Furman tops Appalachian State 27-10

Gary Wilkins had a 98-yard interception return for a touchdown,
highlighting five turnovers forced by the Furman defense, en route
to a 27-10 win over Appalachian State Saturday.

Furman (3-4, 2-2 Southern Conference) also recovered four
fumbles against the rival Mountaineers (1-6, 1-3) in the last
conference contest between the two schools. Appalachian State will
depart for the Sun Belt Conference in 2014.

The Paladins held a 6-3 lead before Wilkins’ interception halted
a promising Appalachian State drive and gave Furman its first
touchdown of the game.

A rushing touchdown by Ernie Cain and a 25-yard touchdown pass
from Reese Hannon to Ryan Culbreath gave the Paladins a 27-3 lead
in the third quarter.

Appalachian State had 473 total yards compared with 336 for
Furman, but was hurt by turnovers. The Mountaineers fumbled eight
times in the game.

Kameron Bryant logged 307 yards passing and a touchdown for
Appalachian State.