Coastal, Charleston Southern, Stony Brook, Liberty Win Saturday
COASTAL CAROLINA 34, VMI 7 | BOX SCORE
Coastal Carolina quarterback Aramis Hillary accounted for 172 yards in just over two quarters, while Jeremy Height led a potent rushing attack to give the Chanticleers a 34-7 victory at VMI Saturday. Coastal improves to 3-4, 1-1 in the Big South, while the Keydets drop to 2-5, 1-2.
Hillary played just one series in the third quarter before giving way to backup Alex Ross. Hillary, who has not thrown an interception in a CCU-record 159 attempts, completed 11-of-19 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. On the ground, the senior rushed for 58 yards on 10 carries.
Height, who also sat most of the second half, finished with 97 yards on 12 attempts, averaging 8.1 yards per carry, including a 19-yard TD. Height's effort helped Coastal rush for 331 yards on 49 attempts, an average of 6.8 yards per carry. The 331 rushing yards was the first 300-plus yard rushing game since gaining 304 versus North Carolina A&T in 2009, the most rushing yards since getting 490 versus Chowan in 2007 and the most in a Big South game since getting 332 versus Gardner-Webb in 2006.
Lorenzo Taliaferro added 54 rushing yards (6.8 average), Marcus Whitener - seeing his first action since the season opener due to injury - rushed for 45 yards (6.4 average), Travis Small rushed for 35 yards (7.0 average) and Ross rushed for 27 yards (5.4 average).
While Coastal's offense was racking up the offensive statistics, the CCU defense was just as effective, holding VMI to just 16 rushing yards, which is second on the CCU list for fewest rushing yards allowed by an opponent list (Chowan had eight rushing yards in 2007), and just 252 yards of total offense. However, 65 of those 252 yards, including 24 rushing yards, came on VMI's final drive as the Keydets scored a touchdown with 32 seconds left to avoid the shutout.
Also, Coastal entered the game with just seven sacks through the first six games, but erupted for five on Saturday. Quinn Backus once again led CCU's defense with a team-high nine tackles, including a sack, while Mike McClure had 1.5 sacks.
Coastal jumped out to a commanding lead, tallying 241 yards of total offense in the first quarter alone, thanks to 54 rushing yards by Height, 43 rushing yards by Hillary and Hillary throwing for 92 yards on 8-of-11 passing.
Coastal's first drive stalled after a dropped pass, but the defense quickly gave the offense back the ball, forcing a Keydet punt. The Chants would not be stopped the second time around. Hillary completed a short pass to Height, who turned the play into a 15-yard gain. Hillary then had a long rush, which was shorted to a 20-yard gain due to a holding call putting the ball on the VMI 38. Hillary then gained 10 yard and, two play later, Height scored from 19 yards out for a 7-0 lead.
Coastal's defense once again forced a VMI punt and eight plays and 86 yards later the Chants took a 14-0 lead. The big play in the drive was Hillary threading the needle for a a 27-yard gain to Akeem Wesley, tying Wesley's career long. On the next play, Taliaferro bulled his way into the end zone for his second touchdown of the season.
Coastal opened the second quarter with another eight-play scoring drive, this one covering 63 yards. Hillary and Height combined for 53 yards rushing before Hillary found DeMario Bennett in the left corner of the end zone for a 10-yard TD and 21-0 CCU lead.
Coastal opened the second half scoring on special teams. VMI was forced to punt on the opening drive. On the play, walk-on and recent travel squad addition Tyler Watkins blocked the punt and Lorenzo Boyles carried the ball in from four yards out for his first career touchdown, giving Coastal a 28-0 lead.
In the fourth quarter, the Chants expanded their advantage to 31-0 as Alex Catron split the uprights from 30 yards out. With five minutes to play, Grant Clayton connected for a 29-yard field goal for a 34-0 lead.
VMI got on the board in the final minute to avert the shutout, as A.J. Augustine drove the Keydets 65 yards in 12 plays and found Phillip Pickens with a two-yard touchdown pass to account for the final margin.
