Sunday, October 28, 2012
The Charleston Southern Buccaneers rolled to 409 yards rushing, the second most in school history, en route to beating overmatched Edward Waters, 42-7, on Saturday afternoon at Buccaneer Field.
With the win, CSU improves to 4-4 on the year, while the Tigers fall to 3-5.
Charleston Southern pounded the Tigers in the opening half, scoring on touchdown drives of 77, 60, 60, 69 and 43 yards to take a 35-0 lead at halftime.
The victory was one CSU’s most complete wins of the year as the Bucs’ defense held the Tigers to 192 total yards, many coming late in the game on the Tigers’ lone touchdown drive.
The rushing output was the most since the Bucs had 417 against Guilford in a 58-0 win during the 2000 season.
“Our guys came out and were ready to play,” CSU head coach Jay Mills said after the game. “We were ready to play on offense, defense and special teams, executed and protected the football. You don’t play to win a football game. You play to try to strive for excellence.”
The Bucs’ large lead early in third quarter allowed for a number of underclassmen to see significant playing time in the second half.
“It was an opportunity to build the morale of the team when we play as many guys as we can,” Mills said. “Also, we can build for the future. We’re young. There are a lot of guys we played in the third and fourth quarters that are going to be playing a lot of football for us.”
The win moved the Bucs to four wins in their last five games and secures a winning home record for 2012. CSU completed a three-game home stand 3-0 with a tough final three games looming.
Running back Teddy Allen led the Bucs with 115 yards and two touchdowns. Backup Briar Van Brunt, seeing his first action since his start and injury against Illinois, added 99 yards on 12 carries. Gabe Johnson had 85 yards and a touchdown.
Quarterback Malcom Dixon was 5 of 6 for 115 yards and a touchdown pass, and added 60 yards rushing.
The Buc defense was relentless throughout. CSU had six tackles for loss against the Tigers option attack and sacked quarterback Brandon Turman three times.
Defensive tackle Isaac McKenzie led the way with 1.5 sacks and four stops. Freshman linebacker Aaron Brown added five stops for the Bucs.
CSU returns to Big South action next Saturday against Liberty in Lynchburg, Va. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. at Williams Stadium.