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#8 Coastal Carolina Shuts Out Gardner-Webb 46-0

Courtesy: Coastal Carolina Media relations

CONWAY – De’Angelo Henderson rushed for 114 yards and two scores on just 11 carries, Osharmar Abercrombie had two rushing scores and Alex Ross completed 14-of-16 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns to lead #8 Coastal Carolina to a 46-0 victory over Gardner-Webb Saturday afternoon at Brooks Stadium.

The Coastal defense limited Gardner-Webb to 272 total yards as the Chants posted their second shutout of the season, a program first. The shutout was also Coastal’s first ever against a Big South opponent. The previous best in a conference game was a 41-2 victory over Charleston Southern in the 2007 season finale.

On the other side of the ball, Coastal’s offense rolled up 485 total yards, including 259 through the air, against a Gardner-Webb defense that entered the game ranked 17th in the nation in total defense and fifth in passing defense. Coastal’s 46 points marked the Chants’ second-highest scoring effort this season.

Coastal Carolina got on the scoreboard first with a 7-play, 71-yard drive that saw Henderson contribute runs of 15 and 17 yards before Abercrombie finished the series with a 14-yard rushing touchdown up the middle. Then, for the second straight week, Abercrombie stayed on the field to convert the 2-point attempt for an 8-0 lead.

On Coastal’s following drive, Ross attempted to throw a deep pass to Devin Brown. GWU linebacker Tanner Burch made a nice play to tip the ball away near the five yard line. However, the ball caromed to Chanticleer tight end Craig Weick. The senior hauled in the pass near the GWU 10 and ran the ball in for a career-long 39-yard touchdown. Ryan Granger tacked on the extra point for a 15-0 lead late in the first quarter.

The Chanticleers took advantage of back-to-back personal fouls on Gardner-Webb to quickly move the ball into Bulldog territory. Henderson made a nice spin move before out-running the defense to the end zone for a 27-yard TD and 22-0 Chanticleer lead. Henderson started the drive with a four-yard run to put him over 1,000-yard mark. It marked just the fourth time – and the third straight year – a CCU running back has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in a season, including Lorenzo Taliaferro with 1,729 yards in 2013, Henderson with 1,534 yards last season and CCU Sasser Hall of Fame member Patrick Hall with 1,107 yards in 2004.

After forcing Gardner-Webb to punt on the ensuing possession, Coastal needed nine plays to cover 88 yards to take a 29-0 lead. Big plays during the drive included a 10-yard run by Abercrombie, am 11-yard completion to Weick, a 15-yard completion to Bruce and a 14-yard completion to A.J. Sattinger. Henderson then found paydirt for the second time in as many drives, this time for 14 yards and a 29-0 lead.

On GWU’s first drive on the second half, the Bulldogs drove deep into Coastal territory thanks to a 37-yard Tyrell Maxwell pass to Mike Estes. However, the CCU defense stiffened to force a 25-yard field goal, which sailed wide left.

The Chants turned the ball over on the ensuing drive, but quickly forced Gardner-Webb to punt. Five plays later, Ross connected with Mapp for a 55-yard touchdown down the left sideline for a 36-0 lead. One play after the ensuing kickoff, Michael Billings forced a fumble that Marcus Williamson recovered on the GWU 17. Five plays later, Abercrombie powered his way into the endzone for a 2-yard score and 43-0 CCU cushion.

The Chanticleers closed the scoring on a 19-yard field goal off the foot of Caleb Kelly, his first as a Chanticleer.

The Chanticleers are back in action in Brooks Stadium next Saturday, Nov. 14, to host Kennesaw State. Kickoff for the game is set for 2 p.m.

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