The Keydets saw veteran defensive lineman Shawn Chapman post a career-high in tackles, as he tied for the team lead with 10, while Tyler Owens also notched a career-best in stops, notching nine. Safety Adam Morgan had 10 tackles as well, equaling his career set against Richmond in mid-September. Offensively, the touchdown was the first-such throw of Augustine's career, as well as the first touchdown reception for Pickens. Also, receiver Stefawn Ross had a career-high five receptions.
Coastal Carolina will return to action next Saturday (Oct. 27) to host Liberty for Homecoming. Kickoff is set for 3:30 pm at Brooks. Stadium. VMI football will return to action next Saturday, as the Keydets travel to Boiling Springs, N.C. to face the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 31, PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE 21 | BOX SCORE
Charleston Southern held visiting Presbyterian to 45 total yards in the second half and Bucs' running back Teddy Allen rushed for a career high 153 yards with four rushing touchdowns, which tied a school and Big South record, as the Bucs rallied to beat the Blue Hose, 31-21 on Saturday afternoon at Buccaneer Field.
With the win, the Bucs move to 3-4 overall and 2-1 in Big South play. Presbyterian fall to 2-6 and 0-3 in Conference action.
CSU bounced back from a sloppy first half to shut out PC, allowing only two first downs, in the second half to win its second straight Big South game. Allen carried the offensive workload for the Bucs, scoring a rushing TD in each quarter.
The defense smothered PC's spread attack, holding the Blue Hose to 4-of-14 passing in the second half for 27 yards.
Quarterback Malcolm Dixon ran the Bucs' option attack efficiently, running for 66 yards on nine carries and completing 6-of-8 passes for 104 yards, but it was Allen's relentless pounding that wore down PC.
Allen's record-setting day tied Andre Copeland's school record for touchdowns in a game with four. His 153 yards rushing was CSU's sixth-highest total for a single game.
Presbyterian College opened the first quarter with the ball on its own 25-yard line. The Blue Hose advanced to the CSU 49-yard line before being forced to punt away. CSU fumbled the punt return, with Donelle Williams picking up his second career recovery and first of the season to give the Blue Hose the ball back at the CSU 14-yard line.
After a seven-yard carry by Michael Ruff, Demarcus Rouse took the ball in the next play for the six-yard touchdown. With Aaron Mayes' PAT successful, the Blue Hose led 7-0 with just under 13 minutes to go in the first quarter.
After a CSU punt gave PC the ball at the Buc 35-yard line, the Blue Hose drove down to the CSU 15 yard line, highlighted by two Lance Byrd rushes of 14 and 12 yards, as well as a 25-yard reception by Arthur Williams. On first down, Rouse ran the ball 15 yards for his second score of the game and the 11th of his career. After the PAT, PC led 14-0 with 4:29 left in the first quarter.
CSU quickly answered back to cut into the PC lead as the option found a rhythm for the first time on the afternoon. Dixon opened the scoring drive with a 30-yard catch and run to Larry Jones III. Jones III came back to the Dixon throw and broke a tackle to move the Bucs into PC territory for the first time in the game.
Dixon would do the rest with his legs. The junior put together back-to-back carries of 10 and 29 yards to move the ball inside the PC 5-yard line. Allen plunged in from two yards out to cut the lead to 14-7.
CSU cut the PC lead to one at the midway point of the second quarter as Allen broke loose again. The sophomore ripped off a 63-yard run, lumbering over the right side and outlasting defensive backs to the goal line to cut the lead to 14-13. The run was Allen's longest of his career and CSU's longest of the season.
PC would answered right back as Rouse ripped off a 50-yard run to key a to fuel a 6-play, 79-yard touchdown drive. Rouse would score on a 5-yard run to make it 21-13 game, but the Bucs would control from there.
The Bucs opened the second half with a 9-play, 71-yard drive to cut into the Blue Hose lead. Jones III came up with the key play on the drive, a 31-yard reception on the drive to set up first-and-goal at the PC nine, but the Bucs couldn't punch it into the end zone. Mark Deboy converted a 21-yard field goal to cut the lead to 21-16. Mike Davis added a 26-yard run to open the drive.
