.
Samford answered with Hodges’ second strike to Hamilton, covering 16 yards, and a 19-yard Reese Everett field goal to go up 24-7 with just under three minutes remaining in the half.
Furman got with 24-14 after moving 75 yards in 11 plays for a Hannon 18-yard scoring toss to Andrej Suttles with 32 seconds prior to intermission.
The Paladins stopped Samford on its first two possessions of the second half but couldn’t take advantage, punting on back to-back possessions after failing to capitalize on second-and-two and second-and three situations at the Samford 44 and Furman 45, respectively.
Hodges and Hamilton didn’t miss on the Bulldogs third possession of the second half, as the duo hooked up on a 63-yard slant route that Hamilton took to the end zone with 28 seconds to go in the third quarter for a 31-14 advantage.
Furman got within 31-21 on Suttles’ second touchdown catch of the contest, a 13-yard connection from Hannon, early in the fourth period. The Paladins, however, couldn’t come up with a stop on the ensuing possession as four Hodges completions moved the Bulldogs to the Furman 15, where Justin Curry ran for eight yards and Hodges for the final seven to make it 38-21.
Samford finished with 517 total yards, passing for 411 and rushing for a season high 106 yards, with Curry accounting for 102 on 22 carries.
Furman tallied 415 total yards, rushing for 114 yards — a season high — to go along with Hannon’s 301 passing yards.
Four Paladins — Suttles, Gordon, JD Tuten, and Antonio Wilcox — finished with five receptions apiece.
Joe Farrar led all defenders with 15 tackles, including 1.5 for-loss. The Paladins managed three sacks, their first takedowns since notching two in a season opening, 28-13 loss to Michigan State.
Furman plays at East Tennessee State next week in a noon game.