SAN MARCOS, TX (WMBF) - The No. 20 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are back in action Saturday, taking their unbeaten record on the road to take on the Texas State Bobcats.
With a win, the Chants clinch the Sun Belt Conference’s East Division, earning a bid to the conference championship game for the first time since joining in 2016. Louisiana-Lafayette earned the West Division’s bid earlier this month.
The Chants are 1-1 against the Bobcats all-time but won last year’s contest in Conway, 24-21.
Saturday’s game will also be televised on ESPN+.
This story will be updated with game notes and scoring updates throughout the afternoon.
Texas State wins the toss and will receive the opening kickoff on a rainy day in San Marcos. The Bobcats’ Jahmyl Jeter takes it out to the Texas State 34 to start the game.
Coastal forces a three-and-out, despite an offsides penalty on Jeffrey Gunter giving the Bobcats another shot on third down. Seamus O’Kelly’s punt rolls to the Chants’ 19-yard line, where they take over.
The Chanticleer offense is already in business on their third play of the game, as CJ Marable takes a 42 yard run down to the Texas State 34-yard line.
On a third-and-long, Grayson McCall drops back and finds Isaiah Likely for a 14-yard gain to push the Chants inside the Texas State red zone. The play stands after a review.
On the very next play, Marable finds a hole and takes a 14-yard rush into the end zone. Massimo Biscardi’s extra point is good, and Coastal is up early.
Coastal Carolina 7, Texas State 0 - 10:46, 1Q
Texas State starts their next drive at their own 28-yard line, as Brady McBride finds Calvin Hill for a short screen pass that moves the sticks. On the next play, McBride gets the ball to Jeremiah Haydel, but he loses control for a fumble. Coastal Carolina recovers and starts its next possession at the Texas State 45-yard line.
A big emphasis on the option early for the Chanticleers, as McCall runs out and pitches to Marable, who takes it 24 yards for a first down. Marable already with 91 yards on the day.
Marable takes a jet sweep to the right side and loses the ball while being tackled. He does recover, and Shermari Jones takes a short run for a Coastal first down.
Another option pitch to Marable finds the end zone for his second touchdown in nearly eight minutes. Marable already has 100 yards on seven carries along with his scores. Biscardi’s PAT attempt is good and it’s already a two-score game.
Coastal Carolina 14, Texas State 0 - 7:08, 1Q
The Bobcats take over at their own 23-yard line, getting a couple of short plays to move upfield. McBride connects with Marcell Barebe and Javen Banks in two out of the next three plays, both going for over ten yards.
Texas State continues to move, this time McBride goes deeper down the field on an RPO play, finding Drue Jackson for 26 yards and moving the Bobcats into the Coastal red zone. On the next play, McBridge and Banks connect from 14 yards out to give Texas State their first points of the game. Seth Keller’s PAT is good to cut the CCU lead in half.
Coastal Carolina 14, Texas State 7 - 4:33, 1Q
Coastal Carolina takes over at their own 25-yard line after a fair catch on the kickoff.
McCall fires a pass out of an RPO play to Greg Latushko for 16 yards, then takes it himself on the very next play for a gain of 13. Chanticleers are now in Texas State territory again. CCU gets pushed back after a holding penalty on Likely.
The Chants can’t get moving after the penalty, and back-to-back incompletions spell a punt for the teal and black. Charles Ouverson punt rolls to the Texas State 3-yard line and is downed. The Bobcats will take over from there.
Texas State is able to get a first down after two straight completions and gain another yard before the end of the quarter.
Coastal Carolina 14, Texas State 7 - END OF THE FIRST QUARTER
The Bobcats start the second quarter at their own 12-yard line but are unable to convert a first down. O’Kelly’s punt is fair caught near midfield.
McCall finds Likely on the first play of the drive for 18 yards, getting the Chants back into Texas State territory. Coastal gets to a third-and-short at the Texas State 18, but an option comes up a yard short of a first down. Chants are going for it on a fourth-and-1 and Jones takes it off to the left to convert.
McCall takes an option keeper and goes down just short of the Bobcats’ 10-yard line. On the next play, Reese White finds a big hole and runs into the end zone untouched as CCU extends the lead. Biscardi’s PAT attempt is good.
Coastal Carolina 21, Texas State 7 - 9:54, 2Q
The Bobcats’ offense picks back up at their 22-yard line after a replay review confirms a fumble did not happen on the kickoff. The Bobcat offense fails to convert a first down as Coastal Carolina’s defense stuffs them on a third-and-short.
The Chanticleers take over at their own 22-yard line after the punt is downed. After an option doesn’t get far, White takes a run off to the right side and gains 33 yards to put Coastal in Texas State territory. The Chants now have over 200 yards rushing as a team up to this point.
