By MARK DIDTLER, Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Grayson McCall threw 4 landing passes and Coastal Carolina held off Northern Illinois 47-41 in the Cure Bowl on Friday night time, with the sport ending with the Huskies on the Chanticleers 4.
McCall was 22 for 30 for 315 yards, and Braydon Bennett ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns on six carries to assist Coastal Carolina (11-1) win 11 video games for the second consecutive yr. Bennett additionally caught 4 passes for 47 yards and a TD.
“He just operates, he’s a smooth operator,” Coastal Carolina coach Jamey Chadwell stated about McCall. “As a coach, if he misses a play, you are like, ‘What in the world is wrong with him’ because he makes so many good one’s.”
Chadwell said while there is speculation about McCall’s future, “we’re confident that he loves Coastal and he’s going to be here with us and finish out his career.”
It was also Coastal Carolina’s first bowl victory. The Chanticleers lost in their first bowl appearance last year, 37-34 in overtime to Liberty.
“Pretty cool,” McCall said. “Definitely a team effort. I don’t think I played by best game but but all my teammates propelled me forward.”
Jay Ducker ran for 146 yards on 24 carries, and Antario Brown added 105 yards and 12 attempts for Northern Illinois (9-5). Rocky Lombardi completed 20 of 33 passes for 181 yards and two scores.
“Couldn’t be more proud of their fight,” NIU coach Thomas Hammock said. “This could be a launching pad for us into the 2022 season.”
NIU’s roster has simply seven seniors, and consists of 71 gamers who graduated from highschool in 2020 or 2021. The Huskies are the primary staff in FBS historical past to win its convention championship recreation one season after going winless (0-6).
Lombardi additionally had picked up 66 yards together with a landing on eight carries.
Northern Illinois (516) and Coastal Carolina (514) mixed for 1,030 yards. Northern Illinois picked up 335 yards on the bottom.
After Northern Illinois vast receiver Trayvon Rudolph was stopped for no acquire on a fourth-and-1 run on the Huskies 34, McCall threw a shovel move from the choice to Bennett for a TD on the subsequent play. He then linked with Isaiah Likely on a two-point conversion to make it 47-41 with 6:40 left.
NIU transformed 4 of 5 fourth-down performs in the sport and ended the season profitable of 26 of 31 makes an attempt.
Northern Illinois received the ball again at its personal 13 with 2 1/2 minutes to play. Lombardi hit Miles Joiner for a 4-yard acquire on fourth right down to the Coastal Carolina 4 with 2 seconds remaining, however the Huskies could not off one other play.
Likely’s second landing reception received Coastal Carolina inside two at 41-39 with 9 minutes left, however McCall’s threw an incomplete move on the two-point strive.
Northern Illinois led 24-19 on the half as each groups scored on their first 4 possessions. NIU’s fifth and closing possession began with a second left following a kickoff.
McCall handed for 164 yards and a TD through the opening half, whereas Lombardi threw for simply 23 yards however had scoring strikes of 5- and 12-yards.
A particular pink soccer was introduced into the stadium by U.S. navy paratroopers throughout a pregame ceremony. The NCAA accredited the usage of a soccer with pink laces for the opening kickoff. It was the primary approval of its form by the NCAA.
Northern Illinois: Hammock stated round 20-to-25 of his gamers had been impacted by flulike signs over the previous couple of days.
Coastal Carolina: Defensive lineman C.J. Brewer left with a groin harm.
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