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  Grayson McCall raced untouched for a 25-yard touchdown on the first play of overtime, Silas Kelly sacked South Alabama's Jake Bentley on the final play and Coastal Carolina beat the Jaguars 27-21 on Friday. Coastal Carolina (10-2, 6-2 Sun Belt Conference), which was ranked No. 22 in the preseason poll and climbed as high as No. 14 after winning its first six games, fell out of the Top 25 after a 42-40 loss to Georgia Southern two weeks ago. The Chanticleers are headed to a bowl for the second consecutive season and the second time in program history after moving to the FBS level full-time in 2017.

Bentley hit Jalen Tolbert at the 10 and he raced for a 57-yard touchdown and a 2-point conversion gave South Alabama (5-7, 2-6) a 21-14 lead with 4:24 left in regulation. The Chanticleers answered with a 10-play, 82-yard drive to force overtime when Bryce Carpenter took the snap and scored from 2-yards out with 39 seconds remaining. Carpenter, a 6-foot-1, 210 pound senior, is 41-of-69 (59.4%) passing for 483 yards and four touchdowns and has 54 carries for 217 yards and three scores this season. Kelly finished with eight tackles - including the clinching sack, which gave him 2 1/2 this season - and an interception at the 5. Coastal Carolina then went 95 yards, using 19 plays and chewing up nearly 9 1/2 minutes, to trim its deficit to 10-7 when McCall threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Jaivion Heiligh with 2:24 left in the third quarter. Shermari Jones scored on a 75-yard on the first play of the fourth quarter and South Alabama's Diego Guajardo made a 30-yard field goal to make it 14-13 with 11:14 left in regulation. - Coastal Carolina/AP College Football


(DS#4 QB) rSo/2024 QB Grayson McCallCoastal Carolina
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  Grayson McCall tied a school record five touchdown passes and Coastal Carolina maintained possession for more than 35 minutes in a 35-21 win over Texas State on Saturday. McCall returned after missing the last two games with an upper body injury and went 22-for-28 for 319 yards. The second-year starter threw touchdown passes to four different receivers which were led by senior Jaivon Heiligh and his sixth 100-yard receiving game of the season.

Heiligh had 10 catches for 101 yards and a touchdown and senior tight end Isaiah Likely had five catches for 62 yards and a score. Kameron Brown finished with four catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns. McCall's 21-yard scoring pass to Likely broke a tie at 21 and the Chanticleers led the rest of the way. Coastal (9-2, 5-2 Sun Belt) now has won nine or more games in consecutive seasons. Calvin Hill rushed for 100 yards on 12 carries and scored a touchdown for Texas State (3-8, 2-6). - AP College Football


(DS#4 QB) rSo/2024 QB Grayson McCallCoastal Carolina
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  OCT 8 SUN BELT FOOTBALL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Alex Spillum, Coastal Carolina, (RS Sr., S – Chanhassen, Minn.),...Coastal Carolina redshirt senior safety Alex Spillum blocked his second punt of the season, which led directly to a Chanticleer touchdown to end the first half in a 28-18 win over Georgia Southern. The Chanhassen, Minn., native broke through the right side of the line and blocked the punt, which was scooped up by redshirt freshman linebacker Mason Shelton, who ran it into the end zone from 33 yards out to give Coastal Carolina a 21-0 halftime advantage. On the season, the Chanticleers have blocked four kicks-three punts and one PAT-and have scored a touchdown on 3-of-4 blocked punts this year. - Sun Belt Football

(DS#62 SS) rSr/2022 SS Alex SpillumCoastal Carolina
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  NOV 1 SUN BELT FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina,(RS So., QB – Indian Trail, N.C.),...Chanticleers redshirt sophomore quarterback Grayson McCall accounted for three touchdowns-two through the air and one on the ground-in the Chanticleers 35-28 win over Troy. The Indian Trail, N.C., product connected on 14-of-26 passes for 294 yards and two scores, while adding 59 yards in the ground game. Under his guidance, the Coastal Carolina offense was 10-for-17 on third-down attempts and 1-for-1 on fourth-down tries, while posting 510 yards of total offense against the Sun Belt's top-rated defense. - Sun Belt Football

