CCU suffers first Sun Belt loss to end winning streak

Coastal Carolina fell behind to the Troy Trojans from the opening kickoff and couldn’t overcome the early deficit in what proved to be a scoring slugfest in a 45-21 loss on the road at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Troy, Ala. on Saturday afternoon.

The loss snaps CCU’s winning streak at three-straight games and drops the Chants to 3-2 on the season and 1-1 in Sun Belt play. The Trojans improve to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in league play with the home win.

The Chants dominated the time of possession, holding the ball over 40 minutes (40:09) for the game, yet Troy was able to use special teams play, averaging 47.7 yards per kickoff return, and a big play offense that averaged 9.3 yards per play to outscore the visitors in white in the win.

Troy totaled 467 offensive yards for the game, including 282 yards on the ground, while CCU posted 317 yards of total offense, 172 yards through the air and 145 on the ground.

Starting for the injured Kilton Anderson, freshman quarterback Bryce Carpenter had a career-day, as he was 18-for-22 for 172 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also rushed 18 times for 24 yards, as he was sacked nine times for the game. On Saturday, Carpenter became just the second-ever true freshman to start at quarterback in CCU’s history, joining Ren McKinnon who started the final three games of the 2004 season as a true freshman.

Senior wideout Malcolm Williams did not take long to make history on Saturday afternoon, as he hauled in a 13-yard reception on the second play of the game to surpass the 1,000 career receiving yards mark at CCU. He is only the 10th player in Coastal history to reach the career milestone. With his team-high six catches for 64 yards, he has also recorded least one reception in nine-straight games.

Troy jumped out to a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter before the Chants got on the scoreboard. Marabl’se 1-yard touchdown dive up the middle capped a 10-play, 71-yard drive. The CCU offense followed by marching 72-yards on 13 plays, highlighted by eight rushes from Outlow, to close the gap to within one score at 21-14.

Coastal got as close as 10 Carpenter hit Bell across the middle for a 10-yard touchdown pass to put the visitors down 31-21 with 4:59 left to play in the third quarter. The Trojans took just three plays to push their lead back out to 38-21 on a 17-yard touchdown scamper from Smith, taking just 1:05 off the game clock. Troy added a 74-yard touchdown run from Daughtry-Frye in the fourth quarter to add to its lead in the 45-21 conference win.

The loss drops Coastal Carolina to 0-2 all-time versus the Trojans. After three-straight road games, including two-consecutive in Sun Belt Conference play, the Chanticleers will have an open week next week before returning home to host ULM on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Brooks Stadium for Family Weekend.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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