CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern racked up 620 yards' offense and the Buccaneers limited Point to 98 yards in the contest as CSU topped the visiting Skyhawks at Buccaneer Field, 66-0.
Head Coach Mark Tucker picked up his first win at the helm of the Bucs (1-0) with the win over Point as the Bucs led from start-to-finish in their second win against the Skyhawks. The Bucs' 620 yards was the fourth-most in program history and the first time the Bucs broke the 600-yard mark since the 2014 season against Charlotte.
Shane Bucenell went 14-of-17 through the air for a career-high 273 yards and three touchdowns. Kameron Brown recorded his first career 100-yard receiving game with six catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. Kenny Dinkins added his second career two-touchdown game and finished with two catches for 66 yards in the win.
Noah Shuler led the Bucs' rushing effort with 11 carries and 79 yards to pace 12 different CSU ball carriers in the contest. Shuler, London Johnson, Terrance Wilson, Ellijah Henry, and Saire Davis all recorded rushing touchdowns in the game for the Bucs as CSU picked up 320 yards on the ground on 48 carries (6.7 ypc).
Anthony Ellis led a solid defensive effort with his first career three sack contest, while Noah Oliver, Nick Sands, Joey Maxberry, and Anton Williams also brought down the quarterback in the game. J.D. Sosebee returned a fumble 60 yards for the Bucs' second touchdown in the contest for his first collegiate score.
How They Scored
- Charleston Southern opened the scoring as Noah Shuler capped off a nine-play 70-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run with 10:50 left in the first quarter.
- Anthony Ellis and J.D. Sosebee combined to put the Bucs on the board next as Ellis forced a fumble and Sosebee scooped and scored on the 60-yard return with 6:50 left in the first quarter.
- Shane Bucenell connected with Kameron Brown on a 52-yard touchdown pass to cap off a four-play 76-yard drive with 14:13 left in the second quarter.
- CSU capped off a seven-play, 81-yard drive with a 41-yard touchdown pass from Bucenell to Kenny Dinkins with 8:58 left in the second quarter.
- Tyler Tekac connected on a 49-yard field goal to give the Bucs a 31-0 lead with 44 seconds remaining in the first half.
- Charleston Southern used a five-play 53-yard drive with Bucenell connecting with Dinkins again for a 22-yard touchdown for the first score in the second half.
- Saire Davis carried the ball in from eight yards out to cap off an eight-play, 53-yard drive.
- CSU used a five-play, 53-yard drive that ended with Ellijah Henry's 12-yard touchdown run.
- London Johnson added to the CSU lead with a 54-yard touchdown run and Jacob Smoak connected on the PAT to give CSU a 59-0 lead with 12:04 left in the fourth quarter.
- Terrance Wilson scored from four yards out to cap off an eight-play, 66-yard drive for the final score.
Inside the Numbers
- Charleston Southern's quarterbacks combined to throw for 300 yards on a 15-of-18 day through the air. It was the first time CSU breached 300 passing yards since the Bucs threw for 301 on Nov. 14, 2015 in a 31-24 win over Liberty.
- Shane Bucenell's 273 yards through the air was the first time the redshirt sophomore quarterback surpassed the 200-yard mark in his career. Bucenell's previous high was 172 set last season against Bucknell.
- Kameron Brown's 113 yard receiving effort was the redshirt sophomore's first 100-yard receiving game in his career. Brown's previous high was 80 yards set last season against Florida State.
- London Johnson gained 64 yards on three carries, including his game-high 54-yard score in the fourth quarter. Terrance Wilson added 49 yards on seven carries to help pace the CSU rushing effort on the day.
- Kenny Dinkins' two-touchdown game was the second of his career. Dinkins previously found the end zone twice against Liberty in the 2015 season with six catches, 114 yards, and two touchdowns in the win over the Flames.
- Junior kicker Tyler Tekac converted all seven of his extra point attempts and a career-long 49 yard field goal to help pace the Bucs' special teams.
- Senior defensive end Anthony Ellis recorded the fourth three-sack game in CSU history in the Bucs' win against the Skyhawks. Ellis picked up his first sack in the first quarter, teamed up with Noah Oliver in the second, and then brought the quarterback down for the third time on Point's second drive in the second half.
- Nick Sands and Anton Williams both recorded their first career sacks in the win.
- Ellis forced his first two fumbles of the season, while Sosebee picked up his first fumble recovery of the year.
- Jonathan Slaton's field goal block in the first quarter made it the second consecutive week the Bucs have blocked an opponent's kicking attempt. Ellis blocked a PAT last weekend against Elon.
- CSU's 620 total offensive yards is the fourth-most in Buccaneers' history and most CSU has had since September 27, 2014 against Charlotte (617). The Bucs' single game mark is 695 against West Virginia Wesleyan on October 15, 2005.
- The Bucs' defense allowed just 98 total offensive yards in the game. It was the first time CSU didn't allow an opponent to breach the 100-yard offensive mark since the 2009 season when CSU allowed just 90 yards against North Greenville on September 26.
News and Notes
- Tyler Tekac set the CSU mark for consecutive PATs made against Point as the junior place kicker raised his mark to 37 in a row following his 7-for-7 performance against the Skyhawks. Tekac passed alum Clint Kelly's mark of 31 PATs set over the 1998 and 1999 seasons.
- The Buccaneers ran their consecutive non-conference home winning streak to 13 games following the win over Point. The winning streak dates back to the Bucs' 2012 win over Edward Waters.
- CSU improved to 16-11 all-time in home openers. The Bucs have won their last five home openers since the Bucs started the streak against Shorter in 2013.
- Ellis improved his career sack total to 18 with the Bucs over the last four seasons.
Play of the Game
Charleston Southern continues its homestand next weekend as the Buccaneers host Mississippi Valley State. Kickoff on the Big South Network is set for 6 p.m.