Buccaneers rally, down Crusaders 20-10
Saturday, September 30, 2006
Buccaneers rally, down Crusaders 20-10

CHARLESTON, SC- Charleston Southern rallied with 14 second-half points to defeat North Greenville University 20-10 Saturday afternoon at CSU Stadium in front of an announced crowd of 3,346. Buccaneer QB Collin Drafts passes the 8,000 yard mark for career passing with a 291-yard effort versus the Crusaders.

North Greenville held a 10-6 halftime lead, but red zone woes in the second half stymied the Crusaders’ effort for the upset victory over the 19th ranked Buccaneers. Down 13-10 in the third quarter, North Greenville drove 78 yards to the CSU 1-yard line, but sophomore running back Matt Moore was stopped on fourth down just shy of the goal line. Three minutes later, Drafts scored on an 8-yard run to give the Buccaneers a 20-10 advantage. The Crusaders tried to mount a comeback, driving to the CSU 4-yard line, but WR Travis Talbert fumbled. On North Greenville’s next possession, C.J. Hirschman intercepted an Eric Moeller pass in the end zone.

Drafts finished the game with 291 yards on 23 of 32 passing and one touchdown. Moeller completed 26 of 39 passes for 257 yards and one touchdown for the Crusaders. The Buccaneer defense held the Crusader rushing attack to 123 yards. Moore led NGU with 82 yards on the ground.

Defensively, North Greenville was led by Donovan Davis who made 4 solo tackles and 5 assists. Defensive ends Ken Floyd and Andre Bernardi each added a sack. Floyd made 2 solo tackles and 4 assists. Safety Josh Williams recorded 5 solos and one assist. The Buccaneer defense was led by LB Jada Ross who recorded 7 solo tackles and 14 assisted tackles.

The Crusaders took an early 3-0 lead on their first possession on a 35-yard field goal by Adrian Escalona with 4:01 remaining in the first quarter.

After exchanging punts, the Buccaneers embarked on a 10-play drive down to the NGU 9-yard line, but Patrick Jarrett intercepted a Drafts pass to prevent a CSU score. However, the Crusaders were forced to punt and Charleston Southern took over on the North Greenville 31-yard line. Two plays later, Drafts found Markus Murry for a 14-yard touchdown. A missed PAT attempt gave the Buccaneers a 6-0 lead.

On the ensuing possession, North Greenville drove 73 yards to the CSU 7-yard line, but Escalona’s 24-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right with 1:04 remaining in the half.

Charleston Southern tried to make a drive before halftime, but Tyrell Davis intercepted another Drafts pass and returned it to the CSU 16-yard line. Two plays later, Moeller found Brandon Dobbins in the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown strike. Escalona’s PAT gave the Crusaders a 10-6 halftime advantage.

Charleston Southern opened up the second-half scoring on an 8-yard touchdown run by Drafts to cap a 7-play, 60-yard drive. Nick Ellis’ PAT gave CSU a 13-10 lead at the 8:40 mark in the third quarter.

The game’s last touchdown was set up with a 72-yard strike from Drafts to Clayton Coffman. On the next play, Drafts ran 8-yards for the touchdown. Ellis’ PAT made the score its final of 20-10.

Charleston Southern remains undefeated, while the North Greenville falls to 3-2. The Crusaders travel to Brevard College next week. Kickoff is slated for 2:00 p.m.