12:00 PM ET, November 27, 2004
Paladin Stadium, GREENVILLE, SC
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Former Florida starter Ingle Martin threw four touchdowns to lead Furman to its first NCAA Division I-AA playoff victory in three years, 49-7, over Jacksonville State on Saturday.
Martin had scoring passes of 48 and 3 yards to Isaac West and a TD throw of 3 yards to Brian Bratton as the Paladins (10-2) took a 21-0 lead and were never pressured by the Gamecocks (9-2). Furman faces either James Madison or Lehigh in the second round at Paladin Stadium next Saturday.
Furman, the 1988 national champs, hadn't won a playoff game since reaching the Division I-AA championship game in 2001.
Martin's touchdown passes gave him a school record 21 for the season, surpassing the mark of 19 set by Furman coach Bobby Lamb in 1984. He also matched Lamb's record of four touchdown throws in a playoff win over Rhode Island in 1985.
Jacksonville State, which won the Ohio Valley Conference for the second straight year, again lost decisively in the opening round. The Gamecocks fell at Western Kentucky, 45-7 a year ago.
And it was Furman's prize transfer who did most of the damage.
Martin was wooed to Florida by the ol' ball coach, Steve Spurrier, three seasons back as one of the best. But despite starting four games in 2003 for Spurrier's replacement Ron Zook, Martin fell behind younger star quarterback Chris Leak and chose to leave The Swamp for Furman.
So far, it has been a wonderful union.
The Paladins shared the Southern Conference championship and were seeded second in the NCAA's 16-team playoffs. That success continued against Jacksonville State.
On Furman's second possession, Martin connected with Bratton on a 19-yard pass and then went deep to West for the Paladins first touchdown.
Martin and the Paladins scored again the next time they got the ball. The 6-foot-3 Martin leaped over a defender as part of an 18-yard run on 3rd-and-10. Four plays later, he and West hooked up on a second score.
Martin was in control and on target on Furman's following possession as well. He completed a 20-yard pass to Bratton to get to Jacksonville's 27. The two finished off the drive with their 9-yard touchdown pass at 14:54 of the second quarter.
Martin added a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and closed his game with a soft 3-yard TD toss to tight end John Rust with 6:26 left to make its 42-7.
Martin finished 14 of 19 for 282 yards.
Furman's defense also did its part.
Jacksonville State managed only 2 yards -- 1 rushing, 1 passing -- in the first quarter as Furman built its early lead.
When the Gamecocks threatened to make a game of it in the second quarter after runs of 55 yards for Oscar Bonds and 4 yards by Raynodd Zeine for a touchdown, the Paladins held them off the scoreboard the rest of the way.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||0-12||9-12|
|4th Down Conversions||3-4||0-1|
|TD||10:16||ISAAC WEST 48 YD PASS FROM INGLE MARTIN (SCOTT BECKLER KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 86 yards.
|TD||4:28||ISAAC WEST 3 YD PASS FROM INGLE MARTIN (SCOTT BECKLER KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 45 yards.
|TD||14:54||BRIAN BRATTON 9 YD PASS FROM INGLE MARTIN (SCOTT BECKLER KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 47 yards.
|TD||14:09||RAYNODD ZEINE 4 YD RUN (GAVIN HALLFORD KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 73 yards.
|TD||0:35||INGLE MARTIN 1 YD RUN (SCOTT BECKLER KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 51 yards.
|TD||10:14||JEROME FELTON 6 YD RUN (SCOTT BECKLER KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 55 yards.
|TD||6:26||JOHN RUST 7 YD PASS FROM INGLE MARTIN (SCOTT BECKLER KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 51 yards.
|TD||2:55||GRANT BRIGHAM 5 YD RUN (SCOTT BECKLER KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 45 yards.