MACON, Ga. (Furman Athletics) — Carter Peevy passed for 406 yards and two touchdowns to lead Mercer past FCS 17th-ranked Furman, 26-14, in Southern Conference football action Saturday afternoon at Five Star Stadium.
Peevy completed 21-of-36 passes and connected with Ty James on a 15-yard scoring strike to give Mercer (4-5, 4-2 SoCon) a 19-14 fourth quarter lead. He followed that with a 24-yard scoring toss to Ethan Dirrim with 3:50 remaining to seal the victory.
The win snapped Mercer’s three-game series losing skid to Furman (3-3, 3-3 SoCon), which dropped its second straight result.
The Bears outgained the Paladins 507-243 and limited Furman to just 103 total yards in the second half.
A Nicky Kuzemka interception on the third play of the second half set up Furman’s lone score of the second half, which came on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Hamp Sisson to Ryan Miller that gave the Paladins a 14-7 lead.
The was about it for second half highlights for Furman, however, as the Paladins’ netted just 26 yards on their next five possessions, which ended in punts.
While holding Furman’s offense in check, Mercer chipped away at the lead, getting a pair of Caleb Dowden third quarter field goals to pull to within 14-13.
The Bears finally broke thru to take the lead in the fourth quarter, using a 17-yard run by Fred Davis to the Furman 27 and another 11-yard burst by Davis to the Paladin 16 to help set up Peevy’s 15-yard scoring connection to James for a 19-14 lead.
After another Paladin punt, Mercer put the game away on the strength of Peevy’s 54-yard pass to Dirrim to the Furman 26. Two plays later Peevy rolled left and threw back to the middle of the field to Dirrim, who collected the high throw, turned, and raced to the end zone to complete the 24-yard scoring play.
Furman rushed for just 66 yards and passed for 177.
Sisson completed 16-of-30 passes in the contest but was sacked four times.