Coastal Cruises Past Keydets, 34-7

Courtesy: CCU Media Relations Dept.

LEXINGTON, Va. – Coastal Carolina quarterback Aramis Hillary accounted for 172 yards in just more than two quarters, while Jeremy Height led a rushing attack to give the Chanticleers a 34-7 victory at VMI Saturday. Coastal improves to 3-4, and 1-1 in the Big South, while the Keydets drop to 2-5, 1-2.

Height, who also sat most of the second half, finished with 97 yards on 12 attempts, averaging 8.1 yards per carry, including a 19-yard TD. Height's effort helped Coastal rush for 331 yards on 49 attempts, an average of 6.8 yards per carry. The 331 rushing yards was the first 300-plus yard rushing game since gaining 304 versus North Carolina A&T in 2009, the most rushing yards since getting 490 versus Chowan in 2007 and the most in a Big South game since getting 332 versus Gardner-Webb in 2006.

Lorenzo Taliaferro added 54 rushing, and Marcus Whitener – seeing his first action since the season opener due to injury – rushed for 45 yards. Travis Small rushed for 35 and Ross ran for 27.

The CCU defense held VMI to 16 yards on the ground and just 252 yards of total offense.

Coastal jumped out to a commanding lead, tallying 241 yards of total offense in the first quarter alone, thanks to 54 rushing yards by Height, 43 rushing yards by Hillary and Hillary throwing for 92 yards on 8-of-11 passing.

Coastal Carolina will return to action next Saturday, October 27 to host Liberty for Homecoming. Kickoff is set for 3:30 pm at Brooks Stadium.