CHARLESTON, S.C. - A dominant defensive effort and strong play from freshman quarterback Christian Reid paced Charleston Southern past visiting Gardner-Webb on Senior Day at Buccaneer Field on Saturday afternoon, 16-0.
Reid, making his first collegiate start for CSU (4-5, 2-2), went 8-of-21 for 92 yards and added 36 rushing yards in the Bucs' win. The true freshman guided an offensive effort that converted 6-of-17 third-downs and held onto the ball for 32:22 in the win.
Gardner-Webb (3-7, 2-2) struggled offensively with the Runnin' Bulldogs surrendering seven sacks and 11.0 tackles for loss to the Bucs' defensive front. GWU was held to 99 offensive yards through the third quarter and struggled to mount an offensive effort throughout the game.
Terrence Wilson recorded his second 100-yard rushing effort of the season and third of his career. The sophomore finished with 19 carries for a career-high 137 yards and two touchdowns. Saire Davis added four catches for 33 yards in the win.
Garrett Sayegh and Taequan Washington paced CSU's defensive efforts with the freshman duo combining for four of the Bucs' season-high seven sacks. Solomon Brown finished with a team-high nine tackles, while Johnny Robinson added two tackles for loss in his final game at Buccaneer Field.
Jordan Smith led Gardner-Webb's offensive efforts with a 10-of-26 performance through the air with 126 yards and two interceptions. Brody Rollins was his leading target with four catches for 88 yards.
Following Charleston Southern's first touchdown of the game putting the Bucs ahead 9-0, Gardner-Webb started to move the ball in the second quarter against the CSU defense. The Runnin' Bulldogs took it out to midfield behind a pair of Smith completions, before James Allen stepped in front of a pass at the GWU 49-yard line for his third interception of the season.
The offense made it count on the ensuing drive. Faced with fourth-and-9 from the GWU 31, Reid threw a back shoulder pass to Kenny Dinkins at the goal line. The senior wide receiver hauled the ball in at the GWU 1 for the first down. Two plays later, Terrence Wilson was in the end zone for the second time in the quarter to extend the Bucs' lead to 16-0, a lead that would prove to be insurmountable in the CSU victory.
How They Scored
- Tyler Tekac connected on a career-long 50-yard field goal with 5:13 left in the first quarter to cap a 13-play, 42-yard drive.
- Terrence Wilson found the end zone for the first time in the contest with 11:24 left in the second quarter, scoring from one yard out. Tekac's ensuing extra point was blocked to put the margin at 9-0.
- Wilson once again found the end zone, this time from three yards out, with 5:45 to play in the first half following a drive sparked by James Allen's interception near midfield.
Inside the Statistics
- Charleston Southern won the time of possession battle for the third time this season with the Bucs holding the 32:22-27:38 advantage over Gardner-Webb.
- CSU's 13 first downs matched their season-high against Division I opponents.
- Terrence Wilson's 137 rushing yard effort helped the Buccaneers crack 200 rushing yards for the fifth time this year as CSU finished with 203 yards on the ground.
- Davis, Taz Lindsey, Kenny Dinkins, and Terrence Wilson combined for 92 receiving yards on eight catches in the game.
- Kyle Reighard averaged 40.2 yards per punt attempt and pinned a career-high five inside the 20 yard line. He added two punts over 50-yards in the win.
- Charleston Southern finished with 295 total offensive yards in the game while limiting Gardner-Webb to 198.
- CSU's defensive efforts exploded on Saturday with the Buccaneers posting a season-high seven sacks and 11.0 tackles for loss against the Runnin' Bulldogs.
- Garrett Sayegh and Taequan Washington both recorded their first multi-sack efforts, while Jonathan Glover, Shaundre Mims, and Nick Salley all picked up quarterback takedowns.
- James Allen recorded his team-best third interception of the season, while Justin McIntire hauled in his first pick of his collegiate career.
- Jonathan Pohahau (two) and the Bucs' defensive line helmed an effort that resulted in seven passes broken up and four quarterback hurries.
News & Notes of Interest
- Charleston Southern more than doubled its season sack total on the year against the Runnin' Bulldogs. The Bucs entered Saturday's contest with 6.0 sacks through the first eight games of the season. CSU finished the day with 13.0 team sacks on the year with Jonathan Glover II (2.5) leading the way on the year.
- Tyler Tekac's 50-yard field goal in the first quarter is the longest conversion in the Big South this season. Tekac is 10-of-13 on the year and has 203 career points following Saturday's contest.
- Tekac's 50-yard field goal is also the second-longest in CSU history trailing only John Paglia's 51-yarder made against Stony Brook back in 2009.
- The Bucs failed to crack 300 yards of total offense for the fourth consecutive game and eighth time this season.
- CSU tied its season-high with six third-down conversions in the game after going a combined 2-of-21 over the last two contests.
- The Bucs' Senior Class went a perfect 5-0 on Senior Day at Buccaneer Field with wins over Gardner-Webb (twice), Liberty (twice), and Kennesaw State over the stretch.
- Gardner-Webb's 190 yards' offense on Saturday was the third-fewest allowed in the Mark Tucker coaching era.
- CSU's seven sacks (2nd) and 11.0 tackles for loss (T-3rd) were also among the program's best over the last two seasons.
- It was CSU's first shutout of the season and first for the Bucs since holding Presbyterian scoreless last season on October 14.
- Terrence Wilson picked up his second career multi-rushing touchdown game and third 100-yard rushing effort.
- CSU improves to 8-10 all-time against Gardner-Webb.
- The Bucs could continue their streak of finishing above .500 in Big South play next weekend with a win over Campbell. CSU has been .500 or better every season since 2011, a streak spanning the last six years.
CSU Play of the Game
CSU Player of the Game - Terrence Wilson, RB
Charleston Southern hits the road for its Big South finale next weekend in Buies Creek, N.C. at Barker-Lane Stadium against Campbell University. Kickoff on ESPN+ is set for 2 p.m.