CONWAY, S.C. Coastal Carolina scored on five of its first six possessions and set a Big South Conferece record with seven rushing touchdowns en route to a 47-0 win over visiting Charleston, Oct. 11. With its first-ever shutout, the Chanticleers move to 3-3 in their inaugural season, while the Golden Eagles drop to 1-5.
Coastal's first touchdown came with 6:10 left to play in the first quarter as freshman Aundres Perkins made a three-yard run into the endzone. Five-and-a-half minutes later, freshman Demetrius Morant would put the Chants up 12-0 in the first quarter on a 15-yard run, with Coastal failing on the attempted two-point conversion.
Early in the second quarter, sophomore Maurice Simpkins intercepted a pass from Charleston's Sean Durham, and the Chants marched deep into Charleston territory once again. The drive was capped off by a five-yard touchdown run by Morant, putting Coastal up 19-0 with 13:40 to play in the second quarter. Perkins widened the Coastal advantage on the Chants' next drive on a two-yard touchdown run, and Morant scored his third and final touchdown with 2:39 left in the quarter, giving Coastal a 33-0 lead going into halftime.
The Chanticleers would score again in the third quarter, set up by sophomore Patrick Hall's 54-yard scamper, moving the ball to the UC 12. Freshman Ben Hampton would cap the drive on the second play, as he went the final 12 yards for Coastal's sixth straight touchdown only 22 seconds into the third quarter. Hall would complete the scoring for the Chants with a five-yard touchdown run with 10:19 to go in the third.
Ten Chanticleers rushed for a combined season-high 334 yards, led by Hall with 97 yards on five carries and one touchdown. Perkins had his three-game 100-yard rushing streak snapped, going for 72 yards in 16 carries and scoring two touchdowns, and Morant had nine carries for 48 yards and a Big South record-tying three touchdowns. Six other Coastal players accumulated 10 or more rushing yards in the game.
The Golden Eagles were led by Blake Burr, who had six carries for 51 yards. However, Charleston was limited to just six first downs and 93 total offensive yards in the game. Charleston did not cross into Coastal territory until their next-to-last possession of the contest, advancing only to the Chants' 41 yard line.
Coastal Carolina has the next week off, and returns to the field Saturday, Oct. 25, traveling to Georgia to take on Savannah State. Game time is 4 p.m., changed from 7 p.m. at the request of the Savannah State Athletic Department.