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Lamb: Furman could use 2-QB system
Furman used two quarterbacks in last week’s 45-15 thrashing of Colgate, and coach Bobby Lamb says the Paladins just might stick to that approach.
Chris Forcier, the second-year transfer from UCLA, made his first start at Furman and rushed for a team-high 130 yards on just seven carries, including an 85-yard touchdown sprint.
Senior Cody Worley came off the bench to hit 9 of 14 passes for 113 yards and three touchdowns.
Both are likely to see action this weekend at South Carolina.
Though Forcier is the faster runner and Worley the sharper passer, the QBs are not one-dimensional, Lamb said. Forcier was 2 of 3 for 30 passing yards against Colgate, and Worley averaged 6.4 yards on five carries.
“I think we’ve got a good mix,” Lamb said Tuesday. “We’ve got two quarterbacks who can both run our entire offense. It’s not like we had a couple of years ago, with Renaldo Gray and Jordan Sorrells, two totally different types of quarterback.
“It’s a good mix and it keeps people off balance, and we’ll just have to see how it plays out. We’ll approach the South Carolina game the same way - tell the team who will take the first series, and go from there.”
Against Colgate, Worley came on late in the first half and engineered a 60-yard TD drive, hitting Tyler Maples for a 19-yard score and a 17-7 lead at the half.
“Cody looked good, he had the hot hand, so we went with him to start the second half,” Lamb said.
Worley threw two more TD passes, and then Forcier broke off his 85-yard TD run. Furman had two players with 100 yards rushing (tailback Tersoo Uhaa had 125), and the Paladins rolled up 536 yards, enough to give USC defensive boss Ellis Johnson at least a little bit to think about.
One and done?
Benedict College is hoping Saturday’s HBCU Classic game against visiting South Carolina State is the first of many. But at a news conference promoting the event Monday, Bulldogs coach Buddy Pough didn’t sound so sure.
“We don’t have any plans at this time on extending this contract on this particular affair,” Pough said. “You never know what might be worked out down the road, but as of this time we’re moving more toward trying to acquire games that will increase our strength of schedule and playing Division I schools that can give us larger guarantees.”
Saturday’s game at Benedict will mark S.C. State’s first visit to the Tigers’ 13,000-seat Charlie W. Johnson Stadium.
–Furman and USC will square off Saturday for the first time since 1982, and Lamb and Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier go back almost exactly that far. When he was offensive coordinator at Duke in the early 1980s, Spurrier recruited Lamb, then a hotshot quarterback out of Commerce, Ga.
“It came down to Furman and Duke, but I was kind of a homebody and wanted to stay closer to home,” Lamb said. “But I remember Coach Spurrier getting on the blackboard and taking me through their passing game. You could tell back then he had a lot of knowledge and knew exactly what he wanted to do.”
Lamb was a freshman backup QB at Furman when the Paladins played the Gamecocks in 1982 – a 28-23 win for Furman.
–Last week was a big one for the Big South, which rang up its first two wins against FBS (Division I-A) squads – Gardner-Webb over Akron and Liberty over Ball State. The league also gets its first automatic bid to the 20-team FCS playoffs this season.
“I’m not surprised,” said Charleston Southern coach Jay Mills. “It shows precisely what we’ve been saying, that Big South football has gotten better and better. This shows there may be more than one Big South team that belongs in the postseason.”
–Coastal Carolina has never started 0-3 under coach David Bennett, but that’s what faces the 0-2 Chants after last week’s 47-45, five-overtime loss at Towson. CCU hosts Georgia Southern this week.
“We had 16 missed tackles and 30 missed assignments, and still had a chance to win” against Towson, Bennett said. “If our guys will execute and do what we are supposed to do, we can still have a very good team before this thing is done.”
–Wofford was the only NCAA Division I team in the nation not to complete a pass in week one, but the Terriers may have found an extra passer in week two.
Backup QB Brian Kass came off the bench to hit 3 of 7 throws for 56 yards in 34-23 win over Charleston Southern. Starter Mitch Allen was 3 of 4 for 77 yards after going 0 of 4 while playing the whole way in a season-opening loss at Ohio.
Kass’ emergence might enable coach Mike Ayers to go with his usual 1-2 punch at QB.
“I think because of this opportunity to put Brian in there, it affords Mitch the ability to be at his best when it’s late in the game,” Ayers said after the game.
By Jeff Hartsell, Post and Courier