CSU Wins Ninth-Straight, 20-10 over North GreenvilleSeptember 30, 2006
By CSU Sports Information
|Collin Drafts Reached 8,000 yards for his career|
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern (4-0) scored 14 unanswered points to beat North Greenville (3-2) 20-10 Saturday afternoon at Buccaneer Field, taking the current winning streak to nine games.
Leading the Buccaneer offense was senior QB Collin Drafts, who was 23-32, throwing for 291 yards, and becoming the first QB in Big South history to reach 8,000 passing yards in a career. A late, 11-yard run by Drafts as the Buccaneers ran out the clock gave him 29 rushing yards to lead the Buccaneers in that category for the third straight game. Junior wide out Maurice Price brought in 10 catches for 69 yards, while Markus Murry hauled in five catches for 81 yards.
Junior linebacker Jada Ross was key in stopping a potent NGU offense with 21 tackles, while Jonna Lee added 15 of his own. The Buccaneers held Eric Moeller and the Crusader offense to just 10 points, the first time that they have been held under 28 this season.
The Buccaneers fell behind early for the second time in as many games as North Greenville marched down the field on their first possession and kicked a 35-yard field goal. An interception by Patrick Jarrett on the NGU three yard-line for the Crusaders thwarted an early scoring opportunity by the Bucs.
They would get on the board, though, as Drafts would find Markus Murry for a 14-yard touchdown strike to put the Bucs up 6-3 mid-way through the second quarter. NGU would take the lead into halftime
After half, the Buccaneers took the lead back on an eight-yard touchdown run by Collin Drafts, capping a seven-play, 60-yard drive for CSU. With the third quarter coming to an end, North Greenville tried to answer back, opting for a third try from the one-yard line instead of a game-tying field goal, the Buccaneer defense held and kept the lead at 13-10 for the moment.
The Buccaneers expanded their lead on a two-play, 80-yard drive with a 72-yard completion to Clayton Coffman and an 8-yard touchdown run by Drafts.
C.J. Hirschman would come up with a clutch interception in the end zone with 4:40 to go helped CSU in icing away their ninth-straight victory. Related Item: Box Score