Chants roll in home opener, 30-3

courtesy: Coastal Carolina Media relations

CONWAY – Before a record crowd of 10,124 at Brooks Stadium, De'Angelo Henderson rushed for a career-high 172 yards, including 122 in the first half, to lead No. 5/5 Coastal Carolina to a 30-3 victory over South Carolina State in the Chanticleers' 2014 home opener Saturday night at Brooks Stadium.

(Note: The previous largest crowd in CCU history is 10,013 when Coastal defeated then-No. 3 Furman on Oct. 7, 2006.)

Henderson averaged 8.6 yards on 20 rushes, totaling 172 total to rank seventh on the CCU single-game list. Quarterback Alex Ross added a rushing touchdown but had his streak of consecutive games with a passing touchdown snapped at 16. He completed 15-of-21 passes for 141 yards.

All-American linebacker Quinn Backus only played the first half due to an injury. However, he still managed nine tackles, a forced fumble – which was recovered and returned for a CCU touchdown. Also, he additionally played a key role in keeping the Bulldogs to just three first-half points. On second-and-goal from the one, Backus had a tackle for loss and, on third down, broke up a pass in the endzone to force the South Carolina State field goal.

Safety Richie Sampson and linebacker Brett Johnson each recorded a team-high 10 tackles for Coastal defensively. Johnson had two tackles for loss, including one sack.

The Chanticleers totaled 211 rushing yards as a team, surpassing the 200-yard mark for the 19th time in the last 25 games and improving to 18-1 in those contests.

Coastal Carolina, which improved to 9-3 all-time in home openers and 19-1 versus Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schools, will return to the road next Saturday to face Florida A&M, also a MEAC member. Kickoff is set for 5 pm in Tallahassee.