Oct. 25, 2011
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina fans, on Nov. 5, 2011, when Presbyterian College comes to Brooks Stadium for the final home football game of the year, the Chanticleer program will play its 100th game since starting football in 2003. Below is a list of some of the most memorable games in school history. Help us decide the top 10 most memorable games by voting on your favorites. The list will be revealed prior to the Charleston Southern game.
In addition to Nov. 5 being Coastal's 100th game, the University will be celebrating Family Weekend while the Department of Athletics will be honoring its 2011 seniors and having its 2011 Sasser Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony. With that, fewer than 800 tickets remain for the contest.
To purchase tickets, contact the Coastal Carolina Athletics Ticket Office at 1-877-4-CHANTS (1-877-424-2687) or 843-347-TIXX (843-347-8499). Tickets may also be purchased online at www.GoCCUSports.com.
Sept. 6, 2003: First Game in Program History
Coastal Carolina, using a 97-yard drive that lasted 11 plays and took 4:01, scored with seven seconds left in the game to defeat Newberry, 21-14. Eshoun Talley scored from nine yards out and the goalpost came down.
Sept. 5, 2003: Coastal Carolina's First Road Win
Down 10, Coastal Carolina scored 35 unanswered second-quarter points to defeat North Greenville, 49-39. The game was additionally the first Thursday-night game in school history. Aundres Perkins rushed for 202 yards on 34 carries with three TDs, while Demetrius Morant scored three times as well.
Nov. 22, 2003: Coastal Carolina's First Big South Win (and first road conference win)
Coastal Carolina secured a winning record in its first season and claimed the program's first Big South win with a resounding 48-14 win at Charleston Southern. The Chanticleers scored on their first three possessions and took advantage of six Buccaneer turnovers, including interceptions by Quinton Teal, Rahsiek Buchanan and James Brochu.
Sept. 4, 2004: Coastal Carolina, Meet Jerome Simpson
In the 2004 season opener, Jerome Simpson caught four passes for 49 yards, including touchdowns of 16 and 28 yards, in his collegiate debut as Coastal Carolina won at Morehead State, 28-7. Aundres Perkins rushed for 73 yards and Patrick Hall for 70, but Coastal's defense picked off four passes - two by Quinton Teal and from both by Dewitt Myers and Maurice Simpkins - and held Morehead State to just 132 total yards.
Oct. 16, 2004: Coastal Carolina Starts 2004 Championship Run With Win at VMI
With the game tied at 14, Tyler Thigpen hit Perry Parks for a 30-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter and the defense made the lead stand in a 21-14 win at VMI in the teams' Big South opener. A key play in the game came prior to halftime when Maurice Simpkins forced an errant pass, which Shaun Gaines picked off and returned 51 yards for a Chanticleer TD.
Oct. 23, 2004: Coastal Carolina First Home Big South Win
Coastal Carolina rushed for 285 yards, compared to Liberty's 77, and picked off three passes to hand the Flames a 33-6 loss. Mike Tolbert led the way with 107 yards on 10 carries.
Oct. 20, 2004: Coastal Carolina Clinches Share of First Big South Title
Coastal jumped out to a 17-0 lead and made it stand in a 31-19 decision over Gardner-Webb. The win combined with a Charleston Southern loss that day assured the Chants at least a share of the conference crown in just its second season. Ren McKinnon, replacing an injured Tyler Thigpen, helped secure the victory with a fourth-quarter TD. Patrick Hall rushed for 103 yards and McKinnon added 75.
Nov. 20, 2004: Coastal Carolina Wins Big South Title Outright
Coastal Carolina became the first school in Big South history to win 10 games in a season and finished its league schedule with a perfect 4-0 mark, defeating Charleston Southern, 56-28, for the program's first Big South Conference Championship. The Chanticleers rushed for 412 yards, thanks to 195 by Patrick Hall and 116 by Ren McKinnon.
Sept. 10, 2005: Coastal Carolina Defeats Top-Ranked James Madison (first game and win versus a ranked team)
Coastal Carolina ran its overall win streak to 10 games, scoring 14 unanswered points in the final six minutes, to upset top-ranked and defending national champion James Madison, 31-27. The Chants got to within three points, 27-24, with a 23-yard Tyler Thigpen to Jerome Simpson touchdown pass. With 2:14 left and 93 yards to go, Thigpen and Simpson would hook up five times on the final drive, including a highlight reel catch that made ESPN's top plays, before Thigpen found Perry Parks in the end zone from eight yards out and 30 seconds left to put CCU up 31-27. James Madison's "Hail Mary" as time expired fell to the ground, as did the goalpost at Brooks Stadium.
