COASTAL GAMEDAY: No. 11 Chants come from behind, defeat Troy

COASTAL GAMEDAY: No. 11 Chants come from behind, defeat Troy
Coastal Carolina quarterback Grayson McCall, left, scrambles during the first half of an NCAA college football game against BYU, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Conway, S.C. (Source: AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

TROY, Ala. (WMBF) - Even after last week’s historic win over BYU, the work for No. 11 Coastal Carolina isn’t quite done yet.

The Chants will wrap up the regular season Saturday at Troy in a game rescheduled from mid-November. The Trojans come in with one of the Sun Belt Conference’s best passing attacks and are looking to finish their slate with a winning record.

Follow this story for updates throughout the game.


FIRST QUARTER

Coastal gets the ball first and moves quickly up the field before Grayson McCall pitches to CJ Marable on an option, and the running back goes 59 yards for a touchdown. It’s his eleventh of the season, and the Chants are up early.

Coastal Carolina 7, Troy 0 - 13:48, Q1

The Trojans already in business right after the ensuing kickoff. A 61-yard return by Reggie Todd puts them at the Coastal 25 for their first drive of the game.

Just when Troy began driving, Coastal’s Brayden Matts picks off a pass and flips the field, bringing out the turnover clock in the process. Chants take over at their own 10-yard line.

McCall finds Isaiah Likely on a 25-yard reception, putting the tight end over 1,000 receiving yards for his career. The Chants continue moving inside Troy territory but Kameron Brown goes down after catching a high throw from McCall.

Shortly after the stoppage, McCall fakes that he’ll scramble before finding Marable wide open in the middle for a 20-yard touchdown connection. Massimo Biscardi’s PAT is good, and Coastal is rolling early.

Coastal Carolina 14, Troy 0 - 8:22, Q1

Troy’s offense is on the move, mainly on the ground. The Trojans even convert a 4th-and-1 thanks to a big run from Kimani Vidal to move within Coastal Carolina territory. The Trojans convert another 4th-and-1 on the drive, this time pitching the ball to Jamontez Woods, moving closer to the red zone.

A pair of deeper throws from Gunnar Watson both fall incomplete, and Troy is forced to kick a field goal. Evan Legassey’s 42-yard kick is good to put the Trojans on the board.

Coastal Carolina 14, Troy 3 - 4:02, Q1

The Chants take over again, and McCall finds Sam Denmark for an early 15-yard strike. Offensive lineman Antwine Loper is helped to the sideline after a couple of plays, and Coastal faces down a 3rd-and-short, but are stopped by the Trojan defense.

Chants are forced to punt and the Trojans take over at their own 13-yard line. Troy begins picking up the pace on offense with a few completions by Watson and a run to end the quarter right near midfield.

Coastal Carolina 14, Troy 3 - END OF THE FIRST QUARTER


SECOND QUARTER

Troy continues to move quickly in the early part of the quarter as the offense moves inside the Coastal 5-yard line. Watson’s making big plays with his legs and with several quick passes.

Teddy Gallagher is down for Coastal after a 14-yard gain by the Trojans.

Vidal is eventually able to punch it into the endzone for Troy on a 4-yard score. The PAT is good and it’s now a one-score game.

Coastal Carolina 14, Troy 10 - 12:26, Q2

Coastal gets the ball back at their own 25-yard line, and an option play is blown up in the backfield - but a late hit on Troy moves the ball anyway. Chants facing a 3rd-and-7 from their own 38. McCall is hurried and a pass to Marable falls incomplete as Coastal is forced to punt.

Troy gets the ball back at their own 11 and immediately go back to work. Watson makes a couple of throws for double-digit gains before finding Kaylon Geiger for 13 yards to move past midfield. Woods tears off a 15-yard run for the Trojans to move the offense near the Coastal 30-yard line.

Watson connects with Geiger again for a 20-yard gain, but he steps out of bounds at the Coastal 5-yard line. Trojans in striking distance as D’Jordan Strong is now down for the Chants. He’s helped off the field and it’s 1st-and-Goal for the Trojans.

Coastal is able to make a goal-line stand after Watson loses his grip on a third-down pass and is taken down by Tarron Jackson for a loss Legassey nails a 28-yard field goal, cutting the Coastal leads to one.

Coastal Carolina 14, Troy 13 - 5:27, Q2

Marable continues to be an x-factor for Coastal. He powers upfield for an 11-yard run before catching a 19-yard pass from McCall to moves the Chants past midfield. The Chants could be in business again as time ticks away in the first half.

On a 3rd-and-1, McCall decides to pass out of an option play and finds Reese White down the middle of the field for a big, 32-yard gain. Coastal now within the Troy 5-yard line and a McCall run inches them closer. Marable then punches in his third total touchdown of the game from two yards out. Biscardi’s PAT is good and the Chants extend their lead.

Coastal Carolina 21, Troy 13 - 1:38, Q2

Troy takes over at their own 28-yard line and moves quickly toward midfield with three straight completions by Watson before the Trojans use their first timeout with 44 seconds left until halftime.

