Paladin mascot takes a fall
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
GREENVILLE, S.C. - One of the few things that went wrong for Furman in its 27-10 victory over Appalachian State was how the Paladins took the field.
A man dressed as a Paladin, Dave Hanson, otherwise known as Sir Paladin, leads the team while riding a horse, which is named Fury. However, on Saturday, Hanson took a fall from the horse when the pair got too close to the Furman sideline.
Hanson was not injured and was back on the horse for the rest of the game.
Appalachian State quarterback Kameron Bryant set career highs passing Saturday.
He completed 32-of-40 passes for 307 yards, all career high statistics. Receiver Simms McElfresh also scored his first college touchdown when he hauled in a 39-yard strike from Bryant.
Furman's 11 penalties for 115 yards were easily a season high. In Furman's first four games, the Paladins committed just 12 penalties for 99 yards.
The Palaidins have not had that many since committing 11 penalties for 105 yards in a 42-21 victory over Chattanooga in 1996. Though no number of penalty were mentioned, the Paladins were flagged for 139 yards in a game against William & Mary in 1962.
Appalachian State was flagged eight times for 60 yards.
Appalachian State's loss leaves them with a 1-6 record, which guarantees them a non-winning season for the first time since 1993. Appalachian State must win its final five games, which includes a game at Georgia, to break even at 6-6.
App State also lost four straight games for the first time since 1993.
Appalachian State's five turnovers are the most the Mountaineers have committed since they gave the ball away five times in a 20-13 victory over South Carolina State in the first round of the FCS playoffs in 2009. App State fumbled the ball away four times and threw an interception that Furman defensive end Gary Wilkins returned for a touchdown Saturday.
App State lost to Furman for just the fourth time in 15 games since 2000, but holds a two-game winning streak on the Mountaineers in Greenville. The Paladins are also the only Southern Conference team to lead the overall series between the teams. Furman holds a 23-18-3 edge. They are the only two SoCon programs to win the conference title 12 times.
Duke and Georgia Southern are next with 10 titles each.
NOTES: With his seven catches for 62 yards, Tony Washington moves into 10th place all-time in career receptions at App State with 113. … Marcus Cox has rushed for at least 79 yards in five straight games. He picked up 118 on 21 on Saturday, his second 100-yard game of the season. … App State won the pregame coin toss and chose to defer to the second half. Furma chose to receive and drove to the App State 33-yard line where kicker Ray Early hit a 50-yard field goal. Early made a 50-yarder in Furman's previous game, a 31-9 loss to Chattanooga on Oct. 12. … Furman plays at LSU next week. …