CONWAY, S.C. (Presbyterian College)– Tobi Antigha scored a career-high two touchdowns, the first off a Blue Hose NCAA Division I record 87-yard catch, to lead the Presbyterian College football team in a 46-13 loss at #9 Coastal Carolina in action this afternoon at Brooks Stadium in Conway, S.C.
PC drops to 3-7 overall and 3-7 in the Big South while the Chanticleers improve to 10-1, 4-1. The Blue Hose round out the season at home Nov. 23 as they host Gardner Webb in a 1 p.m. contest.
Antigha posted his third 100+ yard receiving game with 117 on the afternoon. His two TDs on the game was a career-high as well. Stephen Doar connected on 10 punts, just shy of a PC record of 12. His 37.5 average yards per punt, was a PC game record, however.
Demarcus Rouse paced the team on the ground with 13 carries for 51 yards. Heys McMath was 11-of-26 for 160 yards and two TDs.
Kenyon Brown led the defensive effort with a career-high 13 tackles in his first career start. 11 of his tackles were solo shots. Cory White and Breyon Williams followed with nine tackles apiece.
PC finished the afternoon with 293 yards of total offense, 133 coming from the ground. Coastal Carolina racked up 642 yards, the most PC has given up since the 625 against the same Chanticleers last season. CCU controlled the ball roughly four more minutes, 32:05-27:55 and was seven-of-eight in the red zone, compared to one-of-two for PC.
Of the 642 total yards, 410 came from the ground with Lorenzo Taliaferro leading the way with 132 of them off 16 carries. He finished with two touchdowns. Brian Kass followed with 65. Matt Hazel led the air attack with 119 yards off seven catches. Alex Ross threw for 232 yards off a 15-of-21 effort.
Ross completed a five-play, 47-yard drive in Coastal’s second drive, with a 12-yard TD run. Taliaferro was key in the drive with two runs for a combined 30 yards.
After a Ross 53-yard pass to Hazel to set up the Chanticleers at the PC three-yard line, Taliaferro drove the ball in for the game’s second score to give CCU the 14-0 lead with just under two minutes to go in the quarter.
After a four and out for PC, The Chanticleers took over with 21 seconds to go, taking the ball 58 yards over the course of the end the of the first and three minutes into the second and scoring off a 12-yard rush by Ross to give CCU the 21-0 lead with 11:57 on the clock before half.. Highlighting the scoring drive was a 25-yard completion to DeMario Bennett from Ross to put Coastal at the PC one-yard line. Taliaferro rushed the extra yard to give him his second TD of the game.
PC started a promising drive from its own 35-yard line with 5:55 left before intermission. The Blue Hose capitalized on an 11-yard carry by McMath and a pass interference call against CCU to make it to the Coastal 32-yard line. PC made it to the home 19-yard line before being stopped. Brett Wilson attempted the 37-yard field goal but it was blocked to give the Chanticleers the ball back with 1:49 left in the second.
Coastal Carolina used eight plays, driving 75 yards, capped by a 15-yard pass to Tyrell Blanks, for the fourth TD of the game as the Chanticleers took the 28-0 lead into the locker room at half.
PC defense held the Chanticleers deep in their own territory in their opening drive of the second half. After the 41-yard punt PC took over at its own 36-yard line at the 10:49 mark. After promising runs of nine and five yards by Rouse, the Chanticleer defense sopped the drive, forcing the Blue Hose to punt away.
The Chanticleers opened their next drive with a 42-yard pass to Hazel to put the ball at the PC 34-yard line. Five plays later, Coastal converted a fourth and one with a five yard TD carry by Small to take the 35-0 lead with 6:43 left in the third.
Coastal tacked on a 44-yard goal with 13:14 remaining before PC scored its first points of the game with 12:18 remaining. McMath hit Antigha for an 87-yard touchdown completion to help PC cut it to a 38-7 contest. The throw and catch were career longs for both players, with the play a PC Division I era record as well.
CCU responded with an eight-play, 61-yard TD drive, capped by a 15-yard pass to Demos, to give the Chanticleers the 46-7 lead, after a successful two-point conversion, with 8:17 left in the game.
With 4:01 left, Kevin Crawford forced Coastal’s Daniel to fumble for his second forced fumble of his career. He picked up his first career fumble recovery to give PC the ball at the Chanticleer 37-yard line. McMath capped off a six-play drive with a 15-yard touchdown completion to Antigha, his second of the game. After a missed point after attempt, PC found itself down 46-13 with 1:34 to go.
Coastal Carolina was content to let the clock wind down, coming away with the final 46-13 win.
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