Big South: Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina and Gardner-Webb Win Openers Saturday
08-31-2013 10:10 PM
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 32, THE CITADEL 29 | BOX SCORE
The Jamey Chadwell era of Charleston Southern football began with a resounding bang on Saturday night as CSU rallied for a 32-29 win over rival The Citadel at Johnson Hagood Stadium.
Chadwell and the Bucs answered The Citadel drive for drive over the final 40 minutes to overcome a 16-0 deficit. The Bucs showed toughness, resilience, explosiveness and grit in attacking a Bulldog team that many projected to be an FCS Playoff contender.
CSU had only 30 yards on 28 plays before Malcolm Dixon connected on touchdown passes on consecutive offensive snaps to cut the deficit to 16-14 at halftime. CSU scored following a muffed punt to score just before the half and rode the momentum from 14 quick points to a lead on its opening possession of the second half. Both offenses took over in the second half, with Charleston Southern delivering the final score of the back-and-forth affair. Cameron Mitchell provided it, drilling a 29-yard field goal on the first attempt of his career to give the Bucs a 32-29 advantage with 6:01 remaining. FULL STORY
GARDNER-WEBB 28, FURMAN 21 | BOX SCORE
Juanne Blount ran for a career-high 158 yards and Lucas Beatty passed for 276 and two scores to lead Gardner-Webb to a 28-21 win over Furman in both teams’ season opener. Gardner-Webb (1-0) fell behind 21-7 11:49 to play in the third quarter, but buckled down on defense and put up 21 unanswered points for its first win over the Paladins (0-1) in four tries. The win was the first for GWU over a team from the Southern Conference since a win at Western Carolina in 2009.
Blount scored twice in the third quarter, from four yards away with 9:14 in the period and from one yard out with 5:10 left to trim the lead to 21-20. A blocked extra point on the second score kept Furman in front, but Gardner-Webb marched 88 yards on 10 plays in the fourth quarter – with Beatty hitting Kenny Cook for the second time in the game to go up 27-21 with 9:49 left. Beatty hit Seth Cranfill on a two-point conversion for what would be the final margin. FULL STORY
#21/25 COASTAL CAROLINA 27, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 20 | BOX SCORE
Coastal Carolina All-American linebacker Quinn Backus returned a blocked field goal 56 yards and Lorenzo Taliaferro capped a 99-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown as the #21/25 Chanticleers scored 15 unanswered points en route to a 27-20 victory at South Carolina State in the teams' 2013 season opener at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium.
Backus, who finished with a team-high 10 tackles, scored his first career touchdown after LaDarius Hawthorne blocked a field goal. Taliaferro finished with 24 rushes for 153 yards and two scores -- one on the ground and a three-yard receiving TD. The 24 rushes ties for third on the CCU single-game list and the 153 yards ranks eighth on the single-game list -- the most since Tommy Fraser had 157 yards versus Presbyterian in 2009.
Chanticleer sophomore quarterback Alex Ross was 21-of-33 for 162 yards and a score. FULL STORY
#14/15 RICHMOND 34, VMI 0 | BOX SCORE
The #14/15 Richmond Spiders scored 14 points in the final 2:19 of the opening half to pull away in a close game, and went on to defeat the VMI Keydets 34-0 in football action Saturday night at Robins Stadium in Richmond, Va. The game was the season opener for both teams.
After the two squads had battled back and forth for the majority of the opening half, with UR (1-0) leading 7-0, Michael Strauss found Ben Edwards for a 59-yard touchdown pass to double the Spiders' lead, 14-0, with 2:19 left in the second quarter. On the next Keydet drive, VMI (0-1) picked up a first down, but the ensuing 1st and 10 pass was deflected off the hand of Derrick Ziglar and intercepted by UR linebacker Walt Sparks. Four plays later, Strauss found Stephen Barnette for a 12-yard touchdown and UR led, 21-0, at halftime. FULL STORY