CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College football team dropped Saturday’s Homecoming matchup with former Big South foe Coastal Carolina, 48-17, in front of a crowd of 4,453 at Bailey Memorial Stadium. The Blue Hose fall to 2-6 on the year, while the Chanticleers improve to 6-2.
Head Coach Harold Nichols’s Take
“A lot of credit goes to Coastal Carolina. We didn’t get too many opportunities on offense in the second half because they were able to keep the ball. Their time of possession was much better than ours and seemed like they had the ball the whole time. We had some trouble on defense and had some guys out and they are big and physical up front. We had a hard time tackling them. They are a good football team and deserve a lot of credit. We didn’t do the things that we needed to do to win the football game.”
Turnovers proved costly for the Blue Hose, as two interceptions and a fumble led to 22 points off turnovers for the Chanticleers. CCU capitalized immediately on PC’s first turnover of the game, a fumble on its first play from scrimmage, scoring in one play from 20 yards out to get out to a 15-0 lead. The Chanticleers then came up with an interception on PC’s opening drive of the second half, leading to a two-yard touchdown run by Jah’Main Martin, his second of the game.
How It Happened
Coastal Carolina got out to a fast start, finding the endzone twice in the first three minutes of the contest. Ky’Jon Tyler hauled in a 38-yard pass from Tyler Keane at the 12:56 mark of the opening quarter and CCU would tack on two to take an early 8-0 lead. PC would fumble on its opening play of the game and Coastal Carolina recovered at the Blue Hose 20-yard line to start in its ensuing drive. The following play, Keane found Laquay Brown for the 20-yard score to make it 15-0 after the extra point.
The Blue Hose would bounce back on its following possession, driving 75 yards in five plays with Ben Cheek finding Cedric Frazier for 30 yards for the touchdown to cut the lead to 15-7 with 9:39 to play in the first quarter. Both teams would punt on each of their next drives but Coastal Carolina would score again late in the quarter, as Martin rushed for three yards for the touchdown. CCU tacked on a two-point conversion again to make it a 23-7 lead.
Coastal Carolina pushed the lead to 30-7 with a 12-yard run by Kenneth Daniels and a PAT with 12:12 left in the opening half. PC answered with the final two scores of the half to cut in to the margin. Darrell Bridges scored his second touchdown of the season with a 15-yard run midway through the second quarter to make it a 30-14 game. Brett Norton then connected on his second straight field goal at home with a 28-yard make with 23 seconds left in the half, making it a 13-point Coastal Carolina lead at 30-17.
The Chanticleers added to its lead early in the third quarter, as Martin scored for the second time on a two-yard run with a two-point conversion making it a 38-17 lead. CCU was able to get one more score in on the final play of the third quarter on a 44-yard field goal by Ryan Granger, making the margin 41-17. Coastal Carolina scored for the final time with 7:56 left in the game, as Daniels found the endzone again on a four-yard rush to make it a 48-17 advantage.
Darrell Bridges put together one of his stronger games of the season, rushing 16 times for 88 yards and a touchdown, his second of the season. Bridges now has 2,072 yards for his career, just the second player in PC’s Division I era to reach 2,000 career rushing yards. He joins Lance Byrd as the only other PC to reach the feat, after Byrd rushed for 2,631 yards in his career from 2009-12.
Ryan Burgess continued his strong play on defense, totaling 11 tackles in the game to go with a pass breakup. Burgess is the second PC player to total double-digit tackles in a game this season, with Grant Beidel having done so on two occasions previously. Over the last three games, Burgess has amassed 24 tackles, tied with Beidel for the team-high during that stretch.
- Ben Cheek returned to action this week, completing 8-of-17 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown, his second of the season and PC’s sixth passing touchdown as a team. The sophomore also rushed 11 times for a season-high 39 yards.
- Cedric Frazier hauled in three receptions for a career-high 74 receiving yards and a touchdown to lead PC on the afternoon. The freshman has been a standout in home games this season, totaling 11 receptions for 156 yards in the three home contests.
- DaShawn Davis, PC’s leading receiver on the year, grabbed three catches for 52 receiving yards. The sophomore receiver now has 34 catches for 366 yards in 2016.
- PC totaled 298 yards of total offense in today’s game with 165 rushing and 133 passing. The Blue Hose are averaging 338.3 yards of total offense at home this season, compared to 200.8 yards in five road games.
- Grant Beidel totaled eight tackles, including the team’s only sack and a tackle for loss. Beidel leads the squad with 54 tackles on the year and now has 2.5 sacks and 4.0 tackles for loss. He has managed at least seven tackles in each of his last four games.
- Nick Moss reached eight tackles in the loss as well, as he continues to push Beidel for the team lead, trailing by just four on the season with 50. The freshman has recorded at least five tackles in each of his last six games.
PC wraps up the home portion of its 2016 schedule, hosting Liberty in a Big South showdown at Bailey Memorial Stadium at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 5.