November 9, 2002
(Greenville, South Carolina-AP) -- Quarterback Chaz Williams ran for three touchdowns and threw for another score as Georgia Southern secured at least a share of its seventh straight Southern Conference title with a 42-21 win today over Furman.
Williams ran 23 times for 110 yards and Jermaine Austin ran 19 times for 105 yards as the Eagles (8-2, 7-1) rolled up 409 yards on the ground. Billy Napier went 17-for-28 for 234 yards and three touchdowns for Furman (6-3, 4-2), who had its 11-game home winning streak broken.
Georgia Southern put the game away early. The Eagles led 35-0 at halftime after scoring three touchdowns in the final 2:03 of the first half. The scoring blitz started with Zzream Walden's 22-yard scoring run to make it 21-0. Furman fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and Williams had a 2-yard touchdown run two plays later. Williams also scored on runs of 1 and 3 yards. The Eagles then forced a Furman punt. Two plays later Williams found Walden on a 40-yard touchdown pass with 32 seconds left in the half.
Georgia Southern held Furman to just 85 yards rushing. The Eagles can win the Southern Conference title outright if Wofford loses one of its final two games.