It took nearly an entire season and over 1,000 miles, but Coastal Carolina football earned its first Sun Belt Conference win Saturday, beating the University of Idaho 13-7.
“Finally, the players are rewarded with something tangible,” Coastal interim head coach Jamey Chadwell told WRNN after the game. “They can see a victory. They can feel that. Lately we’ve been playing better, but there has been no win they could feel good about. It’s been more like, ‘Hope is coming.’”
Coastal posted just 275 yards of offense, but that was all the Chanticleers needed to secure the win.
Junior quarterback Kilton Anderson connected on 11 of 23 passes for 100 yards. The Chanticleers got most their points from the ground game, gaining 175 yards on 40 carries.
They were led by redshirt freshman Alex James, who ran for 81 yards and a touchdown.
“It feels great to be a part of history, the first Sun Belt win in school history,” James told WRNN. “It just feels good to get back to winning. It’s been tough trying to figure out ways and change things to figure out what we were doing wrong, so getting back to winning is good.”
Chadlwell told the station he was pleased that his team held on to the lead.
“We tried to be a little conservative and tried to milk the clock,” he said. “I thought we did a great job there. I’m proud of the defense and proud overall that we ended up finding a way to win.”
Apart from James’s touchdown, Evan Rabon added field goals of 34 and 52 yards.
“Our defense did a great job and our offense did enough,” Chadwell said. “That is how we got this one. For them to get a victory – coming a long way across country to get it, the first Sun Belt victory – that’s a positive. Hopefully we’ll build from it. Hopefully this team will be hungry for more.”
Coastal’s final game of the season will be on Dec. 2 at home against Georgia Southern.