Charleston, SC – Time of possession usually isn’t a major statistical factor that determines games, but Charleston Southern held onto the ball for over 37 minutes in the game, 13:55 in the first quarter alone, to grind out a 27-0 win over North Greenville (1-4) at Buccaneer Field.
CSU (1-3) repeatedly drove the ball down the field, but the Crusader defense managed to turn away several drives before the Buccaneers notched a John Paglia field goal with 12:43 left in the second quarter. The Bucs scored three minutes later when Tribble Reese hit Clayton Coffman with a three-yard touchdown pass. CSU added a field goal with four seconds left in the half to give them a 13-0 halftime lead.
The game was largely a defensive battle, but the Division I Buccaneers added two more touchdowns in the third quarter to give them the final margin of victory. Neither team could score in the final quarter.
Charleston Southern largely bottled up the North Greenville offensive attack most of the game. NGU could convert only 120 yards of total offense, and a meager 32 yards on the ground. Rashad Cummings had only 22 yards and Matt Moore had 20. Sophomore quarterback Richard Harb went 11-24 for 88 yards and one interception. Senior wide receiver Brandon Dobbins had four catches for 38 yards and Sean Wright had three for 33 yards as two of the bright spots offensively for the Crusaders.
NGU linebackers Tyrell Davis (SR) and Nick Rosamonda (FR) had busy days with 10 tackles apiece. Jereme Green had seven tackles, and
The Buccaneers won their first game of the year after losses at Miami (FL), Wofford and Miami (OH).
NGU will be back to the drawing board trying to re-energize its offensive attack next Saturday against Division I FCS team Presbyterian College at 2:00 p.m. in Clinton, SC.