Courtesy of Furman Athletics
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Cody Worley passed for 113 yards and three touchdowns to propel Furman to a 45-15 win over 25th-ranked Colgate in the Paladinsâ€™ 2010 season opener Saturday afternoon at Paladin Stadium.
Worley, a fifth-year senior from Calhoun, Ga., came off the bench late in the second quarter with Furman sporting a 10-7 lead, and engineered a 9-play, 60-yard scoring drive that he sealed with a 19-yard scoring strike to Tyler Maples in the final minute of the first half.
Worley, who completed 9-of-14 pass attempts in the contest, continued his strong play in the second half with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Adam Mims and a 3-yard connection with Tersoo Uhaa that gave the Paladins a 31-7 lead.
Junior quarterback Chris Forcier, who started the game for the Paladins, made it 38-7 when he took a snap from center and raced around left end and down the sideline for an 85-yard touchdown run for the sixth longest run in Furmanâ€™s 105-year football history.
Forcier finished the contest with seven rushes for 130 yards -- the highest rushing tally by a Paladin quarterback since 1989.
In rushing for 377 yards, Furman fashioned its most potent rushing performance since 2005. The victory also marked the 20th consecutive non-conference regular season home triumph for the Paladins dating back to 1999.
Nate Eachus led Colgate with 28 rushes for a game high 134 yards and a score.
â€œThis was one of the most complete performances Iâ€™ve seen from a Furman team in a season opener -- a good win all the way around against a ranked teamâ€ said Paladin head coach Bobby Lamb, who improved to 8-1 in season openers. â€œAfter five weeks of practice, it was good to finally play a game. We competed well on both sides of the football and got some good play from a bunch of guys. Itâ€™s the kind of start to the season we were looking for.â€
True freshman Ray Earlyâ€™s 23-yard field goal midway through the first quarter gave Furman a 3-0 lead.
Colgate appeared set to answer after Adam Lock pounced on a Forcier fumble at the Furman 37. From there the Raiders moved to the Paladin 4, but on a third-and-goal play Colgateâ€™s Steve Rizzo was stripped of the ball by Furman nose guard Pete Sanders and Nathan Wade recovered it in the end zone.
The Paladins then moved 80 yards in eight plays for a touchdown, which came on a Jerry Williams 8-yard power run through the heart of the Colgate defense for a 10-0 advantage.
Colgate got on the board in the with just under four minutes to go in the half when quarterback Greg Sullivan scored on an 11-yard option keeper.
At that point Worley entered the game and promptly directed the Paladins on a 60-yard touchdown march that put Furman up 17-7 at the half.
The Paladins carried the momentum into the second half by taking the kickoff and moving 73 yards in 13 plays for a score, which came on Worleyâ€™s second scoring toss of the game, a 10-yard connection to Adam Mims at the 8:53 juncture.
Tersoo Uhaa ran for a career high 125 yards and a touchdown in the contest and also collected a pair of receptions for 27 yards and a score.
Furman, which posted a 536-260 advantage in total offense, suffered two turnovers, as did Colgate.
Senior rover Max Lerner topped the Paladin defense with 13 tackles, including a tackle-for-loss, and a pass deflection. Ryan Steed added 10 tackles and a pair of forced fumbles.