Oct. 16, 2010
CLINTON - Zach MacDowall accounted for over 300 yards (204 passing and 97 rushing) and four touchdowns (three passing and one rushing) and the Coastal Carolina defense made four big stops to give the Chanticleers a 35-7 win at Presbyterian Saturday.
MacDowall established a career high with his 97 yards, averaging 8.8 per carry on his 11 attempts, better his previous best of 80 yards on 14 carries versus Stony Brook in 2008. The Chants rushed for 226 yards as Eric O'Neal added 68 yards on 14 carries (.4.9 avg.) and Marcus Whitener had 40 yards on four carries, including the clinching 27-yard TD run.
On the defensive side, Coastal (2-4, 1-0 Big South) came away with three interceptions and stopped the Blue Hose (0-6, 0-2) twice on fourth down inside the CCU 20, once on the 14 and once on the one.
The defense set the tone early, forcing a three-and-out on the first possession of the game. The offense did the same as the Chants then scored on its first offensive possession. After MacDowall and Jamie Childers could not hook up early in the drive, the two did on third down for a 31-yard gain -- a career long catch for Childress. An improvised run on a busted play by O'Neal gave Coastal first and goal with MacDowall capping the drive with a seven-yard touchdown strike to Trae Long, the first TD catch for the senior.
The Blue Hose were putting together a nice drive on its second possession, but Marcus Lott picked off a pass to end the threat, his second interception of the season and fifth of his career.
After the teams traded punts over the next several series, PC once again threatened, getting down to the Coastal 14. On fourth and one, the Blue Hose went for it and Jamel Davis came through with a sack to forced the turnover. The Chants tried to strike quick, but the long pass was incomplete. Two plays later, MacDowall hit Marquel Willis down the left sideline for a 62-yard completion, the longest of the year for Coastal and fifth-longest in school history. On the next snap, MacDowall ran up the gut for 16 yards, his third rushing score of the season and 11th of his career.
On the ensuing Presbyterian drive, Kent Harper had PC quarterback Ryan Singer in his grasp before Singer was able to get off a pass, which was picked off by Johnny Hartsfield. MacDowall had a 19-yard run to the PC 26 -- putting him over his career high for yards. On the next play, MacDowall hit Matt Hazel on a quick pass in the right flat with Hazel making one move and out-running the defense for a 26-yard score, the first TD for the true freshman.
To start the second half, Coastal took the kickoff and drove 74 yards to go up 28-0. During the drive, MacDowall had a 17-yard run to get in the "Teal Zone" then threw his third touchdown of the day, a 13-yarder to Jamaul Boswell. It marked Boswell's first career catch and first score for the Hofstra transfer.
Presbyterian answered back with a 13-play, 61-yard drive. On third and goal, quarterback Myron Gray kept the ball on the option and found paydirt from two yards out, trimming the deficit to 28-7. After a Coastal punt, Presbyterian started the fourth quarter with a 16-yard run by Trandon Dendy, a 13-yard run by Singer and a 36-yard Singer to Tyler Robbins completion to the 15. A roughing the passer penalty moved the ball to the seven, setting up first and goal. The Blue Hose would get to the one, thanks to a touchdown-saving tackle by Andrae Jacobs, and, on fourth and one, Dominique Davenport picked off the pass in the back of the endzone, the senior's third of the season.
After the Davenport pick, Coastal sealed the game with a 6:38 drive, covering 12 plays and 80 yards. Whitener provided the final margin when he broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage, bounced outside and ran untouched for a 27-yard touchdown -- the first career rushing TD for the sophomore and second score of his career.
Defensively, Keon Cunningham tallied a career-high eight tackles -- bettering his previous best of six on three occasions, and the Chants dropped PC runners for losses 10 times, including two by Harper.
Coastal Carolina will return home next Saturday (Oct. 23) to host Stony Brook for Homecoming. Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm and the game will be televised on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN).
NOTES: Coastal Carolina snapped a nine-game road losing streak, dating back to a 21-13 decision over Presbyterian on Nov. 15, 2008 ... Coastal Carolina improves to 7-1 all-time when coming off a bye week ... This is the first Coastal Carolina-Presbyterian contest to not be decided by one score (PC won 41-34 in OT in 2007, Coastal won 21-13 at PC in 2008 and Coastal won 41-37 at home in 2009) ... Coastal Carolina is now 6-2 all-time in Big South openers ... Coastal improved to 34-4 all-time when rushing for at least 200 yards in a game ... Ironically, one of the losses came in 2007 in the overtime loss to Presbyterian ... Coastal Carolina improved to 48-20 all-time when playing on natural grass, including a 17-9 mark on the road.