Charleston Southern football coach Jay Mills is walking a lot easier today after his Buccaneers snapped a 15-game losing streak and effectively removed the two-ton gorilla from the shoulders of their head coach.
CSU snapped the skid with a 23-20 win over Division II Shorter College, which was hosting the Buccaneers as their homecoming opponent in Rome, Ga.
“We just stopped pressing. We’ve wanted to win so bad and score so badly, we’ve been pressing,” said Mills after the game. “Nothing we have been doing wrong has been from a lack of effort. You don’t just draw upon the most recent games for confidence. We’re better prepared because of our past and I think there are good things to come from this win.”
The Buccaneers won despite being outgained in total yardage, 447-245. Shorter rolled up 317 yards on the ground with its option offense.
CSU’s defense, however, forced two field goals, including one after a goal line stand with less than seven minutes left in the game.
“Great fourth down stand by our defense,” said Mills. “They have been getting better with each game and today they put us in a position to win.”
CSU trailed early as Shorter went 73 yards on 13 plays to take a 7-0 lead with 2:25 left in the opening quarter.
The Buccaneers answered with 12:05 left in the second on Malcolm Dixon’s 46-yard toss to Chase Jones, and took a 10-7 lead later in the quarter on Mark Deboy’s 31-yard field goal.
Shorter, however, led at the half after Eric Dodson connected on a 49-yard scoring pass to Brandon Morton.
CSU grabbed control of the contest in the third quarter with Dixon scoring on a 12-yard run and Mike Davis scoring from 11 yards to give CSU a 23-14 lead heading into the final period.
Shorter put together a nine-play, 89-yard drive that stalled at the CSU 7-yard line, forcing a Troy Postell 24-yard field goal with 13:15 left in the game.
Shorter’s next possession was a nine-play, 87-yard drive, but again CSU stood tall in the red zone and forced the field goal.
CSU finished the game with 185 yards rushing. Trey Dorsey led the Bucs with 52 yards rushing. Dixon completed only 2 of 9 passes and played the entire game under center.
Mills used three quarterbacks in last week’s game against Illinois.