McCall calls his own number on a third-and-6 play, scrambling off to the right for nine yards as the Chants continue to move. Jones takes the next play just off the left tackle for 13 yards and another CCU possession that ends up in the Texas State red zone.
On the very next play, McCall finds Jaivon Heiligh on a 14-yard touchdown strike, and Biscardi’s PAT is good to put the Chants up three scores.
Coastal Carolina 28, Texas State 7 - 4:19, 2Q
Texas State will take over at their own 22-yard line again after the kickoff. The Bobcats end up going three-and-out, and Coastal takes over at their own 23. McCall finds Likely again for another long connection, this time for 15 yards to put the Chants back in business near midfield.
Coastal converts a third-and-7 as McCall steps up and finds Heiligh for 14 yards and getting the Chants back into Texas State territory. On the very next play, McCall connects with Latushko to put CCU just outside of the red zone at the Texas State 14-yard line.
After a roughing the passer penalty on Texas State, McCall finds Heiligh again, this time for a touchdown just before halftime. Biscardi’s successful PAT makes it a 28-point lead for the Chanticleers.
Coastal Carolina 35, Texas State 7 - 0:25, 2Q
Texas State takes over and despite a couple of quick spurts, the clock runs out for halftime as Coastal takes a big lead into the locker room.
Coastal Carolina 35, Texas State 7 - HALFTIME
The Chants already have 372 yards of total offense at the break, 249 of which came off the ground. Marable leads all rushers with 123 yards on 12 carries, in addition to his two touchdown runs. White also has 67 yards on six carries.
McCall went 9-for-14 passing with 123 yards along with both of his scores through the air. He also took four carries for 25 yards on some quarterback keepers. As a unit, the Chants’ offense is also averaging around 9 yards per play.
Other takeaways: The Chants went 6-for-8 on third down in the first half after getting themselves into manageable third-down situations. The “Black Swarm” defense has also come to play, forcing a pair of sacks and the early fumble.
Coastal receives the second-half kickoff and Jones lets it sail out of the endzone for a touchback. The Chanticleers will take over at their own 25.
The McCall-Likely connection comes up big again for CCU, this time on a 26-yard strike that moves the offense inside Bobcat territory. Coastal eventually moves into a fourth-and-short, but Jones is able to convert on the ground.
Marable takes a run to the outside and finds paydirt for the third time on a 23-yard scoring run. Chants in complete control now early in the third quarter rafter Biscardi’s PAT.
Coastal Carolina 42, Texas State 7 - 10:01, 3Q
Texas State takes the kickoff back to their 26-yard line and will pick up possession there. The Bobcats managed to get up to around the Coastal 37-yard line, but cannot convert a long fourth down. Chanticleers take over on the turnover on downs.
The Chants are unable to do anything on the ensuing drive, and the Bobcats force just the second punt of the game for Coastal. Texas State gets the ball back midway through the second half at their own 19-yard line.
Texas State gets moving, then comes up with its biggest play of the game, a 29-yard run by Jeter to push the Bobcats into the red zone. Coastal’s defense comes up big a couple of plays later, sacking McBride for six yards and forcing a third down. The Bobcats fail to convert another fourth down try, and the Chanticleers take over from their own 10-yard line.
Fred Payton comes in at quarterback for Coastal, likely signaling the end of the day for McCall as the third quarter ends.
Coastal Carolina 42, Texas State 7 - END OF THE THIRD QUARTER
Coastal continues to pound the ball at Texas State, as Jones is now getting more time in the backfield. Payton even takes it himself for a 22-yard gain that puts the Chants back in business early in the fourth.
CCU moves inside the red zone and Texas State forces a fourth down, and a rollout pass from Payton sails over the end zone and incomplete. However, pass interference is called on Texas State, and the Chants get a new set of downs.
Two plays later, Baden Pinson muscles his way into the end zone from nine yards out. Biscardi’s PAT is good and this one is well in hand for the Chants.
Coastal Carolina 49, Texas State 7 - 9:00, 4Q
Texas State takes over at their own 34-yard line and is able to convert a third down on a 53-yard run by Hill after a catch for what’s now the Bobcats’ biggest play of the game. Jeter powers into the end zone a couple of plays later on a five-yard run and Keller’s PAT makes it a 35-point game late.
Coastal Carolina 49, Texas State 14 - 6:08, 4Q
The Chants take over at their own 14-yard line, and keep the ball on the ground to melt down some clock. Coastal moves the ball and eventually kneels down the run the clock down and move to 9-0.
Coastal Carolina 49, Texas State 14 - FINAL