Chants suffer Sun Belt loss to Warhawks on home turf

Coastal Carolina fell behind early and played from behind for the rest of the game in a 45-20 loss to Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday night in front of 11,506 fans inside Brooks Stadium on Family Weekend.

The announced crowd of 11,506 is the seventh-largest crowd to watch a CCU football game in Brooks Stadium history.

The loss drops Coastal Carolina to 3-3 overall on the season and to 1-2 in the Sun Belt. With the win, ULM snaps a four-game losing skid and moves to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in conference play. CCU is now 0-2 all-time versus the Warhawks on the gridiron.

“I think the bottom line is they are a better team than people give them credit for, but at the end of the day we just were not sharp tonight,” stated head coach Joe Moglia. “I’m disappointed in that because we had a really good week of practice and we had a bye week that helped us.”

Making just his second career start, freshman quarterback Bryce Carpenter was 9-of-19 for 133 yards and an interception. Fellow first-year Chant Fred Payton was 3-of-3 for 34 yards over CCU’s last two offensive drives late in the fourth quarter.

Marcus Outlow led the CCU ground attack with 15 carries for 104 yards and a touchdown for his second 100-yard rushing game of the season. Carpenter (17 attempts) and CJ Marable (11 attempts) added 56 and 60 yards, respectively.

Senior wideout Malcolm Williams hauled in four catches for 87 yards, including a team-high 41-yard reception in the third quarter, and registered his first career rushing touchdown.

Defensively, three defensive backs in safety Eriziah Walker (eight tackles), corner back Mallory Claybourne (seven tackles, fumble recovery) and corner back Derick Bush (seven tackles, 0.5 TFL) all had career highs in tackles in the loss.

CCU finished the game with 450 yards of total offense – 283 rushing and 167 passing. The Chants hurt their chances with eight penalties and had a season-high three turnovers that led directly to three ULM scores. The Chants won the time of possession battle 34:58 to 25:02.

The Warhawks finished the game with 242 rushing yards and 224 passing yards for 466 total yards. They only committed two penalties (-30 yards) and turned the ball over just once.

Coastal will step out of Sun Belt Conference play with a road contest at UMass (2-5) on Saturday, Oct. 20. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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