CHARLESTON, S.C. – Jack Chambers capitalized on his first start on Saturday night finishing with 267 total yards and a trio of touchdowns to lead Charleston Southern past Virginia Lynchburg at Buccaneer Field, 58-6.
Chambers ran for 112 yards and connected on touchdown passes with Kenny Dinkins and Garris Schwarting to pace the Buccaneers (2-3) to a season-high 503 offensive yards against the NCCAA Dragons (3-4). The redshirt freshman quarterback finished 7-of-12 through the air for 155 yards and the two aforementioned touchdowns in the win.
Kendrick Bell added a pair of fourth quarter touchdown runs to finish with 75 yards on three carries, while Terrence Wilson added 74 yards and a score as the Buccaneers racked up a season-high 334 rushing yards on Saturday night. Dinkins finished with four catches for 65 yards, while Schwarting had two receptions, including a career-long 72 yard catch-and-score to pace CSU's receiving efforts.
Chameron Stevenson provided late excitement for the Dragons with a 77-yard touchdown pass to Johnny Rembert for VUL's lone score of the game. Running back To'mas Newman finished with 99 rushing yards on 25 carries to lead the rushing efforts.
J.D. Sosebee's double-digit tackling streak ended on Saturday evening, but the redshirt junior linebacker finished with a team-high seven stops and added his third fumble recovery of the season. Jonathan Glover added a team-high 1.5 tackles for loss, while Jonathan Slaton added his first interception of the season.
Dahquan Edrington led VUL with nine tackles and a tackle for loss.
Jack Chambers and Garrett Schwarting provided excitement for the Buccaneers heading into halftime as the duo combined on a key touchdown late in the second quarter to help CSU start to pull away in the contest. VUL limited the Buccaneers a trio of early field goals and a Terrence Wilson eight-yard touchdown run before CSU took over on their own 28-yard line with 1:57 to play in the half.
Chambers dropped back on the first play of the drive and looked deep to Schwarting who lined up on the outside to the right. The throw brought the junior wide receiver back toward the hash marks and he utilized his speed to track and come down with the ball. Schwarting out-raced the VUL defensive back to the end zone for the 72-yard touchdown reception and brought the CSU bench to life as the Bucs went into the half leading 23-0.
How They Scored
- Tyler Tekac connected on a 30-yard field goal to cap the Buccaneers' first drive of the day and put points on the board with 5:44 remaining in the opening quarter to close out the eight-play, 64-yard drive.
- Terrence Wilson capped CSU's first touchdown of the game with an eight-yard carry to close out the 10-play drive with 13:05 left in the first half.
- Tekac again connected, this time from 35 yards, to extend CSU's lead to 13-0 following the nine-play, 29-yard drive.
- Taz Lindsey's 15-yard punt return set up Tekac's third field goal of the game as he drilled the 46-yard attempt through the uprights with 4:09 left in the first half.
- Chambers' connection to Schwarting put the final points on the board in the first half as the 72-yard pass covering 12 seconds put CSU ahead 23-0 with 1:45 left in the half.
- Chambers connected on his second touchdown pass of the game as the redshirt freshman hit Kenny Dinkins over the middle from 35 yards out to cap a nine-play, 98-yard drive that was sparked by a CSU fumble recovery deep in the Bucs' side of the field.
- Chanin Hamilton added a seven-yard rushing touchdown late in the third quarter to ended the Buccaneers' lead to 37-0 with 55 seconds left in the quarter.
- Chambers reached the end zone on the ground for his first time in the game with a 13-yard carry around the end on the Bucs' first drive of the fourth quarter to add to CSU's lead.
- Kendrick Bell took it to the house from 13-yards out on his second carry of the game with 4:42 left in the contest to push CSU's lead to 51-0.
- Johnny Rembert hauled in Chameron Stevenson's 77-yard bomb down the right sideline for VUL's lone score of the contest with 3:01 remaining in the game.
- Bell capped the scoring with a 62-yard touchdown run on the first play of the drive with 2:43 left in the game.
Inside the Numbers
- Charleston Southern hit the 300-yard rushing mark for the first time this season after picking up just 33 yards on the ground last week against Savannah State. The Bucs' 334 yards on the ground was the second-most in the Mark Tucker coaching era trailing only the 359 put up against Mississippi Valley State last season on September 30.
- Three different players recorded at least 70 rushing yards in the contest for the first time this season with Chambers (112), Bell (75), and Wilson (74) all hitting the mark in the game.
- Chambers' 155 passing yards was the most for the Bucs this season and nearly doubled CSU's season total on the year.
- Kenny Dinkins recorded four receptions and 60 yards for the second consecutive game as the redshirt senior hauled in four catches for a season-high 65 yards.
- Kyle Reighard connected on a 45-yard attempt in his lone punt attempt of the game.
- CSU's 22 first downs were a season-high for the team
- Virginia Lynchburg won the time of possession battle in the game, 30:30-29:30
- The Dragons finished the contest with 255 total offensive yards, snapping a CSU streak of holding their last two opponents under the 250-yard mark.
News & Notes of Interest
- Tyler Tekac kicked a career-high three field goals in the contest and converted all seven extra points to finish with a game-high 16 points in the contest. Tekac (181) is seven points behind Mike Holloway (188) for second all-time in career scoring, and is one field goal behind Clint Kelly (24) for third all-time in CSU's career rankings.
- Charleston Southern did not turn the ball over in the contest after surrendering 11 turnovers over the first four games.
- Jonathan Slaton became the third CSU defensive back in as many games to record an interception as the senior picked off a pass late in the third quarter.
- Jack Chambers became the third CSU player to record 100 rushing yards in the game after finishing with 112 in the contest. He joined London Johnson (119 vs. Elon) and Terrence Wilson (103 at Hampton).
- Kendrick Bell's 62-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was CSU's fourth rush of 60-plus yards on the season.
- Jack Chambers' 72-yard pass to Garris Schwarting was the longest completion of the season and the CSU's longest pass since Shane Bucenell connected with Kameron Brown for an 87-yard pass last season against Mississippi Valley State.
- Jonathan Glover recorded his second consecutive multi-TFL game with a team-high 1.5 against the Dragons.
Play of the Game
Player of the Game - Jack Chambers, QB
Charleston Southern remains at home for Homecoming on Saturday, October 20, as the Buccaneers open Big South Conference play against Presbyterian. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. on ESPN+.