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Williams, Offense Pace Paladins Past Catamounts, 45-24

Senior tight end Nate Stephenson (88) hauled in a 15-yard scoring strike in the fourth quarter for the Catamounts Saturday afternoon at Furman. (Photo by Mike Slade, Visual Media Productions)

Sept. 29, 2012

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Greenville, S.C. - Furman's Jerodis Williams accounted for three touchdowns and 370 total yards on Saturday afternoon as the Paladins rode a strong offensive attack to a 45-24 win over Western Carolina at Paladin Stadium. Senior Michael Vaughn rushed for two scores for the Catamounts in the losing effort.

Furman (2-3, 1-1 SoCon) combined to rush for 389 yards as a part of 619 yards of total offense in the victory.

Williams recorded 332 all-purpose yards in the first half including 201 yards on 12 carries - an average of 16.8 yards per rush - and 131 yards on two kickoff returns, aided by a 100-yard return for a touchdown just seconds after WCU had taken a 3-0 lead.

Capitalizing on a fumble into the end zone on Furman's opening drive, the Catamount offense moved down the field before stalling in field goal range where Richard Sigmon punched through a 23-yarder to give WCU the early lead, 3-0.

Yet, on the ensuing possession, Williams took the Sigmon kickoff at his own goal line and raced 100 yards around the coverage team for the go-ahead touchdown - his first of three-consecutive scores in the first half.

Williams added an 89-yard run on the first play of scrimmage in a subsequent drive and also plunged in from two yards out to stake the Paladins to a 21-3 lead midway through the second quarter. Furman pulled ahead 28-3 before the Catamounts got back on the scoreboard with Vaughn capping a 12-play, 80-yard WCU score with a three-yard run.

Quarterback Eddie Sullivan finished 20-of-33 passing for 220 with two interceptions, but did connect on a scoring strike to tight end Nate Stephenson - his second career TD reception - in the fourth quarter. Sullivan rushed for a career-high 104 yards to lead the Catamounts which finished with a combined 420 yards of total offense.

Combined, three Catamounts threw passes, connecting with nine different receivers in the loss with Karnorris Benson and Spearman Robinson both catching four apiece, Benson leading the way with 75 yards receiving.

Vaughn finished with just 13 yards rushing on six carries, but did post scoring runs of three and one yard, respectively. He also caught three passes for 28 yards.

Defensively for the Catamounts, senior Rock Williams finished with 11 total tackles including six solo stops while Ace Clark had 10 and Sertonuse Harris had nine total hits.

Western Carolina returns home next Saturday for its annual Homecoming game as it welcomes the nationally-ranked Georgia Southern Eagles to E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field in Cullowhee. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 pm.