Record day for Ross keeps No. 2 Coastal undefeated

Alex Ross at GWU-1 (2)Alex Ross threw for a career-high 351 yards with two scores and, for the first time in school history, a pair of Chanticleer receivers – Bruce Mapp (107) and Tyrell Blanks (105) – had over 100 receiving yards in the same game as #2/3 Coastal Carolina defeated Gardner 38-14 at Spangler Stadium.

With the win, Coastal Carolina improves to 9-0 for the second-straight year and 3-0 in Big South play. Also, the Chants improve to 6-0 on the road this season and set a Big South record with their sixth consecutive road win.

Ross, who interestingly threw for a then career-best 342 yards in his first career start in 2012 also at Gardner-Webb, completed 29-of-43 passes for 351 yards and two scores. He tallied his fifth 300-plus yard game of total offense this season and tied Tyler Thigpen with 10 such games for their careers.

For the second time this season, Mapp tied the CCU single-game record with 10 receptions – a feat he duplicated at The Citadel in the 2014 season opener, while adding his third game with at least 100 receiving yards. Blanks had two, 22-yard touchdowns and recorded his first career game with at least 100 yards on five receptions.

A final Coastal Carolina record fell in the fourth quarter when Alex Catron drilled a 53-yard field goal to provide the 38-14 final. The senior made all three field goal attempts and has made six straight overall.

In addition to the performances by Ross and the receivers, De’Angelo Henderson tallied 151 all-purpose yards thanks to 86 rushing yards – including a 29-yard touchdown – and 65 receiving yards.

While the offense rolled up 488 yards, the defense pitched a second-half shutout and, thanks to seven tackles for losses, held Gardner-Webb to just 61 rushing yards.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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