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.