Nov. 26, 2012
CONWAY - After forcing two fumbles and returning an interception 68 yards for a touchdown, Coastal Carolina junior Johnnie Houstonwas named National co-Defensive Player of the Week by CollegeFootballPerformance.com.
After taking a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter, Houston gave the ball back to the CCU offense as he forced a fumble that Quinton Davis recovered. Five plays later, CCU scored to take a 14-0 lead. On Bethune-Cookman's following possession, Houston forced another fumble as he and Mike McClure teamed up on a sack that resulted in a 24-yard loss and forced a punt. In the fourth quarter and Bethune-Cookman's offense starting to gain momentum, Houston picked off a pass in the flat and returned it 68 yards for a touchdown and a 24-0 lead. The return is the second-longest interception return in school history. Houston made a final key play late in the game. After the Wildcats scored with 6:44 left to make the tally 24-8, Houston recovered the ensuing on-side kick.
Houston's play helped Coastal Carolina win its first NCAA playoff game, defeating #22 Bethune-Cookman. The Chanticleers will meet #4 seed and third-ranked Old Dominion this Saturday (Dec. 1) in the second round of the NCAA Championship. Kickoff is set for 2 pm at Foreman Field at Ballard Stadium on the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. Tickets for the game at Old Dominion are set for $20 and a sellout is expected. To purchase the limited number of tickets allotted to Coastal Carolina, contact the CCU Athletics Ticket Office at (843) 347-8499.
Coastal Carolina fans can learn more about Houston's performance as well as get further playoff information tonight (Dec. 1) as head coach Joe Moglia and "Voice of the Chanticleers" Matt Hogue co-host Chanticleer Call-In. The show is broadcast live from 6-7 pm at Buffalo Wild Wings in Carolina Forest and can be heard locally on ESPN The Team (100.3 FM) as well as on the internet on GoCCUSports.com as part of the Chanticleer Sports Network. Fans can interact with Coach Moglia during the show or participate by calling 866-866-6562 or by emailing your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.