By DAN McDONALD, Related Press
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Massimo Biscardi made a 40-yard discipline aim with Four seconds left to provide Coastal Carolina a 30-27 victory over No. 21 Louisiana-Lafayette on Wednesday evening in Solar Belt matchup of unbeaten groups.
Freshman Grayson McCall threw two landing passes and ran for a rating to assist the Chanticleers (4-0, 2-0) beat a ranked crew for the primary time. The 4-Zero begin is their first in FBS play.
“We’ve by no means been on this place earlier than,” second-year Coastal Carolina coach Jamey Chadwell mentioned. “For us to have the ability to come out with a victory, in a Wednesday evening sport on nationwide tv, there’s tons of pleasure right here.”
Coastal drove 60 yards within the remaining 5:30 to arrange Biscardi, a three-year starter who has hit 31 of 39 discipline aim makes an attempt. McCall had two completions for first downs on the drive and completed 17 of 24 for 202 yards. He has 11 TD passes in 4 video games.
“I trusted my preparation, and I had teammates that believed in me,” Biscardi mentioned. “I type of blacked out, I didn’t even suppose to be trustworthy. I simply went down my strains and it went in.”
The Ragin’ Cajuns (3-1, 2-1) rallied 3 times with tying touchdowns, two by Elijah Mitchell. His 1-yard burst with 12:44 left tied it at 27.
“Their quarterback performed nicely, however we may have tackled higher,” mentioned Louisiana-Lafayette coach Billy Napier, whose crew rallied from behind in every of its first three wins — the final in opposition to Georgia Southern on a last-play discipline aim. “They stress you on protection with all the things they do, however we had our alternatives to get them stopped.”
Each groups scored on their first and their final possessions of the primary half, with Levi Lewis’ 12-yard go to Jalen Williams giving Louisiana a 7-Zero lead earlier than the Chanticleers matched that drive and CJ Marable scored from a yard out.
Coastal Carolina took a 13-7 lead with 1:03 left within the half when McCall capped an 84-yard march with a 13-yard scoring go to Marable. The Cajuns drove 77 yards in 54 seconds, with Lewis scoring on a quarterback draw with 5 seconds left.
The second half began like the primary, with each groups scoring on their first possession. McCall hit Jaivon Heiligh from 6 yards out to cap an eight-minute drive, and Lousiana countered in solely seven performs on Mitchell’s 9-yard run late within the third quarter. One drive later, although, Lewis’ go was picked off by Jordan Morris on the Louisiana 26, with the one turnover of the sport organising McCall’s 3-yard scoring run.
“Each time we scored, we felt like we had one thing going, however they got here again and scored and we needed to go and do it another time,” Chadwell mentioned. “The turnover was big that our protection acquired, and it was a discipline place sport within the fourth quarter. Luckily, we had been capable of transfer the ball sufficient and Massimo knocked it in.”
Coastal Carolina: The nation’s fourth-highest scoring offense (44.7 factors per sport) didn’t match its level common, however the Chanticleers had been environment friendly with 38:11 in time of possession and a 9 of 15 success charge on third down.
Louisiana-Lafayette: The Cajuns’ dashing assault accounted for 240 yards, however Lewis’ interception on the next-to-last play of the third quarter arrange a Coastal Carolina’s go-ahead landing.
The Cajuns, who had been one among solely three Group of 5 groups within the rankings, will doubtless drop out of the High 25 ballot. They might get replaced by the Chanticleers, who had been seventh amongst groups receiving votes after getting ballot votes for the primary time in class historical past two weeks in the past.
Coastal Carolina returns dwelling to face Solar Belt East Division rival Georgia Southern on Saturday, Oct. 24.
Louisiana-Lafayette will face nonconference foe UAB on the highway Friday, Oct. 23.
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