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  Injured Coastal Carolina quarterback Grayson McCall could miss the rest of the season for the 22nd-ranked Chanticleers, coach Jamey Chadwell said. McCall, a 6-foot-3, 209-pound redshirt sophomore from Indian Trail, North Carolina, missed last weekend's 28-8 win at Georgia Southern with what the school called an upper-body injury. "We don't know how long he's going to be out," Chadwell said Monday on a Sun Belt Conference coaches teleconference. "We hope to get him back before the end of the regular season." Chadwell said McCall was hurt during a 35-28 victory over Troy on Oct. 28. McCall came out for several plays in the third quarter after dropping to the turf. However, he returned to the game and said during postgame interviews that he felt OK. Chadwell said McCall has had several tests to pinpoint the problem and he is hopeful his standout passer, the FBS leader in pass efficiency, will be back. "He could be out the rest of the season, based on the recovery ... he could come back before then," Chadwell said. "We really don't have a complete answer right now." Senior Bryce Carpenter filled in for McCall against Georgia Southern and will start Saturday when the Chants (8-1, 4-1 Sun Belt) take on Georgia State (4-5, 3-2). Carpenter has made nine career starts for Coastal Carolina. - AP College Football

(DS#4 QB) rSo/2024 QB Grayson McCallCoastal Carolina
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  Backup quarterback Bryce Carpenter threw for 85 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score to help No. 21 Coastal Carolina beat Georgia Southern 28-8 on a rainy Saturday night. The Chanticleers (8-1, 4-1 Sun Belt Conference) are tied with Appalachian State (7-2, 4-1) atop the East Division standings, but the Mountaineers are in the driver's seat after a 30-27 series victory last month. Coastal Carolina announced an hour before the game that starting quarterback Grayson McCall would not play. The school said McCall is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury. "It is our interpretation that this is a long-term thing. Hopefully, we get him back before the end of the season," Coastal Carolina coach Jamey Chadwell said. McCall is a redshirt sophomore who has thrown for 2,063 yards, 17 touchdowns and two interceptions this season.

He leads the nation in passing efficiency and is third in completion percentage. "But we've been here before, and Bryce Carpenter has played a lot of football for us," Chadwell said. "It's next-man-up mentality. Bryce has that mindset and he'll play well and help our football team play well." Carpenter, who entered with 19 pass attempts this season, connected with Kameron Brown for a 12-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring. Carpenter made it 14-0 with a 23-yard run, and Mason Shelton recovered a blocked punt and returned it 33 yards for a three-touchdown lead. It was Alex Spillum's second blocked punt of the season, after a block and TD recovery in the end zone against Kansas. Josaiah Stewart led the defensive effort for Coastal Carolina, which forced four turnovers and held Georgia Southern (2-7, 1-5) to 233 total yards. Stewart finished with four sacks. Carpenter was 13-of-20 passing for Coastal Carolina. Shermari Jones carried 20 times for 96 yards and a TD. - Coastal Carolina/AP College Football


(DS#999 QB) Sr/2022 QB Bryce CarpenterCoastal Carolina
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  Coastal Carolina quarterback Grayson McCall won't play Saturday night against Georgia Southern. The school said McCall is out indefinitely with an upper body injury. The Chanticleers (7-1, 4-1 Sun Belt Conference) are looking to stay in the chase for the league's East Division title at the Eagles (2-6, 1-4). McCall is a redshirt sophomore who's thrown for 2,063 yards, 17 touchdowns and two interceptions this season. He leads the nation in passing efficiency and is third in completion percentage. Senior Bryce Carpenter will start in McCall's place. Carpenter has played in seven games this season, completing 11 of 19 passes for 165 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. - AP College Football

