No. 1/2 Coastal Carolina Blanks Alabama A&M For Chanticleers' 100th All-Time Win
CONWAY - In its 13th season of existence, the Coastal Carolina football team recorded its 100th win as a program as the #1/2 Chanticleers -- thanks to three touchdowns and 100 rushing yards in the first half only by De'Angelo Henderson -- claimed a 55-0 Homecoming victory versus Alabama A&M Saturday afternoon.
Coastal Carolina has now played 149 games and owns a 100-49 record (.671).
Saturday's shutout is Coastal's first since the Chanticleers defeated Chowan 51-0 on Oct. 13, 2007. Overall, the Coastal defense allowed Alabama A&M to gain just 311 yards of total offense, while the Chanticleer offense racked up 547 yards of its own.
Over half of Coastal's yardage came on the ground, thanks to the 102 yards and one rushing touchdown from Henderson, who set the Big South record for by scoring at least one touchdown in his 19th consecutive game. Osharmar Abercrombie added 80 yards on 16 carries, while Isaac Martin tallied 70 yards on 10 totes.
Henderson's other pair of scores came through the air as the back caught four passes for 44 yards to bring his all purpose yardage on the day to 146. Bruce Mapp led all receivers with 79 yards on four receptions to average 19.8 yards per catch. Mapp's longest reception of the day came on a 36-yard pass from Michael Church that gave the junior his fourth touchdown catch of the season. Tyrell Blanks (five catches, 73 yards) and Frankie Richardson (two catches, 19 yards) also tallied touchdown receptions.
Alex Ross completed 15 of 22 passing attempts for 153 yards, and added four touchdowns. Ross set a Big South record as he has thrown at least 3 TDs in a game 10 times in his career. Church entered the game in the second half, finishing 5-7 with 93 yards and a TD. Josh Stilley, who closed the game at quarterback, attempted two passes, completing one for four yards.
Coastal Carolina only needed two minutes to get on the scoreboard. The Chants started their drive on their own 41 after Alabama A&M's opening pooch kick went out of bounds. On CCU's first play from scrimmage, Henderson picked up 27 yards. He then added runs of 10 yards, one yard, two yards and one yard. The last went for a touchdown to give Henderson the Big South record for consecutive games scoring at least one TD at 19. (The NCAA record is 20.) The two-point try failed and Coastal led 6-0.
Coastal's offense sputtered through the rest of the first quarter but came back to score on each of its first five drives starting with the second quarter into the third. Getting CCU started was a 12-yard run by Ross, Henderson had a 17-yard run, followed by a 25-yard reception for a TD. It was Henderson's second career receiving score and gives Ross at least one passing TD in 31 of his 34 career starts. Ross then connected with Bruce Mapp to convert the two-point try for a 14-0 lead.
On its next possession, Ross had a season-long 16-yard run, followed by an eight-yard Henderson rush. Later, Osharmar Abercrombie converted a third down with a 10-yard rush to put CCU on the Bulldog three. Ross rolled to his right and completed a pass to Henderson, who made one defender miss before reaching the end zone for his third score of the game. Ryan Granger added the point after for a 21-0 lead.
Granger split the uprights from 34 yards out to put Coastal on top 24-0 with 4:44 left.
Coastal would score two more times inside the final four minutes. First, Coastal only needed three plays and 53 seconds to take a 31-0 lead. Ross completed a 12-yard pass to Mapp, a seven-yard pass to Mapp and an 18-yard touchdown to Tyrell Blanks. The Chants got the ball back with 1:41 left before the break at the Bulldog 47. Ross hit Frankie Richardson in the right corner of the endzone with 27 seconds left in the second quarter for a 31-0 halftime lead.
The Chanticleers kept the momentum to start the third quarter. Facing third-and-13, CCU senior quarterback Michael Church came off the bench to complete a 21-yard pass to Blanks. Church then aired it out for a 24-yard completion to Mapp, followed by a 36-yard TD to Mapp.
Coastal chewed up 4:21 off the clock as part of a 14-play, 82-yard scoring drive to go up 52-0. Abercrombie had runs of 14 and 16 yards and Church capped the drive with a one-yard plunge into the end zone.
Coastal closed the scoring on a 32-yard field goal from Ryan Granger with 4:28 to play.
The Chanticleers close their four-game home stand next Saturday as Coastal opens Big South play against Presbyterian. Kickoff at Brooks Stadium is set for 2 p.m.