Scores

Final

Furman 52

(6-5, 4-3 Southern)

W Carolina 21

(1-10, 0-7 Southern)

12:00 PM ET, November 17, 2007

E.J. Whitmire Stadium, Cullowhee, NC

1 2 3 4 T
FUR 7 17 21 752
WCU 7 0 0 1421

Top Performers

Passing: R. Gray (FUR) - 170 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: R. Gray (FUR) - 14 CAR, 122 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: E. Cohen (WCU) - 5 REC, 93 YDS

Furman 52, W. Carolina 21

Associated Press

CULLOWHEE, N.C. (AP) -- Renaldo Gray ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another score to lead Furman past Western Carolina 52-21 on Saturday.

Gray also threw for 170 yards for the Paladins (6-5, 4-3 Southern Conference), who won their third straight game to close the regular season. Cedrick Gipson also ran for two short scores, while Stephone LaFrance and Joe Watson also added rushing scores.

Todd Spitzer threw a touchdown pass for the Catamounts (1-10, 0-7), while Adam Hearns ran for a 38-yard touchdown. Mike Malone scored Western Carolina's other touchdown with a 71-yard kickoff return late in the game.

With the game tied at 7, Furman scored 38 straight points in the second and third quarters to take control. Gray put the Paladins ahead to stay with a 4-yard run, then connected with Patrick Sprague for a 58-yard score less than a minute later to make it 21-7 with 2:27 left in the first half.

Gray also ran for a 37-yard TD early in the third, while Watson's 1-yarder late in the period made it 45-7 heading into the final period.

The loss marked the end of the coaching tenure of Western Carolina's Kent Briggs, who was fired earlier in the week and is being reassigned to another university job. Western Carolina has lost 15 straight games in conference play.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
FUR
WCU
1st Downs3110
Total Yards538218
Passing185120
Rushing35398
Penalties5-287-73
3rd Down Conversions0-00-0
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers23
Possession35:3824:22

Passing Leaders

FurmanC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Gray12/181709.410
Western CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Spitzer7/15906.012

Rushing Leaders

FurmanCARYDSAVGTDLG
Gray141228.720
Felton9728.000
Western CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hearns8374.610
Malone5244.800

Receiving Leaders

FurmanRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hedden67412.300
Sprague26432.010
Western CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cohen59318.600
Brown22613.000

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERFURWCU
TD07:36Cedrick Gipson 3 Yd Run (Scott Beckler Kick) 70
TD03:20Andrew Rogers 2 Yd Pass From Todd Spitzer (Jonathan Parsons Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERFURWCU
TD03:22Renaldo Gray 4 Yd Run (Scott Beckler Kick) 147
TD02:27Patrick Sprague 58 Yd Pass From Renaldo Gray (Scott Beckler Kick) 217
FG00:00Scott Beckler 21 Yd 247
THIRD QUARTERFURWCU
TD10:27Renaldo Gray 37 Yd Run (Scott Beckler Kick) 317
TD06:30Cedrick Gipson 1 Yd Run (Scott Beckler Kick) 387
TD00:09Joe Watson 1 Yd Run (Scott Beckler Kick) 457
FOURTH QUARTERFURWCU
TD14:06Adam Hearns 38 Yd Run (Jonathan Parsons Kick) 4514
TD01:32Stephone Lafrance 4 Yd Run (Scott Beckler Kick) 5214
TD01:17Mike Malone 71 Yd Kickoff Return (Jonathan Parsons Kick) 5221