Lexington, VA – After four consecutive losses against arguably one of the toughest schedules in the nation, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (3-4, 1-1) got back on the right track as they defeated VMI (2-5, 1-2) 34-7.
With Jeremy Height leading the way on the ground with 97-yards rushing, the Chanticleers offense amounted to 331-yards rushing and 133-yards passing. In the first quarter alone the Chants went for 241-yards of total offense taking a 14-0 lead.
Coastal’s up-tempo offense allowed them to drive with ease against the Keydets defense. On CCU’s second possession Height reached the end zone on a 19-yard rush play. On Coastal’s next possession Lorenzo Taliaferro drove in a 16-yard score for his second touchdown of the year.
Both Aramis Hillary and Jeremy Height gave way to their backups early in the ball game with a victory in sight. This led to key experience for redshirt-freshman Alex Ross and a gang of running backs.
Austin Cain has continued to be a strong asset for the CCU special teams as he punted four times averaging just under 40-yards with three inside the 20-yard line. Cain booted his longest of the day late in the first half for 55-yards, which was also his longest of the year.
With the opening kickoff Tre Henderson took the ball back 21-yards which made him the Coastal Carolina all-time leader in kick return yardage with 1,051.
After the game the Chanticleer Sports Network talked with Coach Moglia about the ‘five game season” he preached to his team this week, “we have one down and four more to go, we have to take them all one at a time. We are certainly not going to look past Liberty.” Coach Moglia also addressed the injury to senior offensive guard Jamey Cheatwood, saying it appears to be an ACL injury; the extent is still to be determined.
Next week’s matchup versus Liberty marks the 2012 Homecoming game for Coastal Carolina University, kickoff is set for 3:30 PM.
Written by, Tom Michienzi. Tom is a producer for ESPN Radio 100.3'The Team' and the beat report for Coastal Carolina Football for ESPN 100.3 and TheDigitel Myrtle Beach. You can follow Tom on Twitter @Tmichienzi18 or for questions call 774-254-4165.