CSU extends win streak to 3

Charleston Southern’s Gabe Johnson finds room on a 30-yard touchdown run.

Charleston Southern continued its midseason roll, picking up a third consecutive victory with an easy 42-7 thumping of visiting Edward Waters College on Saturday afternoon at Buccaneer Field.

The Buccaneers evened their 2012 record at 4-4 and finish out the season against Big South Conference opponents over the next three weeks, starting at Liberty next Saturday.

The method of success during the three-game win streak has been the running game, and that aspect was on full display Saturday. CSU rushed for 409 yards and tallied 524 yards in total offense. The rushing total was the second most in school history, eight yards off the record of 417.

Junior Teddy Allen had his second straight 100-plus yard game, rushing for 115 yards and two touchdowns, while junior quarterback Malcolm Dixon completed 5 of 6 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 60 yards and two scores.

Running back Gabriel Johnson added 85 yards on the ground as CSU built a 35-0 lead by halftime and cruised the rest of the way.

“We talk about playing to a level of excellence and being the very best each time out and good teams will do that,” said CSU coach Jay Mills.

“You don’t play only to win a football game, but you strive for excellence. I’d like to think it did more with our execution and not with our opponent. I was very proud of our guys in all three phases today.”

Dixon scored on an 8-yard run and tossed a 10-yard pass to Larry Jones III. Allen, who had 92 yards at the half, had scoring runs of 3 and 20 yards, and Johnson closed the half with a 30-yard run.

After CSU opened the third quarter with a 7-yard touchdown run by Dixon, Mills went mostly with backups for the remainder of the game. Backup quarterback Briar Van Brunt ran the show for most of the second half, rushing for 99 yards.

“To give some guys an opportunity to play, it’s good for the morale of the team and it builds for the future,” said Mills. “We’re a young football team and those guys who were playing in the third and fourth quarter are going to be playing a lot of football for us next year, and many will be asked to contribute in the final three games of this season.”

Charleston Southern’s defense was solid throughout, allowing a late fourth quarter score. The Bucs yielded only 192 total yards, 78 coming on Edward Waters’ lone scoring drive.

CSU enters the final three Big South games with a 2-1 record and still in contention for the league crown. Mills says the recent victory string after a 1-4 start has helped his team from a confidence standpoint. He looks forward to the final stretch.

“We have three games in November, and a great team will win in November,” said Mills. “I believe we are starting to execute and have built up some confidence. We have two of the last three on the road, but I like the look in the eye of our team. We survived some adversity and obstacles in the first part of the season and have put ourselves in a good position.”