Grayson McCall threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as No. 17 Coastal Carolina blew past visiting Massachusetts 53-3 on Saturday afternoon at Conway, S.C.
Six different Coastal Carolina players scored touchdowns in the rout that saw the Chanticleers take the lead four minutes into the game.
Tyson Mobley scored a pair of touchdowns for Coastal Carolina. Braydon Bennett was the top rusher for the Chanticleers, picking up 83 yards on eight carries and scoring a touchdown on a 1-yard run early in the second half.
It was the final nonconference tune up for Coastal Carolina (4-0) before beginning Sun Belt Conference play. The Chanticleers have won all three of their home games by a double-digit margin.
It will be at least two full calendar years between victories for UMass (0-4), which is 0-15 since winning Sept. 28, 2019, against Akron.
McCall, who was 10-of-14 for 162 yards in the air, began the scoring on a 3-yard run with 11 minutes remaining in the first quarter. Reese White added a 12-yard scoring run in the opening quarter before Coastal Carolina’s dominating 23-point second quarter led to a 36-0 halftime advantage.
On the opening possession of the game, UMass gained 10 net yards and the drive ended when Costal Carolina’s Mason Shelton blocked a UMass punt, giving the Chanticleers the ball at the 4-yard line. Costal Carolina’s second touchdown drive went 99 yards in nine plays.
McCall hit Isaiah Likely on a 25-yard touchdown play early in the second quarter for a 20- advantage. Mobley ran in from 22 yards out and McCall hooked up with Jaivon Heiligh on a 23-yard touchdown toss to make it 36-0 by halftime.
In the fourth quarter, backup quarterback Bryce Carpenter hit Mobley for a 9-yard touchdown play and a 43-0 advantage.
Heiligh finished with five catches for 118 yards as part of the Chanticleer’s 558 yards of total offense. Likely had 76 yards on three receptions.
UMass quarterback Brady Olson completed 14-of-23 passes for 86 yards.
The Minutemen were held to 158 yards of total offense, failing to reach a double-digit point total for the second time this season. They finally scored with 8:22 remaining on Cameron Carson’s 35-yard field goal to cap a 13-play drive.
–Field Level Media