GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Freshman fullback Louis Ivory rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns to lead Furman past South Carolina State 27-19 Saturday.
Ivory scored on runs of 54 yards in first quarter and 34 in the fourth quarter while providing half of the Paladin's total offense for the day. Furman (1-1) finished with 311 yards rushing but only 10 passing.
The Paladins also scored on a six yard run by fullback Derek Russell early in the second quarter and a 1 yard sneak by quarterback Justin Hill that put them ahead for good at 20-19 midway through the third quarter.
The Bulldogs (1-1) scored twice in the first quarter by returning Furman fumbles for touchdowns and twice in the second quarter on 43-yard field goals by Cedric Oglesby.
South Carolina State opened the scoring on Darryl Robinson's 38-yard return of a Stuart Rentz fumble, but the extra point was missed. Furman moved ahead 20 seconds later when Ivory slipped through the right side on a trap play.
The Bulldog's Derrick Dingle scooped up a bad pitch and returned it 47 yards for a score. The Paladins drove 80 yards in 10 plays to score on Russell's run.
Hill's go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter ended a nine-play, 40-yard drive that started after a short Bulldog punt. Ivory added his second touchdown on a misdirection play off right tackle. State's three final possessions ended on a punt and two failed fourth down attempts, the last with 38 seconds remaining from the Bulldog 33 yard line.
Furman held State to 57 yards rushing on 32 attempts, including just 19 yards in the second half. The Bulldogs gained 173 yards passing but suffered two first half interceptions, both by freshman Richie Jackson. The victory is Furman's seventh straight in Greenville over the Bulldogs and gives them a 10-4 series lead.