ELON — Jerodis Williams rushed for two scores and 104 yards to help Furman ease past Elon 31-17 Saturday in Southern Conference football play.
Thomas Wilson surpassed Burgin Beale for second-place on the all-time passing chart for the Phoenix. Wilson threw for 283 yards and two scores in the losing effort to move his career yardage total to 5,776. Beale passed for 5,611 yards in 1965-68.
Aaron Mellette also continued his impressive senior campaign for Elon, catching 14 balls for 194 yards and two scores. He has at least two touchdowns in six consecutive games. Mellette moved into second place all-time on the conference list with 20 100-yard games and second in receiving yards with 3,864 by surpassing The Citadel’s Andre Roberts’ total of 3,743.
The Paladins “came in here determined to win the football game and that’s what happened,” Elon coach Jason Swepson said. “We didn’t stop the run all day. On offense, we had a critical turnover that really hurt our chances. It was a 14-7 game and that made it 21-7 and we just couldn’t recover. It was just disappointing.”
Williams had a 1-yard touchdown run during the opening quarter and a 4-yarder during the second to stake the Paladins (3-6, 2-4) out to a 14-7 advantage. Furman added to it advantage 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 minutes, 29 seconds before halftime to put the Paladins ahead 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 4 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.
Winston-Salem State 62, Shaw 31: Kameron Smith threw six touchdown passes during the first three quarters as the Rams (9-0, 6-0 CIAA) rolled at Shaw (4-5, 3-3). Smith also ran for a first-quarter touchdown score.
Elizabeth City State 27, Virginia Union 21: DaRonte McNeill ran for two first-quarter scores, and Nigel Rios returned a third-quarter interception 94 yards for the winning points as the host Vikings (6-3, 5-1) held off the Trojans (4-5, 2-4).
Morehead State 70, Campbell 28: Zach Lewis threw for 339 yards and five touchdowns for the host Eagles (2-6, 1-4 Pioneer) in the rout of the Camels (1-7, 0-5). Morehead State’s 70 points were its most against a Division I opponent since a 73-10 win against Austin Peay during the 2000 season. The Eagles’ 700 total yards, 469 passing and 231 rushing were season highs.