CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern improved to 2-0 at home this season as the Buccaneers scored 48 points in the second half to pull away from Mississippi Valley State on Saturday night at Buccaneer Field, 58-7.
Up 10-7 at the start of the second half thanks to a Tyler Tekac 48-yard field goal, the Bucs (2-2) rattled off 35 points in the third quarter to take a commanding lead. Terrance Wilson and London Johnson added late fourth quarter touchdown runs to provide the final margin as CSU closed out their 15th consecutive home non-conference win.
Kameron Brown (two catches, 101 yards and a touchdown) and Wilson (two carries, 106 yards, two touchdowns) provided plenty of fireworks for the Buccaneers' offense. Johnny Robinson (two sacks) paced a strong CSU defensive effort that brought the quarterback down a school-record nine times in the contest.
The Bucs gained a season-high 373 yards on the ground, while the CSU defense held Mississippi Valley State (0-4) to -24 rushing yards in the contest. MVSU recorded 318 passing yards in the game, but interceptions by Shadarius Hopkins and Sekwan Jenkins helped limit the Delta Devils' offense in the game.
How They Scored
- Charleston Southern opened the scoring in the second quarter as Shane Bucenell connected with Kameron Brown for an 87-yard touchdown pass to cap off a four play, 93-yard drive with 12:16 left in the second quarter.
- Mississippi Valley State answered with a six-play, 65-yard drive with 3:55 left in the half as Dewayne Betts found O'Brian Anderson on a nine-yard wheel route in the end zone.
- Tyler Tekac put the Bucs ahead before the half with a 48-yard field goal to give CSU the 10-7 lead with 1:42 remaining in the half.
- Terrance Wilson added to the Bucs' lead with a 62-yard touchdown run on CSU's opening drive of the second half.
- Taz Lindsey and the CSU special teams got involved in the scoring again as Lindsey took a 45-yard punt return to the house for a touchdown to give the Bucs the 24-7 lead.
- Following a Solomon Brown fumble recovery, Ronnie Harris scored on the first play of the drive from six yards out to give the Bucs the 31-7 lead with 8:44 remaining in the third quarter.
- Sekwan Jenkins returned a pick-six for the Bucs' second defensive touchdown of the season as the freshman safety stepped in front of a pass and took it back 70 yards into the end zone with 4:50 left in the third quarter.
- Noah Shuler capped a seven-play 26-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run to give the Bucs a 45-7 lead just before the quarter break.
- Wilson added his second rushing touchdown of the contest, this one from 44 yards out, to give the Bucs the 51-7 lead with 13:10 remaining in the contest.
- Charleston Southern scored the game's final points on a 45-yard touchdown run by London Johnson to give the Bucs the final 58-7 margin.
Inside the Numbers
- Terrance Wilson recorded the first 100-yard rushing effort by a Buccaneer running back this season as the Leesville, S.C. native utilized his only two touches for 106 yards and two touchdowns on the day.
- Shane Bucenell was 2-of-7 through the air for 101 yards and touchdown with both completions going toward fellow redshirt sophomore Kameron Brown.
- Noah Shuler was the workhorse back for the Buccaneers on Saturday with 16 carries, 57 yards, and a touchdown.
- Ronnie Harris added 49 yards on five carries, while London Johnson scored on his lone carry in the fourth quarter.
- Bobby Ruff led the Bucs' defensive effort with six tackles, a sack, and a tackle for loss.
- Shadarius Hopkins added a tackle for loss and his third career interception.
- Sekwan Jenkins' pick-six was his team-leading second interception of the season.
- Johnny Robinson finished with a career-high two sacks for his first career multi-sack effort.
- Ty'Reik Faulks recorded 1.5 sacks in the second half to help pace the Bucs' defensive efforts.
- Kyle Reighard averaged 45.0 yards per punt over his three attempts on the day.
- MVSU's Christopher Fowler was 22-of-30 through the air for 163 passing yards in the contest, whiel Dewayne Betts was 6-of-8 for 106 yards and a touchdown.
- Wide receiver Quinn McElfresh paced the Delta Devils with six catches for 80 yards.
- The Bucs held the 14-13 advantage in first downs.
- MVSU had the 37:26-22:34 advantage in time of possession in the game.
News and Notes
- Kameron Brown picked up his second consecutive 100-yard receiving effort after recording six catches for 113 yards last weekend against Point. It was the first time a CSU wide receiver recorded back-to-back 100-yard receiving games since Gerald Stevenson accomplished the task in 2010 against VMI (129) and Stony Brook (104).
- Tyler Tekac saw his school-record consecutive PAT streak come to an end in the fourth quarter following the junior placekicker's miss at the 13:10 mark. Tekac's streak ended after 43 consecutive conversions snapping Clint Kelly's mark of 31 PATs set over the 1998 and 1999 seasons.
- Shane Bucenell's 87-yard touchdown pass to Kameron Brown was the third-longest completion in CSU program history, trailing just Jake Sills and Steve McCoy's 95-yard connection at Austin Peay in 2000 and Sills' 92 yard connection with Sheldon Evans against Austin Peay in 2001.
- Taz Lindsey's 45-yard punt return for a touchdown was the Bucs' first punt return for a score since Kelan Fraise went 70 yards for the score last season against Kentucky State on September 3.
- Sekwan Jenkins' 70 yard interception return for a touchdown was the Bucs first pick-six since 2015 when Solomon Brown returned an interception 28 yards for a score against Gardner-Webb.
- CSU tied the Buccaneers' single game record with nine sacks in the contest. It tied the mark set against Presbyterian on September 12, 1998.
Play of the Game
Tweet of the Game
The Alma Mater is always sweeter following a W. Bucs take the 58-7 victory over MVSU on Saturday night pic.twitter.com/wxhvpV2phk— Charleston Southern (@csusports) October 1, 2017
Charleston Southern travels to Bloomington, Ind. and Indiana University next weekend as the Buccaneers take on their second Power 5 opponent of the 2017 season. Kickoff between CSU and the Hoosiers is set for 3:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.