Oct. 1, 2005: Coastal Carolina Wins at #17 South Carolina State (first win over a ranked team on the road)
Down 13 to start the fourth quarter, Coastal Carolina scored twice in the final stanza, including a three-yard Tyler Thigpen to Jerome Simpson touchdown and Josh Hoke extra point with 17 seconds left, to upset nationally-ranked South Carolina State in Orangeburg. The final drive covered 86 yards on 15 plays and consumed 6:54 on the clock; the winning catch came on fourth and goal.
Oct. 15, 2005: Coastal Carolina Plays in and Wins First Overtime Game
After Gardner-Webb scored with 27 seconds left in the fourth quarter to go up three, Tyler Thigpen got Coastal in position for Josh Hoke to kick a 45-yard, game-tying field goal as time expired to force overtime. In overtime, the Chanticleer defense got an interception on the second play by Anthony Steele. Hoke then kicked a 25-yard, game-winning field goal to secure the 34-31 victory.
Oct. 22, 2005: Coastal Carolina Wins Triple Overtime Thriller
Liberty scored with 32 seconds left to force overtime, but neither team scored in the first two extra periods. Coastal had the ball first in the third overtime and Aundres Perkins scored from five yards out. Per NCAA rules, the Chants went for two, but the pass failed for a 27-21 lead. Liberty had its turn and reached the CCU one before a false start backed the flames up. Facing third-and-goal, Coastal linebacker Anthony Steele put a big hit on Liberty's QB Brock Farrel and Quinton Teal intercepted the pass in the end zone to preserve the six-point win.
Sept. 9, 2006: Coastal Carolina Sets Longest Pass Record in Win at #27 Wofford
Tyler Thigpen threw a 45-yard touchdown to Jerome Simpson with 2:35 left to give Coastal Carolina a 41-38 lead. On the ensuing drive, Marrio Norman intercepted a Terrier pass to seal the win. During the game, Thigpen also threw an 80-yard TD pass to Santini Washington, which still stands as the longest pass play in school history.
Oct. 7, 2006: Coastal Carolina Plays Before Record Crowd - "Hail to the Chants"
As if playing third-ranked Furman was not enough to fire-up Coastal Carolina, the Chanticleers would play inspired ball for two other reasons in the 29-27 win over the Paladins. First, a record crowd of 10,013 packed Brooks Stadium. Second, mother of head coach David Bennett - "Ma" Bennett - passed away in the days leading up to the game and her "Hail to the Chants" victory cry would be heard throughout the game. Down 27-21, Coastal blocked a Furman extra point and returned the ball for a two-point play. On the ensuing kickoff and facing fourth down with 5:41 left, Tyler Thigpen hit Jerome Simpson for an eight-yard touchdown pass, which proved to be the game winner.
Oct. 14, 2006: >Coastal Carolina Snatches Victory from Defeat
VMI scored with 54 seconds left to take a 27-24 lead, but Tyler Thigpen engineered a six-play, 67-yard drive that was capped by a seven-yard Jerome Simpson TD catch with 18 seconds left for a 31-27 victory. Mike Tolbert ran for 151 yards, thanks to a then-record 80-yard touchdown run, and CCU had 555 yards of total offense, which still stands as the fifth-best, single-game effort in school history.
Nov. 11, 2006: Coastal Carolina Has Best Offensive Game
Coastal Carolina ran for 332 yards and passed for 306 yards en route to tallying a school-record 638 yards of total offense in a 52-24 win at Gardner-Webb. Tyler Thigpen rushed for 119 yards on 10 attempts and completed 22-of-27 passes for 306 yards. Mike Tolbert added 77 rushing yards and three scores, while Aundres Perkins scored twice.
Nov. 18, 2006: Coastal Carolina Shakes Shaky Start to Secure Title and Playoff Berth
Down 17-3 in the second quarter to nemesis Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina scored 28 unanswered points, including two Tyler Thigpen to Jerome Simpson scores, to secure a 31-17 win as well as the program's third Big South title and first playoff berth.
Nov. 25, 2006: Coastal Carolina Becomes First Big South School to Reach NCAA Playoffs
Coastal Carolina became the first school in Big South history to reach the NCAA Playoffs, earning the league's first and only at-large bid. The 12th-ranked Chanticleers would have to travel to Appalachian State, the top seed and nation's top-ranked team. Tyler Thigpen threw for 351 yards and Jerome Simpson had 132 receiving yards, but CCU fell 45-28.
