GAMEDAY College Football

Coastal Carolina 28, Buffalo 25

(AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)

By JONAH BRONSTEIN
Associated Press

AMHERST, N.Y. - Grayson McCall threw for three touchdowns, Shermari Jones ran for 149 yards and another score, and No. 16 Coastal Carolina held on to beat Buffalo 28-25 for its first road win of the season.

McCall, who entered the day leading the nation in passing efficiency and completion rate, was 13-of-19 passing for 232 yards with his first interception of the season.

Jaivon Heiligh caught four passes for 91 yards and a touchdown for the Chanticleers (3-0), becoming the fourth receiver in school history to surpass 2,000 career yards.

Buffalo (1-2) got within a field goal with 2:41 remaining. Kevin Marks' 7-yard touchdown run capped a 92-yard drive that started when Logic Hudgens intercepted McCall in the end zone.

The Bulls rushed for 260 yards, led by career-high efforts from Dylan McDuffie (92 yards, one touchdown) and Ron Cook (83 yards). Marks, Buffalo's lead back, finished with 64 yards. Kyle Vantrease was 13-of-20 passing for 146 yards.

Jones plunged for a 1-yard touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter to extend Coastal Carolina's lead to 28-17. Jones' career-long 50-yard gain on the opening snap of the third quarter led to Isaiah Likely's 6-yard touchdown catch, the first of the season for the Chanticleers' all-conference tight end.

Aaron Bedgood scored on a 16-yard sweep on Coastal Carolina's opening possession and Heiligh caught a 17-yard tying touchdown early in the second quarter.

Buffalo scored on consecutive 84-yard drives in the first quarter to take a 14-7 lead. McDuffie's 2-yard run and backup quarterback Matt Myers' 13-yard keeper put Coastal Carolina in its largest deficit of the season.

Chanticleers freshman kicker Liam Gray hit the right upright from 22 yards out on in the second quarter on his first career field goal attempt. Senior kicker Massimo Biscardi (lower-body injury) did not make the trip.

Alex McNulty kicked a 36-yarder for Buffalo in the third quarter after missing from 51 yards earlier.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter CoastCBuff
CoastC TD 10:26 Aaron Bedgood 16 yd pass from Grayson McCall (Liam Gray kick) 7 0
Buff TD 5:31 Dylan McDuffie 2 yd run (Alex McNulty kick) 7 7
Buff TD 0:38 Matt Myers 13 yd run (Alex McNulty kick) 7 14
Second Quarter CoastCBuff
CoastC TD 13:45 Jaivon Heiligh 17 yd pass from Grayson McCall (Liam Gray kick) 14 14
Third Quarter CoastCBuff
CoastC TD 12:20 Isaiah Likely 6 yd pass from Grayson McCall (Liam Gray kick) 21 14
Buff FG 6:08 Alex McNulty 36 yd FG 21 17
Fourth Quarter CoastCBuff
CoastC TD 14:57 Shermari Jones 1 yd run (Liam Gray kick) 28 17
Buff TD 2:41 Kevin Marks Jr. 7 yd run (Kevin Marks Jr. 2pt pass from Quian Williams) 28 25
Team Stats
  Coastal Carolina Buffalo
First downs 21 20
  Rushing 11 13
  Passing 10 7
  Penalty 0 0
3rd Down Efficiency 3-9, 33% 9-16, 56%
4th down efficiency 2-2, 100% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 42-212 47-262
Passing Yards 232 146
Return Yards 101 54
Completions-Attempts-Int 13-19-1 13-21-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--17 0-0
Punts 2 4
Punts-Average 40 38.5
Fumbles Lost 2-0 2-0
Penalties - Yards 3-30 3-14
Time of Possession 28:26 31:34
Coastal Carolina Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. McCall 13 19 232 3 1
Buffalo Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Vantrease 13 20 146 0 0
M. Myers 0 1 0 0 0
Coastal Carolina Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
S. Jones 16 149 9.3 1
R. White 8 46 5.8 0
B. Bennett 5 15 3.0 0
G. McCall 11 12 1.1 0
Buffalo Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. McDuffie 15 92 6.1 1
R. Cook Jr. 6 85 14.2 0
K. Marks Jr. 20 64 3.2 1
K. Vantrease 2 24 12.0 0
M. Myers 2 15 7.5 1
J. Molinich 1 2 2.0 0
Coastal Carolina Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Heiligh 4 91 22.8 1
K. Brown 3 79 26.3 0
B. Bennett 2 23 11.5 0
G. Latushko 2 17 8.5 0
A. Bedgood 1 16 16.0 1
I. Likely 1 6 6.0 1
Buffalo Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Johnson 6 66 11.0 0
R. Cook Jr. 2 28 14.0 0
Q. Williams 2 23 11.5 0
K. Laborn 1 14 14.0 0
T. Borland 1 10 10.0 0
M. Johnson 1 5 5.0 0
Coastal Carolina Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Buffalo Interceptions
Player Int Yards
L. Hudgens 1 8
Coastal Carolina Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Ouverson 2 80 40.0
Buffalo Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
E. Finegan 3 105 35.0
K. Vantrease 1 49 49.0
Coastal Carolina Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Spillum 1 50 50.0
Buffalo Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Coastal Carolina Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Stokes Jr. 2 51 25.5
Buffalo Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Cook Jr. 2 32 16.0
C. Burniston 1 14 14.0
Coastal Carolina Missed FG
Player Length
L. Gray 22
Buffalo Missed FG
Player Length
A. McNulty 51




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