The Samford Bulldogs lost to the Furman Paladins with a final score of 58-14 on Saturday, Oct. 4.
With this loss, the Bulldogs will fall to a 3-3 record, (2-1 conference). This puts the Bulldogs in third place in the Southern Conference.
With starting quarterback Chris Oladokun on the sidelines, backup Liam Welch took control of the offense to start the game.
The Bulldogs put the first points on the board, coming from an 8-yard rush by Montrell Washington.
After that touchdown, Furman got hot on both sides of the ball.
The Paladins put up five unanswered touchdowns, the first of which came from a 75-yard rush by Devin Wynn.
The Paladins followed up with a touchdown connection between Darren Grainger and Thomas Gordon, and then ended the next drive with a 2-yard touchdown rush by Devin Abrams.
Wynn broke free for his second rushing touchdown, this time for a whopping 89 yards just before the end of the first quarter. Following the rushing touchdown, Grainger and Gordon hooked up in the endzone for the second time, making the score 35-7.
The Bulldogs fought back in the second quarter, this time with Chris Oladokun under center. Oladukun hit Michael Vice for a 4-yard touchdown pass, making the score 35-14 with 5:06 left in the first half.
Grainger and Gordon could not be stopped, as the duo hooked up one last time before the half, making the score 42-14 at halftime.
The second half did not deliver any offensive production for the Bulldogs. The Paladins, however, kept stomping over the Bulldog defense.
Grainger threw another touchdown pass to begin the half. The Paladins then tacked on a field goal completed by Grayson Atkins. The fourth quarter began with a 52-14 deficit for the Bulldogs.
The fourth quarter consisted of one sole Furman touchdown by Wayne Anderson, and the game concluded with a 58-14 disappointing loss for Samford.
Furman Quarterback Darren Grainger finished went 6-9 for 183 yards with four touchdowns. Furman Running Back Devin Wynn had two touchdowns and 217 yards.
Samford Quarterback Liam Welch went 11-16 for 46 yards, while Chris Oladokun went 13-21 for 129 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Running Back Jay Stanton ran for 77 yards on eight attempts.
Samford will return to action in a week as they travel to Lexington, Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 12:30 p.m. The game will be streamed on ESPN+.