CCU’s Houston nets national honor for forcing three TOs

After forcing two fumbles and returning an interception 68 yards for a touchdown, Coastal Carolina junior Johnnie Houston was 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.

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