“It’s a disappointing end to the season, but I thought we accomplished a lot this season,” said CSU coach Jay Mills. “We had a very young group and they showed improvement each week. We have a lot to look forward to with this team and this program."
Coastal took advantage of a short field a few times in the
first half to grab a 21-0 lead and CSU never climbed back in the game. CCU
scored on TD drives of 37 and 39 yards to open the game as the Chants’ defense
kept the Bucs pinned.
“We flinched at the start and the first quarter cost us,” said Mills. “We missed on some opportunities and the turnovers hurt us. It was like being in a distance race and letting the pack get out too far ahead early.
“We felt good going into the half after scoring but they sort of took control in the third quarter. Coastal is a veteran football team and a very good football team. They were impressive in all three phases of the game.”
The Bucs finished 10-of-23 as a team through the air for 163
yards, but with two interceptions. Junior quarterback Malcolm Dixon had a touchdown
pass just before the half to Larry Jones III, his fourth of the season. Dixon was
8-of-16 for 122 yards.
CSU had no answer for the Coastal ground game as the Chants churned
out 5.5 yards per carry and five TDs on the ground.
CCU quarterback Aramis Hillary led a balanced attack, going
12-for-22 for 1-2 yards and ran 14 times for 115 yards and a touchdown.
One Coastal Carolina built its lead, it kept the Bucs on the
field, converting on 9-of-14 third downs.
The Chanticleers grabbed a 7-0 lead at the midway point of
the first quarter, taking advantage of a short field after pinning the Bucs
deep in their own territory. Lorenzo Taliaferro scored from five yards out to
give CCU an early lead.
CCU built its lead to 14-0 as Hillary plowed in on the read
option from four yards out.
The Bucs would answer right back as Dixon found tight end
Nathan Prater on a crossing route for 15 yards. A completion to Larry Jones III
would move the ball into Chanticleer territory for the first time in the game.
A Marquiz Hodo 13-yard run would set the Bucs up with a 1st-and 10
inside the CCU 30, but the drive stalled on a missed 37-yard field goal by T.J.
The Bucs would get another opportunity two plays later as
Matt Hardy stripped Taliaferro and sophomore defensive tackle Isaac Lowrance
pounced on the loose ball to set CSU up on a short field. The Bucs would take
their short on 4th-and-2 from the CUU 6-yard line, but Briar Van
Brunt was cut down short on the keeper and the Bucs would turn the ball over on
Following the Van Brunt run, the Bucs defense would hold and
a James punt return would set the Bucs up in great field position at the CCU
35-yard line. CSU would go three-and-out and a poor punt would set CCU up with
a short field.
The Chanticleers would march 58 yards in 11 plays to build a
21-0 lead on a touchdown plunge from Jeremy Height from two yards out.
Two late completions by Van Brunt and Hatcher got the Bucs
on the board in the final minute of the first half. Van Brunt found senior
Corvaughn Archie on the sideline for 34 yards to give the Bucs one final shot
with less than 10 seconds to play in the half.
A quick double move by Jones III and a perfect throw by
Hatcher gave the Bucs their first touchdown of the night, a 7-yard throw and
catch to cut the lead to 21-7, and to seize some momentum heading into the
The Chanticleers answered back to open the second half as
Hillary took CCU down the field in 10 plays for a 29-7 lead. Marcus Whitner
capped the drive with a 1-yard scoring run and the Chanticleers scored on the
conversion try on a run by Austin Cain to push the lead to 22.
CSU responded with a 10-play drive of its own.
Running back Teddy Allen crashed in from five yards out to
cut the lead to 29-13. The Chants intercepted Dixon on the conversion try and
returned it for 102 yards for two points.
Allen’s 5-yard TD run was set up by a nice throw-and-catch
by Dixon on fourth down from the CCU 21 to keep the drive alive. Allen also had
a 1-uard run to open the drive.
However, CCU came back with the game’s third-straight
10-play drive to score on a 2-yard Whitner run to build its largest lead of the
day at 38-13. The Chanticleers ripped off seven runs to close out the drive for
The Bucs capped the scoring on a throw-and-catch from Dixon
to Prater for 37 yards and a touchdown to cut the lead to 41-20.