Bucs' safety Elijah Lee intercepted PC's Kaleb Griffin on the following possession to give Dixon a short field. Lee stepped in front of a crossing route intended for PC's Anderico Bailey to set the Bucs up at the Blue Hose' 47-yard line.
CSU would take the lead on the ensuing possession as Dixon found Chase Jones on a crossing route to pick up 18 yards on third-and-six. Allen punched it in two plays later from six yards to give CSU its first lead, 24-21, late in the third.
PC couldn't solve the Bucs' defense in the second half, trying a fake punt and struggling to 1-of-6 on third down conversions.
Allen would add his final score trying to run out the clock. He capped a 6-minute, 75-yard drive by popping out of the pile from 18 yards out to run into the CSU record books.
The Bucs also held the ball for 20:42 of the second half.
Jones III had three catches for 73 yards to lead all receivers. Davis added 34 yards rushing for PC. Lee led an active CSU defense with seven tackles, an interception, and a pass break up. Freshman Malcolm Jackson added six stops.
Rouse scored three touchdowns off 12 carries and 109 yards. Byrd was the only other rusher with over 100 yards after carrying the ball 17 times for 102 yards. Bailey led the Blue Hose from the air, catching the ball five times for 25 yards. Griffin was 14-of-32 for 90 yards with one interception.
Williams led PC defensively with 16 tackles (12-4), including 1.5 for a loss.
Charleston Southern wraps up a three-game home stand against Edward Waters College next Saturday. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. at Buccaneer Field. Presbyterian College hosts League-leading Stony Brook next Saturday at 1:00pm. The game will be carried on ESPN3.
#10/10 STONY BROOK 41, GARDNER-WEBB 10 | BOX SCORE | WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Senior Miguel Maysonet totaled 244 yards and two touchdowns and the Stony Brook defense held Gardner-Webb to 111 yards in the second half as the No. 10 Seawolves topped the Bulldogs, 41-10, before a crowd of more than 5,500 at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium on Saturday.
Maysonet ran for 169 yards and a touchdown and had a 75-yard kick return for a touchdown. It was the fifth straight win for Stony Brook (7-1, 3-0), which has won its first three games in Big South play for a fourth-straight season.
The Seawolves led 13-3 at the break and traded touchdowns with Gardner-Webb (1-6, 0-2 Big South) early in the third quarter before slowly pulling away.
Gardner-Webb moved the football well again early on the road. The 'Dogs advanced into Stony Brook territory quickly on its first drive of the game, but a pair of plays for lost yardage led to a missed 48-yard field goal.
The Seawolves responded by working deeply into Gardner-Webb's side of the field on its initial drive, but a sack stalled the march and led to a career-best 48-yard field goal by Wesley Skiffington for a 3-0 lead with 6:15 left in the opening quarter.
Maysonet pushed the lead to 10-0 with 51 seconds left in the quarter, stepping out of four tackles on his way to a 52-yard scoring dash.
Another solid offensive drive saw Gardner-Webb push inside the Stony Brook 10, but the 'Dogs were forced to settle for a 25-yard field goal by Trever Austin to trim the lead to 10-3 with 11:18 left before halftime. The Seawolves muffed the ensuing kickoff, setting GWU up nicely - but an interception by Dominick Reyes on third down snuffed out that opportunity.
Skiffington connected on another long field goal to take advantage of the turnover, getting a 45-yarder inside the left upright with 3:28 left in the half for a 13-3 Stony Brook lead that would remain the same until the break.
The teams traded touchdowns in the first two minutes of the third quarter, with Maysonet taking the opening kickoff of the half back 75 yards for a score and J.J. Hubbard answering with a 47-yard dash to the end zone on a third down play near midfield to trim the lead to 20-10 13:29 left in the quarter.
The Seawolves created some cushion with a 71-yard drive to push the lead to 27-10. Kyle Essington converted a big third down with his legs to move the chains at his own 40, then hit Kevin Norrell on a corner route for a 30-yard scoring strike with 8:51 left.
