Bucs earn first win of season with 16-10 defeat of JacksonvilleSeptember 17, 2005
By CSU Sports Information
CHARLESTON, S.C. - It wasn't easy but the Charleston Southern football team captured their first win of the 2005 season with a 16-10 victory over visiting Jacksonville University at Buccaneer Field on Saturday afternoon.
Junior quarterback Collin Drafts completed 24-of-40 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns to pace the Buccaneers offensively. Sophomore receiver Edsel Logan snared a career-high eight passes for 63 yards while tight end Bryan Meers and receiver Drew Rucks caught touchdown passes.
Charleston Southern again struggled to run the football, mustering only 26 yards rushing on the day. CSU averaged 3.1 yards per offensive play in finshing with 220 total yards.
Jacksonville (0-1) was paced offensively by senior running back Jerry Brant, who rushed for 147 yards on 25 carries. The Dolphins gained 196 yards on the ground and 138 yards through the air.
Jacksonville led 3-0 early in the second quarter on Ryan Feely's 20-yard field goal. The Buccaneers did not break into the scoring column until just before halftime when Drafts connected with Rucks on a 13-yard scoring pass with :39 remaining in the first half.
CSU made it 13-3 after recovering a third quarter fumble on the Jacksonville six-yard line. Three plays later the Bucs scored on Meers' touchdown reception with 9:28 remaining in the third quarter. Nick Ellis pushed the lead to 13 with a 42-yard field goal with 3:03 left in the quarter.
The Dolphins cut the lead to 16-10 with 9:09 left in the game on a five-yard pass from Anthony Salgado to Michael Jenner. Jacksonville had three more opportunities in the final period but came away empty.
Charleston Southern's defense forced five turnovers, recovering four fumbles and picking off a pass. The Bucs were led defensively by Josh Mitchell with eight tackles. Defensive backs C.J. Hirschman and Tavares Shorter and tackle Phil Jordan had seven tackles. Senior end Adam Degraffenreid blocked a third quarter field goal attempt.
CSU hits the road next week, facing North Greenville before returning home on October 1 against Howard University.