- By Jacob Bashura
Chanticleers defeat ranked team, Louisiana
The Chanticleers claimed their first win against a ranked opponent in program history on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Coastal Carolina beat No. 21 team Louisiana, 30-27.
Throughout the game, the scoring was continuously going back and forth. One team would take the lead, then the other would get the ball, score, and tie it up. Both teams missed an extra point after their second touchdown to keep the score balanced. This continued until the end of the fourth quarter when junior kicker, Massimo Biscardi, broke the 27-27 tie with a 40-yard field goal and ultimately won the game for the Chanticleers.
Quarterback, Grayson McCall, continued his recent success with another impactful stat line. McCall went 17 for 24 with 202 yards and two touchdowns, as well as 11 rushes for 45 yards and a touchdown.
Running back, CJ Marable, led the way on the ground with 17 carries for 73 yards and a touchdown. Junior wide receiver, Jaivon Heiligh, was the featured receiver of the night, finishing with eight catches for 108 yards and a touchdown.
Wednesday’s game was historic for CCU.
Louisiana was the first ranked opponent Coastal Carolina has ever defeated. The win put their winning streak up to four, which is the longest in CCU’s history in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The team is at 2-0 in conference play for the first time in five years, and for the fourth time in school history.
All week, in anticipation of the game, there was endless buzz about the possibility of Coastal being ranked if they beat Louisiana. Now that the team successfully defeated Louisiana, Coastal Carolina is ranked within the top 25 in FBS for the first time in program history. They are currently seated right at No. 25.
The Chants next game will be held Saturday, October 24, against Georgia Southern at home.