Bucs block kick, win wild one over Chants in 2-OT

ccufoot-catchjbThe #14 Coastal Carolina football team was an extra point away from forcing a triple overtime period against #10 Charleston Southern Saturday night at Brooks Stadium, but Ryan Granger’s PAT attempt was blocked by CSU’s Solomon Bronn, allowing the Buccaneers to take a close 59-58 win.

The two sides traded touchdowns in the first overtime as Coastal’s (3-2) Tyler Keane found Bruce Mapp for a 15-yard touchdown, and CSU (3-2) responded with a 24-yard TD pass from Shane Bucenell to Colton Korn. Bucenell had exited the game in the third quarter with an injury, and his overtime TD pass was his first attempt after returning to play.

CSU had the ball first in the second overtime and needed just four plays to find the end zone with Bucenell connecting to Jared Scotland for 15 yards. The Chants used seven plays to answer with their own TD, this time by Kenneth Daniels who punched it in from two yards out. The following attempt from Granger was blocked to end the game.

Saturday’s game, which drew the fourth largest crowd in Brooks Stadium history with an attendance of 10,231, featured over 900 total yards of offense with CSU outgaining Coastal 473-412, though the Chants ran 33 fewer plays.

Each team featured a heavy ground attack, with De’Angelo Henderson accounting for 164 of Coastal’s 244 rushing yards and Mike Holloway pacing the Bucs with 140 of CSU’s 292 total rushing yards. Henderson totaled four touchdowns on the day – three of which came on the ground – extending his scoring streak to 31 games. He also tied a Coastal record by recording his 22nd career 100-yard game.

Coastal Carolina took the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards in 10 plays to take an early 7-0 lead. Henderson did the bulk of the work, carrying the ball five times, and capped the drive with a one-yard plunge to extend his NCAA Division record to 31 consecutive games with at least one touchdown.

On the Buccaneers ensuing drive, which ended in a punt, CSU punter Truett Burns muffed the snap and Kenneth Daniels forced a fumble to give the Chanticleers the ball on the two yards line. Two plays later, Keane hit Henderson in the left flat for a one-yard touchdown. Ryan Granger tacked on the point after for a 14-0 lead.

Undaunted, Charleston Southern answered to cut its deficit in half. Facing 4th-and-2, Mike Holloway took the pitch and out-ran the Chanticleer defense down the left sideline for a 42-yard touchdown.

Coastal took advantage of a pass interference call on its third drive to convert a first down. Then, Henderson, with a 36-yard touchdown, scored for the third time in three CCU drives to give Coastal a 21-7 lead.

The Buccaneers converted another fourth down for a touchdown as Shane Bucenell threaded the needle to Colton Korn for a 16-yard touchdown. The Tyler Tekac extra point cut the deficit to seven, 21-14, with 13:29 left in the second quarter.

One play later, D.J. Curl picked off a Keane pass. The Buc drive stalled, but Tekac split the uprights from 37 yards out to make it a four-point deficit, 21-17

Charleston Southern ended the first half with a 10-play drive that took four minutes off the clock. Bucenell hit Travay Hatten for an 11-yard touchdown with 42 second left in the half. However, the extra point sailed wide left and the Bucs led 23-21 at the break.

The teams traded punts to start the third quarter. CCU’s punt pinned the Bucs on their own four. Then, on 3rd-and-7, Alex Scearce blitzed untouched up the middle, sacked Bucenell and formed a fumble. Myles White bounced on the ball in the end zone for a Chanticleer touchdown. The Chants went for two and were successful on an end around with Chris Jones hitting Malcolm Williams to put Coastal up 29-23. It was the third time in Jones’ career – second time this season – the junior wide receiver has completed a 2-point conversion.

The Bucs, playing with new quarterback Robert Mitchell, converted a fourth down before Darius Hammond burst up the middle for a 27-yard touchdown. The point after was successful to put CSU up 30-29.

Henderson made the deficit a short one thanks to an impressive 47-yard touchdown. The 2-point try failed and Coastal led 35-30.

Charleston Southern converted its fifth fourth down of the game and, scored three plays later as Mitchell broke two tackles for a 10-yard touchdown. The Bucs went for two and failed, but a CCU r=penalty gave them another chance. Holloway made CCU pay and converted the second try to put the Bucs up 38-35.

Coastal quickly answered to grab a 42-38 lead. Junior wide receiver Gary Bradshaw gashed the Bucs for a 45-yard run, his sixth career rush but first of the season. Later, CCU used a trick play to reach the end zone. Similar to the 2-point play earlier, Jones took the ball on an end around and lofted the right corner of the end zone. The 5-7 Bradshaw won the jump ball in for a 19-yard score, his first career touchdown.

Mitchell, similar to his previous drive, split a pair of CCU defenders and capped the long drive with an 11-yard rushing touchdown. The point after made the score 45-42.

Coastal took over with 42 seconds left on their own 29. Henderson had receptions of 12 and 16 yards before Devin Brown had a 22-yard catch to the CSU 21. Henderson got Coastal down to the CSU 14 to set up Granger’s field goal that forced overtime.

Coastal Carolina will have next weekend off and return to action Oct. 15 at Gardner-Webb.

Photo courtesy of Joel Beachum

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