ELON, N.C. — P.J. Blazejowski threw two touchdown passes to Andy Schumpert, Donavan Perryman blocked a potential game-tying extra point with 11 minutes left, and Furman edged Elon 28-27 on Saturday in the opening game of the FCS playoffs.
Furman (8-4) dropped a 34-31 contest to Elon on Sept. 9 during a three-game losing streak to start the season, but the Paladins advanced to play seventh-seeded Wofford (9-2) next Saturday.
Schumpert tied it at 7 on a 6-yard grab early in the second quarter and it was 14-7 three minutes later on his 70-yarder. Antonio Wilcox tied it at 21 for Furman on a 14-yard run and Blazejowski’s 1-yard touchdown run made it 28-21 on the first play of the fourth quarter.
De’Sean McNair opened the scoring with a 26-yard touchdown run and he capped the scoring with a 28-yarder with 11:26 remaining in the game, but Owen Johnson’s extra-point kick was blocked by Perryman.
It was the first PAT block by Furman since Ira McCune’s on Aug. 31, 2013.
McNair had 101 yards and three touchdowns for Elon (8-4).
Blazejowski was intercepted, just his fifth of the season, in the red zone by Daniel Reid-Bennett with 4:20 remaining in the game. Elon went on a nine-play drive but Davis Cheek’s pass fell incomplete near midfield and Furman’s Kealand Dirks ran for a first down to run out the clock.