SAN ANTONIO – After seeing their 14-point second-half lead evaporate halfway by means of the fourth quarter, UIW didn’t blink.
Quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. hit Kole Wilson for the game-winning 32-yard landing with 1:54 left, and Elliott Davison secured the victory with an interception on the following drive, because the Cardinals defeated Furman 41-38 within the second spherical of the FCS Playoffs at Gayle & Tom Benson Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Despite a pair of uncharacteristic interceptions together with a pick-six, Scott was sensible below heart all through the first half. He discovered broad receiver Darion Charin thrice on landing passes of 21-, 80- and 27 yards to give UIW a 21-17 lead early within the second quarter. Scott then lobbed a deep ball up to Taylor Grimes for a 42-yard rating, and the Cardinals entered halftime with a 28-17 benefit. Grimes and Chafin mixed to catch 19 passes for 278 yards and 4 scores.
Following a Carson Mohr discipline objective, it appeared that UIW was in charge of the sport up 31-17 early within the third quarter. From that time ahead, Furman slowly chipped away on the lead till the Paladins vaulted again in entrance with a Tyler Huff one-yard landing run with 6:55 to play. The Cardinals had two alternatives to take the lead again, and so they lastly broke by means of on Scott’s TD strike to Wilson. Scott’s closing stat-line: 33-of-49, 394 yards and 5 touchdowns. He was additionally the crew’s main rusher with 23 carries for 139 yards. In the victory, Scott set the FCS single-season document for touchdowns with 62. Running again Marcus Cooper posted 111 yards on 22 carries.
UIW now advances to the FCS Quarterfinals for the first time in program historical past.
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