Charleston Southern running back Christian Reyes became the program’s first 1,000-yard rusher and the Buccaneer defense blanked Presbyterian in the fourth quarter of a tight game as CSU beat PC, 27-16, Saturday afternoon on the road.
The Buccaneers picked up their ninth win of the season to match the school record and move to 2-0 in Big South play. CSU is now 9-1 on the year and equals the 2006 squad, which went 9-2, for wins in a season. PC falls to 3-5 and 1-1 in the Big South on the year.
The win sets up one of the biggest matchups in Big South Conference history as the Bucs host rival Coastal Carolina next Saturday at 1 p.m. CCU is ranked No. 3 in a number of national polls, while the Bucs entered Saturday at No. 18 in the FCS Coaches Poll.
“I’m sure it will be an exciting week,” CSU Coach Jamey Chadwell said following the Bucs’ win. “Every game is important and kids aren’t naive. They can look at the rankings and schedules and they know what’s at stake.
“We’re going to tell them it’s no bigger than the next one.”
Coastal is 9-0 after beating Charlotte 50-25. CSU defeated Charlotte 36-14 a week earlier.
Against Presbyterian, Reyes rushed for 114 yards on 20 carries and added his seventh touchdown of the year to move to 1,067 yards on the season, the most in CSU history. Freshman Mike Holloway added 63 yards on seven carries to go with Zach Frazier’s 26 yards and 1-yard TD run as the Buccaneers piled up 288 yards rushing in the win.
CSU got timely throws and a solid contribution running the football from quarterback Danny Croghan III, who finished 7 of 19 for 108 yards and a touchdown. He also had 46 yards rushing on six carries.
CSU led 21-16 in the fourth quarter and held on as kicker Mark Deboy connected on field goals of 35 and 23 yards to ice it for the Buccaneers.
After Coastal Carolina, the Buccaneers travel to Gardner-Webb on Nov. 16.