Who: Presbyterian at Charleston Southern
When: Saturday, October 22 – 6 p.m.
Where: Buccaneer Field – Charleston, S.C.
Watch: ESPN3 (Chris Hemeyer, Jay Sonnhalter)
Listen: Sunny 103.5 FM / Fox Sports 1400 AM / WPCC 1410 AM (Ryan Clary, John Orck)
Live Stats: CSUSports.com
Social Media: @BlueHoseFtball (Twitter/Instagram) / @BlueHoseSports
PC Heads Down I-26 to Face Top-10 Charleston Southern
• The Presbyterian College football team heads on the road to face top-10, Big South foe Charleston Southern on Saturday night in Charleston.
• PC and CSU have meeting every year since 1993 with the Blue Hose holding a 14-9 advantage in the series, including a 7-5 mark at CSU.
• PC took the last meeting played in Charleston, earning a 7-3 victory. Demarcus Rouse scored the only touchdown in the game, a 48-yard run in the first quarter.
• Last season, the Bucs topped the Blue Hose, 10-7, in Clinton. Darrell Bridges rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown. PC held the eventual Big South Champion to 275 yards of total offense.
Last Time Out
• Presbyterian picked up its first conference victory of the season, topping Monmouth, 17-13, in Clinton in the second Thursday night game in Big South history.
• Ben Cheek and John Walker combined to go 22-of-35 passing for 258 yards and two touchdowns. DaShawn Davis hauled in seven passes for 89 yards and a touchdown, while Daryl Wilson caught five passes for 86 yards and a the go-ahead score.
• The PC defense held Monmouth to 287 yards of total offense and 13 points, well below their season averages of 392.7 and 28.7, respectively, entering play on Thursday.
Rosier Named Big South Defensive Player of The Week
• Senior defensive end Khari Rosier was named Big South Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career after his performance over Monmouth last Thursday.
• Rosier totaled five tackles in the contest, including 2.5 tackles for loss and a 0.5 sack in the 17-13 victory.
• The native of Lithonia, Ga. has totaled a team-high 7.0 tackles for loss on the year to push his career total to 23.0, fourth-most on PC’s Division I era career list.
Bridges Near 2,000-Yard Mark
• Darrell Bridges enters play this week with 1,961 rushing yards for his career, second-most in PC’s Division I era, coming in 25 career games for the Blue Hose.
• Bridges would become just the second player in the program’s Division I history to reach 2,000 career rushing yards. Lance Byrd currently sits atop of the Division I era career list with 2,631 rushing from 2009-12.
• The running back also sits tied for fourth on the career touchdown list with 11. He is just three touchdowns shy of second place. Demarcus Rouse holds the D1 era record with 22 touchdowns.
• For his career, Bridges is averaging 78.4 rushing yards per game for 25 games.
Cheek, Walker Each Throw For 100 Yards vs. Monmouth
• Ben Cheek and John Walker each eclipsed the 100-yard mark over Monmouth on Thursday, throwing for 135 yards and 123 yards, respectively.
• It was the first time that two PC quarterbacks each threw for over 100 yards in the same game since 2008 when Brandon Miley (12-16-101) and Tim Webb (9-14-100) each threw for over 100 yards against North Greenville.
• The 258 passing yards against Monmouth are the most by PC against a conference opponent since 2013 when the Blue Hose totaled 298 passing yards against Charleston Southern.
Receivers Finding Their Strides
• DaShawn Davis and Daryl Wilson have helped lead a young group of receivers that have allowed PC to double its passing yards per game (172.2) from last season (82.0).
• Davis has caught 29 passes on the year, already the most by a PC receiver since 2014. He has totaled 307 receiving yards on the season, also the most since 2014.
• Wilson put together put together his best game of the year against Monmouth, making five catches for 86 yards and the go-ahead touchdown. He is second on the squad with 17 receptions for 205 receiving yards with one touchdown on the season.
• DarQuez Watson has also established himself as a reliable target for PC, hauling in 15 passes for 185 yards and two scores on the year.
• Freshman Cedric Frazier ranks fourth on the team in receiving, catching 10 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown.
Beidel, Moss Racking Up the Tackles
• Linebackers Grant Beidel and Nick Moss sit atop the team lead in tackles with 35 and 36 tackles, respectively, on the year.
• Beidel established a career high with 11 tackles at Gardner-Webb on October 8. He is currently the only player on the team with double-digit tackles this season.
• Moss, a freshman, has totaled a career-high nine tackles on two occasions in his first season with the program. He totaled a team-high nine tackles with a tackle for loss in the win over Monmouth.
Norton Punting at Record Pace
• Brett Norton has had arguably the best season of any Blue Hose player this season in his first campaign as PC’s punter. Norton is averaging 41.3 yards per punt this year, which would be a PC single-season record if the season ended today.
• The sophomore has averaged at least 40 yards per punt in five of the six games this season with an average of 42 yards or better in four of the six.
• Additionally, Norton has had 17 punts downed inside the 20-yard line and 12 punts of 50+ yards, while 21 have resulted in a fair catch. The 12 punts of 50+ yards is already a single-season school record for the program’s Division I era.
• Norton made 12 punts for a Division I era school record 526 yards at Chattanooga on September 10, averaging 43.8 yards per punt. His longest of the game, a 64-yarder, is tied for the second longest punt in the program’s D1 era.
• Norton, punting in just his second game in college at the time, also had a school-record six punts downed inside in the 20-yard line and booted four of at least 50 yards against the Mocs.