NORTH CHARLESTON — Christian Reyes ran for two touchdowns and more than 100 yards Saturday as Charleston Southern held off Coastal Carolina for a 31-26 victory at Buccaneer Field.
Reyes ran for 22 carries and 109 yards, pushing the Buccaneers into their fourth 300-yard rushing game of the season. Charleston Southern’s victory set a program record for wins and puts the Buccaneers in a position to win their first outright conference championship.
The Chanticleers (9-1, 3-1 Big South) trailed 24-6 at the half, but De’Angelo Henderson ran 42 yards for a TD to pull Coastal Carolina within two TDs. A TD pass from Alex Ross to Thomas Pauciello made it a five-point game.
Charleston Southern (10-1, 3-0) held possession for 40:34 with 62 percent third down efficiency, while the Chanticleers finished with a 19:26 time of possession and 33 percent efficiency.
S.C. STATE 25, FLORIDA A&M 21
At Orangeburg, Richard Cue ran for one score and threw for another, and South Carolina State won when Florida A&M fumbled the ball away on the game’s final drive.
Cue was 13-of-25 for 186 yards passing, including a 28-yard TD pass to Dennis Roe. Mariel Cooper returned a punt 25 yards for a score for the Bulldogs (7-3, 5-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic conference).
THE CITADEL 35, ELON 10
At Elon, N.C., Ben Dupree threw for one touchdown and rushed for three more to lead The Citadel.
Dupree threw six times for four completions and 166 yards. But his 65-yard touchdown pass to fullback Darien Robinson early in the third quarter gave the Bulldogs (4-6, 4-4 Southern) a 21-10 lead from which they would never look back. The Citadel scored four unanswered touchdowns, and its offensive total of 424 yards was nearly twice that of Elon (2-8, 1-5).
FURMAN 35, SAMFORD 17
At Greenville, Reese Hannon was 10-of-14 passing for 159 yards with a touchdown, leading Furman.
Samford (6-4, 4-2 Southern) was staying close, trailing 14-9 late in the second quarter, when Hannon completed an 85-yard scoring strike to Andrej Suttles to give Furman (5-5, 4-2) a 21-9 advantage.
LIBERTY 35, PRESBYTERIAN 14
At Lynchburg, Va., Desmond Rice ran for three touchdowns, two in the second quarter, to carry Liberty past Presbyterian.
The win keeps Liberty (6-4, 3-1 Big South) in the hunt for the conference title.
Heys McMath fired a nine-yard touchdown pass to Joey Gilkey in the second quarter, then pulled the Blue Hose (3-6, 1-2) to within a touchdown in the third with a four-yard run.
CHATTANOOGA 20, WOFFORD 10
At Chatanooga, Tenn., Jacob Huesman rushed for 116 yards and threw for another 151 to help Chattanooga.
Huesman got the Mocs (8-2, 6-1 Southern) on the board early, scoring from seven yards out on a quarterback draw to cap a six-play 75 yard drive. Kendrix Huitt had a three-yard rushing touchdown, giving Chattanooga a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
The Terriers (5-4, 4-2) trimmed their deficit to seven when Donovan Johnson scored on a two-yard run.
LANE 48, BENEDICT 13
At Charlie W. Johnson Stadium, Lane College (6-4) shredded the Benedict defense for 368 passing yards en route to a lop-sided victory.
The Tigers, who finish with a 4-6 record, scored on a 28-yard pass from Marcus Graham to Maurice Griffin, and on a 3-yard run by Graham.
CARSON-NEWMAN 52, NEWBERRY 31
At Jefferson City, Tenn., Newberry spotted Carson-Newman a 28-0 first-quarter lead and was unable to recover.
Raleigh Yeldell led the Wolves (8-2, 5-2 SAC) with 101 yards and two touchdowns rushing. He also completed 13 of 26 passes for 161 yards and a score.
CATAWBA 20, NORTH GREENVILLE 17
At Tigerville, Catawba scored 17 unanswered points to rally past the Crusaders.
North Greenville (5-5) led 17-3 at the half behind a 16-yard touchdown pass from Nelson Hughes to Freddie Martino and a 2-yard touchdown run by Trey Walker.