GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) Alex Lakes rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown and John Russ threw for 88 yards and two touchdowns as Mercer held on to beat Furman 27-20 in overtime on Saturday.

Lakes scored from the 2 in the extra period and Zach Jackson intercepted P. J. Blazejowski's pass on Furman's first play in overtime to seal the win.

Trailing 20-14 with 43 seconds left in regulation, Furman's Kealand Dirks ran in from the 2 to tie the game. Furman was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct on the scoring play and Jon Croft Hollingsworth missed the 25-yard point after attempt to force overtime.

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Tee Mitchell rushed for 112 yards and Avery Ward grabbed six passes for 60 yards and two scores for Mercer (5-5, 2-4 Southern Conference).

Reese Hannon threw for 133 yards and two touchdowns and Andrej Suttles had 8 catches for 101 yards for Furman (4-6, 2-4).