CONWAY, S.C. - The Coastal Carolina football team squandered a 24-0 lead in the first half against visiting Presbyterian and fell 41-34 in overtime, Oct. 20. With the loss,the Chanticleers fall to 2-5 on the season, while the Blue Hose improve to 5-3. The CCU defense tied a school record with six interceptions, while Marrio Norman set a new school record with three individual picks.
Coastal got things started off, taking the opening possession and making it count. The Chants drove 71 yards in 11 plays and 4:48, set up by William Richardson's 24-yard run. The drive was capped off by Eric O'Neal's 13-yard touchdown run for his first collegiate score and Justin Durham's extra point gave Coastal a 7-0 lead less than five minutes into the contest.
The Chants put the next score up and did it on the third play of the drive. On a third-and-5, Richardson connected with wide receiver Jamar Anderson at the PC 45 and he outran the defense for a 75-yard touchdown catch. The reception was the longest in Brooks Stadium history and second longest in school annals. Durham connected on the extra point and CCU had a 14-0 lead with 2:05 to go in the first.
CCU's defense got on the board next Presbyterian's first play of the ensuing drive. Safety Keon Cunningham intercepted Tim Webb at the PC 43-yard line and got the blocking to find the end zone and the extra point made it 21-0 Coastal.Durham added to Coastal's lead with a 30-yard field goal with 5:32 remaining in the first half.
The Blue Hose got on the scoreboard late in the first half, marching 12 plays and 66 yards in 4:50. S.J. Worrell scampered in from five yards out and Cam Miller's extra point made it 24-7 with 37 seconds left in the half. Coastal took a knee on the final play of the half for the halftime margin.
PC got the ball first to start the second half and took just six plays to go 67 yards for its second straight score. After a 42-yard pass from Tim Webb to Sam Miller set up PC on the Coastal 1, Worrell dove into the end zone on second down and the PAT cut the margin to 24-14 with 12:23 remaining in the third.
Worrell found the endzone for the third time, this time on a two-yard run set up by a 30-yard reception by Terrance Butler. Miller connected on the PAT to cut the lead to 24-21 with 7:04 remaining in the third.
The Blue Hose took its first lead after Webb found Durant on a nine-yard scoring strike after a 10-play, 53-yard drive. Miller missed the extra-point as PC remained on top 27-24 with 5:44 to go in the fourth.
A seven-yard Arthur Sitton touchdown run capped of a six-play, 66-yard touchdown drive for Coastal, and Durham drained the PAT to give CCU a 31-27 advantage with 3:44 remaining in regulation.
PC regained the lead with 1:23 left after a Butler 28-yard touchdown reception as the Blue Hose moved 67 yards on five plays in just 2:13. Miller's PAT gave PC a 34-31 lead with just over a minute to go in the contest.
The Chants drove 44 yards to set up a 32-yard field goal with 16 seconds left, highlighted by a 26-yard reception by Jerome Simpson. Durham connected for three to knot the game up at 34-34.
Coastal won the toss and elected to start on defense in the overtime. On the second play in overtime, Webb found Durant for a 25-yard score. Miller added the point after to give PC a 41-34 advantage. CCU was forced into a 4th-and-21 on their possession and Richardson could not connect on the final heave.
Yardage was almost equal, as PC had a slight 467-453 advantage. The Blue Hose had 396 yards through the air, while CCU posted 265 yards on the ground and 188 through the air.
After picking up 56 yards, Simpson is the all-time leader in Big South history with 2,430 receiving yards, breaking the mark of 2,429 yards by Maurice Price from Charleston Southern. Jamie Fordham ran for 133 yards and Richardson added 188 through the air. For the Blue Hose, Webb finished with 396 yards off 30-of-44 passing, despite six interceptions. Butler hauled in seven passes for 130 yards.
Coastal wraps up the three-game homestand by hosting VMI, Oct. 27 in Brooks Stadium at 7 p.m. The game is part of the Homecoming festivities, as well as being the Big South opener for the three-time defending champion Chanticleers.