Gardner-Webb drove inside the Stony Brook 30-yard line with just under two minutes left in the third, but were stopped on fourth down. The Seawolves took over at their own 29 and drove the distance in a clock-chewing 5:32 to put the game out of reach. Marcus Coker bulled over the line from one-yard out for the touchdown, and Skiffington's extra point made the score 34-10 with 11:19 to play.
A 27-yard scoring strike from Essington to Norrell with 7:29 left closed out the scoring.
Gardner-Webb finished with 241 yards offensively, getting 157 yards through the air from Lucas Beatty (15-of-23) and 63 yards on seven carries from Hubbard. Hubbard also had 106 kickoff return yards on six attempts, including a 47-yarder early in the second half.
Tanner Burch collected 13 tackles (four solo) to pace Gardner-Webb defensively and Brian Wittenberger added 12 and a half sack.
In addition to Maysonet's big day, Stony Brook got 62 yards and a score from Coker and another efficient passing day from Essington. The senior completed 11-of-17 attempts for 142 yards and two scores - hitting Norrell seven times for 111 yards.
Nakwaasah led the SBU defense with nine tackles and Junior Solice had 1.5 of the Seawolves' six quarterback sacks. Stony Brook had 13 tackles for loss in the game.
Gardner-Webb returns home on Saturday, October 27, to host VMI at 1:30 pm in Spangler Stadium. The game is part of Homecoming 2012 festivities in Boiling Springs. Stony Brook visits Presbyterian College next Saturday for a 1:00pm game that will air on ESPN3.
LIBERTY 21, CONCORD 13 | BOX SCORE | WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
The Liberty Flames allowed an opponent season-low 177 yards of total offense and controlled the clock in a 21-13 non-conference home victory over Concord, Saturday afternoon, at Williams Stadium.
With the win, Liberty's third in a row, the Flames move to 3-4 on the season. The loss ends the Mountain Lions' two-game win streak and evens their record at 4-4 on the year. Liberty is now 5-0 all-time against Concord.
The Family Weekend game was played in front of 18,643 fans, the fourth-largest crowd in Williams Stadium history.
It wasn't until the fifth play of the second quarter that either team could find the scoreboard, which saw the Mountain Lions take a 7-0 lead thanks to a strong special teams effort.
Liberty managed to cross into Concord's red zone before Flames quarterback Josh Woodrum was sacked for an 11-yard loss.
Aaron Sassaman was then called in to attempt his first career field goal from 47 yards out. The sophomore's attempt was blocked at the line of scrimmage by Ervin Moore and the loose ball was scooped up and returned 58 yards for a touchdown by Nate Pollard to give the visitors the edge with 12:57 left to play before halftime.
The Flames were able to answer back on their next possession, putting together a 10-play, 94-yard scoring drive to knot the score at 7-7 with 7:52 left in the opening half.
Six rushes by Sirchauncey Holloway were mixed in between some sizeable passing plays from Woodrum.
The first was a 27-yard completion to Elliott Dutra to get the Flames near midfield. Four plays later and facing third-and-one, freshman wide receiver Darrin Peterson was able to create some space between himself and his defender to pull in a 41-yard touchdown pass in the end zone for his first career touchdown reception.
The score remained the same until the game's first turnover was created. After Liberty's Francis Bah blocked a 47-yard field goal by Andy Ellington, the Flames took over possession of the football with less than six minutes left to play before halftime.
Aldreakis Allen carried the ball for three straight plays before Woodrum tried to find Liberty's leading receiver Pat Kelly open for a reception. However, the senior slipped on the play and Riyahd Richardson intercepted the pass and returned it 49 yards to the one-yard line.
Fullback Ben Nester was given the ball on the next play and found the end zone with 3:41 left before halftime. Bah once again was able to get a hand on a kicked ball, blocking the extra point attempt to leave the score 13-7 in favor of the visitors.
