Ross punt block, Hollingsworth FG lead Furman past VMI 24-21

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) Brian Ross blocked a punt and returned it 5 yards for a touchdown, and Jon Croft Hollingsworth booted a 42-yard field goal with 4:35 left to help Furman to a 24-21 Southern Conference victory over VMI on Saturday.

The Paladins (2-2, 1-0 Southern Conference) stopped VMI on fourth down at the Furman 45 late in the fourth quarter, then ran the ball to the VMI 27 before turning it over on downs with under a minute to play.

Reese Hannon was 22 of 40 for 197 yards passing and ran for a score to lead Furman.

Al Cobb was 21 of 42 for 235 yards passing with a touchdown for VMI (1-3, 0-1), but he also threw a pair of interceptions. The VMI ground game managed just 44 yards on 27 carries.

Down 14-0 in the first half, Furman halved the Keydets' lead on a 1-yard run with 1:30 left in the half.

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