CCU moved to 3-0 after Saturday’s 38-26 victory over the Buffalo Bulls at Brooks Stadium. This marks the third straight season starting 3-0 and the fifth time in program history. The Chants have also won 13-straight non-conference regular season games.
Despite the two teams combining for eight turnovers, the offenses put up over 840 total yards. Quarterback Grayson McCall and the Coastal offense put up 504 total yards on the day. McCall completed 16-of-24 passes for 251 yards and tossed three touchdown passes. He also added 13 yards rushing on the ground. He connected with seven different receivers as Sam Pinckney led the team with 103 yards off of five receptions. CJ Beasley, Jacob Jenkins and Tyson Mobley each had a touchdown catch.
The Chanticleers also got a strong performance from the run game tallying 221 yards. CJ Beasley led the ground attack with 89 yards and one touchdown off of nine carries. Senior Reese White added 77 yards on two carries.
The first quarter featured a case of the fumbles by each team. The Bulls converted three CCU fumbles into two field goals. Coastal was able to turn a Buffalo fumble into an early touchdown to lead 7-6 going into the 2nd quarter.
After another Bulls field goal, Beasley would scamper for a 10-yard touchdown run to give CCU a 14-9 lead. The Bulls’ offense would get the ball back with 2:10 left in the half and take advantage. After a targeting call and some strong throws from UB quarterback Cole Snyder, the Bulls would fine the endzone to take a 16-14 lead into halftime.
Each team would trade a field goal in the 3rd quarter as CCU would trail 19-17. Coastal would take advantage of a Buffalo special teams miscue. UB punter Jackson Baltar would mishandle the snap and CCU’s Jahmar Brown would take it 21-yards for the scoop and score. Coastal would intercept the first pass of Buffalo’s next possession to set up McCall for another touchdown pass to give CCU a 31-19 lead.
Buffalo would answer with a 17-play, 71-yard touchdown drive to close the deficit to one possession at 31-26. McCall would seal the game with a 59-yard touchdown pass to Beasley on third-and-17 to extend the lead to 38-16. CCU’s defense would close the door forcing a four-and-out to pick up the victory.
Coastal Carolina (3-0) will open up the 2022 Sun Belt Conference season at Georgia State (0-3) on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7:30p.m. EST in Atlanta, GA.
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