GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Wofford College football team scored a touchdown with less than a minute remaining to defeat Furman 34-27 on Saturday afternoon at Paladin Stadium. The Terriers had the lead at the half, but the Paladins scored 14 unanswered in the third quarter to take the lead. Touchdowns by Brandon Goodson and Lorenzo Long in the fourth quarter gave Wofford the win.
Wofford moves to 6-3 on the season and 4-2 in the Southern Conference. Furman is 2-7 overall and 2-5 in the league. The Terriers were led by Brandon Goodson with 121 rushing yards and two touchdowns, along with a 3-of-4 passing day for 66 yards and a touchdown. David Marvin made field goals from 54 and 57 yards in the game. Furman was led by Reese Hannon with 305 passing yards as he was 27-of-40 on the day with one interception. Both teams lost three fumbles in the contest.
“Anytime that you can win over here, it is something special,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “The game itself was a heck of a football game. We were knocking the fool out of them and they were knocking the fool out of us. They made some plays on us and we made some plays on them. The thing that stood out was neither side wanted to give in. We made a few plays at the end and we knew fourth down was going to be a factor. If you give them too many possessions, they are way too good offensively to allow that. I see kids starting to mature and I see a young secondary that is getting better every week. The upfront guys had tremendous pressure. Offensively the coaches had them ready and the kicking game was huge.”
The Paladins and Terriers both went three and out and punted on their opening possessions. After a first down, the Paladins completed a 45-yard pass to the one. Antonio Wilcox scored from there to give Furman a 6-0 lead after the extra point was missed with 9:38 on the clock in the first quarter. On the first play of the next drive by Wofford, a Lorenzo Long fumble was recovered by Carl Rider and Furman took over at the 15-yard line. A sack by Tyler Vaughn on third down forced a 38-yard field goal attempt. The attempt was blocked by Jaleel Green and Wofford took over at the 21-yard line.
The Terriers went three-and-out and then Furman had a pair of rushing first downs. A fumble by Antonio Wilcox was forced by Chris Boudreaux and recovered by JoJo Tillery. On third down, Brandon Goodson went 64-yards down the far sideline for a touchdown. Wofford had a 7-6 lead at 2:50 in the first quarter. The Paladins went three-and-out and punted. With the ball back, Wofford was faced with a fourth-and-one that was converted on a run by Andre Stoddard. The drive stalled after another first down, but David Marvin hit a 54-yard field goal for a 10-6 lead at the 10:30 mark of the second quarter.
A three-and-out by the Paladins gave Wofford the ball at the 41-yard line. Lorenzo Long had a first down to move across midfield, but a fumble by Chris Martin was recovered by Furman’s Bryan Okeh and the Paladins took over at the 50. After three first downs, Duncan Fletcher caught a 10-yard pass for a touchdown as Furman took a 13-10 lead with 1:25 left in the first half.
Wofford used a first down by Lorenzo Long and a 48-yard run by Will Gay to move to the 14-yard line. A little trickery in the backfield led to Brandon Goodson finding a wide open Chandler Gouger for a 14-yrd touchdown. Wofford had a 17-13 lead with 23 seconds left in the half. Furman fumbled and the ball was recovered by Boston Bryant. With three seconds left, David Marvin attempted a 57 yard field goal that just cleared the crossbar for a 20-13 lead at the break.
The Terriers opened the second half with the ball and gained one first down before punting. Furman had four passing first downs to set up a 14-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Gordon as they tied the game at 20 with 6:10 left in the third quarter. Wofford went three-and-out, but the snap was fumbled and Furman recovered at the five yard line. On the next play, Antonio Wilcox gave the Paladins a 27-20 lead with 3:56 left in the third quarter.
A fourth-and-two was converted by a Brandon Goodson run and a fourth-and-three was picked up with a 19-yard pass to Hunter Windham. A 33-yrd touchdown run by Brandon Goodson tied the game at 27 with 14:17 on the clock in the fourth quarter.
The Paladins had a penalty-filled drive, but moved the ball inside the 10-yard line. Jaleel Green picked off Reese Hannon in the end zone and returned it to the 36-yard line. The Terriers went three-and-out and punted back to the Paladins with 6:10 left in the game. Furman was forced three-and-out, with Wofford taking over at the 36-yard line after a punt.
With the ball back, Wofford had first down runs by Brandon Goodson and Hunter Windham. A holding call took away a first down, but a 33-yard pass reception by Will Gay moved the ball to the 7. Lorenzo Long went seven yards up the middle for a touchdown and Wofford led 34-27 with 49 seconds left. The Paladins had one first down, but time ran out as Dominique Lemon recovered a fumble on the final play of the game.
Wofford had 372 total yards, with 306 rushing. Furman had 370 total yards, 305 of which were rushing. Furman had a 19 to 14 advantage in first downs. Wofford was 5-of-14 on third downs and 3-of-4 on fourth downs. Furman was 9-of-15 on third down. Furman was called for six penalties, while Wofford was whistled four times. Furman had a 30:02 to 29:58 time of possession advantage.
Wofford vs. Furman Post-Game Notes
The Terrier defense has not allowed a 100-yard rusher in a game this season. They allowed only 65 rushing yards by the Paladins
The home team had won the last eight meetings. The last Wofford win at Furman was in 2007.
The 64-yard touchdown run by Brandon Goodson was the longest run of his career and his first career rushing touchdown. He added a second rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter. He had his first career 100-yard rushing game with 121 yards.
Chandler Gouger’s 14-yard reception was his first career touchdown. He has a catch in seven straight games.
David Marvin added a 54-yard field goal in the second quarter, the second longest in school history. He tied his school record, and the Southern Conference record, with a 57-yard field goal as time expired in the first half. He has four of the five longest field goals in school history.
The Terriers have six wins on the season, topping the total from last year (5-6) with two games remaining.
Lorenzo Long had 72 rushing yards, ending a streak of six straight games with 100 or more. He now has 3,015 career rushing yards to rank 7th in school history. He reached 3,000 career yards on a two-yard run in the third quarter.
The interception by Jaleel Green was his third this season and sixth of his career.
Devin Watson (injury) and Malik Rivera (illness) missed the game. Dimitri Redwood started his first career game at cornerback in place of Watson. Dequan Miller left the game in the first half with an injury.
Game captains were Will Gay, Anton Wahrby, Jaleel Green, and Miles Brown.
Attendance was 7,834 at Paladin Stadium.
Wofford will be on the road next week at Chattanooga before returning home on November 19 against VMI to close out the regular season.