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Coastal Carolina falls hard to Western Illinois 52-10

Coastal Carolina was eaten up on the ground and through the air in a blowout loss to FCS Western Illinois.

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Well the start of a string of possible wins for the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers may have just crumbled, and crumbled fast Saturday night inside Brooks Stadium. The CCU defense was shredded for 510 yards and seven touchdowns. The QB controversy played over for the Chants as Tyler Keane and Chance Thrasher split time at QB. Thrasher threw two interceptions on only 5/10 passing for 52 yards. Keane was somewhat better, as he threw for 85 yards on 6/11 passing. Dalton Demos also got some reps in at QB as well and was a rough 0/2 with one interception.

Turnovers plagued Coastal in the loss to UAB and it cost them even more against WIU. The Coastal running game was non-existent as Osharmar Abercrombie was held to just 18 yards on nine carries. Marcus Outlow was the leading rusher for the Chants as he gained 66 yards on just four carries.

Western Illinois quarterback Sean McGuire was on fire as he went 17/19 passing for 276 yards and three touchdowns. The Leathernecks’ running game was on point too, as WIU has two running backs over 70 yards as Max Norris led the way with 80 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown. Devon Sanders added 78 yards on just three carries and a touchdown for WIU. Penalties was another factor for CCU as they had seven for 66 yards verses only three on 35 yards for WIU.

Coastal Carolina has a lot of questions to answer as they will travel to the bayou to take on the Warhawks of ULM next Saturday in their first Sun Belt game. ULM is coming off an emotional double OT win over rival Louisiana Lafayette 56-50. The Coastal defense may just get shredded again in Monroe if things don’t change and change fast.