Chants fly past Owls behind record-setting day for Ross

ccufoot-rossAlex Ross tied a school-record with five touchdown passes in a game and became the Big South’s all-time leader for total offense to lead #4 Coastal Carolina to a 45-13 victory over Kennesaw State Saturday afternoon on Senior Day at Brooks Stadium.

Ross completed 20-of-27 passes for 262 yards with five scores. He now has 10,689 career yards of total offense and surpassed previous record-holder Collin Drafts of Charleston Southern (10,571). His five scores tied Aramis Hillary (2012) and Zach MacDowall (2010).

Chris Jones had a career-high 131 receiving yards on six receptions with two touchdowns. Tyrell Blanks caught two TD passes while Bruce Mapp added one. Also, De’Angelo Henderson topped the 100-yard barrier for the seventh time this season and extended his NCAA FCS record by scoring in his 24th consecutive game as he tallied 103 yards on 18 attempts with a rushing TD.

Coastal Carolina’s first drive stalled, but the Chanticleers had good field position after a short KSU punt and 12-yard return by Chris Jones. Five plays later, Ross connected with Tyrell Blanks for a 10-yard touchdown. Blanks, who missed the last two games with an injury, now has at least one reception in 22 straight games.

Kennesaw State answered right back. Jake McKenzie completed a 32-yard pass to Tremayne Trawick to the CCU 11. Two plays later, McKenzie was forced to leave the game as his helmet came off. However, Chandler Burks came off the bench and hit Justin Sumpter for a nine-yard touchdown, which was the first career pass attempt for the redshirt freshman Burks. Coastal kept a 7-6 lead as Jabarai Bothwell broke through the middle of the line to block the extra point attempt.

Coastal received a break on the following drive. On a play Kennesaw State intercepted a pass, the Owls were called for targeting to negate the turnover. Three plays later, Ross hit a wide-open Bruce Mapp in the left corner of the endzone. The Chants’ two-point try came up short to make the score 13-6.

Ross made it three TD passes in as many drives when hit completed a 41-yard pass to Jones early in the second quarter. Ross now has 11 career games with at least three TD passes, which extends his Big South record. Tyler Keane then threw a jump pass to A.J. Sattinger to convert the two-point play and give the Chants a 21-6 lead.

Coastal scored for the fourth consecutive possession. During the drive, Ross completed a 13-yard pass to Osharmar Abercrombie to become the Big South’s all-time leader for total offense. He later connected with Frankie Robinson for a 27-yard gain. However, the drive stalled and Ryan Granger kicked a 34-yard field goal. Granger has made 15 field goals this season, tying a CCU single-season mark that Alex Catron set last season.

The Owls answered with a six-play, 54-yard drive of their own. McKenzie hit Sumpter for 32 yards to in scoring position and Darnell Holland capped the drive with a 15-yard rushing touchdown to cut the KSU deficit to 38-13.

On CCU’s first drive of the fourth quarter, Henderson had a 22-yard run and finished off the nine-play, 78-yard drive with a one-yard plunge for his 13th rushing TD of the season and a 45-13 Chanticleer lead.

The Chanticleers are back in action next Thursday, Nov. 19, at Liberty for the 1-5 regular-=season finale. Kickoff for the game is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be telecast on ESPNEWS.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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