CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Grayson McCall threw for three touchdowns and added a rushing score with 3:01 remaining as Coastal Carolina held off Army 38-28 on Saturday in an opener for both teams.
Army used a 53-second drive to pull within 31-28 after Cade Ballard found Braheam Murphy wide open for a 73-yard score. But McCall led a 10-play, 75-yard scoring drive, capped by his 5-yard sneak up the middle.
CCU forced a four-and-out and took over with 1:36 left in front of 21,165, setting a program attendance record at Brooks Stadium.
McCall was 12 of 17 for 174 yards. Reese White led the Chanticleers on the ground with 21 carries for 133 yards and a touchdown. CJ Beasley added 91 yards on 19 carries.
McCall led back-to-back scoring drives spanning the first-quarter break to give Coastal Carolina a 14-7 lead. McCall found White coming out of the backfield for a 6-yard score and Sam Pinckney later made a diving catch in the end zone from 26-yards out.
Coastal Carolina’s defensive pressure on Tyhier Tyler on the last play of the third quarter led to a leaping interception by Tavyn Jackson near midfield as the Chanticleers held onto a 24-21 lead.
Tyrell Robinson opened the scoring for Amy with a 70-yard touchdown run up the middle. Army’s second big scoring play of the game came on a play action as Ay’Jaun Marshall was left wide open and Tyhier Tyler found him for a 54-yard connection.
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