Oct. 31, 2009
CLEMSON, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina University football team played its first in-state Football Bowl Subdivision opponent and dropped a 49-3 loss at Clemson, Oct. 31. With the loss, the Chanticleers fall to 3-5 on the year, while the Tigers are now 5-3.
The Tigers got the ball on their own 40 to start and moved to the Coastal 19. On 3rd-and-12, quarterback Kyle Parker threw a quick route that was intercepted by cornerback Marcus Lott, giving the Chants the ball on their own 21. After gaining one first down, the drive stalled and Coastal punted the ball away.
On the Tigers’ second drive, the home team moved it down the field, covering seven plays and 62 yards in 3:03. Parker hit wide receiver Jacoby Ford in the right corner of the end zone for a touchdown. Richard Jackson’s extra point made it 7-0 with just over two minutes to go in the first quarter.
Clemson put its second score on the board on its next drive, going 69 yards in six plays over 1:52. The Tigers scored on a 23-yard halfback pass from Ford to Xavier Dye to make the margin 14-0 with 13:48 to play in the second quarter.
The Chants had the ball on the move and were at their own 48 when quarterback Jamie Childers threw an interception to CU’s Crezdon Butler and returned it 47 yards to the Chants’ 16-yard line. On the second play, running back C.J. Spiller went in untouched from the six and, with the PAT, pushed the lead to 21-0 for the Tigers with just under 11 minutes remaining in the second.
CU got back on the scoreboard with their first drive of the second half, going 68 yards in just three plays in 1:17. Running back Andre Ellington eluded several Coastal tacklers for a 55-yard touchdown run to make it 28-0 with 10:28 to go in the third.
Quarterback Willy Korn hit wide receiver Jaron Brown on an inside screen that ended up as an 18-yard touchdown pass with five-and-a-half minutes to go in the third. Jackson’s point after was good to make it 35-0 Clemson.
Zach MacDowall came in at quarterback on the next drive and his first pass attempt was intercepted and returned to the Coastal 3. On the second play from scrimmage, Korn scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak to extend the CU lead to 42-0. The Tigers also got a 3-yard rushing touchdown from Jamie Harper to make it 49-0 late in the third.
The Chants got on the board late in the game, putting together a sustained 15-play, 64-yard drive behind quarterback Justin Cramer. The drive ended deep in Clemson territory, where kicker Justin Durham hit a 31-yard field goal to put points on Coastal’s side with just over four minutes to play.
Clemson outgained Coastal 400-170, including 252 yards on the ground. The Chants did control the ball for 33:54 in the game and posted 143 yards of rushing in the contest. Childers led the Chants with 49 yards on 11 carries, while fullback Tommy Fraser had 42 yards on 15 rushes. Cornerback Josh Norman led the Chants with six total tackles and one interception on the day.
Coastal Carolina returns home for the final two home games of the season, starting with Big South Conference foe Gardner-Webb Sat., Nov. 7. Kickoff for the Homecoming contest at Brooks Stadium is set for 12:30 p.m.