Woodrum completed all three of his pass attempts on the next drive for a total of 42 yards, helping set up a three-yard touchdown run by Holloway with 43 seconds left before halftime. Sassaman's kick was successful, allowing the Flames to enter the locker room with a 14-13 lead.
The Flames outgained the Mountain Lions 269 yards to 97 during the first half and finished with more than twice as many offensive plays (43 for Liberty and 17 for Concord).
Allen led Liberty's 126-yard team rushing attack, carrying the ball 10 times for 71 yards. Holloway carried the ball 12 times and gained 44 yards.
Concord's limited rushing attack was paced by Calvinaugh Jones, who had five rushing attempts for 12 yards. As a team, Concord had 24 rushing yards during the opening half.
Woodrum finished the first half completing 11-of-16 pass attempts for 143 yards, while Evin Dusold was 4-of-8 for Concord with 73 passing yards.
Dutra was Liberty's leading first-half receiver with five receptions for 67 yards, while Dusold's four completions were to four different Mountain Lion receivers. The longest pass was a 56-yarder to Jocorey Robins during the second quarter.
Another 10-play scoring drive allowed the Flames to extend their lead with 5:28 left to play in the third quarter.
Following a 22-yard punt return by Walt Aikens, Liberty elected to hand the ball to Holloway seven times on the 10-play drive. The senior picked up 52 of the team's 56 yards on the seven carries, including the last, a two-yard run up the middle to push Liberty's lead to 21-13.
Liberty's defense took over from that point, allowing the visitors just 66 additional total offensive yards during the remaining 20 minutes of the contest.
Following the final horn, Liberty had allowed an opponent season-low 177 total offensive yards and held its fourth opponent in seven games below 300 total offensive yards. The Flames came into the game ranked No. 28 in the country in total defense (328.5 yards allowed per game).
The Flames dominated most of the offensive stats during the afternoon, finishing the game with more first downs (22 to 6), rushing yards (233 to 47), passing yards (173 to 130), total offensive yards (406 to 177) and time of possession (40:38 to 19:22).
The large edge on the clock marked the second time this season Liberty has finished a game with more than 40 minutes of total time of possession. The Flames came into the game ranked No. 6 in the country in average time of possession (33:47).
For the second straight game and the fifth time in his career, Holloway surpassed the 100-yard mark on the ground. The senior rushed 28 times for 142 yards and scored two touchdowns. Holloway now has 26 career touchdowns, leaving him just three away from cracking Liberty's career top five list.
Allen followed with 17 carries for 94 yards, nearly giving the Flames their third running back duo this year to surpass the 100-yard mark in the same game.
Woodrum failed the hit the 200 passing yard mark for the first time as a starting quarterback. The redshirt freshman completed 16-of-24 passing attempts for 173 yards, but was sacked three times.
Dutra led the Flames on the game with seven catches for 80 yards, marking new career highs in both categories for the senior. The game marked the first time this year Kelly has not led the Flames in receiving, as he was ranked No. 7 in the country in receptions per game prior to the Concord game (7.83).
Jones, who was averaging 100.8 rushing yards per game on the season, finished the contest with 10 carries for 23 yards for the Mountain Lions. Robins followed with four rushes for 20 yards.
In his first career start at quarterback, Dusold was limited to 10-of-24 passing for 130 yards. Ansel Ponder led the Mountain Lions with three receptions for 18 yards, while Robins paced the team in total receiving yards on his 56-yard reception.
Only 15 players finished the game with tackles for Liberty, led by Brent Vinson. The senior finished the career game with 10 stops (five solo, five assisted), and recorded a nine-yard sack that knocked the Mountain Lions out of field goal range during the fourth quarter.
Concord had four players finish with double-figure stops, starting with 18 tackles by Jake Lilly (12 solo, six assisted).
Howard Jordan followed with a dozen stops (eight solo, four assisted), while Kevin Elliott and Davon Marion each had 11 tackles (eight solo and three assisted).
The Flames return to Big South play next weekend when they travel to Conway, S.C., to face Big South rival Coastal Carolina. Kickoff is set for 3:30pm.