Charleston Southern ruins CCU's perfect season

Coastal Carolina's record is 9-1 after 31-26 loss to Charleston Southern.

The 16th ranked Charleston Southern Buccaneers upset the 3rd ranked Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 31-26 in Charleston on Saturday, before a record crowd of 6,135 fans at Buccaneer Field.

Charleston Southern never trailed, as the Buccaneers raced to a 31-6 lead. Christian Reyes had 24 carries for 117 yards and two touchdowns to pace the Buccaneers option offense, that rolled up 323 yards on the ground.

The Buccaneers used a ball control approach by dominating time of possession. Charleston Southern was in control of the football for 40:34 to only 19:26 for CCU.

Coastal rallied for 20 unanswered points in the second half, but fell short. Top rusher Lorenzo Taliaferro was held to 83 yards on 14 carries, with no touchdowns.

Matt Hazel was the top receiver in the game. He caught nine passes for 132 yards.

CCU quarterback Alex Ross completed 17 of 29 passes for 242 yards. His only touchdown pass went to Thomas Pauciello. Ross and De'Angelo Henderson scored the other two touchdowns for the Chants.

Of note, Coastal kicker Alex Catron booted two field goals. His second of the day, a 50-yarder is a CCU school record.

Entering the game, Coastal Carolina had the number one FCS scoring offense in the nation, averaging 47.4 points a contest.

Coastal Carolina's overall record falls to 9-1, 3-1 in the Big South Conference. Charleston Southern can claim at least a share of the Big South championship with one more victory. They would win the Big South title outright with two more league wins.The Buccaneers are now 10-1 overall, 3-0 in league play, with two games to play against Gardner-Webb and Liberty.

CCU finishes their Big South Conference schedule at home next Saturday, November 16 against Presbyterian. The following week, Coastal will play the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia to close out their regular season schedule.