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
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
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