GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Gary Wilkins had a 98-yard interception return for a touchdown, highlighting five turnovers forced by the Furman defense, en route to a 27-10 win over Appalachian State Saturday.
Furman (3-4, 2-2 Southern Conference) also recovered four fumbles against the rival Mountaineers (1-6, 1-3) in the last conference contest between the two schools. Appalachian State will depart for the Sun Belt Conference in 2014.
The Paladins held a 6-3 lead before Wilkins' interception halted a promising Appalachian State drive and gave Furman its first touchdown of the game.
Appalachian State had 473 total yards compared with 336 for Furman, but was hurt by turnovers. The Mountaineers fumbled eight times in the game.
Kameron Bryant logged 307 yards passing and a touchdown for Appalachian State.
Despite battling the flu all week, Will Grier will start at quarterback for No. 25 Florida on Saturday when the Gators host No. 3 Ole Miss.
Florida State running back Dalvin Cook exited in the first quarter of the Seminoles' 24-16 win over Wake Forest with a left hamstring injury. He is day-to-day.
Tulane long-snapper Aaron Golub became the first legally blind person to play in a Division I football game Saturday, according to the school.
LJ Scott ran for 146 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 2 Michigan State held on through a lackluster second half to beat Purdue 24-21 on Saturday.