Bennifield leads Chattanooga past Furman 21-14

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) – Alejandro Bennifield threw for a touchdown and ran in another to lead Chattanooga to a 21-14 win over Furman in a Southern Conference opener Saturday night.

Bennifield connected with C.J. Board on a 33-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, and finished 11 of 14 for 146 yards with an interception.

Derrick Craine had a 2-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to cap a 77-yard drive for Chattanooga (3-0), and Bennifield punched in a TD from the 1 on the Mocs' next possession.

Furman (0-3) was held scoreless over the first three quarters, then got a 10-yard touchdown run from Thomas Gordon and a TD from Kealand Dirks, who punched it in from the 1. Reese Hannon was 14 of 20 for 174 yards and no interceptions for the Paladins.