COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — Three issues we learned all through Furman’s 26- gain at Tennessee Tech on Saturday:
Furman’s defense can dominate
A vital to Furman’s season-opening acquire on Sept. 4 was shutting down North Carolina A&T’s potent dashing assault led by 2019 Payton Award finalist Jah-Maine Martin. Saturday’s most significant critical to victory was the Paladins’ protection shutting down almost everything, in particular in the second fifty percent, to history Furman’s initial shutout given that a 10- gain at Elon in 2004.
Furman (2-) held Tennessee Tech to 121 yards total offense and 6 1st downs, together with 18 yards and just one initially down after halftime. The Golden Eagles had 23 yards rushing on 22 tries and quarterback Davis Shanley, a Western Kentucky transfer, was 6-of-21 passing for 60 yards with three interceptions.
“Our protection has performed truly nicely the previous two months. … Shutting anyone out is tricky to do in today’s soccer,” Furman mentor Clay Hendrix claimed. “With (setting up defensive deal with) Matt Sochovka remaining out (most likely for the season with a knee damage), I informed them all 7 days everyone was likely to have to action it up and they did. We performed a great deal of men over there.
“It’s the first time we have been 2- considering that we have been here and it is a terrific a person to construct on.”
Following a 38-lawn generate to open the match, Tennessee Tech had only just one other generate of additional than 17 yards.
The Eagles’ lone vacation into Furman territory in the next half arrived just after a wonderful punt return to the Paladins’ 39-property line. 3 plays later on, that drive finished on Travis Blackshear’s 2nd interception of the activity and third this season. That came with 5:21 left and Furman ran out the clock.
“I truthfully can’t say that I have been in a match the place the defense dominated like that,” stated bandit Elijah McKoy, who experienced a person of Furman’s a few sacks. “It was form of like in baseball when you’ve bought a probability at a no-hitter. No person required to discuss about the shutout right until we acquired it.
“I would’ve been 5 or 6 yrs old the last time we had just one.”
Timmy Bleekrode is a exclusive weapon
Sophomore Timmy Bleekrode place with each other an amazing resume for likely particular groups participant of the week honors. Just after Devin Wynn’s landing on Furman’s opening possession, Bleekrode personally stretched the direct from 7- to 19- with four consecutive area objectives.
A person of all those was a 45-property energy that fluttered into a very rigid breeze but manufactured it as a result of the uprights. His fourth was a 51-yarder with that breeze to his back again on the opening perform of the fourth quarter.
“Everything went effectively with our whole functions these days — excellent snaps, Luke Bynum with the retains and the blocking was excellent. It built my occupation easier,” Bleekrode said. “I was definitely delighted the clock ran out on that very last 3rd quarter enjoy (to get the wind in the fourth).”
Bleekrode also experienced a great punt from the Eagles’ 42-lawn line that was downed at the 2. He has a procedure of holding the ball straight up and down on individuals pooch punts that he reported he worked on all summer.
“We should’ve had one more (downed inside the 5), but we knocked it into the stop zone,” Hendrix explained. “We’re undertaking some genuinely excellent factors. We just have to have to maintain improving upon.”
Furman’s offense has some kinks to get the job done out
The flip aspect of earning four discipline targets is that you had to settle for 4 industry plans. The Paladins finished with a respectable 371 yards total offense on 80 plays, but in all probability should’ve had more to present for it on the scoreboard.
“I felt like we moved the ball all working day, but we’d get down there and skip a throw and all of sudden we could not convert,” Hendrix mentioned. “I believed a few of those people industry targets should’ve been touchdowns. Seven’s a great deal greater than three. That is by no means adjusted in this match.”
Furman’s first offensive collection was a sharp 91-property, 9-enjoy exertion. It bundled Hamp Sisson passing to freshman Joshua Harris, who was building his first start out, for a pair of 3rd-down conversions. It ended on a properly executed choice pitch to Wynn, who went 42 yards for a landing.
Soon after setting up the day with seven consecutive completions, Sisson couldn’t locate the similar rhythm in the next and third quarters. However, his last toss of the day was a 37-property strike to Zach Peterson to established up Wynn’s 2-garden landing run on the following perform to shut out the scoring.
“We acquired a tiny sloppy in the 2nd and 3rd quarters and remaining a good deal of details on the board,” Sisson claimed. “That last (landing) drive was an magnificent way to cap it, but we’ve just acquired to be a lot more dynamic throughout the recreation.”