Presbyterian, Coastal Carolina, Stony Brook Win Saturday


Quarterback Ryan Singer threw for two touchdowns and ran for a pair of scores to help the Presbyterian College football team knock off visiting VMI on Saturday afternoon, 38-6.

PC improves to 3-7 on the year and 2-3 in Big South Conference action, marking the most Conference wins in a season since first playing a Big South schedule in 2009.  VMI falls to 1-9 overall and 1-4 in League play.

The contest saw a Big South Conference record fall as PC defensive back Justin Bethel made two solo tackles to break the all-time Conference record in that category, with 196. Charleston Southern linebacker Jada Ross set the previous record of 195 from 2004-07.

PC churned out a season-high 491 yards on offense and enjoyed a 36:47 time of possession to VMI's 23:13, including letting the Keydets hold the ball for only 3:36 in the first quarter.

Lance Byrd led PC on the ground with a game-high 117 yards on the ground and Singer followed with 106 rushing yards, just two shy of a career high.  Byrd also posted a rushing touchdown on the day.  The two have rushed for over 100 yards in a game for the second time in three games after the pair each broke the century mark against Liberty on October 29.

Singer went 18-for-29 passing for 182 yards, finding Anderico Bailey and Arthur Williams for one touchdown apiece.  Six different PC receivers caught at least two passes and Bailey led the squad with seven receptions.

Defensively, Cedric Byrd led the Blue Hose with six solo tackles, an assist and three pass breakups.  Linebacker CeeJay Harris also recovered two fumbles and Fred Marshall grabbed an interception.  Derren Evans and Josh Polk each notched a sack.

VMI running back T.J. Talley ran seven times for 60 yards and a touchdown.  Quarterback Eric Kordenbrock went 8-for-21 for 90 yards.  VMI senior linebacker A.J. Gross topped all tackle charts with 15 stops, including 13 solos and 1.5 for loss for three yards.  He also picked off a pass in the end zone on the last play of the first half. 

PC wasted little time finding the scoreboard, marching for 63 yards on 11 plays on the game's first offensive series.  Singer helped the Blue Hose down the field through the air and on the ground, scrambling three times before breaking off a 21-yard run into the end zone on third-and-12.

VMI traveled deep into the PC end on the ensuing possession, but Nick Newton jarred the ball loose from Talley and Cedric Byrd recovered on the PC five to end the VMI drive.

The Blue Hose offense struck once more in the first quarter.  A marathon 83-yard drive ended with a four-yard Lance Byrd rush into the end zone to put the home side up, 14-0.  A 29-yard completion to Michael Ruff and a 22-yard run by Singer highlighted the drive, as well as five Byrd rushes. 

The teams searched for a score for much of the second quarter and both teams hit paydirt with less than four minutes left.  A 44-yard punt return put VMI on the PC 16, and Talley gave the Keydets their first points of the day on a seven-yard run with 3:17 left in the first half.  VMI could not convert on the extra point, however, and PC led by 14-6 margin.

The score spurred the PC offense to action as the Blue Hose moved down the field on the next possession.  Ruff provided a big play by escaping from tacklers on screen for 23 yards and Byrd hauled in a 20-yard pass to set up a 14-yard Williams touchdown pass from Singer to put PC up, 21-6.

The Blue Hose took the ball right back as Harris recovered a Keydet fumble to give PC the ball with 1:32 to go before halftime.  PC took advantage of the new possession and cashed in on a 35-yard Aaron Mayes field goal to take a 24-6 lead into the locker room at the halftime break.

PC kept the points coming by scoring twice in the third quarter.  Singer capped a five-play, 50-yard drive with a 19-yard rushing touchdown on an option keeper.  Williams made a key block to give the quarterback room to squeeze past the Keydet defense into the end zone and extend PC's lead to 31-6.

Each team turned in two stalled drives before Marshall reclaimed the Ball for PC on an interception with 4:35 left in the third quarter.

The Blue Hose used the turnover to score its final touchdown late in the third quarter, as Singer found Bailey for a 10-yard touchdown pass to put an exclamation point on a seven-play, 63-yard drive.  PC then led, 38-6.

