ELON, N.C. -- Jerodis Williams rushed for two scores and 104 yards, helping Furman ease past Elon 31-17 Saturday in Southern Conference play.
Williams had a 1-yard touchdown run in the opening quarter and a 4-yarder in the second, staking the Paladins (3-6, 2-4) out to a 14-7 advantage. Furman added to it when Marcus McMorris recovered a Phoenix fumble and rumbled for a 95-yard score.
Ernie Cain, who had 60 yards rushing for Furman, got 47 of those on a touchdown run with 4:29 before halftime to put the Paladins up 28-10. Ray Early kicked a 22-yard field goal for a 31-10 lead midway through the third quarter.
The stats were close, as Furman outgained Elon (3-5, 1-4) by just four yards (367-363) and each team committed only one turnover, but the Paladins' takeaway directly resulted in the long return for a score. Furman avoided their first four-game losing skid since 1998.
Here are five storylines to keep in mind as USC turns the page and dives into the next recruiting cycle.
As the smallest school Power 5 school, Wake Forest far exceeded expectations by hauling in 20 three-star prospects for a class ranked 50th overall.
Fans have been salivating for more meetings between the Pac-12 and SEC, so even a matchup without each league's top teams is enticing.
The Mountaineers had lost four straight ahead of the game against Texas Tech. They won that one, plus four of the last five to end the season strong.
Heels pick up a big in-state recruiting victory with 2017 DT Riley.
No more gentemen's agreements: The Big Ten's upward trend began when they started recruiting by more modern "rules."
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