Sept. 25, 2010
CONWAY, S.C. - Brandon Whitley scored two touchdowns and Tarvorris Jolly returned a blocked a field goal for a touchdown to lead Coastal Carolina to a 34-14 victory over Delaware State Saturday evening from Brooks Stadium.
Whitley finished with 29 yards receiving and turned in his first career two-touchdown game and is now tied for the team lead with three touchdowns this season.
Whitley helped the Coastal offense rack up 339 total yards and average 6.4 yards per play, which included 183 yards on the ground led by the 77 of Eric O'Neal.
Meanwhile, the Chanticleer defense limited Delaware State to just 210 yards of total offense and held the Hornets scoreless for the majority of the game before Delaware State scored a touchdown with under two minutes to play in the game.
The Chants forced a punt on Delaware State's first possession, thanks to a sack from first-time starter Kent Harper (playing for the injured Quinton Davis). On the first play from scrimmage for Coastal, Eric O'Neal broke a season-long 38-yard run. A 14-yard Zach MacDowall-to-Marquel Willis pass gave the Chants first and goal with MacDowall capping the drive with a five-yard TD pass to Whitley. The TD strike was the 30th of MacDowall's career, making him just one of six in Big South history to eclipse the mark.
On the next Hornet possession, A.J. Kelley forced a fumble, which Corey Hawkins recovered. New CCU signal caller Aramis Hillary led a six-play drive, rushing the final six for his first career touchdown and a 14-0 Chanticleer advantage.
Coastal Carolina made it three TDs in three drives with a steady seven-play, 90-yard drive. The final 24 yards came with a trick play. MacDowall lateralled the ball to junior wide receiver Dushawn Davis, who found a wide open Whitley for the score and 21-0 lead.
Delaware State looked to cut into the lead with an impressive 11-play drive. However, on second and goal, the Hornets tried to catch CCU in a substitution change, but the play gained no yards. Quarterback Anthony Glaud was stopped short on third down. On fourth and goal from the one, Mario Diaz-Aviles came on for a field goal attempt. Josh Norman blocked the attempt which Jolly recovered on the six and returned it 96 yards for his first career TD.
The Chants made the score 31-0 to end the first half as Justin Durham split the uprights from 35 yards out as time expired.
After a scoreless quarter and a half, Durham put Coastal Carolina up 34-0 with a 42-yard field goal. Delaware State took the ensuing kickoff and drove 80 yards in 13 plays with Glaud punching it in on fourth and one from the one with 1:58 left in the game. The two-point conversion, a Glaud to Donnell Dixon pass, was good to make the score 34-8. The score spoiled what would have been Coastal's first shutout since a 51-0 defeat of Chowan on Oct. 13, 2007.
Delaware State recovered an onside kick thereafter and scored another touchdown when Glaud and Dixon hooked up in the endzone again.
The Chants will not play at home again until Oct. 23, hosting Stony Brook for Homecoming. Coastal Carolina will face Richmond, ranked fifth in this week's polls, next Saturday (Oct. 2) before taking the following weekend (Oct. 9) off.