Bucs Finish Undefeated Home Slate with 48-6 Beating of Edward WatersNovember 15, 2008
By CSU Sports Information
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The 2008 Charleston Southern senior class went out in style, Saturday, taking down Edward Waters 48-6 in the final home game of the season. It completed the second undefeated home schedule for the class, having done it in 2006 as part of a 9-2 season.
With the victory, Charleston Southern (6-5, 2-2) assured themselves at least a .500 record for the year, despite having faced two FBS opponents this season. The Bucs will go to Coastal Carolina to finish up their 2008 schedule with a 6 p.m. scheduled kickoff between the Big South rivals.
Tribble Reese completed 10 of 14 passes for 163 yards and four touchdowns, playing just one series into the second half. Redshirt freshman Gabe Gilmour stepped in nicely, completing his first career touchdown pass on a seven-yard pass to Josh Atkinson. In addition to his 24 passing yards on four completions, Gilmour rushed for 31 yards on five carries. Senior Markus Murry had his best game of the season with 100 receiving yards on five catches with one touchdown. Murry is now just 72 yards shy of third-all time in receiving yards.
It was a game of firsts for CSU as Atkinson and Kwame Krakue each caught the first touchdown pass of their careers.
Kamau Leitner finished 15-29 for 133 yards to Edward Waters (3-8), but was intercepted twice by the Bucs. Nadens Madeus led the Tigers with eight tackles, while Rahsaan Barton had two of the three sacks for EWC.
CSU tied a season-high with 10 tackles for loss and sacked Leitner for a season-best five times. Philip Ashley and Steven Lewis each picked off a pass, while Quinton Johnson forced and recovered a fumble.
The Bucs would strike first with 5:44 left in the first quarter as a Reese and Gerald Stevenson hooked up on two consecutive plays, the second of which went for 30-yards and a touchdown. Edward Waters answered with a trick play on the ensuing kickoff. Johnathan Johnson took John Paglia’s kickoff at the six, spun around and threw a lateral across the field to Maurice Young who went 47 yards to set up the Tigers in good field position.
It too seven plays to go the remaining 45 yards, but the Tigers pulled within one. Madeus, who doubles as the place kicker for EWC, missed the extra point to the left, though, allowing CSU to hold onto their lead.
Clayton Coffman caught a five yard pass to cap off an eight-play drive by CSU to go back in front 14-6 with 0:18 left in the first quarter. With a 21-point second quarter, CSU more than distanced themselves from the Tigers with a 35-6 halftime lead.
Stevenson helped add to the lead as he returned the opening kick of the second half 42 yards to the EWC 31 yard line. In what would end up being his final drive of the game, Reese took CSU down in four plays to make it 42-6.
The final CSU points came early in the fourth as Gilmour led CSU on a nine-play, 57-yard drive that chewed up 5:13 off the clock. Related Item: Box Score