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  Facing another tight finish with Troy, Coastal Carolina coach Jamey Chadwell remembered something Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians puts on his play sheet: "No risk it, no biscuit." Chadwell took the risk on a fake punt with about 3 minutes left and a one-score lead as No. 24 Coastal Carolina held off Troy 35-28 on Thursday night, rebounding from its first loss of the season at Appalachian State last time out. The result was a 12-yard run for the first down by defensive tackle C.J. Brewer that kept the drive going. "I felt like last week, from a play-calling standpoint, I got a little apprehensive," Chadwell said. "I said, Hey, this week we're going for it." The successful run on fourth-and-4 let Coastal Carolina (7-1, 3-1 Sun Belt Conference) hold the ball until the final 25 seconds on the way to their 12th straight home victory.

Grayson McCall threw for 294 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a third touchdown as the Chanticleers overcame a slow start to beat Troy (4-4, 2-2) for a third straight time. "Obviously, we didn't play our best ball, but we found a way and now it's on to the next one," McCall said. McCall connected on scoring throws of 66 yards to Jaivon Heiligh and 71 yards to Braydon Bennett. Still, Troy (4-4, 2-2) made it a one-score game on Gunnar Watson's 18-yard touchdown pass to Tez Johnson to draw within 35-28 with 4:52 to go. - Coastal Carolina/AP College Football


(DS#4 QB) rSo/2024 QB Grayson McCallCoastal Carolina
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  OCT 11 SUN BELT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Isaiah Likely, Coastal Carolina,...(Sr., TE – Cambridge, Mass.),...Chanticleers senior Isaiah Likely became the first player in Coastal Carolina history and the first tight end in Sun Belt history to catch four touchdown passes in a single game. The Cambridge, Mass., native also set new career highs with eight catches, 232 receiving yards and four touchdowns in the 52-20 win at Arkansas State. Likely's 232 receiving yards are the second-most in Coastal Carolina's 19-year history and the third-most in the Sun Belt's 21-year history. - Sun Belt Football

(DS#6 TE) Sr/2022 TE Isaiah LikelyCoastal Carolina
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  Coastal Carolina's Grayson McCall 99-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Likely against Arkansas State was the longest completion in the FBS since Nebraska's Tommy Armstrong Jr. hooked up with Quincy Enunwa for a 99-yarder against Georgia in the Gator Bowl following the 2013 season. Likely had a career game against the Red Wolves with eight catches for 232 yards, and he became the first tight end in Sun Belt Conference history to have four touchdown receptions in a game. - AP College Football

(DS#6 TE) Sr/2022 TE Isaiah LikelyCoastal Carolina
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  Grayson McCall threw a 99-yard touchdown pass on his first attempt and No. 15 Coastal Carolina beat Arkansas State 52-20 on Thursday night for its 11th straight victory. McCall completed 18 of 23 passes for a career-high 365 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. Isaiah Likely also had a big night, catching eight passes for 232 yards and four touchdowns - all career highs - and kicking the game off with the school-record 99-yarder. He became the first tight end in Sun Belt Conference history with four touchdown catches in a game. "I got the best quarterback in the nation, the best O-Line in the nation. The reason we score 50 points in a game is the chemistry," Likely said. "Our mantra is to score as many points as we can. Score 50 points and get a burger. I love burgers." Coastal Carolina (6-0, 2-0 Sun Belt) also got scoring runs of 64 yards from Reese White and 67 yards from backup quarterback Bryce Carpenter. - both career longs. "I thought we played really well the first half and clamped them down," Chanticleers coach Jamey Chadwell said. - Coastal Carolina/AP College Football

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  Grayson McCall threw a scare into Coastal Carolina fans after finishing off Louisiana Monroe on Saturday. McCall threw for 212 yards on 13-of-13 passing with two touchdowns to Isaiah Likely as the 16th-ranked Chanticleers rolled to a 59-6 victory to start Sun Belt Conference play Saturday. The Chanticleers (1-0 Sun Belt) started 5-0 for a second straight season and have won 16 of their past 17 the last two seasons. McCall played the first two quarters. When he returned to the sidelines for the second half, he had a walking boot on his left foot. Not to worry, Coastal Carolina coach Jamey Chadwell said.

