Allen's career day leads CSU past Campbell in Big South finale

Allen's career day leads CSU past Campbell in Big South finale

BUIES CREEK, N.C. - James Allen tied a Charleston Southern single game record with three interceptions, one of which he returned 52-yards for a touchdown, as the Buccaneers topped host Campbell University on Saturday afternoon at Barker-Lane Stadium, 12-7.

Allen picked off two passes in the second quarter and added his final interception on Campbell's (6-5, 1-4) final offensive play of the game to secure a winning conference record for the Buccaneers (5-5, 3-2). It marked his third interception return for a touchdown of the season and his first multi-interception game of his CSU career in the victory.

Tyler Tekac added a pair of field goals to provide the final margin as the senior placekicker became the program's all-time leader in field goals made in the contest. Tekac connected from 24 and 49 yards on the afternoon for his 29th and 30th career field goals to surpass Nick Ellis (2003-07) and John Paglia (2007-10) in the CSU record books.

Allen paced a strong defensive effort for the Bucs as CSU was constantly in the backfield applying pressure on the Campbell quarterbacks. Solomon Brown picked up three tackles for loss, while J.D. Sosebee finished with a team-high 11 tackles and two stops behind the line. The Bucs finished with three sacks and 13.0 TFL in the contest.

Offensively, Terrence Wilson posted 67 rushing yards on six carries to lead the Bucs. London Johnson was 7-of-11 through the air for 51 yards with Taz Lindsey (3 catches, 40 yards) his leading target on the day.

Campbell's Caleb Snead provided fireworks for the home team on Saturday with the receiver hauling in a 65-yard score in the third quarter to cut into the Bucs' lead. He finished with five catches for 95 yards.

Key Drive
Campbell's offense was clicking in the second half as the Camels marched down the field late in the contest. Jayson DeMild connected on a 34-yard pass to Aaron Blockmon on 3rd-and-17 to move the ball to the CSU 18 with under three minutes to play.

Back-to-back carries by Rocky Reid moved the ball down to the CSU 14 before DeMild's pass to Caleb Snead was knocked down in the back of the end zone by CSU's Brandon Rowland. On 4th-and-6, James Allen dove in front of the Campbell receiver for his third interception of the game with 1:17 remaining to secure the CSU 12-7 win over the Camels.

How They Scored

  • Tyler Tekac connected on a 24-yard field goal with 6:43 left in the first half to cap a drive sparked by a Justin McIntire punt block that gave the Bucs possession deep inside Campbell territory.
  • James Allen stepped in front of a Jayson DeMild pass and returned it 52 yards for the interception return score to put the Bucs ahead 9-0 with 1:14 left in the second quarter.
  • Tekac was good again, this from 49 yards, for his second field goal of the game to cap a 12-play, 55-yard drive that spanned 7:17.
  • DeMild connected with Caleb Snead for a 65-yard touchdown pass late with 44 seconds left in the third quarter to cap the scoring.

Inside the Statistics

  • Charleston Southern picked up 11 first downs and 269 yards of total offense in the win over Campbell.
  • The Buccaneers' defense limited Campbell's offense to 61 rushing yards on 32 carries in the game.
  • London Johnson was 7-of-11 through the air for 51 yards targeting four different receivers in the win.
  • Terrence Wilson paced CSU's rushing attack with six carries for 67 yards, including a 40-yard carry in the first half.
  • Adam Allen added 62 yards on 12 carries, averaging 5.2 yards per carry.
  • Kyle Reighard averaged 40.9 yards per punt in the win.
  • Garrett Sayegh had his second consecutive multi-sack game as the freshman linebacker led the Bucs with 1.5 sacks in the contest.
  • Solomon Brown picked up 3.0 tackles for loss to pace a CSU defensive effort that had 13.0 takedowns behind the line of scrimmage.
  • Edward King (2.5) and J.D. Sosebee (2.0) were also active behind the line of scrimmage and combined for 20 total tackles.
  • Shadarius Hopkins added his first interception of the season in the contest and finished with four tackles.
  • CSU finished the contest with the 32:55-27:05 edge in the time of possession battle

News & Notes

  • James Allen's career day tied him with former CSU cornerback Charles James for the most interceptions in a single game in CSU history. James achieved the three-interception mark against Liberty back on Oct. 9, 2010.
  • Allen's pick-six was the third of the 2018 season and set several Big South marks along the way. His three interception returns for touchdowns set a single season and career Big South mark, while his 208 interception yards are the most accomplished in a single season in conference history.
  • Justin McIntire became the first Buccaneer to block a punt since Jared Scotland accomplished the task against Liberty back on Nov. 14, 2015.
  • Tyler Tekac's 49-yard field goal was the 30th of his career surpassing CSU greats John Paglia (2007-10) and Nick Ellis (2003-07) to take the career record. It was his fifth 40-plus yard field goal of the season, tying for the eighth-most 40-plus yard field goals in a single season.
  • Solomon Brown's 3.0 tackles for loss marked the 13th time the redshirt senior defensive lineman has put together a multi-TFL game in his career.
  • The Bucs were held under 300 yards of total offense for the ninth time this season.
  • CSU reached the 200-yard rushing mark for the sixth time this season.
  • The Bucs won the turnover battle for the fifth time this season and for the second consecutive week.
  • The two-game winning streak matched CSU's longest of the season.
  • The Bucs improved to 3-2 in Big South play on the year, extending their above .500 streak in conference play to six consecutive seasons dating back to 2013.
  • The Bucs improve to 3-0 all-time in the series against Campbell.

Play of the Game

Player of the Game - James Allen

Up Next
Charleston Southern remains on the road for the season finale as the Buccaneers head to The Citadel on Thursday, November 29. Kickoff in Johnson Hagood Stadium is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN+.

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