The big picture
What it means
Coastal Carolina (3-1) took down in-state rival Furman (0-4) to bounce back from its first loss of the season and significant loss in starting quarterback Josh Stilley, who is expected to miss the entire season with a left knee injury he suffered during that loss to FCS powerhouse Jacksonville State.
Stepping up in Stilley’s place was former Myrtle Beach High standout Tyler Keane, who found success in his collegiate debut as he threw two touchdown passes.
Running back De’Angelo Henderson also caught a touchdown pass Saturday to extend his NCAA Division I record for most consecutive games (30) with at least one score.
Funny enough, Henderson said his teammates are more concerned with the record than he is.
“I don’t even think about it,” Henderson said. “Keane said on the sidelines, ‘The streak is still going!’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, whatever!’
“As I’ve said, our season is not based off this streak. Our season is based off how well we perform and to continue to just get better each week. The streak is nice to have, I guess for the university and I guess for myself as well. But it’s nothing I really think about.”
The Chants host Charleston Southern at 6 p.m. Saturday at Brooks Stadium for their third home game of the season. The Big South team is 2-2 after a 35-7 win over Monmouth.
The Buccaneers played North Dakota State – the top-ranked FCS team, which has won five straight FCS National Championships – in their season opener and took the Bison to overtime before falling 24-17.
After a 57-7 blowout win over Kentucky State, Charleston Southern fell 52-8 to FBS opponent Florida State, which was then ranked No. 3 in the AP Top 25 poll.
The meeting between Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern will be a big test for both schools.
This and that
Linebacker Alex Scearce: The senior leads the team in tackles and now leads the team in interceptions (3) after recording two Saturday, returning one 31 yards for a touchdown. He also recorded four tackles to extend his team-high total to 26.
Running back De’Angelo Henderson: The senior bounced back Saturday, rushing for a career-high 185 yards on 20 carries and had three receptions for 19 yards and a touchdown after being held to under 50 rushing yards the week prior.
Defensive end Myles White: The redshirt freshman blocked a field goal for the second straight week. It came in the second quarter, and Osharmar Abercrombie scooped it up and pitched it to Kenny Daniels, who returned it 60 yards for a touchdown. He also had four tackles to give him 12 for the season.
Quarterback Tyler Keane: The junior made his first-ever start at quarterback and completed 9-of-14 passes for 130 yards and had two touchdowns.
By the numbers
Largest margin of victory for Coastal Carolina against Furman in eight games between the schools. The Chants lead the all-time series 7-1.
Total yards of offense for the Paladins, who managed to capitalize for only 21 points.
Career punt return for Chants redshirt freshman Ky’Jon Tyler, who returned it 80 yards for a touchdown.
Coastal Carolina junior linebacker Shane Johnson recorded a team-high eight tackles in his first game back since suffering an ankle injury in the season opener.
Total fans in attendance Saturday for “Family Night,” which was the maximum capacity and the school record – which has now been set three times.