PC chewed up the clock in the final quarter with a time of possession of 9:22 and allowed only two unsuccessful VMI drives to hold on to the win, 38-6.

The Blue Hose close out the 2011 season next Saturday at home against Charleston Southern.  Kickoff is set for 1:00pm and the game will be televised on WMYA-TV 40 in Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville, and WMMP-TV 36 in Charleston, S.C.  VMI returns home to host Gardner-Webb at 1:30pm.

Marcus Whitener exploded for 86 second-half rushing yards and Coastal Carolina scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, but it would take a Philip George interception on the Chanticleer one yard line with under a minute to play to give CCU a 45-38 victory over Charleston Southern Saturday afternoon.  The game was the Conference finale for Coastal, which improves to 6-4, 3-3, while the Buccaneers fall to 0-10, 0-5.

Whitener would end up with 106 yards on 13 carries, while Travis Small had 74 rushing yards on 13 attempts.  Coastal would finish with a season-high 253 rushing yards and improves to 38-4 all-time when rushing for at least 200 yards in a game.

Also keying the win was the play of tight end Jamie Childers.  The senior caught four passes for 92 yards and two scores.  Coastal quarterback Aramis Hillary completed 14-of-24 passes for 175 yards and three touchdowns.  He entered the game with just two interceptions on the season, but threw two in today's contest.  With two kickoff returns, Niccolo Mastromatteo set the CCU single-season record with 26 kick returns, and with two punt returns, he sits alone in first place on the CCU and Big South all-time punt returns list with 45.  Josh Norman tied Quinton Teal for the CCU and Big South all-time record for passes defended with 48.  Norman also moves to fifth on the NCAA all-time passes defended list.

The Buccaneers got on the board first.  After a 46-yard punt return by Charles James, Richard Mounce hit Corvaughn Archie for a 50-yard gain to the Coastal five.  On the next play, Mounce turned a busted play into a five-yard touchdown, completing a pass to Chris Theodore to put CSU up 7-0.

Coastal answered back with a methodical 10-play, 68-yard drive.  Small had 25 rushing yards on the drive and Hillary completed three passes, including a 17-yard strike to Childers for a Chanticleer touchdown.  Grant Clayton added the extra point to knot the game at 7-7.

Charleston Southern answered right back, covering 73 yards in seven plays.  Teddy Allen capped the drive with a 29-yard rush up the middle to give the Bucs a 14-7 advantage.

On the ensuing CCU possession, Hillary threw just his third interception of the season. However, Coastal got the ball right back when George blitzed, sacked Mounce and caused a fumble, which Quinton Davis recovered and returned to the CSU 15.  The drive stalled and Coastal missed its second field goal of the game, keeping the score 14-7.

Coastal's defense responded by forcing a three-and-out and a CSU punt.  Coastal got a 27-yard Hillary-to-Childers completion to the Buccaneer six.  Three plays later, Cody Craig came on to play quarterback and executed the "Time Tebow jump-pass" to Will Middleton for a two-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14-14.

With 22 seconds before the break, Charleston Southern took advantage of a short punt, needing to drive just 65 yards.  Six plays later, Mounce found Jones in the back of the end zone for an six-yard score, putting the Bucs up 21-14.

The Chants opened the second half returning the kickoff to the CCU 46.  Whitener hit the left corner for a 26-yard gain.  A pass interference call on CSU gave Coastal the eight yard line.  Hillary capped the drive with a one-yard plunge to make the score 21-21.

On its next possession, Coastal took its first lead of the game, 24-21, thanks to a 29-yard Clayton field goal.

The lead was short lived.  After two first downs, Mounce hit Archie for a 26-yard gain to the CCU 19.  Coastal's defense stiffened to force a field goal.  Charleston Southern's Andy Brown split the uprights from 41 yards to tie the game at 24-24.

Charleston Southern regained the lead with 1:51 left in the third quarter.  After an interception, Mounce connected with Jones for a 39-yard gain.  On the next play, Mounce hit Nathan Perera for a 34-yard score, giving the Bucs a 31-24 lead.

