Greenville, S.C. - Junior tailback Detrez Newsome rushed for a pair of first half touchdowns and receiver Spearman Robinson capped a double-digit reception day with a score, but it was not enough as Furman pulled away from Western Carolina in the second half, handing the Catamounts a 49-21 loss Saturday evening at Paladin Stadium.
Leading by a point, 21-20, after Robinson's eight-yard slant route touchdown, Furman (3-7, 3-4 SoCon) scored the game's final 29 points, halting WCU's two-game series win streak. The win was the first at Paladin Stadium for the home squad this year, halting a six-game home winless drought for Furman.
Newsome accounted for 252 all-purpose yards on the day, rushing for 56 yards, catching a 53-pass out of the backfield and recording 143 return yards on kickoffs. His two first quarter touchdowns represent the eighth, two TD performance of his career.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Tyrie Adams finished 19-of-27 for 295 yards and the Robinson touchdown in the loss. The St. Petersburg, Fla., native added 50 yards rushing. Adams spread the ball around to six different players with Spearman Robinson hauling in 10 catches for 155 yards and a third-quarter score. Terryon Robinson, who leads the Catamounts in receiving this season, was limited to three catches for 40 yards while running backs Newsome and freshman Connell Young combined for two catches - one apiece - for a combined 77 yards.
Furman had two running backs rush for over 100 yards as Kealand Dirks rushed 17 times for 171 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Antonio Wilcox tallied 105 yards on the ground. Tailback Richard Hayes III also scored twice, recording a rushing TD with a total of 69 yards rushing, while also catching a touchdown pass.
Quarterback Reese Hannon also scored twice on the ground in the winning effort. Hannon completed 15-of-21 for 232 yards and a score as the pass-minded Paladins spent much of the game on the ground. All told, Furman rushed for a season-high 387 yards.
WCU carried a one-point, 14-13, lead into the halftime locker room after limiting Furman to two, J.C. Hollingsworth field goals in the second quarter. Hannon's first of two touchdowns on the opening drive of the second half gave Furman its first lead of the day, 20-14.
The Catamounts responded, though, with an eight-play, 81-yard drive to pull back in front by one. On the scoring drive, Adams accounted for 55 rushing yards including a 16-yard scramble on a third-and-15. He also completed three passes to Spearman Robinson for 21 yards including the six-yard TD reception.
Furman then rattled off the next four TDs including a game-sealing 97-yard drive after the Catamounts were stopped on a fourth-and-goal.
Catamount safeties Fred Payne and Marvin Tillman paced the squad with 10 tackles apiece, both recording three solo stops and Payne adding half a tackle for loss. Junior Keion Crossen added nine stops for WCU, also posting a pass break-up.
Western Carolina (2-8, 1-7 SoCon) returns to the Palmetto State next Saturday, Nov. 19 to wrap-up the 2016 season by facing the South Carolina Gamecocks (5-5). Kickoff from Williams-Brice Stadium is scheduled for 4:00 pm in a game that will be broadcast on SEC Network Alternate.