CSU Uses Late Rally to Beat Wingate 20-17September 16, 2006
By CSU Sports Information
|Drafts Finished with 302 total yards (Photo courtesy of Tam Odom)|
CHARLESTON, S.C. Ė It took two touchdowns in the last five minutes of the game, but CSU (3-0) remained undefeated on the season and extended the winning streak to eight games as the Buccaneers handed Wingate (3-1) their first loss of the season Saturday at Buccaneer Field.
With time running out, Charleston Southernís Collin Drafts and Maurice Price hooked up for a 36-yard touchdown to bring CSU within five points with 4:48 to go in the game. A three-and-out for the Bulldogs gave CSU the ball back with 3:14 left on the clock. CSU marched down the field again, using eight plays to go 59 yards and put the ball in the endzone again on a five yard pass to Price giving the Buccaneers their first lead of the game with 1:02 left.
Drafts finished the game as the leading passer and rusher for the Bucs, accounting for 302 of the Buccaneers 364 yards, rushing for 90 yards on 19 carries. Drafts was 22-31 for 212 yards through the air with two touchdowns and one interception. Price was again the favorite target for Drafts, as he caught eight passes for 71 yards but became the all-time leader in receptions at CSU with 127 in his career. Preseason defensive player of the year Jada Ross continued to dominate, leading CSU with 12 tackles.
Anthony Metzelaars threw for 290 yards for WU, completing 27 of 39 passes. Two Bulldog receivers topped the century mark as Dan Brooks reeled in 10 catches for 117 yards and Gary Tatum caught six passes for 105 yards.
CSU trailed for the first time in 2006 as JD Moore and Gary Tatum connected for a one-yard touchdown pass as the first half of play came to a close. The Bulldogs would increase their lead to 10 as Jonathan Bedford kicked a 27-yard field goal with 6:27 left in the third quarter.
The Bucs would finally get on the board as Drafts leaped over the line from one yard out as the third quarter came to a close. The Bulldogs would strike back as they went 72 yards in nine plays, scoring on a shovel pass to Gary Tatum from four yards out.
The Bucs will have the week off before they put the nationís third-longest winning streak on the line again against North Greenville on Sept. 30. That contest will begin at 1:30 at Buccaneer Field. Wingate will also have the week off as they host Tusculum in two weeks.Related Item: Box Score