McCall had his left ankle rolled on during the game, he said, and the boot was just extra protection to prevent anyone else accidently stepping on his foot. "Grayson was taken out from a precautionary standpoint. He wasn't going to come back in the second half anyway," Chadwell said. McCall was moving easily in the boot. Chadwell expects McCall to be ready when the Chanticleers face Arkansas State next Thursday. And they'll certainly need him to keep winning. McCall was already the FBS leader in completion percentage and had little trouble keeping that going against the Warhawks (2-2, 1-1). He led Coastal Carolina to scores on all five first-half possessions for a 38-3 lead at the break, then watched the rest of the game from the sidelines. Likely had five receptions for 95 yards, including scoring catches of 5 and 30 yards from McCall. - Coastal Carolina/AP College Football


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  Coastal Carolina's defense loves watching the Chanticleers' offense operate, as long as it's on game days and not in practice. Both sides of the ball stood strong Saturday as the 17th-ranked Chants scored on eight of nine possessions for a 53-3 victory that sent UMass to its 15th consecutive loss. Chants linebacker Silas Kelly said the strength of the defense directly correlates to the offense since they go after each other at practice. "Those guys are insane," Kelly said. "They're really, really good. And seeing them at practice has a lot to do with it, too. Hopefully, when you play against guys like that, it makes games a little bit easier." Things looked easy for the Chants in this one as they opened 4-0 for a second straight season. The offense piled up 558 yards and the defense held a shutout until midway through the fourth quarter. "As I said, playing together helps," Kelly said. "We just want to have a lot of fun out there." Grayson McCall threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third.

Jaivon Heiligh had five catches for 118 yards receiving, the fifth time in the past six games he's surpassed the century mark. Backup receiver Tyson Mobley a touchdown catch and another on the ground. "Everybody on the offense is making plays," Mobley said. "That's just the way it is." The Chanticleers have won 15 of their past 16 games. They also cranked things up after a subpar offensive showing in 28-25 win at Buffalo last week. - Coastal Carolina/AP College Football


(DS#4 QB) rSo/2024 QB Grayson McCallCoastal Carolina
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  Grayson McCall threw for three touchdowns, Shermari Jones ran for 149 yards and another score, and No. 16 Coastal Carolina held on to beat Buffalo 28-25 on Saturday for its first road win of the season. McCall, who entered the day leading the nation in passing efficiency and completion rate, was 13-of-19 passing for 232 yards with his first interception of the season. Jaivon Heiligh caught four passes for 91 yards and a touchdown for the Chanticleers (3-0), becoming the fourth receiver in school history to surpass 2,000 career yards.

Buffalo (1-2) got within a field goal with 2:41 remaining. Kevin Marks' 7-yard touchdown run capped a 92-yard drive that started when Logic Hudgens intercepted McCall in the end zone. The Bulls rushed for 260 yards, led by career-high efforts from Dylan McDuffie (92 yards, one touchdown) and Ron Cook (83 yards). Marks, Buffalo's lead back, finished with 64 yards. Kyle Vantrease was 13-of-20 passing for 146 yards. - Coastal Carolina Football/AP College Football


(DS#4 QB) rSo/2024 QB Grayson McCallCoastal Carolina
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  09/13/21 - Reese WhiteJr/2023, Coastal Carolina, 5-10, 195 (DS#44 RB) + More +

  SEPT 13 SUN BELT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Reese White, Coastal Carolina, (Jr., RB - Sandy Springs, Ga.),...Chanticleers junior running back Reese White rushed for a career-high 102 yards and three touchdowns in Coastal Carolina's 49-22 victory over Kansas. The 100-yard rushing game was the first of the Sandy Springs, Ga., native's career, while his three rushing touchdowns are the most by a Sun Belt running back in a single game this season. - Sun Belt Football

(DS#44 RB) Jr/2023 RB Reese WhiteCoastal Carolina
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