CONWAY, South Carolina – The Coastal Carolina football program is celebrating its 20th season this year, the first being in 2003.
As part of this season’s celebration, each week the Coastal Athletics Department will present a commemorative game, championship, or moment that makes the history of the Coastal Carolina football program.
Week 1: First football match in program history (September 6, 2003)
Week 2: Chants Knock Off No. 1 JMU (September 10, 2005)
Week 3: Coastal Disorders #3 Furman 29–27 (October 7, 2006)
Week 4: Chants win first away game on Thursday night (September 25, 2003)
Week 5: Football Gets Dramatic, 24–23 17th Win at South Carolina State (October 1, 2005)
Week 6: Coastal wins 13–7 in Idaho and first victory in Sun Belt (November 18, 2017)
Week 7: Coastal Carolina kicks off the FBS era with a win over UMass (September 2, 2017)
Week 8: Open House Week
Week 9: Football gets share of Big South title with GWU win (October 30, 2004)
Week 10: No. 14 Coastal Carolina shuts out No. 8 BYU in exciting Top-15 matchup (December 5, 2020)
Week 11: Shore Defeats #22 Bethune-Cookman, 24–14, to advance to NCAA Second Round (November 24, 2012)
Week 12: Chanticleers Historic Kansas Win (September 7, 2019)
Chants Football ends 2010 with a 70-3 win; Get a Big South title and playoff spot (November 20, 2010)
Zach McDowell set a Big South record and returned from a punt Niccolo Mastromatteo set two big southern standards in Coastal Carolina’s 70-3 final win over the Charleston Southern at Brooks Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the 2010 regular season finale.
The Chanticleers, in their eighth season in the program, claimed their fourth Big South championship – and first since 2006 – with a win combined with the Liberty’s 54-28 win at home over Stony Brook. Coastal Carolina, Liberty and Stony Brook finished the conference 5-1. The tiebreaker for the Big South’s auto berth went to Coastal Carolina for the fewest points allowed in league play. Losing just three points on Saturday against the Charleston Southern, Coastal finished with 109 points allowed on defense, compared to 122 for Stony Brook and 138 for the Liberty. (Stony Brook led 38 points in points until Saturday’s game, with Coastal only conceding three and Stony Brook trailing 54 points to Liberty.)
McDowall threw five touchdowns to set a Big South single-game record and broke the school record with the former CCU record holder and All-American quarterback. Tyler Thigpen on hand to watch on Saturday. Five TDs also count as the most touchdown passes thrown in a Big South game, two other Big South signalmen (Jeremy Martin of Gardner-Webb and two-time Collin Drafts) also threw five TDs in a game, but each against non-conference opponents. .
McDowell scored six points in that game, rushing for 41 yards to come into the game, and completing 15 of 20 passes for 248 yards without interceptions. In addition, CCU’s offensive line went unchallenged for the fourth time this season, conceding just seven in a year and no more than one in any game to lead the Big South and into the top five in the country.
Mastromatteo set the Big South record for most punt returns in a season, getting five Saturdays and ending 2010 with 29. One of his returns scored a goal and the 91-yard return was the longest punt return in Big South history. Justin Durham also set a Big South record by becoming only the second player in the league to make 10 PAT in a game.
Aside from impressive offensive and special team performances, Coastal’s defense only allowed 218 yards, the second-lowest yards allowed this season, while trailing just 33 yards in the second half. In addition, Coastal improved to an all-time 35-4 rushing 200 yards in the game, scoring 205.
Other chant leaders on Senior Citizens Day included seniors Brandon Wheatley (5 receptions for 70 yards), Art. Eric O’Neel (11 carries for 65 yards, 5.9 per attempt) and freshman Aaron Jones (7 carries for 64 yards, 9.1 per attempt), while Josh Norman as well as Andre Jacobs each had eight team tackles.
The 70 points is second in school history (71 points vs. Mansfield in 2005) and third in Big South history – the second most points scored in a Big South game, while the 67 point difference is the largest in stories. school history.
Coastal took control early, forcing the Charleston Southern to make a quick hit on the first possession and Mastromatteo returned the ball for 12 yards. From there, Coastal took advantage of a pass interference call, O’Neal’s 16-yard run, and two completions from McDowell to Whitley, the second of which was a 25-yard hit in the end zone.
After supporting the Bucks to their own six early in the game, the Chants forced a quick three-and-out by passing the ball to CCU at CSU 34. pass for a touchdown. The game is made possible when the right grip Brian Brooks made an impressive block on a blitz pickup truck.
The Charleston Southern closed the gap to 14–3 after a 43-yard field goal from Andy Brown.
Undaunted, Coastal quickly backed down the field after a 28-yard completion from Whitley and a 14-yard dash from McDowell. McDowall completed an eight-game 71-yard run by climbing up and finding Rashid Gause for a seven-yard touchdown pass and a 21-3 lead with just under two minutes left in the first quarter. The TD catch was Gause’s first goal of his career.
The Buccaneers threatened again, reaching the CCU 10-yard line before the Coastal team regained the fumble on the exchange. Chad Macfield. Kostal then turned the ball over in the red zone on a fumble. The Bucks were once again able to set up an attack until they tried to pass the linebacker’s pass. coastal Tre Henderson read the play, stood in front of the quarterback and prospective receiver Malcolm Dixon and brought him back 66 yards for a touchdown. It was not only the first pick of Henderson’s career, but also his first career pick and the second longest return interception in school history.
The Chants forced the CSU to strike and Mastromatteo caught the ball with his nine and returned it for 91 yards for a goal. It was the first freshman finish of the season, the Big South record for longest punt return, and the second longest scoring game in school history after Tarvorris Jolly 94 yard return kick from a blocked field goal.
The second half began with another major game of special teams, because. Jeremy Hight returned the opening 78-yard kickoff to the CSU 13-yard line for the third longest return kick in school history. Two plays later, O’Neal hit from seven yards to give Coastal a 42-3 lead.
Coastal went 49-3 halfway through the third quarter when McDowell hit a tight end. Jamie Childers for a 12-yard touchdown. It was the first TD for Childers, a former CCU quarterback. On Chant’s next trip, McDowell hit Matt Hazel with a 39-yard punch.
To start four quarters, Aaron Jones and Gowz did most of the work on the ground, but McDowell ended the ride by running an eight-yard touchdown.
Coastal was pleased with the fourth quarter running out of time, but added another touchdown. Face to face with the third and third of seven, senior Anthony Fry fought his way into the end zone for his only career TD.
Before the game, Coast Carolina honored 23 players, including Robert Balkounas, Danny Bonifas, E.J. Brown, Ben Collins, Keon Cunningham, Dominic Davenport, Justin Durham, Ben Erdman, Anthony Fry, Rachid Gause, Kent Harper, Tarvorris Jolly, Trey Long, Zach McDowell, Carlton Mitchell, Jonathan Morgan, Eric O Neil, Jamie Perkinson, Bryan Sanders , Seth Smalls, Chris Walls, Brandon Wheatley, as well as Markel Willis.
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