CSU Records Solid Victory On Senior Day Beating Gardner-Webb 28-14November 4, 2006
By CSU Sports Information
|Senior quarterback Collin Drafts|
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Quarterback Collin Drafts set three Big South Conference records, and the CSU defense got three interceptions to hold Gardner-Webb scoreless in the second half of a 28-14 Senior Day victory Saturday afternoon at Buccaneer Field.
Drafts amassed 452 yards of total offense, setting a new Big South mark, while his 406 passing yards was second in the League, only to his own 429 yards in 2004 against Allen. Drafts remains the only quarterback in Big South history to throw for more than 400 yards in a game, having done so twice, and is the only quarterback to top 9,000 yards for a career, passing that mark in the first quarter. He would end the day 31-41 with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Of his record-setting 31 completions, 11 went to Maurice Price who earned 99 yards and one touchdown. Senior Bryant Burch had three catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns, including an 81-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Burch’s other touchdown came in the fourth quarter as he caught a ball on the 10-yardline, made the defender miss, and carried it in the rest of the way, for the 28-yard touchdown that would be the final one of the game.
Facing an offense that averages 31 points a game and 386.5 yards a game, the Buccaneer defense shut them down in the second half, led by Jada Ross’s 12 tackles. The Buccaneers recorded seven tackles-for-loss, including two sacks for a combined 11 yards. They also intercepted three passes, bringing their season mark to 16, tying the school record for a season, set in 2002.
On a special teams unit that has been nearly flawless all season, CSU miscues had a major impact on the game with two first half errors leading to both Gardner-Webb scores. Having forced a GWU fourth down and 11 after Phil Jordan and Josh Mitchell batted down consecutive passes by Campell, the Buccaneers looked to get the ball back. The Michael Hanna punt fell short, though, hitting CSU cover man Drew Rucks in the leg, making it a live ball. Andre Manning recovered the ball on the CSU 24 yard line, keeping the GWU drive alive, leading to the Bulldogs first score, tying the game 7-7 with 6:47 to go in the first quarter.
Charleston Southern would strike back as Drafts hooked up with former track star Bryant Burch, who outran the GWU defense down the sideline, going 81 yards to put CSU back up 14-7.
The special teams blunders struck again with 7:15 remaining in the half as a pass from Hart Pearson to Josh Warrior was complete for 34 yards on a fake punt, but was called back for an illegal man downfield, forcing CSU to punt and give the ball back to the Bulldogs. Gardner-Webb would use the momentum to use six plays, going 54-yards to even the score at 14-14 going into the halftime break.
The first drive of the second quarter would be a good one by CSU as they used exactly five minutes off the clock to go 80 yards. The drive featured a 20-yard pass to Ryan Ard and was capped off by a 27-yard touchdown pass to Price.
The CSU defense would help propel the Buccaneers to the victory as they shut out Gardner-Webb in the second half, picking off three Campbell passes in the fourth quarter. Josh Warrior got the first pick off a deflection by Jonna Lee, setting up a 51-yard drive to put CSU up 28-14. Jon Carmon got the other two interceptions, including one on CSU’s own four-yardline with under two minutes to go that sealed the game for The Buccaneers.
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