Sept. 21, 2013
CONWAY - The Chanticleers improved to 4-0 on the season with a 50-17 victory over Hampton University in front of 9,386 fans on Family Weekend at Brooks Stadium, the second largest crowd in CCU's history and the largest since adding the north end zone seats for the 2010 season.
Coastal did most of its damage in the first half, rolling up 385 yards of total offense and taking a 40-0 lead. The CCU defense was just as dominant by forcing a punt on each Hampton's six first-half possessions and holding the Pirates to 66 yards.
Chanticleer quarterback Alex Ross, playing just the first two quarters, accounted for 175 yards of total offense - completing 12-of-21 passes for 124 yards and a score with nine rushes for 51 yards and two scores. Also playing just the first half, running back Lorenzo Taliaferro rushed 14 times for 99 yards and two TDs, averaging 7.1 yards per carry.
Coastal took the opening kickoff and drove 62 yards in 10 plays. Ross converted a key third down and Taliaferro capped the drive with a five-yard rushing touchdown.
After the teams traded punts, Ross hit Matt Hazel on a 46-yard pass to start the drive and five plays later, Ross snuck the ball into the end zone for a one-yard score.
To open the second quarter, Ross gave Coastal a 19-0 lead with a 15-yard touchdown run up the middle on a quarterback draw.
After forcing a three-and-out on the ensuing Pirate drive, a bad snap on a punt led to Coastal taking over on the Hampton 15 as Coastal's Kamron Summers tackled the punter. Taliaferro did all the work on a two-play, 15-yard drive, gaining 12 yards on first play and scoring from three yards out on the second. The extra point gave Coastal an 26-0 cushion with 12:19 left.
On Coastal's next possession, the Chants' put together a 14-play, 86-yard drive that covered 5:15. The drive was nearly a quick one as Bruce Mapp caught a short pass and appeared to have scored a 58-yards touchdown but a penalty called it back. De'Angelo Henderson would put CCU up 33-0 with a two-yard score.
The Chants were forced to punt on its final drive of the half, but punter Austin Cain bobbled the snap, looked up and saw an open field, gaining 25 yards for a first down. Five plays later as time expired in the first half, Ross hit DeMario Bennett in the left corner of the end zone for a score and 40-0 advantage at the break.
Hampton got on the board on the opening drive of the second half. The Pirates took advantage of a pass interference to put together a 15-play drive. While Hampton did get to first-and-goal at the CCU six, the Chanticleer defense stiffened. On third- and-goal from the CCU four, Andrew Mitchell acked Jaylian Williams for a nine-yard loss. The Pirates were forced to settle for a field goal and Anthony Prevost split the uprights from 30 yards to make the score 40-3.
The Chants answered with a field goal of its own as redshirt freshman Ryan Granger hit a 39-yarder on his first career attempt.
Hampton made it a 43-10 ballgame with 9:51 left in the fourth quarter as Williamson hit Antwon Chisholm on a fade roué from six yards out.
The Pirates cut the deficit to 33 points with a nine-play drive that was capped by Brian Swain's 10-yard run into the end zone with 1:29 left on the clock.
CCU would run out the clock on its final drive to take the 50-17 victory.
With the score, Coastal has scored 50 points in four of its last eight games, including a 51-32 win at then #25 Eastern Kentucky last week.