The back and fourth game continued.  Starting on the 41 after a 36-yard kick return by Tre Henderson, Whitener had runs of 21 and 20 yards to get to the CSU nine.  Facing third and goal, Hillary found Matt Hazel for a five-yard score, tying the contest at 31.

Coastal's defense forced a punt and Mastromatteo returned the ball a season-long 40 yards to near midfield.  Facing third and 11, Hillary hit Childers for a 19-yard gain then found Hazel for a 24-yarder to set up first and goal from the seven.  Coastal hustled to the line for a quick snap and Small scored a seven-yard TD to put the Chants up 38-31.

On the first play after the kickoff, Jamel Davis stripped Mounce and Mike McClure recovered the ball to give Coastal the ball on the CSU 23.  After a holding call backed Coastal up to the 29, Hillary found Childers for a 29-yard score to put the Chants up two scores, 45-31.

Charleston Southern converted a fourth and 10 on its own 32 and, after a 32 yard completion to Archie to the CCU six, the Bucs had first and goal after a pass interference call.  On third and goal, Mounce hit Zachary Frazier for a one-yard score, cutting the CSU deficit to seven, 45-38.

Coastal would be forced to punt, giving Charleston Southern a final chance.  Starting from the CUS 15 and 2:55 left, Mounce hit Archie for 13 yards and gained 26 yards on a rush. On 3rd-and-8, Mounce found Perera on back-to-back completions for 16 and four yards to get to the Coastal 24.  Under pressure, Mounce threw the ball up for grabs and George came down with it, returning it 16 yards to seal the win.

Mounce had his second consecutive 300-yard game, throwing for a career high 397 yards and four touchdowns.  He became the first quarterback since A.J. Toscano in 2009 to throw for four touchdowns, and went 27-48 on the day with two interceptions.  Archie was the most often targeted receiver with 11 catches for a career-high 204 yards.  The Buccaneers put up more than 500 yards of total offense for the first time this season with 514 total years to the Chanticleers' 430.

In his second game back from injury, Allen rushed 15 times for 70 yards and a touchdown, while Perera (6 catches, 93 yards) and Jones (5 catches, 80 yards) each caught a touchdown as well.  Zac Johnston and Mike Chocholousek were the defensive leaders on the day, with 11 and nine tackles, respectively.  Coril Joseph (three tackles) recorded the lone sack of the day.  Chocholousek and Jacque Carter each picked off a Coastal Carolina pass.

Coastal Carolina will conclude the 2011 regular season with a non-Conference contest, traveling to Cullowhee, N.C., for the first time in program history to face Western Carolina Nov. 19 at 2 pm.  Charleston Southern closes out the season at Presbyterian College next Saturday.

Senior Brock Jackolski set a Big South record with five touchdowns as the Stony Brook football team defeated Gardner-Webb, 76-28, Saturday at Spangler Stadium.  The 76 points is a new Stony Brook and Big South record.

Stony Brook (7-3, 5-0) will face Liberty (7-3, 5-0) for the Big South Championship on Saturday, November 19 at 3:30.  The winner will receive the Conference's automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs.  The Seawolves, who claimed a share of the 2009 and 2010 Big South title, take on the Flames, who have won or tied for the Conference title the last four seasons.  Liberty has won two of the three meetings, with each team winning at home.  The game will be played at LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook.

Jackolski recorded four of his five touchdowns on the ground, scoring on runs of 1, 18, 53, 30 yards.  He caught a seven-yard touchdown pass from junior Kyle Essington, who was 13 of 26 for 190 yards and three touchdowns.

Jackolski finished the game with 14 carries for 107 yards.  It was the third time this season a Stony Brook player has rushed for four touchdowns in a game.  Junior Miguel Maysonet had 15 carries for 149 yards and a touchdown.

Essington threw touchdown passes to three different receivers, including an 8-yarder to junior Kevin Norrell, who led all receivers with five catches and 82 yards.  Senior Matt Brevi scored on a 30-yard touchdown.  Junior Wesley Skiffington tied a Big South record with 10 made extra points, which is shared by two other players.