Watson then completes a screen to Videl for 24 yards, moving deeper into Coastal territory before a pass to Rogers gets them to the 16-yard line. Troy calls their second timeout now with 15 seconds left.

Watson completes another pass to Geiger, before he fumbles it as Troy recovers inside the 5-yard line. Troy calls their final timeout with five seconds left, ahead of what’s likely the final play before halftime.

Chip Lindsey sends out the field goal unit, and Legassey hits a 23-yard field goal as time expires. Chants lead by five at the break.

Coastal Carolina 21, Troy 16 - HALFTIME

Marable is the biggest standout of the first half, rushing for 100 yards on nine carries and catching a pair of passes for 39 yards. It’s the third straight week he’s rushed for at least 100 yards for the Chants.

McCall is 9-for-13 with 156 yards through the air, but has just seven yards on the ground. As a team, Coastal is being outgained 277-265 by the Trojans.

Troy also controlled the clock slightly more than Coastal, holding the ball for just under three more minutes than the Chants. Coastal is also 2-for-4 on third down attempts so far in the game.


THIRD QUARTER

Troy gets the ball to start the second half and takes over from their own 27-yard line. The Trojans gained some yardage, but eventually go three-and-out, forcing a punt. Coastal takes over at their own 17.

McCall connected with Likely near the sideline for a first down, but an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty pushes the Chants back with a fresh set of downs.

Despite the penalty, Coastal continues to move the ball deep in Troy territory, melting nearly ten minutes off the clock as they get into the redzone.

Out of a timeout, McCall finds Jaivon Heiligh for his second passing touchdown from six yards out. Biscardi’s PAT is good, and the lead is now 12.

Coastal Carolina 28, Troy 16 - 4:33, Q3

Troy takes over and answers back quickly. Following a facemask penalty on Jackson, Watson finds Todd on a 41-yard touchdown. Legassey’s PAT makes it a five-point game late in the third quarter.

Coastal Carolina 28, Troy 23 - 3:18, Q3

The Chants take back over on their 25, and McCall already gets things going on the ground with a seven-yard run along with handoffs to White and Shermani Jones. Coastal’s able to move past midfield, facing a 3rd-and-7 as the fourth quarter begins.

Coastal Carolina 28, Troy 23 - END OF THE THIRD QUARTER


FOURTH QUARTER

The Chants get some help to open the quarter, as an offside call on Troy makes it 3rd-and-2. McCall inches forward, but can’t convert and the offense stays on the field. A handoff to White is enough to move the chains and keep the clock ticking.

Coastal eventually breaks a big option run to the right side and Marable scores, but the play is brought back after a holding call. The Chants continue inching toward the goal line and White is stuffed on a 3rd-and-Goal. Coastal elects to go for it, and White is denied again. The Trojans will take over at their own 1-yard line.

On Troy’s first play of the drive, Watson throws an incomplete pass and takes a big hit in the endzone. He’s helped to the sideline and play briefly stops.

Backup quarterback Jacob Free comes in for Troy, and his second throw is picked off by Alex Spillum, and the turnover cloak is out again for Coastal. The Chants get within the Troy 6-yard line, and call a timeout with a little under six minutes left.

A huge break for the Chants offense as a lobbed pass from McCall sails over Heiligh, but Terrance Dunlap is called for pass interference. Coastal now has a new set of downs from the Troy 2-yard line. McCall eventually punches it in for his first rushing touchdown of the game. Biscardi’s PAT is good.

Coastal Carolina 35, Troy 23 - 5:03, Q4

Free is still in for Troy as they take over at their own 25-yard line. The Trojans go 75 yards in just over two minutes on a drive capped off by a three-yard run by Woods to make it a one-score game. Legassey’s PAT is good and the Coastal lead is down to five again.

Coastal Carolina 35, Troy 30 - 2:48, Q4

Coastal recovers a short kick at their own 34-yard line and faced a 3rd-and-8. On the third-down, McCall is hit as he throws and it ends up in the hands of Troy’s Carlton Martial for McCall’s second interception of the season. The Trojans take over at Coastal’s 40 with around two minutes left.

Free leads Troy down Coastal’s side of the field, running to the Coastal 6-yard line as another Chanticleer is down, this time it’s Rolan Wooden II. Free eventually finds Tray Eafford from six yards out for a touchdown late to give Troy the late lead. The Trojans go for two and make it, extending the lead to three with under 90 seconds to play.

Troy 38, Coastal Carolina 35, - 1:20, Q4

The Chants get the ball back at their own 25, and McCall finds Heiligh for 27 yards as the Chants are already in Troy territory. The two hook up again near the sideline for a gain of five. McCall takes a scramble ahead for five yards and finds Likely on a 16-yard gain at the sideline, and the Chants are in business.

On the very next play McCall finds Heiligh on a 23-yard touchdown strike. Biscardi makes it a four-point game with the PAT.

Coastal Carolina 42, Troy 38 - 0:35, Q4

Free and the Trojan offense take over at their own 25, and he takes a big hit after a couple of completions. The ball comes out, and Coastal recovers. McCall takes a knee to run out the remainder of the clock.

Coastal Carolina 42, Troy 38 - FINAL

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