(Click on second box score link for Coach Bennett's post-game comments in MP3 format).
Elon got on the scoreboard first with 3:46 to go in the first half, as sophomore quarterback Kye Hamilton connected with tight end Kyle Belkoski for a three-yard touchdown pass and a 7-0 Phoenix lead. The drive was spurred by a
Coastal fought back on the next drive, as junior Aundres Perkins (Effingham, S.C./West Florence) plunged in from one yard to tie the game at seven with 13:56 to go in the first half.The Chanticleers drove 70 yards in 11 plays over 4:44, with the big play a 26-yard pass completion from quarterback Tyler Thigpen (Winnsboro, SC/Fairfield Central) to wide receiver Chris Noble (Winston-Salem, N.C./North Davidson) to put CCU at the Elon 14. Earlier on, Thigpen had connected with tight end Nathan Farley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) for 13 yards on a third-and-8 play to keep the drive alive.
CCU took its first lead of the season on a 30-yard field goal by junior Josh Hoke (
After a scoreless third quarter, Elon started the fourth with a 33-yard field goal by Andrew Wilcox to knot the game at 10 with to play. Elon had gone 44 yards in eight plays in , helped by two CCU penalties, including a 15-yard pass interference call on a fourth-and-one play earlier in the drive.
Later in the fourth quarter, Coastal linebacker Maurice Simpkins (Leesville, S.C./Batesburg-Leesville (Catawba)) forced a Hamilton fumble at the Elon 33, which was scooped up by linebacker Jamar Leath (Elon, N.C./Western Alamance) and returned to the 12-yard line. Four plays later, CCU took the lead, as Perkins dove in from two yards out for his second score to put the Chanticleers up 17-10 with to play.
CCU outgained Elon in total offense, 262 to 233. Coastal was led by running back Patrick Hall (
Coastal returns to