A week after a historic win over Kansas, Coastal Carolina kept the momentum going with a 46-7 drubbing of Norfolk State Saturday afternoon at Brooks Stadium.
“I’m very thankful for the win,” head coach Jamey Chadwell said. “I thought our effort was a lot better in the second half, especially after the lightning delay. We did a great job on third and fourth down conversions, but I think we have to work on hitting our receivers. Overall though, really proud of our guys.”
The Chanticleers (2-1) started their opening drive by chewing nearly five minutes off the clock, but they had to settle for a field goal.
After a three-and-out by Norfolk State, Coastal used another six minutes and capped a 12-play drive with a Reese White touchdown to make it 9-0 with under four minutes to go in the first.
The Chants would force another three-and-out on the Spartans, but they only came up with a field goal to end the first quarter with a 12-0 lead.
“We didn’t finish some drives that we would’ve like to in the first half,” Chadwell said. “We has some chances to really make some big plays and we didn’t do it, so we need to work on that.”
Norfolk State cut the Coastal lead to five with just under 10 minutes to go in the second quarter. But the Chanticleers regained their 12-point margin late in the quarter as Bryce Carpenter found Isaiah Likely for an eight-yard touchdown pass.
Just before the nine minute mark in the third quarter, the game was delayed for 44 minutes due to lightning in the area. As teams were heading into the locker rooms, players from both sides had to be separated by coaches and officials.
“You hope your guys are disciplined enough to not get caught up in that,“ Chadwell said. “We went into this week talking about that. We told our guys to talk with their pads."
Coastal was well disciplined Saturday night, getting just two penalties for 10 yards compared to the 10 penalties for 68 yards that went against Norfolk State.
Following the lightning delay, Coastal was able to force a turnover. They quickly went four plays and Jacquez Hairston got his first Coastal touchdown to make it 26-7 midway through the third.
CJ Marable would get his lone touchdown of the night late in the third quarter to make it 33-7. Marable finished with 109 yards on the ground, leading all running backs.
The scoring would continue for the Chanticleers in the fourth quarter as White would find the end zone for a second time to make it 39-7.
With the game in hand, Coastal's backups saw some action, which meant a lot of “firsts” for some players.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Grayson McCall found Jai Williams for a seven-yard touchdown strike, the first touchdowns of their collegiate careers.
The Chanticleers finished with 401 rushing yards. The offense went 10-of-17 on third downs, four-for-four on fourth downs and scored on seven of their eight red zone chances.
“Those kinds of numbers give us confidence going forward knowing that we can continue drives and make big plays on fourth downs,” quarterback Fred Payton said.
Coastal had nearly two-thirds of possession time, holding the ball for 39 minutes and 10 seconds.
“Those long drives … keep our defense well rested on the sidelines and ready to go when we’re called upon,” nose tackle Sterling Johnson said. “It allows us to make adjustments and be more prepared for the next time we’re on the field.”
Saturday's 39-point win by Coastal is the largest margin of victory in the Chadwell era, including his time as interim head coach in 2017.
Coastal Carolina now looks ahead to a trip to Amherst next weekend to take on the Minutemen of UMass. That game kicks off at 1 p.m. Sept. 21.
The Chanticleers have prevailed over the Minutemen in their previous two meetings.