Furman 24

(11-2, 4-2 away)

Richmond 20

(9-4, 5-2 home)

Coverage: ESPNU

6:00 PM ET, December 3, 2005

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FUR 7 10 7 024
RICH 14 0 0 620

Top Performers

Passing: I. Martin IV (FUR) - 249 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: J. Felton (EAST) - 20 CAR, 92 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Stepp (FUR) - 11 REC, 143 YDS

Furman 24, Richmond 20

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- In a showdown of two high-powered quarterbacks, Furman's Ingle Martin proved the most potent as the Paladins held off Richmond 24-20 in an NCAA I-AA quarterfinal game Saturday.

Martin threw for 249 yards and Jerome Felton scored two touchdowns to advance the Paladins to next Saturday's semifinal game vs. Appalachian State, a winner over Southern Illinois 38-24.

The Spiders (9-4) saw their eight-game winning streak end when a Stacy Tutt pass with 1:03 left in the game went incomplete. The Paladins (11-2) took over on their own 25 and ran out the clock.

A 42-yard Tutt run got Richmond into position for the opening score with a 15-yard TD pass to tight end Joe Stewart.

Furman tied it 7-7 on an 18-yard Martin pass to Daric Carter before Richmond went ahead 14-7 behind Tutt's 4-yard run. Felton's 2-yard run knotted the game at 14.

Scott Beckler kicked a 36-yard field goal to put the Paladins up 17-14 at the half.

Furman dominated the second and third quarters, and led 24-14 heading into the final quarter. The Spiders bounced back, scoring a TD on a Tutt pass to Ben Teufel with 8:20 left. The extra point was no good.

Tutt's pass on fourth and 2 was low, and Furman took over.

Martin finished 17-of-25 and became Furman's career leader in passing yards and touchdown passes: 5,513 and 42. Justin Stepp had a career-high 11 receptions for 143 yards.

Tutt was 15-for-30 and 153 yards and ran for 102 yards on 18 carries.

Felton finished with 92 yards on 20 carries.

Furman had 443 yards of total offense.