The win is the seventh straight for Stony Brook, a school record.  The Seawolves have outscored the Runnin' Bulldogs, 131-31, the last two seasons.  The 76 points breaks the old school mark of 70, set in 1988 against Brooklyn College (70-20).  The previous Conference mark was set by Liberty (73) against VMI in 2007.

Stony Brook's defense was stellar the whole game.  It forced six turnovers, including senior Al-Majid Hutchins' 54-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.  Senior Donald Porter had two interceptions, adding to his team-leading six picks.  Junior Dan Mulrooney had a game-high 12 tackles.

The loss snapped a three-game win streak for Gardner-Webb (4-6, 2-3 Big South).  The 76 points allowed by Gardner-Webb were the most in the school's 42-year senior college history on the gridiron.  The previous mark was 71 points allowed at UCF in 1992.  Six GWU turnovers - including four in the second half - led directly to 35 Stony Brook points. T he Runnin' Bulldogs had not committed a turnover in its previous three games.

Early on, Gardner-Webb hemmed in the Seawolves' rushing attack and trailed just 14-13 after Ricky Rhodes darted 50 yards for his second touchdown of the game with 9:15 to play before the half.  Jackolski scored his second rushing touchdown from 18 yards away to put Stony Brook up 21-13 with 3:39 to play in the half - and made the halftime score 28-13 on a seven-yard touchdown catch from Essington with 22 seconds left on the clock.

Jackolski set up the game's first score with a 78-yard kickoff return on the opening kickoff, and finished that drive with a one-yard plunge for a 7-0 lead.  Hutchins gave the visitors a 14-0 edge moments later, returning a fumbled reception 54 yards to the house with 11:20 to play in the first quarter.  Kenny Little broke off a 54-yard run to get GWU in business, and Rhodes capped the drive with a 20-yard scoring run - pulling the 'Dogs to within 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.

The Seawolves managed just 48 yards rushing and 153 total yards in the first half, while GWU - running behind Little and Rhodes - ran for 152 yards and totaled 192 yards at the break.

Gardner-Webb got a 45-yard scoring pass from Chandler Browning to Lyndon Leslie just after halftime to trim the lead to 28-20, but Stony Brook ran off 21 unanswered points to effectively put the game on ice.  Essington sandwiched a pair of touchdown passes around a 63-yard scoring run by Maysonet for a 49-20 lead.

Leslie and Browning connected again from 20 yards out with 14:54 to play in the game to cut the lead to 49-28, but Jackolski scored on runs of 53 and 30 yards to push the margin to 62-28.  JeVahn Cruz scored from 43 yards away for a 69-28 lead and Davon Lawrence scored from three yards away with 7:21 left for the final margin.  Each of Stony Brook's final three touchdowns came after Gardner-Webb turnovers gave it possession on the Bulldogs end of the field.

Stony Brook rolled to 372 of its 505 yards of total offense in the second half, including 11 first downs and 267 of its 315 rushing yards in the final 30 minutes.  Maysonet (149 yards, TD) and Jackolski (107 yards, 4 TD rushing, 192 all-purpose yards) each went over 100 yards again and Essington overcame a slow start to pass for 190 yards and three scores.  Norrell caught five of those passes for 82 yards and a score.

Gardner-Webb moved the football well - particularly on the ground - against a run defense that came in allowing just 77.8 yards per game.  The 'Dogs rushed for 248 yards on 45 carries, with Little posting his third game with more than 150 yards this season - going for 153 on 23 carries.  Rhodes added 83 yards on nine attempts with a pair of scores.  GWU had 381 yards of total offense and saw Browning pass for a pair of scores and 133 yards.

James Perry III (four catches, 56 yards) and Leslie (three catches, 73 yards, 2 TD) were the top targets through the air.

Marty Patterson led the defensive stat sheet with 12 total tackles and a pair of tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

Gardner-Webb will return to action next week, wrapping up the 2011 season on the road at VMI.  Kickoff is set for 1:30 pm in Lexington, Va.