Nov. 27, 2007: Coastal Carolina Sees Mike Tolbert Have Legendary Game
Having rushed for 151 yards with an 80-yard TD run the year before at VMI, Mike Tolbert etched his name in Chanticleer folklore with an even better performance against the Keydets, leading Coastal to a 42-35 Homecoming win in Brooks Stadium. The Big South's Offensive Player of the Week rushed for a school-record 244 yards (one yard shy of the league record), including a school and Big South-record 86-yard touchdown run with 2:51 left in the game for the game winner. Not to be outdone and with CCU trailing by seven, Arthur Sitton was named Big South Special Teams Player of the Week for his 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. On defense, Brandon Autry was tabbed Big South Defensive Player of the Week, getting 12 tackles and an interception with under a minute to go to seal the win.
Oct. 30, 2008: Coastal Carolina Plays Its First FBS Program
In its sixth year as a program, Coastal Carolina opened the campaign with a trip to State College to face #22 Penn State, marking the first NCAA FBS program to make the Chants' schedule.
Sept. 7, 2008: Coastal Carolina Gets NFL Experience; Plays on Sunday
To avoid the effects of Tropical Storm Hanna (which made landfall near Myrtle Beach on Sept. 5), the Coastal Carolina-Colgate game was moved to Sunday. Thunderstorms and lightning caused a near two-hour delay in the fourth quarter with Coastal leading 19-3. However, the Chanticleers lost the momentum during the delay and would lose the game, 23-19. Despite the loss, Coastal's Dominique Davenport was named The Sports Network National and Big South Conference Defensive Player of the Week after recording a school record 20 tackles.
Oct. 31, 2009: Coastal Carolina Plays Clemson in Orange and Black Halloween Contest
Coastal Carolina, wearing all black, made its first trip to play an in-state FBS program as Clemson, wearing all orange, handed the Chanticleers a 49-3 loss on a Halloween Saturday.
Nov. 7, 2009: Coastal Carolina "Picks" Up Homecoming Win
Coastal Carolina scored nine fourth-quarter points to defeat Gardner-Webb, 26-21. However, it was the play of then sophomore Josh Norman that makes this game special as the All-American tied a Big South record with three interceptions. The last pick came in Coastal's end zone to preserve the win. Norman, who tied his brother Marrio for the single-game interception record, also had a pass break-up and was named both National and Big South Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
Oct. 30, 2010: Coastal Carolina Starts Improbable Run to Big South Title
With the season hanging in the balance and Gardner-Webb scoring with 28 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, Coastal Carolina's prospects for a successful season were bleak. However, the Chanticleers scored a touchdown in overtime for a 30-27 win at Gardner-Webb. The Runnin' Bulldogs got the ball first in overtime and a big defensive stand lead to a 20-yard GWU field goal. Prior to the kick, Gardner-Webb was facing second and goal from the two, but Jamel Davis and Dexter Holman made stops at the line of scrimmage on consecutive plays for force the FG attempt. On Coastal's first play in OT, Zach MacDowall turned a busted play into a 17-yard gain. On the next play, MacDowall found pay dirt from eight yards out for the win.
Nov. 13, 2010: Coastal Carolina's Title Hopes Get Big Boost
Winners of two straight, Coastal hosted 11th-ranked Liberty in a must-win game if the Chants were looking to reclaim their spot as the Big South's best. Zach MacDowall, who threw for a school-record 383 yards versus Liberty in 2008, accounted for four scores and tied his single-game passing yards record to lead Coastal Carolina to a 45-31 win over the Flames. Matt Hazel also tied a school record, catching three TDs passes in a game. Overall, Coastal rolled up 541 yards of total offense, thanks to Eric O'Neal's 102 rushing yards,
Nov. 20, 2010: Coastal Carolina Has Everything Go Right and Gets Share of Big South Championship
Coastal Carolina scored a school-record 70 points, holding Charleston Southern to three points, which proved key as the day progressed. First, the Chanticleers won and needed Liberty to beat Stony Brook, which it did, to create a three-way for first in the Big South. Keeping CSU to three points, while Liberty scored 54 points on Stony Brook, gave Coastal the automatic berth to the NCAA Playoffs, based on fewest points allowed on defense for the season. For the game itself, Zach MacDowall tied a Big South record and set a school mark with five touchdown passes, while rushing for one score. In addition to the offensive explosion, Coastal scored on an interception return by Tre Henderson and a punt return by Niccolo Mastromatteo, while needing to move eight yards in two plays to score a touchdown as Jeremy Height returned to the kickoff to start the second half 78 yards.
Nov. 27, 2010: Coastal Carolina Hosts First NCAA Playoff Game in Big South History
By winning the three-way tie-breaker, Coastal Carolina earned the Big South's first automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs, and remained the only Big South school to reach the postseason. To take it one step further, Coastal Carolina would host the first round playoff contest. Dominique Davenport had two interceptions, including one for a score, but Coastal Carolina could not overcome five turnovers in scoring position and a missed field goal to drop a 17-10 decision to Western Illinois.